Vitalhotel Wolfgangsee

A small tennis hotel run by a family who truly believe in giving guests a warm welcome.

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LOCATION

St. Wolfgang is a picturesque village in the Salzkammergut district, 50 kms from Salzburg Airport.

This acclaimed sporting hotel offers a range of sports and activities including tennis. Overlooking the Wolfgangsee Lake, the hotel has great views (All bedrooms have a lake view) and is less than a 10 minute walk to the traditional Austrian village of St. Wolfgang.

Tennis

Three indoor carpet courts and three outdoor clay courts. The indoor courts are of a good standard; the clay courts are fairly basic and there are no floodlights. Rackets and balls are available free of charge, although new balls are for sale. The courts are available free of charge for hotel guests. In the morning the courts are taken up with coaching, otherwise guests can use them as much as they want, daytime and evenings. In the winter indoor availability may be more stretched.

At any one time there are between three and five full-time coaches with head coach Pravesh Mahabeer present almost all year-round. All the coaches are USPTR trained and all can play to an extremely high standard. There are two types of tuition available to the guests: ‘Happy Tennis’ – 90 minutes of coaching daily and ‘Intensive’ – two 90 minute sessions daily. Group sizes are four players to one coach and the emphasis is on improving technique without changing much of the player’s individual style. The coaches swap groups every half hour. At the end of each day there is video analysis, as well as exhibition matches between the pros. To conclude the week, the coaches organise singles and doubles tournaments for guests.

Accommodation

At full capacity the chalet-style hotel sleeps 55 split between the main building (Wolfgangsee) and the second block (Bergheimat), 20 metres away. There are 20 Standard rooms, all with balconies and minibars, and five Suites and one apartment. The attractive bedrooms have a simple mix of pine and linen and are cleaned daily. In summer, the balcony boxes blossom with alpine flowers.

Facilities

Breakfast at the Wolfgangsee is an extensive buffet and likewise for lunch. Dinner is a five-course affair with trout from the lake and home-reared venison on the menu. The lakeside village of St Wolfgang is only a short walk away and has a selection of restaurants, all serving traditional fare at reasonable prices.

During July and August, the hotel offers special children’s weeks where kids are entertained with sports activities and visits to a nearby farm and other local attractions. Juniors can also join either of the tennis coaching programmes, split between age groups of 6-10 and 10-14. Babysitting can be arranged at an hourly rate.

The hotel also offers skiing (during the winter months) as well as walking, cycling, golf and watersports on the lake during the summer. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.