Asia Meets Styria at Hotel Thermenhof Paierl in Bad Waltersdorf

Hotel Thermenhof Paierl features a quiet and tranquil atmosphere, gourmet cuisine, top service and a private spa and wellness center with an impressive selection of services to restore and pamper guests at the highest level. Since the grand opening in 1988, this family-run hotel has constantly enhanced its status and has established an international reputation.

Hotel Thermenhof Paierl is a pleasant spa hotel in the Styrian spa town Bad Waltersdorf, 120 km south of Vienna and 65 km west of the Hungarian border, where, according to Hotel Manager Erwin Paierl, the sun shines at least 365 days a year. “This region is often called the Styrian Toscana, as the climate is Mediterranean in nature,” Paierl explains.  “With clean air and a wonderful location, Bad Waltersdorf is an ideal holiday destination for both relaxing and active holidays,” he adds. “There are more than 200 km of marked hiking trails and more than 170 km biking trails in the area. Along them you can see beautiful castles, gentle slope of vineyards, orchards and huge forests. But the real treasure of Styria is of course the thermal springs,” the Hotel Manager continues.  “There was drilling for oil in this land in the 70’s. Instead of oil, hot water was found – healthy soothing thermal waters from a depth of 3,000m. In fact, our success generates from a failure to drill oil,” he laughs. The Paierl Empire is therefore built on making the most of these thermal sources. The hotel’s in-house spa spans over 1,400 square meters, offering a swimming-pool (32°C) with a channel to reach the outdoor panorama pool (32°C), both filled with thermal water, and a year-round heated swimming-pool (28°C) with bathing lawn. In addition, three different saunas, mineralized steam bath and a Styrian sweat chamber are also available, as well as a variety of treatments.

The Styrian Formula for Well-being

“Our strength is in the combination of the latest scientific methods and traditional Asian therapies,” reveals the Hotel Manager. “These include body wraps, oxygen baths, anti-aging therapy with SurgicTouchTM , along with the more traditional, ancient Asian kinetics & relaxation treatments, for instance the Tibetan Singing Bowl Ceremony, and Ayurvedic therapy, delivered by our Indian therapists, Dr. Giopi Gopakumar and Jyothy Balachandran.” The marriage of traditional and contemporary, Asian and European, is also represented in the hotel’s international gourmet's kitchen, where Executive chef Roland Neubauer and his team prepare specialties based on traditional Styrian recipes using fresh ingredients provided by local farmers, and light Asian delicacies. “Additionally, our Dip sommelier Valentin Zsifkovits is looking forward to making recommendations for exquisite wines, many of them produced in the region,” Paierl notes. “The blend of Asian and European styles is incorporated in the partly Stryian, partly Asian interior design. Our 58 classical and 9 Asian style rooms are decorated with bright, airy decors, using locally grown wood and feature peaceful views of the countryside. Guest can also enjoy huge terraces, a Japanese rest area and a Japanese Zen garden with a tea house.” To amplify the results of the multiple treatments and the healthy cuisine, the 4-star-superior hotel keeps guests informed of their weekly fitness programs, such as tai chi, qi gong, pilates, power yoga and water gymnastics. Ultra-modern fitness devices are also available all day in the fitness center. For those preferring outdoor activities, the hotel provides Nordic walking trainers, guided bicycle tours, free bicycle hire and tennis lessons. Guests can also enjoy reduced green fees at the nearby 18-hole golf course which is ideal for both beginners and more accomplished players. “Our guests receive detailed information about interesting destinations for day trips, such as Castle Riegersburg or the Zotter chocolate factory. While in the summer months the lake Stubenbergsee and the beautifully situated Castle Herberstein with its zoo are popular places for outings, the Styrian “Apfelstraße” with its fruit tress covered in blossoms are worth visiting in spring. Also the borough Hartberg and the capital city of Styria, Graz, are famous for their mediaeval and cultural centers.”

Réka Alíz Francisck

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