Hotel Gasthof Post, Lech am Arlberg, Austrian Alps

The Alpine hotel Gasthof Post takes the best of traditional Austrian chalet style, and throws in luxiurious hotel frills such as a spectacular outdoor pool and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

The five-star Gasthof Post is the perfect place for keen skiers and Alpine adventurers to rest their heads- or to bash their way to bliss in the soul-southing outdoor pool. With the breath-taking mountain views in every direction you’re guaranteed holiday snaps that your friends will actually want to see.

It has been owned and run by the Moosbrugger family since 1937, and has been a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux for more than 40 years.

The rooms strike a happy medium in terms of space and luxury, stylishly decorated with attention to detail and antiques to give it that feeling of home away from home.

The slopes might be right outside the front door, but there’s much here to lure guests away: sample fine Austrian dining, sip on whiskey or mulled wine in front of the fireplace, go to the spa and have one of those well-deserved massages after a long day skiing, or simply go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride to make the most of the beautiful snow-covered landscape.

The Panorama restaurant is a smart, clean-lined space that combines wooden rustic panelling with contemporary comfy pink chairs. Chef David Wagger’s cuisine is classically traditional Austrian with a modern touch, with local dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinsbraten (roast pork), finishing it all off with Kaiserschmarrn, which is delicious traditional fluffy shredded pancake. The other two restaurants, Jägerstube and Kutscherstube also take the Austrian gastronomy to a new level with its tempting creative cuisine.

If Lech is a magical Winder wonderland in winter, it’s definitely like a scenery taken from the Sound of Music in summer, close to postcard perfection. In summer, Gasthof Post’s concierge can organise hiking tours, hot air balloon rides, paragliding or river rafting.