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Page 16 | 16 - 29 October 2019 Travel Matters LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN AUSTRIA’S WILDERNESS SEVERIN*S The Alpine Retreat city_matters CITYMATTERS.LONDON Prices JUNIOR SUITE: The large one-bedroom spaces are about 47 m² in size and also have their own terrace and fire place in the living room. Prices start at €690 per night. FAMILY SUITE: These larger rooms have a double room for mum and dad as well as some bunk beds in an annex off the living room. Prices start from €890 per night. SENIOR SUITE: These are bigger version of the junior, boasting a larger living room, a massive bathroom and superior views of the region. Prices start at €1.190 per night. THE RESIDENCE: Luxury knows no bounds in this incredible home which has its own kitchen, terrace with jacuzzi, cinema room and lounge with grand piano. Prices start from €4.990 per night. winter wonderland: with snow covered forests and mountains WINTER is coming and that means just one thing – we are mountain people now. Forget beachside deckchairs and neverending Aperol Spritzes on the Med. It’s like that summertime life never existed. Now it’s time to rug up and get proper cosy before exploring the great wilderness dusted in snow. Luxury Skiers can head up to the slopes and take part in the party atmosphere so many of these spots have. But those of us looking for a luxury retreat, away from the masses best give Severin*s a look. This boutique lodge-like hotel is where we’d love to base ourselves while exploring this part of Austria. It has everything you’d ever need, plus a whole host of things you never thought you needed before arriving. The Suites The Alpine Retreat has only 9 suites, as well as one crazy cool private residence. Each of the suites are decently sized (47 to 67 m² in size) while The Residence is an enormous 423 m² ultimate spa vacation: dip in and out of the stunning pool and sauna - which can house up to eight guests at once. That’s enough for the whole family and a few lucky plus ones. Or four luxury seeking couples. In The Residence, you even get a private cinema (for those days you just want to live inside and be as lazy and luxurious as you can). Free coffee, booze and WiFi are included too. Enjoy all of this out on our own private terrace overlooking the looming mountains covered in ice, taking in the views from Lech to Arlberg. Wellness Focus You can’t come to a place like this in winter and not spend a good chunk of time dipping in and out of saunas. Here, the Severin*s team have set up programmes and facilities made for destressing the body and helping guests gain total comfort. You may just find your very own hot and sweaty Nirvana within these wood-clad walls. The cleansing power of the heat promotes blood circulation, strengthens the body’s defences, stimulates the cardiovascular system, supports the regeneration process, reduces stress and frees you of all excess. All of this can be found in their Finnish sauna, infrared cabin and extra lush steam bath. You can then get a little more active in the 12.5m indoor pool and super high-tech indoor gym – because we are persistently told that some people like to exercise on holidays. We still don’t understand this urge, but Severin*s get those people. If it were up to us, we’d just expand the spa but we can be fairly lazy sods when travelling abroad. Dining When people from all over the region come to your hotel’s restaurant for fine dining experiences, you know you’ve made the right choice. Tuck into all kinds of local specialities, made from produce sourced nearby. It’s all modern, high-end food within a sleek and cosy setting. Either gather around the fire with some hot toddies or sit by the windows overlooking the winter wonderland you get to call home for a short while. With this gem of a restaurant here, you’ll struggle to explore much of the surrounding Austrian landscape and small surrounding villages. The Area Severin*s: The Alpine Retreat is located in Stubenbach, which belongs to Lech am Arlberg. The surrounding mountain landscape attracts nature and sport enthusiasts all year round but winter is made for short strolls and skiing in the nearby slopes. The resort villages of Zürs, St Christoph and St. Anton are located in the immediate vicinity and aren’t hard to reach. Many people stay in Severin*s because of the ease at which you can get to these parts – but also because of the distance too. Staying in the large resorts can be hectic. Staying outside of it, dipping you toes in and out when you like, is the best way to go. It means those wanting to hit the slopes can catch a shuttle up the mountain while others can stay around The Alpine Retreat and explore the immediate vicinity or simply hide away in the spa a little longer. Basically, you get all the best bits of a luxury vacation. It comes with the hefty price tag, but you get what you pay for. It’s the best way to live like a mountain man – without having to rough it. Getting there Getting to Severin*s: The Alpine Retreat is all too easy. You can either fly into Vienna, Zürich or Munich before driving over to Lech. The team can also organise all your pick-ups and transfers. This is a luxury destination after all - their job is to make everything as seamless as possible. Getting around SHUTTLE: The hotel runs its own shuttle serve to the nearby ski slopes for those who ask. Decide the times you want to arrive and they’ll get you there on time. The easiest spot to go to is Lech, but they can easily sort out transfers for guests who want to explore other parts. CAR: The only other practical way to get around Lech and the surrounding mountains is to hire a car for yourselves. Either grab one at the airport upon or arrival or grab one more locally from one of the towns. Depending on the time of year, you might also need to purchase chains for the tyres. Safety first folks. citymatters.london

CITYMATTERS.LONDON citymatters 16 - 29 October 2019 | Page 17 Fashion Matters MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORK GEAR FOR LONDON’S COLDER MONTHS Julia's Style Guide London stylist Julia Lurie gives her take on how to properly update your work wardrobe now that we are finally settling into autumn... and eventually winter OCTOBER has rolled around again and it is time for you to refresh your weekday uniform, which is most likely a self allocated section of your wardrobe that may or may not be titled ‘workwear’. The basics of this uniform should be celebrated and if you get them just right, they should become your everyday favourites. This page focuses on appropriate, classic and well made garments to elevate this section of your wardrobe. Men’s Shirts Focus on brands specific to shirting, they are masters of an art and the shirts will fit better than anything. Learn your neck size using one of their guides and never go back to poorly fitted shirts. Autumn EDIT Budd Tailored Fit Plain Poplin Button Cuff in White £120 Turnbull & Asser Plain white cotton shirt with classic T&A collar and button cuffs £250 Emma Willis White Zephirlino Shirt £250 Men’s Blazers Choose a classic colour such as black or navy then add a twist to by trying a new tech fabric, houndstooth pattern or unstructured cut. Accessories A classic or vintage watch, tie with a little extra detail and a well made shoe will leave you notably better dressed than your peers in the office. Grenson Lloyd Leather Penny Loafers £235 Bremont Airco Mach 1 Watch £2,895 Margaret Howell Patch pocket cottonpoplin shirt £135 Katharine Hamnett London Nicola silk-satin shirt £290 Ganni Hewitt doublebreasted pinstripe blazer £280 Accessories Kit yourself out with accessories that are fun and a bit different, like a coat finished with pvc or a strange shaped bag. Things that will make you smile and that will stand out from the crowd. . Dries Van Noten Navy Unstructured Pinstriped Cotton & Wool-Blend Blazer £605 Gucci Bee-jacquard silk tie £145 Women’s Blazers The ultimate back to work purchase, a timeless and key piece in any wardrobe. Go with single breasted if you like to wear it open or double to keep closed or try the new style tie waist where you don’t have to worry about anything underneath. Palmer/ Harding Single-breasted PVC coat £698 Oliver Spencer Slim-Fit Unstructured Houndstooth Wool Blazer £370 Women’s Shirts A classic white shirt will stand the test of time and look effortlessly chic while the rest of the world falls for ‘trends’. Maison Margiela Single-breasted longline wool-blend blazer £1,165 Rejina Pyo Olivia handbag £495 Prada Slim-Fit Dark- Grey Shell Blazer £920 Joseph Edith cottonblend poplin shirt £245 Mother of Pearl Checked organic wool blazer £595 Neous Ionopsis boots £545.00

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