Have you ever resided in a hotel room that offered a view so alluring that you couldn’t bring yourself to shut the curtains, (even throughout the night), so that every possible moment could be spent soaking up and breathing in such an incredible landscape?
This is how we felt at the Stockinggut by Avendia in Leogang.
Situated at the base of a wide, tree lined slope, the location of Stockinggut couldn’t be more perfect for both unbelievable panoramic alpine views but also for it’s fantastic ski-in and ski-out facilities. But it doesn’t stop there, no no – the exterior is magical but the interior oozes luxurious chalet chic. The perfect combination for that alpine luxury hotel.
Although, at the heart and soul of the hotel are the staff. Rarely have I stayed somewhere where every. single. member of staff were warm, hospitable and so friendly. And it’s down to them that we could enjoy such a cosy and relaxing ambiance; the service was just exceptional.
Well what about the food? The food was the icing on top of the cake, in fact it was the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake.
The food at Stockinggut is incredibly special; tasty, high quality and so beautifully presented. The menu caters for a plethora of palettes including steak, lobster, burger, pasta, salad, etc. Our favourite desserts were the macaroons and the cheesecake which we alternated each evening!
But of course, the reason we came was to ski, so how was the skiing I hear you ask?
INCREDIBLE! Leogang has to be one of my favourite ski resorts (and I’ve been to a fair few!). With wide, open, rolling slopes with tree lined options too, views for days and modern heated lifts – it’s the perfect playground paradise for people like me who go skiing to enjoy myself NOT for the challenge. Despite that, there are more challenging slopes and so many off-piste routes for the more dare-devils among us too. The Saalfelden area also has a glorious repertoire of mountain bars and restaurants.
Which takes me to a special mention to Hendl-Fischerie, here we enojoyed an absolutely fabulous late lunch with a bottle of Moët. The 360 panoramic mountain views are a forté of this bar and the vibe is chic, it oozes modern decor and chilled tunes. An idyllic way to finish off the day before the home run down to the Stockinggut.
So if you do stay in Leogang what else is there to do?
A winter holiday can be a week skiing, however as we found out – the mountains have so much more to offer than just skiing. I say just… so many people love hitting the skiing hard, but I’m learning to appreciate the mountains for not just gliding down on skis but exploring other options too. From snowshoeing (a highlight of our trip) where our small group of 5 explored the untouched land of Narnia, with the peaceful sound of silence – it was a real magical experience.
We also enjoyed a fantastic time on a sleigh ride where we had a glimpse into living a fairy tale life, the clip cop and jingle bells of the horses pulling our sleigh through a snow track. We even had some time to have a cuddle with the horses… who am I kidding – I do not cuddle horses, however I did wave to them from a few metres away!
The second half of our week, we ventured towards Zell am See where we stayed at CLC Alpine Centre in Saalfelden, who were also incredibly welcoming and also took us out for a new experience – the longest sledge run (from a gondola) in Europe! Slightly apprehensive at first, the lovely staff took care of me and by the end of the 14km I was whizzing down (at least I felt like I was).
All in all we had such a magical week in a beautiful winter wonderland.
Thank you to everyone for making this possible, especially Penni who invited us on this incredible trip <3.
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