Avance Activity Hotel - a paradise for active families

Riding courses on Lipizzaners for adults and children, led pony rides for the littler jockeys, golf and tennis academies for kids, free all day kids activity club, great facilities for adults such as separate pool and spa and adult sports programme. An innovative, fantastic hotel that offers 4* luxury with a family twist and fantastic riding of course!

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The Riding

Hacks on 450 km riding trails through the beautiful Southern Burgenland wine region. Seven different routes, with varied terrain. Top dressage training with Kirsa Steinböck, state certified dressage rider with international Grand Prix successes in baroque dressage. Antonia and Patrick are also on hand for lessons for all levels and rides out. Kids' Fun Riding courses on Lipizzaners.

The Riding Facilities

Facilities include a 36m x 22m air conditioned, floodlit, indoor sand school with a rubber base and a surface made of Geotextile, 20m x 60m dressage riding ring, a sports café and paddocks. 16 Lipizzaners including 1 stud stallion for breeding, 5 Kladrubers, 2 Haflingers and 2 mini Shetland ponies. Besides riding you can also learn to drive carriages.

Kladruber: The Kladrubers were the carriage horses of the royal and imperial monarchies for 400 years. They are baroque horses of a large stature with a pronounced concave head profile. The breed was established in 1572 in the court stud Kladgrub. The Kladruber is a strong, generous horse with a calm, but if necessary also fiery temperament.

Lipizzaner: The "emperor's white horses" of the Hapsburg monarchy originate from the oldest cultured European breed of horses in Lipica, which is now in Slovenia. The Lipizzaner breed was created in 1580 through cross breeding with Spanish, Neapolitan and Arab horses on the initiative of Archduke Karl II.

4* Reiter Avance Hotel for Families

Kasimir's Kids' World is 120 m2 with its own terrace, with full time creative professional childcare from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Weekly barbeque evening, daily activity programmes for children aged 3-8 years and youths aged from 8-12 years. Soft play area for youngsters and Safari lodge with DVD and music centre for older kids, children's creative workshop. Kids have their own cool South East Asian style restaurant where they can have lunch, tea or dinner (supervised) and help themselves all day long from the soft drinks fountain. Weekly pizza party, youth bar, youth disco 'The Hole' 3 times a week. Kasimir's Water World is a huge indoor area with pools for babies and pools for older children with large Fun Slide and climbing wall. Kids' massages and other beauty treatments, including professional make-up tips for teenage girls.

Fun Riding Courses for kids and teens with Lipizzaners and Kladrubers. Beginners course to get to know and love horses!: Monday to Friday a.m. 1 lunge lesson per day (20 mins each), plus general horse care, afternoons: saddle care, quizzes, and stable rally, get a certificate at the Ice Cream Party!. Friday excursion with a horse and carriage for a sausage barbeque from 11 am to 3 pm. Price per child: £150

Advanced riding course for kids and teens: £170: This includes 3 group lessons of 50 minutes and 2 hacks in the mornings. Afternoons are spent with a variety of horse related activities such as horse care, cooking tasty things for horses, play hunting, riding to music (Quadrille), ice cream picnics in the horse and carriage. Min. 3 kids from age 7 for both courses. There is also an Intensive Course available fcommencing 8 a.m. Monday and 9.am Tues-Fri with 6 lessons throughout the week, 2 hacks and a carriage ride pus all the horse related activities as detailed above. The cost is £225.

Fun Golf for kids: David Leadbetter Junior Start Up: 3 day golf course (Thurs to Sat) for beginners and advanced children and youngsters, with 2 hours training daily. Video analysis of the full swing, pitching, chipping, playing bunker and putting. Range fee, range balls and golf club rental during instruction. Refreshments during instruction. Rules and etiquette instruction. Golf treasure hunt. Fun putting. Price per child: £90. Golfer taster day £39. Junior Golf camp (certain weeks only) £319.

For Adults: The Avance Hotel has its own pools, fitness, health and beauty areas offering an extensive array of therapies and treatments in the new architect designed Beauty Pavilion. You may also use the Merkur Centre for preventative medicine and physiotherapy. You may choose to spend time with your kids (you can even eat in the kids' restaurant) or escape to your own pool with its extensive choice of saunas and steamrooms. There is an all day, free, poolside health and juice bar here where you can have an early morning 'dressing gown' breakfast. All meals and drinks (including wine and beer) are included, so you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet, 3 course lunch buffet with accompanying drinks, snack buffet by the pool, coffee and cake & snacks in the afternoon, dinner with beer or wine and soft drinks included. In the hotel lobby bar: all drinks, including alcoholic cocktails, are included.

Sporting facilities

Golf: 9 and 18 hole courses and home to the famous David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Open year round. Free green fee (see below for details). On the driving range approx 200 golfers can practise open air or 20 golfers in huts (for inclement weather). For those wishing to practise pitches, putts or bunker strokes, there is a range of approx 180 × 70 metres with 2 greens.

Racquet centre offers 1 squash box, 2 indoor courts with granular surface, 2 outdoor sand courts, tennis court rental is free of charge. The 'Better Tennis Academy' offers expert tuition for all standards with a Children/Youth tennis programme and an Adult programme.

Nordic Walking and Running: In the resort itself there is a 1.5 km moon & sun running track. The region has running routes of 138 km, as well as hiking or signposted walking trails with a total length of 280 km.

All round reconditioning: This is a complete renovation and renewal which includes a daily activity programme with changing sports highlights such as: nordic walking and daily tours, daily aqua-aerobics, UKK walking test with fitness check, trial golf lesson, a guided cycling tour.

Cycling: Enjoy the beautiful gentle hills of the South Burgenland countryside on your bike, cycling past castles and manor houses in an untouched natural landscape. 600 km of fully signposted cycling for every level of ability. Bikes and detailed cycling map available at Reception.

Guest comment from Julia, June 2011:

The hotel was lovely and all the staff, without exception, were very welcoming and efficient. They were also very patient as we did not speak German ! Our daughter loved the kids club which I thought was extremely well run and had some fantastic ideas. The fashion show on our last night was a very popular choice. The food was always excellent, although it might have been helpful to have a few signs in English over the actual dishes,but that is just being picky. I thought it was a lovely idea to have a separate menu for kids where they could help themselves.The stables too were fantastic, and I had 2 lovely rides out and a lesson, where I learned a lot. The horses were absolutely beautiful and I feel very lucky to have ridden them.

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Getting there

Vienna International airport is roughly 1.5 hrs from the Burgenland Resort and Graz is just over the hour. A minibus or car transfer to these airports or train stations are included in the cost of the holiday. The nearest train station is Bad Tatzmannsdorf.

Ryanair (London Stansted to Graz).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow and Dublin to Vienna).
British Airways (London Heathrow and Manchester to Vienna).
Fly Niki (London Stansted and Manchester to Vienna).
Aer Lingus (Dublin to Vienna).

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Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

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Riding ability

Beginners riding lessons right through to advanced dressage.

What to bring

Your normal riding clothes and boots with hard hat, with a light waterproof (summer) and padded (ski) jacket (winter).

Weather

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