I saw an ad for this incredible outdoor mountain spa come up on my Instagram feed, and let's just say I was heavily influenced.
With autumn well underway in the mountains of Austria, I decided that a weekend in October would be the perfect time to make a booking at the Naturhotel Forsthofgut, that had been in my Instagram saves for so long. The hotel is exquisite and, while you can book in for a stay, for those of you seeking a self-care escape for the day (that's also plenty more affordable than a room, at just 125 euros per person for all-day access to all the facilities from 11am-8pm), then the waldSPA at Forsthofgut might just be the thing.
With vibrantly coloured leaves and crisp morning air, I was craving an escape to a place where I could clear my head and unwind, and to allow the new season to fully arrive. With multiple indoor and outdoor facilities, including saunas, hot pools, red light, steam rooms, nap roms and of course, the famous outdoor natural pool with that impressive mountain backdrop, the whole thing felt impeccably designed to soothe and calm those who visit. It was the perfect place to think and reflect.
You'll need to wear your swimsuit, but everything else is provided for you on site, including a big fluffy bathrobe, slippers to wear around the facilities, towels, shampoo/conditioner/bodywash, and body lotion. Much of the waldSPA is adults only, and there are facilities where swimsuits are not permitted to be worn. Food isn't included, but QR codes placed around the facilities permit you to order drinks online and have them brought to you. An excellent sushi restaurant is at the hotel, where we had our lunch.