The MoaAlm Mountain Retreat stands for a vacation at over 1,800 meters above sea level in beautiful nature and its very special tranquility: in spring it is only broken by birds singing and in summer by happy cows; in winter the Alm is surrounded by snow and complete tranquility.
Before the takeover, the property served as a mountain hut with simple rooms and a café for hikers during the summer. The hut has a permanent place in the heart of the Tyrolean community of Kals am Großglockner. The hosts discovered the house by chance during a ski tour and later noticed that it was for sale. Since they had already fallen in love with the area, the decision was quickly made that they would like to purchase the Alm in order to offer a special kind of retreat there.
During the renovation in 2016, the focus was on not changing the exterior too much so that the house retains its authentic look. In order to preserve the history of the hut, most of the furniture has been renovated or just given a new coat of paint. The result is an eclectic mid-century design.
The light-flooded bedrooms are designed in a similar way and yet they differ in small details. Three of the four south facing rooms have access to a balcony. The main room of the MoaAlm is very large and airy - the many windows allow a fantastic view of the mountains from every side. The yoga room has a large picture window, making it the perfect place to greet the morning sun.
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ArchitectureThe renovation attempted to keep the facade minimalist using untreated local wood without altering the traditional architecture of the area. Some furniture could also be restored inside. All wooden elements, such as the four-meter-long oak table, were made on site. Other household items were obtained from a local recycling center and second hand stores. These were then combined with contemporary new pieces of furniture.
FoodSince the hosts are vegan, most of the dishes are vegetable. However, they also offer organic dairy products from the region for breakfast to support local farms. In summer, the diverse herb garden serves as the basis for many recipes. The accommodation pays attention to organic quality, for example in the selection of coffee or teas. The menu is always seasonal, trying to combine local, traditional dishes with a vegan twist. The menu changes every week so that guests can try a variety of dishes. During a week's stay at the MoaAlm, guests can count on a tasting of vegan, local classics, but also dishes from Indian, Mexican or Italian cuisines. The self-baked vegan cakes in the afternoon always ensure great enthusiasm, such as the lemon and poppy seed cake or the apple crumble cake. The food waste is either composted or used as pig feed. Intolerance and allergies are gladly taken into account.
Employees from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as from the region itself work in the MoaAlm. The MoaAlm serves as a home for all employees; everyone can use the facility and take part in hikes and yoga courses. In addition, everyone receives a quota of 200 euros for further training and the hosts pay for the transport to and from the MoaAlm at the beginning and end of the season.
EnvironmentThe aim was to completely insulate the house and install an energy-ef ﬁ cient heating system with solar panels. The furniture and fittings that were already in the hut were upcycled. All the water comes from the mountain spring, with untreated natural drinking water. The hot water is mainly heated by solar collectors - a boiler system only serves as a back-up if there are several consecutive cloudy or rainy days. The Alm does not use single-use plastic and only uses natural cleaning products. The hosts are involved in a farming community in which they physically participate and lend a hand, for example by clearing fallen trees from the streets after storms. In the exchange with the guests it is always about how important it is to protect this remote place. There is a close cooperation with the surrounding national parks to educate the guests about the area. The wood-fired whirlpool minimizes energy consumption. In addition, it is treated with magnesium and salts in the water, so that no chemicals are used. A wildflower garden of its own that does not require irrigation blooms in summer.
Well-BeingBody, soul and spirit are brought into balance in the daily yoga courses. Several hatha, vinyasa, and relaxing yin yoga classes are offered each morning. Tailored to the individual abilities of the guests, the hosts encourage and welcome every level to have fun and end challenging mountain activities with well-deserved breaks in the yoga studio with a morning stretch. In winter an inversion class is offered in the afternoon and in summer an AcroYoga session. Depending on the group, additional afternoon restorative classes can also be booked. These yoga classes are seen as a supplement to the active vacation, be it skiing and snowshoeing in winter or hiking in summer. In special weeks, two yoga classes with mediation are offered per day. A hiking tour is also offered five days a week in summer. There is also the possibility of taking part in an accompanied bike tour.
MoaAlm is high in the Austrian Alps and is a perfect place to unwind. Our stay was good value (seven nights for €990, food and activities included) and combined fantastic views, great company, reinvigorating physical activities such as yoga, (cross-country) skiing and guided snow-shoe hikes, a delicious three-course vegetarian/vegan meal every evening and peace and quiet. And, let’s be real, there is nothing better than sitting in an outside hot tub being served a cold beer during a blizzard.
The Austrian Alps offer a getaway with a difference – we love the the MoaAlm Mountain Retreat which has been designed to leave as little impact on its environment as possible. Enjoy locally sourced, organic plantbased three course meals cooked by the in-house chef, practise daily yoga in a panoramic studio and explore the scenery on foot, bike or skis with a local guide. There’s even a wood-fired hot tub to watch the sunset. By choosing a holiday that aligns with your own values, you’re much more likely to come away feeling inspired.
From Lienz it takes about 40 minutes by car to the MoaAlm (36 km). It is just under 3 hours from Innsbruck (183 km), as well as from Salzburg (193 km), from Munich it takes around 3.5 hours (215 km) and from Vienna it is a good 5.5 hours ( 483 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The closest train station is in Lienz. Collection from there is possible on request. Alternatively, there is also a bus to Kals am Großglockner. The guests are picked up from the bus stop there and brought to their accommodation.
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