As the moon slowly sets and the sun rises, a panoramic view of Carinthia’s mountainous winter oasis appears, revealing the perfect site for some well-deserved R&R. Here you’ll find the ideal setting for a little pampering after a long and eventful day of skiing on the sunny south side of the Alps.Kärnten-Therme Villach are guaranteed to depart feeling rejuvenated and recharged. The building’s architecture captures the character of Villach’s largest mountain, the Dobratsch. With 11,000 square meters of space spread across 4 floors, the combination of rejuvenation and fun blend harmoniously with fitness and culinary delights. Built out of natural stone, wood and shell limestone, the wellness area occupies two floors with ample space for massages, beauty treatments, saunas and ice booths. Equally as impressive is the fact that nearly 40 million litres of water coming from six thermal springs flow through the resort daily at an ideal temperature of 29.9 degrees.
The Fountain of Youth
Nearby, after snowmelts and lush rains, the locals keep constant watch over a rumoured fountain of youth. “It’s bubbling again!” That’s what they say when the so-called Maibachl, Warmbad-Villach’s natural hot springs, transforms into a highly secluded swimming area. Here you’ll swim in the open air, with water depth just over one meter and the water temperature at a blissful temperature of 28 degrees.
Swim like the Ancient Romans
From snowsuit to swimsuit: The Römerbad Thermal Spa in Bad Kleinkirchheim awaits tired skiers and snowboarders coming from the slopes. This resort has 13 heavenly saunas spread across three floors of relaxation, as well as a playroom for children and various quiet zones. “Carpe diem” is the motto in this wellness area, which was designed in the Roman style, with a purity enriched by materials such as stone pine and glittering red, gold and silver-toned stones. The adjacent Sankt Kathrein Thermal Spa is family-friendly, offering serene corners for those seeking peace and quiet but also warm outdoor swimming pools and activities for children in the Kinder-Thermenwelt.
A Lakeside Bathhouse
By 1870, the Aristocrats knew how to relax with a spirit of enjoyment and southern gaiety. The first Carinthian Bathhouse on Lake Millstättersee was built in this tradition. The resort is located directly on the lakeshore, and gives visitors the experience of summer, year-round. The resort’s outdoor infinity pool is kept at a temperature of 35 degrees, while indoors visitors can find relaxing hot-stone massage treatments and pinewood saunas. The historic Werzer’s Bathhouse is located on the shores of Lake Wörthersee, and was recently renovated to offer an inviting spa area with spacious sunbed areas and saunas, as well as its own lakeside lounge.
Panoramic Views in a Bathrobe
At Hotel Hochschober on Turracher Höhe, Koller’s Hotel on Lake Millstättersee and Relais & Châteaux Hotel on Lake Wörthersee, you will find heated outdoor pools with panoramic views. Passing through the hotel doors clothed in a bathrobe instead of a winter coat, you will find the warm waters as well as traditional spa treatments such as massages with essential oils and relaxing traditional winter hay baths.
First, sweat it all out in a picturesque lakeside sauna, and then go for a refreshing dip in one of Carinthia’s crystal-clear lakes. At Lake Weissensee, the lakeside sauna at Lake Hotel Enzian combines1930’s flair with modern luxury. Comfortable lounge chairs as well as breath-taking lake and mountain views can be found in the massive Panorama Quiet Room. A trip to Lake Pressegersee is well worth it, as you can rejuvenate at Familienferiendorf, where a floating sauna house stands on a small reed island accessible only via footbridge.