You know that feeling you get when you first arrive at a faraway destination and the sheer beauty makes you suck in your breath. Kitzbühel, Austria is like that. On the edge of town, the 82-room Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel Golf & Ski Resort sits atop a hilly plateau overlooking a heavily forested valley with long meadows scaling up the mountain ridges into the clouds.
This is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Tirol region without any pretense or posing. An overwhelming sense of bliss washes over you the moment you walk in because everything is designed with natural woods, stone and large windows framing the spectacular scenery.
The main lounge is great for apres ski cocktails and "jause," a traditional Tyrolian ham and cheese snack. You’ll feel okay here wearing ski tights or Tori Burch.
Eichenheim Restaurant serves lavish fondue arrangements. Love the two walls with floor-to-ceiling views of the Alps. Try the lacquered sucking pig from Salzburg with caraway sauce, caramelized Bavarian cabbage and pommes macaire. The fine-dining Petite Tyrolia with vaulted beam ceilings serves Austrian/Asian fusion cuisine.
The awesome rooms are the best part due to their woodsy-luxe ambience, tartan rugs, plank floors and fantastic balconies with killer views of the valley. The large bathrooms share the same natural wood and clean alpine look as the rest of the hotel.
Naps and showers tend to last really, really long in Kitzbühel. Especially here.