It’s a widely held opinion that watching jumbo snowflakes coat the ground with a fresh, blank canvas while you snuggle up in front of a fire munching gingerbread cookies is the best way to spend Christmas Eve. A white Christmas has its downsides though – namely the winter blues that settle in when people get sick of staying indoors, knitting mittens and watching reruns. Get back to nature and enjoy the exciting side of a white Christmas and save up to 64% on a ski package at Gutshof Hotel.
Even if you’re just migrating to your friend’s couch for a weekend, getting away from the same old scenery you see every day can be more refreshing than a swim at the beach on Boxing Day. Of course, you’re getting away from some of the stresses that leave you feeling like a striped Ghanaian squirrel-rat after a hard weeks’ floating down the Niger Delta in a pickle-jar, but you’re really just swopping one pickle-jar for another when what you really need to do is get rid of the jar altogether and get out into the open air. What better place to do that than the oft-shown-in-movies Alps?
A VIP transfer takes you from the Munich airport, right to your very own car – well, not your car but a car for your own personal use during your stay which can be better than having to rely on taxis in a foreign country. Though visiting a resort is about more than just the room you’re staying in, it’s easier to enjoy fun snow-flavoured shenanigans when you know that you can collapse in plush and elegant comfort when you’ve finally tuckered yourself out. The elegantly appointed rooms provide the cosiest place for tuckered snow-surfers to warm their mittens and reminisce about their favourite snow-flakes or slope-tricks before heading on down to din-din. As for the snowy shenanigans – with two mountain bikes to use during the trip, a ski-pass, over 700km of piste and gardens, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied. The Hintertux Glacier is open for skiing 365 days a year, and for anyone who’s never seen a snow-covered ski-slope, it’s nothing like a murky pile of blacked snow that collects along South Africa’s mountain road-sides during cold winters.
Even if you’re just looking to enjoy the deep and tranquil sleep that comes with breathing in the fresh Alpine air, you can still enjoy the scenic views from your room that comes complete with all the charming comforts and modern conveniences of A-list accommodation. To aid in the unwinding, you’ll also have free access to the bio and Finnish saunas, aroma showers and Turkish baths – throw in a voucher to use at the Figura Anti-Aging Centre for anything from a manicure to a massage and you’ll realise why the movies are always making such a big deal about holidaying in the Alps.
When you’re tuckered out but not ready to hit the hay, it’s probably best to tuck in instead and Gutshof makes sure there’s never a shortage of tasty treats to tuck in to. Not only do you have a voucher for the in-room minibar, which is no doubt stacked with obscure and delicious delectables, your room is furnished with an excellent bottle of wine – and not just any wine: French wine – along with a plate of fruits. Of course, no one could be expected to live on nothing but fruit for the duration of their stay, you’re also provided with a breakfast buffet, afternoon snack if you can drag yourself away from the ski-slopes or sauna and a four-course dinner at night.
Whether you hit the slopes like a ski-savvy half-pipe acrobat, or mill around the room in your bathrobe and slippers messing around on the free Wi-Fi, there’s really no better place to do it than the Alps.Snowy Fact: Some animation enthusiasts claim that the first ski-slope to be featured in an animated movie can be seen hiding in the distance behind a bag of vegetables sitting next to Cruella in one of the final scenes of 101 Dalmations