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With a fair dose of courage and innovative concepts, Lukas Sendlhofer set out in 2020 to reinvent this third-generation family hotel. As the head of the new, young trio, he turned the traditional spa business with its ties to the local thermal spring inside out together with his girlfriend Eva and sister Martina. This gave rise to the new sendlhofer’s, which sets new standards for lifestyle holidays on the edge of the Hohe Tauern national park, in the heart of the Salzburg region. While the garden is perfect for letting your spirit soar after a spa visit, with cowbells in the background to soothe your ears and an alpine view to delight your eyes, it feels a long way removed from a “spa hotel”, instead acting as stylish meeting point for everyone who enjoys holidaying in style and appreciating creative and free-spirited exchange, whether or not with their families. With a bike or hiking boots, skis or snow boots: the in-house ski and bike workshop ensures a great run in the Gastein Valley. Guests arriving at sendlhofer’s will head straight into Luke’s Living Room. At this meeting place reminiscent of a market hall, cosy seating niches by the window, a show kitchen and a free water tap station are grouped around the pool table. From the open restaurant, we pass by the showcases featuring regional delicacies, straight into the juice shop with walk-in wine cellar, over to the bar with swing chairs or into the spacious garden. The regional added value ensures that food travels no more than 30 kilometres, until the point at which it is lovingly transformed into small tapas and enjoyed in the living room. Wherever meat is found on the varied menu, the entire animal is personally carved by the Sendlhofer's chef and used as soon as it leaves the hotel's own curing chamber. Holidaymakers and locals alike can enjoy live music and aperitifs at the bar, which received acclaim from the Falstaff Bar Guide 2022; after all, eating and drinking together has always formed part of a social repertoire par excellence. Whether for bathing, lounging around with a book, playing volleyball or swaying on the slackline - the garden offers something for everyone. Reminiscent of a park landscape in the centre of Bad Hofgastein, anyone can find a quiet spot to do yoga, picnic or simply doze off undisturbed on a space measuring around 7,500 square metres. The very first trees surrounding the thermal pool were planted by Lukas’ grandparents. Once upon a time, spa guests splashed around here in the original Gastein thermal outdoor pool, which was fed by its own supply line from the original Elisabeth Spring in Bad Gastein. The new Alpine spa follows in the footsteps of this tradition. Indoor and outdoor pools, a 2500-square metre natural spa and the sauna landscape with organic sauna, ice grotto and more all vie for attention with massages, hot stones for the skin or natural cosmetics.