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Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel in Langenlois, Lower Austria: Wine.Wellness.WANT!

Peace. Perfect service & friendly staff. A visit to a unique design hotel that above all excels in one thing: Authenticity. “We mostly use local and regional ingredients for cooking at the Vineyard Restaurant”, is what our charming waiter explains to us, perfectly attentive and wooing us with his smile: At nine o’clock sharp, once the wine terraced hills of the Lower Austrian Kamptal valley send down their cool night air streams giving the grapes “a  breather”, we cuddle up in the restaurant’s blankets. I am laughing at the jokes passed round the table, spending my time here at one of the most exceptional hotels of Austria together with my good friends Terry & Sarah Lee (LiveShareTravel), Janett Schindler (Teilzeitreisender), Nienke Krook (TheTravelTester), Monika & Petar Fuchs (TravelWorldOnline) & Anja Beckmann (TravelOnToast): “I really look forward to writing about the LOISIUM! Thanks to all the inspiration I received, I guess this will be easy.” Monika is impressed – and she is right, too: Good local stories deserve to be told (over and over again). Here is mine, then, featuring our wine & wellness spa experience at the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel Langenlois. Enjoy!

Culinary Delights in the Kamptal valley: A feast for the eyes and for the tummy, from picnicking in the vineyards to an exclusive wine dinner.

Are we spoiled in “wanting it all”? I smile over ordering my breakfast omelette “with everything”, looking out from the sunny morning terrace to the spa pool: Might go for a swim later working out these calories. But somehow, miraculously, the cosy hammocks got in the way of that plan … 😉

Life is full of tough decisions. A visit to a Heurigen or a picnic in the vineyards at the local Käferberg hill behind the LOISIUM hotel? We opt for the latter and are simply overwhelmed in our expectations. What we find here is a perfect summer evening atmosphere, complete with golden sunset, a perfectly laid out table on a modern lookout tower offering us a 360°C view all over Lower Austria – the Waldviertel, Kamp & Danube valleys and all the way to the Alps: “This place here is one of the most romantic I have ever been!” Petar Fuchs laughs and gives his wife Monika a tender look. Be sure to come here one day: It is absolutely gorgeous – even I as a local am quite so impressed.

Romance right from the start: Dinner on the sunny deck terrace of the Vineyard Restaurant at the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel Langenlois.

Romance right from the start: Dinner on the sunny deck terrace of the Vineyard Restaurant at the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel Langenlois.

Culinary delights from dinner all the way to ...

Culinary delights from dinner all the way to …

... breakfast in the morning: Here, you can enjoy each and every meal of the day thanks to the wonderful local cuisine.

… breakfast in the morning: Here, you can enjoy each and every meal of the day thanks to the wonderful local cuisine.

How about this fried free-range egg, served on a truffle soufflé and patchouli vegetables?

How about this fried free-range egg, served on a truffle soufflé and patchouli vegetables?

On the second night of our stay at the LOISIUM hotel, we opt for this amazing picnic in the vineyards – and are simply overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment.

On the second night of our stay at the LOISIUM hotel, we opt for this amazing picnic in the vineyards – and are simply overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment.

Thank you for sharing this special moment: Anja Beckmann, who writes on her food & travel website “Travel On Toast“, and Petar Fuchs, video producer at “Travel World Online“.

Thank you for sharing this special moment: Anja Beckmann, who writes on her food & travel website “Travel On Toast“, and Petar Fuchs, video producer at “Travel World Online“.

View from the Käferberg vineyard over one of the most beautiful wine growing districts of Austria, the Kamptal valley: As a local to this area, I have to say I feel really proud !!

View from the Käferberg vineyard over one of the most beautiful wine growing districts of Austria, the Kamptal valley: As a local to this area, I have to say I feel really proud !!

 

Spa & Wellness: How to let go over an Outdoor Summer Massage right inside the vineyards …

Fancy a different kind of spa treatment without the usual candle lights & wellness music in a dark room? Well, outdoor summer treatments are the way to go! Here at the LOISIUM, we found a massage table right inside the vineyards of the hotel: Very cool. After the beautiful treatment complete with Austrian grape seed oil used to massage your back, I step out onto the rose garden, dazed and happy, falling straight into one of the surrounding hammocks … nice. Almost kitsch, if it hadn’t been so real!

Blick auf Pool & Weingärten des Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel Langenlois.: To dream for.

Blick auf Pool & Weingärten des Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel Langenlois.: To dream for.

During summer, the massage table just moves outside the garden and welcomes us right here in vineyards: Complete with local grape seed oil and a good glass of Riesling wine to finish, this is an experience I can truly recommend.

During summer, the massage table just moves outside the garden and welcomes us right here in vineyards: Complete with local grape seed oil and a good glass of Riesling wine to finish, this is an experience I can truly recommend.

Janett chills in the hammock, complete oblivion written all over her face … lovely.

Janett chills in the hammock, complete oblivion written all over her face … lovely.

As a drink in between or in the evening, enjoy the beautiful local wine (creations), including a refreshment drink called “Loisl” that has been inspired by famous “Hugo”. Cool!

As a drink in between or in the evening, enjoy the beautiful local wine (creations), including a refreshment drink called “Loisl” that has been inspired by famous “Hugo”. Cool!

The Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel: A secret tip for wellness & culinary travellers.

The Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel: A secret tip for wellness & culinary travellers.

Would you not want to spend a holiday here … ?

Would you not want to spend a holiday here … ?

 

Architecture Experience: Hotel & World of Wine LOISIUM in Langenlois

A hotel whose rooms “float above the vineyards”? A visit to the local cellars imagining to “be a grape that is about to be turned into wine”? I  LOVE the local storytelling we do for our visitors, having worked as a tour guide at the LOISIUM Wine Experience World for several seasons already. Of course this time, I had to take my friends & fellow travel writers on a special trip! “Please do pay attention to what I say right now .. could you do that, Terry?!” I laugh over Terry and Janett who are like children, constantly babbling away and mesmerized by what they see and experience. Haha!

Built from the plans of the famous New York architect Steven Holl, both the LOISIUM Wine Experience World built in 2003 as well as the hotel, added in 2005, draw thousands of interested visitors to the area each year. Together, they all come to see the exceptional combination of wine, spa & architecture. If you, too, are interested in a visit, just leave me a comment here: I would be delighted to give you further tips around “my hood”, the Kamptal wine growing district! Now be inspired by even more gorgeous photography … enjoy!

View of the reception area at the modern, avant-garde Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM hotel Langenlois.

View of the reception area at the modern, avant-garde Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM hotel Langenlois.

Only two steps away from the hotel, the LOISIUJM Wine Experience world takes you on a journey about the many miracles of winemaking.

Only two steps away from the hotel, the LOISIUJM Wine Experience world takes you on a journey about the many miracles of winemaking.

Part of the tour is a visit to the historic wine cellars of the Langenlois Haimerl family.

Part of the tour is a visit to the historic wine cellars of the Langenlois Haimerl family.

Shortly before resurfacing from the cellars, the “banquet hall” treats you to this perfectly artistic creation.

Shortly before resurfacing from the cellars, the “banquet hall” treats you to this perfectly artistic creation.

Of course, we could not miss this wine tasting after the tour, including delicious sparkling wines produced by the wine growing family Steininger.

Of course, we could not miss this wine tasting after the tour, including delicious sparkling wines produced by the wine growing family Steininger.

A perfect sense of relaxation at the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel …

A perfect sense of relaxation at the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel …

... thank you so much for visiting everyone !!

… thank you so much for visiting everyone !!

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Wine & Spa Resort LOISIUM Hotel in order to travel into the Lower Austrian Kamptal wine growing district. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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2 Comments

  1. Abe Cheung

    Such a nice review you have here, I really enjoy reading it!

    My name is Abe Cheung from Hong Kong and I am planning a visit to Kremstal, Austria this mid October 2017 however will not be staying in this marvellous hotel due to limited budget.  However I surely will pay a visit of this vineyard as well as joining their tour.  I saw in your photos that we can dine outdoor with the vineyard surrounding you, can it be arranged with the resturant eventhough we don’t have a hotel room there? or would it be too cold to dine out in mid October? say in the afternoon? What is your recommendation? Please advise, many thanks!

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    • Elena

      Dear Abe,

      Thank you for your enthusiasm! I have taken the care to get back to the hotel directly, who have replied that you are welcome to hire a picnic basket through them, and sit in a vineyard location of your choice (they will help you find a good spot!). Let me know if you need anything else, such as a personal contact, and I’ll gladly help you out !

      Cheers,

      Elena

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