Review: HochLeger Chalets, Tirol, Austria – amazing Austrian mountain luxury accommodation
What I loved about it:
I honestly couldn’t fault HochLeger Chalets, the view from the hot tub sells itself and everything else matched that level of expectation. The experience, from the moment you walked into the reception, to when you leave is exceptional. The HochLeger Chalets are the epitome of luxury in the Austrian Alps.
Value for money (out of 10):
What a welcome
The experience of staying at HochLeger Chalets, part of the ZillerSeasons small group of local hotels, starts in an amazing way when you check in at the Posthotel, down in Zillertal. We were greeted into their waiting area with a glass of local sparkling white wine and instantly made to feel at ease. The short 15-minute drive to the chalets takes you up a beautiful mountain road, quite the experience if you’re not used to driving them! One hundred per cent worth it though to spend time in the HochLeger Chalets.
The location of the HochLeger Chalets couldn’t be more perfect. The view from them looks over the Zillertal valley and up to Gerlossteinwand Mountain and beyond. You’re only 15 minutes away from the Zillertal town centre, and all the amenities there plus the main gondola. From here you can catch trains and buses to nearby gondolas as well.
But equally, you don’t need to leave the HochLeger Chalets Resort. There are only six cabins and we rarely saw the other guests, except when we ate in the MartinerHof (the restaurant chalet). It was bliss.
The HochLeger Chalets are all kitted out with huge beds, kitchens (or kitchenettes), and amazing views with lots of comfortable places to curl up and admire them from. We stayed in the Hunter’s Cabin, which can sleep up to eight, and is great for groups of friends and multi-generational families. It’s got a large kitchen and dining room, two double rooms, a twin room, and a loft space that will fit two more. With two beautiful bathrooms, a bath in the master bedroom and veranda, plus your own private hot tub, HochLeger Chalets are the most incredible location to feel like you’re at home relaxing. There are also three romantic tree-lofts available to hire at the HochLeger Chalets that I’d love to go back to one day.
Let’s talk communal areas at the HochLeger Chalets. They can be awkward sometimes, or even a little weird but, not here. The HochLeger Chalets have a spa with a pine sauna and hay bed relaxation room – I recommend these if you’ve never tried them, they’s wonderfully soothing and aromatic. But the area I found most relaxing was the main spa. Here, there’s another sauna, a relaxation room that looks over the swimming biotope (unheated and unchlorinated), and my inner cold water swimmer had the most amazing time in here. You can hop between there and the hot tub with an endless pool and built-in treadmill settings. Alternatively, pull up a deck chair and take in all that the views from HochLeger Chalets has to offer.
While we were in Zillertal we had dinner at the HochLeger Chalets. A traditional menu, it took inspiration from the Tirol Valley and surrounding areas. The dairy was from local cows, everything was made fresh on-site and our host always made us feel welcome, despite the language barrier. The Saurkraut was some of the better that I’ve tasted in my time in Austria and the fried potato that came with it was even better.
On the second night there we went to the HeLeni restaurant at MalisGarten, one of the hotels in the ZillerSeasons Group and only 15 minutes from the Hochleger Chalets. The whole restaurant has a floral, herbal, modern and cosy atmosphere, while still being a Gault Milau establishment rated at 12.5 points, with 1 toque – an established French restaurant guide. The meal started with us being presented with a mini ‘garden’ to eat, including herbs to cut ourselves and locally grown garden vegetables. We moved through the delicious courses, each one feeling different from the next while still delicious and part of the overall theme. The 4-D cocktail menu and fresh patisseries were so irresistible. The whole evening felt private and relaxed, with the perfect food to match.
On our trip to Austria we spent a lot of time moving around, hiking, swimming, paddling, driving and travelling, so it was amazing to take some time and relax at HochLeger Chalets. Everything about the ZillerSeasons group that we experienced was outstanding and this really made our time in the Austrian lakes and mountains something we will never forget.