Travel: the Tyrol in Austria

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 5 April 2012

Check in How Austrian does a natural swimming pond and sunbathing lawn sound? You'll find both at chalet-style four-star Hotel Kaiser in Scheffau, plus startling Wilder Kaiser mountain views and a spa with pool, steam room and sauna.

The atmosphere A family-run vibe makes outdoorsy singles, families and couples all feel equally at home.

Best perks Scheffau is a Kneipp village, which means that hydrotherapy trails, where you splash through mountain streams, lead from the door. The hotel organises activities galore, from guided walks and cycling to deep relaxation.

Dine with dash Buffets are packed with choice, from fab breakfast mueslis to creamy beef dinners. And you won't get stung by extras, since tea, coffee and soft drinks are free all day.

Venture out Slip on your shades for dazzling mountain sunshine at Hintersteiner Lake's lido – free bus tickets are part of the deal.

How much From £717pp for seven nights' all inclusive, including flights and transfers. Visit crystalsummer.co.uk

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