When you think of the Austrian country side you may picture small hilltop churches, log style cabins and historical castles. In addition to the traditional settings you will also find hidden gems like the aenea designhotel. On our way to a weekend trip in Italy my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to the ultimate luxurious experience and spent one night at this Boutique Hotel, which is located in Maria Wörth on Wörthersee (one of Austria’s largest mountain lakes).
The fifteen suites all have lake view with private terraces and the Italian design look is fresh, crisp and clean. No detail has been spared. From silk curtains, Minotti furnishings and Etro Bathroom amenities you know that the hotel owners take their hospitality very seriously.
If you wish to escape every day life you will find it easy to de-stress here as they have a full-service spa with an assortment of massages and beauty treatments. Housed in the panoramic view spa is a fully equipped fitness centre, a sauna and steam room, a solarium and an outdoor pool. Guests can relax and soak up the lakeshore atmosphere by taking the hotel’s elevator to their private beach area.
I’ve saved the best part for last as it involves… what else? Food. The restaurant offers two locations. You can dine the next to the cozy fireplace indoors or in a more casual but still sophisticated setting on the terrace. We noticed that the entire hotel staff seemed young… almost too young to serve alcohol, however, they all oozed high energy and a professional attitude. The chef, which had amazing creative talent was no exception. Working with local seasonal ingredients we are told that the menu is constantly changing. My husband and I stuck with our verbal agreement (practically written in our wedding vows) that we each got a different dish so that we “switched” half way through our meals.
My taste of heaven started from the get go. The bread. I’m a simple Canadian girl who would happily make a whole meal out of freshly baked bread so it wasn’t a surprise that I “mmmm’d” the whole way through my dining experience. Served along the bread rolls were a fresh lemon & thyme topfen spread, assorted sea salts, sliced radishes and fresh watercress (so fresh that scissors accompanied the platter). Course by course we both remained silent and simply enjoyed and savoured every bite. From the Fois Gras with peach, rosemary and sheep milk yogurt, White Asparagus with pan choi, grapes & poppy seed foam, to the delicate Sea Bass & robust Ox Cheek all were presented beautifully and were cooked to perfection. Finally, the dessert. We normally split one because by that time we are almost uncomfortably full. The sweet sampler was the perfect choice, which included tarty rhubarb, creamy topfen cake (sort of a mixture of marscapone & sweetened cream cheese), refreshing lemongrass ice cream and a coconut encrusted fluffy meringue . They do their own version of “petit four” here too which I thought was brilliant. Lemon sorbet with Green Apple mash, strawberry and mango mini ice cream cones topped with chocolate dipped popping candy, homemade cassis & lemon marshmallow, celery jelly with chocolate moose and nougat bread. All flavours worked really well together.
After an espresso (for him) and an English Breakfast tea (for me) we concluded that it was necessary to write a blog about this fabulous hotel. Tired and satisfied we slept well.
Another memorable hotel experience to add to my list of lifetime favourites and I hope that if you ever make your way to Austria you would consider treating yourself to this exceptional experience at the aenea hotel.
Florian Schaible, Hotel Director, (above) stood proudly when I took this snap shot before we left. He personally come outside to wish us well on our journey home.
Now that is service!