The Supreme Spa Hotel

Hacks and dressage lessons with a top trainer on beautifully schooled Lipizzaners. This beautiful region, just south of Vienna, is known for its gentle wooded hills, its historical castles, its first class wines, its 300 days of sunshine each year and its healing thermal springs. Huge range of activities both sporting and social at this outstanding luxurious resort. Perfect too for non-riding partners or friends! Why not combine this with a trip to Vienna to see the Lipizzaners of the Spanish Riding School in action? One of our best selling holidays and after a stay here, you will know why!

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The Riding and Driving

Hacks on 450 km riding trails through the beautiful Southern Burgenland wine region. Seven different routes, with varied terrain. Top dressage trainer. Antonia and Patrick offer tuition for all levels and rides out. Beginners riding courses and driving. Carriage rides and learn to carriage drive available. Private driving lessons guarantee your progress. The riding 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.

Learn on a Lipizzaner!

This break is designed for beginners and features 2 nights in Vienna, staying in your choice of 4* hotel close to the Spanish Riding School where you can attend a Morning Training to Music Tour, a stable visit or even a gala performance to inspire you and show you what these fantastic horses are capable of. You will then be transferred to the Supreme for a 3 night stay during which you will have 3 lunge sessions on one of the hotel's wonderful Lipizzaners to introduce you to the pleasures of riding. Where better to learn than at this fabulous hotel with outstanding spa facilities to ease away any aches or stiffness. If you wish to undertake a full beginner's course you can stay at the Supreme for 5 nights and enjoy 7 lunge lessons and one group ride at the end of your week.

The Horses

The horses: 23 Lipizzaners including 2 stud stallions for breeding (40 more kept at another site). 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. Karl Reiter who owns the hotel has set up his own stud on site and also keeps Icelandic ponies and Shetland ponies.

The Yin-Yang Spa

This is a place of calm and relaxation, the perfect 'deceleration' from our hectic modern way of life. Austria has a long tradition of healing spa resorts based around natural hot water springs with curative properties. The Supreme spa is built around one of these springs with thermal water from a depth of 896m of a glorious 32.6 degrees Celsius. It is said to be particularly suited to treat degenerative changes of the musculoskeletal system, particularly within the rheumatic sphere. It is also good for boosting energy levels and to improve general immunity.

Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools filled with natural healing thermal waters, outdoor whirlpool, numerous saunas and steam rooms, some with organic herbs or aromas, some with flat-screen TVs, pool bar with fresh juices and vitamin drinks. For relaxing, shuffle in your slippers (provided) to the chill-out room with music headphones or relax on a giant bean bag in the 'whisper room', help yourself at the health bar. Have breakfast by the pool in your toweling robe (provided) - no need to get dressed all day. Visit the Beauty Farm to sample the extensive range of products, massages and treatments for both men and women (some treatments can be given together). Hairdressers, skin and hair advice.

Hatha Yoga courses with Jutta

Hatha Yoga is perfectly compatible with the many sports offered here including riding and golf. Top sports (wo)men enthuse about this dynamic and powerful Yoga style. Regular practice increases mental and physical abilities. It improves the ability to concentrate and boosts mental potency. It also gives you more energy, flexibility, reduces the risk of injury and helps you to deal with stress.

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic Hatha Yoga style, here especially adapted to riders' needs. The Yoga postures ('Asanas') are practised in a precise defined sequence and connected fluently and dynamic with each other. At the same time we use specific yogic techniques: A special breathing ('Ujjayi'), energetic locks ('Bandhas') as well as defined gaze directions ('Drishtis'). The simultaneous application of all these Yoga techniques in connection with the Yoga postures demands a focused mind, which will increase the effect of each single component to create an energetic flow. Each breath initiates a movement, each movement is carried by the breath. The body floats on the breathing flow from one Yoga posture into the next.

Yoga, Spur and Spa package

Sample package: 2 Private Yoga lessons, 1 Far Eastern Massage, 2 Shiatsu treatments, 1 Foot Reflexology treatment, a daily ride out on a Lipizzaner. Please advise us of your requirements and we will tailor a quote for you.

Dates: Please contact us for the dates of the courses (anytime if you are a group of 4 or more). Yoga weekends for beginners are also available on certain dates (see below for details) and individual yoga sessions are available at any time (see pricing section below). Some group yoga classes are available as part of the hotel's weekly activity programme, free of charge.

Beginners Yoga Weekend: Let Jutta introduce you to the philisophy and spiritual principles of Hatha Yoga. The course includes an introduction evening (Friday) and relaxation techniques, 7 hours of yoga instruction over 2 days, a yoga mat and book. Contact us for dates.

Sporting facilities

Golf: 9 and 18 hole courses and home to the famous David Leadbetter Golf Academy. This was the first ever DLGA European location when it opened in 1993 and offers some of the best golf instruction available anywhere in the world, following the principles of the legendary golf guru David Leadbetter. Training for beginners or pros, whatever your handicap, whatever you age or ability, the principles taught will improve your game. 70% discount on green fees. 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 180x70 metres with 2 greens. Golf hire (c.11 euros per half set). Open year round.

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. Gery Riedl, who used to train Venus and Serena Williams, is the owner of the tennis school. He also worked with Niki Pilic and Nick Bolletierie. Private coaching is offered in addition to group courses.

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

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 comments

This adult only hotel is truly fabulous and the staff were wonderful. I don't think you could have had a more luxurious accommodation. The room was large and had everything you need, The hotel has so many pools - thermal, salt, sport, hot and cold, Zen, etc. plus the steam rooms of all kinds, sauna and special showers. Chaise lounges abound in all these places indoor and outdoor and there are towels as many as you need. There is of course massage and treatments, etc. for which you pay extra just like the riding.

The food was so good. There was a buffet style breakfast with everything you could possibly think of to eat and some things you never thought you would eat plus a juice bar and Prosecco. Every night there was an exceptionally good 5 course dinner ( it could be 6 if you have cheese) in one dining room or a buffet style dinner in another with the option to eat indoors or outdoors. There is a view over farm land and the golf course. There are also activities such as tennis, hiking in the forest, beginners golf lesson for free, as well as music in the bar on some evenings etc.

The Horses: The stables are immaculate and the Lipizanners were beautiful.. They have 5 stalions and breed Lipizanner horses here so you can see the different ages and colours. The white ones are not born white. They also keep Hugulen ponies to ride.

For the week that I was there I booked a private lesson the first day and a group lesson and a hack every day after that. The problem was that only children from the sister family hotel were taking group lessons.Therefore, I was offered as an alternative of a 1/2 hour private lessons with Rudi, the boss of the stables, I was a much better rider when I left.

As a guest, who is not an experienced dressage rider, I did not ride the Stallions. I rode a mare, Beletria in the arena and a mare,Trompeta and a gelding, Neopolitano Batosta out hacking. This all worked very well. I had a private lesson every day and most days I had a private hack with Eva. She took a different route each day. ...I think the cost of the hotel and the riding are fantastic value and a wonderful experience. Any rider who wants to improve would benefit from the lessons and the wooded country side was a pleasure to ride through.

Carolynne Sept 2011

We had a marvellous experience with The Riding Company. Everything worked smoothly - from the help and advice we received from Penny Roberts during our booking, to the efficient airport transfer and the printed schedule of riding lessons upon arrival. It was undoubtedly one of the best holidays we've ever had. The Reiter's Supreme Hotel was very comfortable. It was extremely (unusually I believe) hot when we stayed there (35/36 degrees) and guests should note that the hotel is not air conditioned. However one quickly adjusts to this and because it is a quiet place we were able to sleep with our balcony windows open every night. The facilities in the hotel are very good - it is luxurious and well run. I was particularly impressed with the massages I had at Merkur Recreation (and having originally trained as a masseuse I think I know a little about this!). The food is very good - the breakfast and evening buffets are extensive and it is good there are two choices of evening restaurant included within the package. We dined in the a la carte restaurant one night (at additional cost) and found this to be excellent. All the hotel staff are very friendly and polite and speak very good English - we were impressed that they provided an English guide to the day's events and meals each day. Of course our favourite part was the riding! The stables at the Supreme Hotel are very well run, in my opinion, and the facilities are excellent. Although the staff at the riding school spoke less English than the hotel staff generally, we managed OK. Riding the lipizzaners was a wonderful experience! I couldn't believe my husband had his first actual riding lesson on a Lipizzaner stallion (I told him this was a little like having your first driving lesson in a classic ferrari), and "Nemo" was a perfect gentleman and looked after him throughout. Having booked just one lesson to begin with, John was soon hooked and insisted on lessons every day culminating in a hack out in the woods on our last day! For myself I had a marvellous time working hard during my morning lesson in the indoor school, cooling off in the pool during midday, and then a return to the stables for an afternoon hack in the woods each day. What could be better! We also enjoyed interacting with the horses, and the staff at the stables were verym happy for us to feed the horses apples, groom, tack them up etc under their supervision. My only regret is that we don't have such a marvellous riding stables anywhere in our vicinity at home in the UK. Thank you very much indeed for organising our holiday so well and making it such a great experience! I think we will be returning to the Supreme Hotel! I shall also wholeheartedly recommend The Riding Company to all my friends and colleagues.

Sara & John, August 2011

It was such an amazing holiday.....We both loved the Supreme Hotel, it is top class.... Fantastic services and on a very personal level. Food was very good and plentiful (I never felt hungry). I loved the Spa and the massage therapists were very professional and in tune with all my problematic areas! I have come back refreshed and more chilled. The Lipizzaners are truly special and I ended up riding a stallion! Hacking in beautiful countryside was superb and the scenery was just breathtaking.

Melissa (from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex) March 2011

'I didn't just enjoy my trip, I loved every single minute of it. From all your help with booking, and advice on the best way to travel to and from the hotel, until the end of my stay there, everything was fantastic.

The Reiters Supreme hotel is five star through and through. The facilities are immaculate, the attention to detail is superb, the food was imaginative and delicious, and the staff were friendly, professional and attentive to just the right degree. One of the things that impressed me most was how many of the staff addressed the guests by name (and it is a big hotel) - including the first time they met you. I don't know how they managed that!

And the riding really was a dream come true. As a teenager, I dreamt of riding a Lipizzaner and, on my fiftieth birthday, I did! The stables at the hotel are amazing with every facility a horse could need. They focus mainly on breeding and use only the mares for riding. So I rode a bay and a grey mare. (Not all Lipizzaners are white!) They also breed Shetland ponies and miniature horses. I had a lesson on the first day and a hack through the forest for the following four days - taking different tracks each day. For every ride, it was just me and the instructor. And on the last day, we had a gallop along the side of a field.

I think I have probably run out of superlatives. I am so glad that Kat suggested this hotel instead of the one in Slovenia that I originally enquired about. I would, without hesitation, recommend the Reiters Supreme to anyone who wants to combine fabulous riding with total indulgence!

with very many thanks

Sue (from Havant, Hampshire)

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Getting there - guide line only

Vienna International airport is roughly 1.5 hrs from the Burgenland Resort and Graz is just over the hour. The hotel minibus offers transfers (with cost) to Vienna and Graz.The nearest train station is Bad Tatzmannsdorf.

Ryanair (London Stansted to Graz).
Easyjet (London Gatwick to Vienna)
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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Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
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Austrian train timetable.

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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