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St Martin Chalets Archive
Blog archive for the month of March 2011
Austria's best self catering accommodation?!
by Jim Green (stayed in Chalet 4 from 13 to 20 March 2011)
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of St Martin Chalets and I've been skiing in St Michael for more than 14 years now, but my trip last week has to be the best one yet. And I've asked Jodi and Herby to share why...
We were a group of four: my brother Will and his wife Sophie, plus my girlfriend Anna and me. We were in Chalet 4, 'Ahorn'. Will and Sophie's room looked out over the central pond; ours enjoyed a south-facing balcony - perfect for a bit of early afternoon sunshine. As anyone who's stayed at St Martin Chalets will tell you, the chalets are simply gorgeous - they have to be among the best value for money accommodation anywhere in Austria and they're definitely the best self-catering chalets I've stayed in... anywhere.
But it wasn't the chalets that made last week so special. It was the activities and the way that our hosts, Jodi and Herby, looked after us.
Now, most self-catering skiing holidays I've been on involve picking a key up from someone or somewhere fairly uninspiring, then just getting on with it - perhaps aided by some leaflets describing activities in the local area. It's generally a do-it-yourself holiday (in my experience at least). But a stay at St Martin Chalets is anything but. In fact, I'd say we were looked after better than on most catered chalet holidays I've been on.
Before we arrived, Jodi sent us some forms to fill out. Not the mundane registration forms you might expect. The forms we received asked us what beer we wanted in the fridge when we arrived, and what shopping we wanted in the cupboards. They also asked us our shoe size and weight so that skis and boots could be at the chalets awaiting our arrival (so no need to visit the hire shop). And there was a final form asking us if we wanted ski school arranging on our behalf. How nice to have your skis fitted in your chalet, knowing everything has been sorted out for you, while drinking one of the cold beers from your fridge and chewing on a piece of Austrian 'speck'!
As anyone who's been skiing in St Michael im Lungau will know, the region offers plenty of variety, which is all the more reason to have someone show you around. This is where Jodi and Herby really came into their own for us. Waiting for us in the chalet was an itinerary for the week, listing all the things (most of them free) that we could do. We chose a selection - a night-time ride on the gondola followed by a traditional meal and music at the mountain top 'Panorama' restaurant; an evening hike up to Katschberg for a meal followed by toboggan ride back down (fantastic!); a (rather pricey but nonetheless excellent) meal at Mauterndorf's Michelin-Star restaurant, the 'Meznerhaus'; 'Steep-and-Deep' with Herby; and a night-time ascent to the Peterbauer restaurant on skis (with skins).
Talk about action-packed!!
I can't think of anywhere with so much to offer, or any self-catering skiing (and summer) chalet accommodation with such helpful, likeable and wonderful chalet hosts. That's why I keep going back and why I will continue to do so.
Thanks Jodi and Herby for a truly fantastic March skiing holiday!
Last minute Austria ski offers for April!!
20% off for the first two takers!!
How's this for an offer...? The first two people to book a chalet in April, mentioning this blog post, can have 20% off their accommodation. There's still plenty of snow, so be quick!!
Alternatively, you could take up our short stay package deal between the 31st March and the 1st May. For groups of two people or more we're offering Sunday to Thursday or Thursday to Sunday for €195 per person (min 2 persons).
3 or 4 nights in your own cosy eco chalet
Free daily bio Sauna
Limitless supplies of wood for fire
1 x ski safari
1 x snowbike workshop (including snow bikes)
1 x steep and deep session with Herby (for toughies!)
1 x toboganning evening (with shuttle transfer)
Ski Pass (€89,50 3 days or €117,00 4 days)
See you soon!!x
Ski and golf in one day!!
We're very pleased to announce that the golf and ski combi pass are now available from 15.03.2011 for €40. The pass includes a day's skiing until 13:00 (on all mountains, including Obertauern) and one round of golf at Golf Club Lungau (valid until 31.05.2011). It's not every week you can ski a black run and get a birdie in one day, so why not give this a try?!
P.S. It's not like the picture - you actually play on the real course (we just like this one!!)