Atop the Austrian Tyrolean Mountains lies a ski resort with a difference. The Arlberg 1800 Resort, is not only a skiing haven, but a cultural epicentre which can be explored throughout all four seasons. Located at 1800m above sea level in St Christoph, the resort was built nearly 650 years ago as a sanctuary for travellers crossing the Arlberg pass. Centuries later it was at the center of a turning point in history when it witnessed the birth of Alpine skiing and it soon became a key part of the flourishing winter sport. One of the region’s first 5-star hotels, people of distinction started to flood to the resort helping it grow and evolve into the cultural hub it is today.
The Arlberg Hospiz Hotel is now run by the 48th proprietor Florian Werner, who has remained devoted to the wellbeing of guests to the resort and during his time there he has successfully transformed the hotel and the wider resort into a mecca for wine lovers. The hotel and the Hospiz Alm restaurant include two vast wine cellars which hold a selection of the finest wines in the world. One of the cellars dates all the way back to 1386, whilst the other was built solely to hold 5000 larger bottles for extra special occasions. ‘Whenever there’s something to celebrate, an Imperial or a 15-litre Nebukadnezar rounds off the evening perfectly,’ muses wine expert Werner, who goes on to explain ‘even more so when it’s an exceptional vintage from Château Cheval Blanc or Haut Marbuzet’ making Arlberg 1800 the ultimate European mountain destination for discerning connoisseurs.
With just 370 beds in the whole of the resort spread between rooms, suites and apartments, the exclusivity of the location is palpable and the additional features which set it apart from other ski resorts only adds to this. Believing that a successful company needs to undergo a mini cultural revolution every few decades, Florian Werner has continually dedicated resources to enhancing the guest experience. Modern art has made its way to the lofty location thanks to the 1400sqm art gallery which offers an artist-in residence programme where Werner brings budding artists to St Christoph every year. The art of ‘encountering’ is a large part of a stay at Arlberg 1800 and guests are invited to interact with and get to know the talented artists during their time there.
The idea of encountering expands to the latest installation at Arlberg 1800 – the Kunsthalle. The highest space of its kind due to the 1800m above sea level location of St Christophe, the Kunsthalle offers studios for the artists in residence, along with a concert hall and numerous exhibition rooms with a full calendar all year round. Opened only this year, it is already one of the highest regarded arts spaces in Austria, making Arlberg 1800 a one stop destination for lovers of winter sports, wine, fine dining and of course – culture.
Find out more about this fascinating resort and book a stay at one of the most exclusive suites on the Arlberg 1800 website.