Spas and spice in Bad Bleiberg

A spa weekend in the Austrian Alps, how does that grab you, darlin’?

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa, Bleibergerhof

Earlier this summer, I was in Rome for meetings – with busy days and long nights. So when I was invited for a short spa holiday in the Austrian Alps on the way home, I jumped at the chance. Nothing like a few days of fun and relaxation with three fellow bloggers before returning to the hustle and bustle of everyday family life.

Sounds good that, doesn’t it? Perhaps you might like a few days off yourself? Just the two of you, sans kids?

I have just the place for you.

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof offers a gorgeous Alpine setting, a child-free zone, daily culinary feasts, a large AcquaPura spa, and an all-round air of romance.

The setting

Falkensteiner Hotel Bleibergerhof
Fresh Alpine air at 920 metres above sea level – in Austria’s southernmost province, Carinthia.

The zone

If you’ve left your kids with the grandparents for the weekend, you don’t want to deal with other people’s kids, do you? The Bleibergerhof is child-free for most of the year, only allowing children at Christmas, Easter and in the summer holidays (July and August). As you can imagine, this has proven a very successful concept.

The cuisine

DSC_0620
Georg Klammer, head chef at Bleibergerhof, sees to it that you’ll never leave the table dissatisfied – whether it’s the scrumptious and healthy (a difficult combination) breakfast buffet or a five-course gala dinner – all made with fresh, local produce.

The spa

Falkensteiner Hotel Bleibergerhof Falkensteiner Hotel Bleibergerhof

The huge 2 500 m² wellness area has fitness rooms, thermal pools indoors and out, saunas, steam baths and a variety of fab massage treatments.

Spa manager Alexandra Klammer has a garden here, growing thyme, oregano, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile and much more. Herbs from the garden are used in the spa as well as in the kitchen.

DSC_0635

Alexandra also happens to be the best yoga instructor I’ve ever had. No requirements to bend like a pretzel here, just relaxing, soothing exercises in a peaceful setting, while listening to her soft, hypnotic voice practically lulling me to sleep.

Falkensteiner hotel Bleibergerhof - yoga room
Yoga room

The four of us sampled various delicious treatments: oil massages, herbal baths, four-handed massages and hay packs. My favourite was the hot stamp massage: it’s much like a hot stone massage, only with bags of tightly packed aromatic herbs soaked in hot water.

IMG_0459
Herbal stamps

The romance

DSC_0670
How about a private spa for the two of you? Get a massage, have a beautifully scented bath and relax in the privacy of your own spa room.

Practicals:
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof is located near the village of Bad Bleiberg. The nearest transport hub is 17 km away, in Villach near the Italian border. Transfers can be arranged for a fee, and are free for guests staying minimum 4 nights. There is also a bus service.

DSC_0396

Disclosure: I was a guest of Falkensteiner Hotels & Spas. As ever, all opinions are mine all mine.

16 Responses to “Spas and spice in Bad Bleiberg”

  1. ItalianNotes 20 August 2012 1019 #

    How lovely – my shoulders have developed an instant craving for this place.
    ItalianNotes recently posted..Cooking school in Turin

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2333 #

      I so know you mean.

  2. Christine 20 August 2012 1158 #

    I just love health spas. That looks like a delightful place to stay at.
    Christine recently posted..Cologne from the "Wild Side"

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2334 #

      Gorgeous spa in gorgeous surroundings.

  3. Andrea 21 August 2012 0832 #

    This definitely grabbed my attention! I love spa resorts and what better setting than the Austrian alps…we’ve been meaning to get back there…
    Andrea recently posted..Slice of Norge: Word Association

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2337 #

      I’m loving spas more and more.

  4. I really wonder how they will use those herbal stamps? I just wanna felt the scents of the flowers and incense in this.

    The yoga room is lovely :)
    Wends of Journeys and Travels recently posted..5 Top Things a Backpacker should Say to a Tourist

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2339 #

      The masseuse had the stamps in hot water, then pressed them on my back, then alternated that with using aromatic oils. Felt lovely, smelt lovely…

  5. Travelwriticus 21 August 2012 1045 #

    Thanks for this article. It was interesting to learn somethin new about my country that way.
    Travelwriticus recently posted..A good travel photo is about emotions

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2343 #

      Your country is beautiful and full of lovely surprises, Andreas :)

  6. Kim 21 August 2012 1621 #

    This sounds like a wonderful experience! I especially like that last picture, so gorgeous. And very cool with the Nancy Sinatra reference :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2012 2344 #

      You got that, eh? Not many seem to know that song.

  7. Erich 26 August 2012 1104 #

    Oh yes, please. Take me there!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 August 2012 1459 #

      You are in Germany, aren’t you? Not that far away :)

  8. Laurel 28 August 2012 1032 #

    I’ve thought about this place soooo many times since we left. I need to return :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 August 2012 1501 #

      It was really nice, wasn’t it :)

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

css.php