The apartments in Austria range from properties in refurbed old chalets to purpose built blocks of flats – made with carefully chosen materials to blend them with the traditional surroundings. Most are booked on a self-catered basis, kitted out with kitchenettes where you can save a shedload of Euros and accommodate fussy eaters by whipping up your own meals at home. If that sounds too much like hard work, there’s often the option to upgrade to a half-board apartment, where you’ll have breakfasts and suppers served for you in a nearby hotel or restaurant. Or, you can always use your digs as a base for exploring the local cafes and restaurants throughout the week.
Lodgings at the upper end of the scale often come with wellness facilities like hot tubs, saunas and swimming pools. Frequently they’re connected to one of the resort’s finest hotels, granting guests access to hotel amenities like soothing spas and popular restaurants. For a really luxurious stay, look up local restaurants with the most Gault&Millau points and use your apartment as a base for dining like a king all week.
Being old farming villages and market towns, a lot of the Austrian resorts still host weekly markets where you can pick up fresh local produce to prepare back in your apartment. Farm shops, Delikatessen and Bäckereien are also worth looking out for – many sell ready prepared meals and regional delicacies.
In the supermarket department, brands like SPAR, BILLA and MPREIS are often seen in the ski resorts here and can keep things affordable. If you’re driving to resort or hiring a car, it might be worth stopping off at one of the bigger hypermarkets in Innsbruck and Salzburg to avoid the usually hiked up prices for tourists in resort. Alternatively, pick one of the bigger ski towns, like St Anton, Mayrhofen and Zell am See: rather than just catering to tourists, these have thousands of permanent residents, so you’ll find larger supermarkets and more choice of shops.
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