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Time to shine

When Brigitte and Johann Mauracher purchased a traditional guest house on the higher plateau of Austria’s Thiersee Valley in 1987, they could not have pictured the ways in which their family home would blossom over the next 30 years.

What was described by their daughter, Lisa, now resort manager and development director, as a ‘typically Tyrolean’ hotel serving “a lot of meat and a lot of schnapps” has grown into a holistic resort that is renowned as a pioneer of its own trademarked brand of European Ayurveda.

The move towards adopting the ancient Indian system of medicine stemmed from Brigitte’s interest in medicinal herbs, which began during her childhood in a nature-loving family. But it wasn’t until 2005, when a friend introduced her to the concept of Ayurveda, that the lightbulb moment finally happened.

“She had never heard of it at the time,” says Lisa, “but she started to do workshops and take courses, learning more about yoga, healing and spirituality. By 2006 the vision was complete. We had rebuilt the hotel and added 15 new rooms as well as the swimming pool, yoga room and the saunas and therapy rooms. Then we reopened as an Ayurvedic resort.”

The shift in focus was dramatic and had immediate consequences on the family business. “Of course, all our old clients were gone as the new mentality and philosophy was completely different,” recalls Mauracher.

“It was difficult because we started again from zero, but after the initial hard work you make your own luck. The vision was good enough that we were able to progress things well.”

Since Brigitte Mauracher passed away her two daughters, Lisa and Christina, have remained committed to her vision alongside their father Johann. The hotel’s recently launched tagline, which encourages guests to ‘Shine on!’ exemplifies their spirit and in 2012 a further F2m investment saw the creation of a new restaurant, lounge and reception areas, as well as an underground car park and the hotel’s restful Garden of the Five Senses.

“We have three pillars – diagnosis and treatments; ayurvedic nutrition; and yoga, mind detox and meditation. Every part is really important to achieving the goals our guests deserve.”

Lisa Mauracher, Resort manager

 

EUROPEAN AYURVEDA RESORT SONNHOF, AUSTRIA

+43 5376 5502

Owner: The Mauracher family

Architect: Peter Urban

Designer: Brigitte Urban

Spa consultant: Claudia Reichenberger, Marketing Deluxe

Shamanic healer: Gabrielle Scharnitzky www.heal-your-soul.com

Spa team: 25

Treatment rooms: 15

Product Partners: Pharmos Natur, Thalgo, Alpienne, Pañpuri, Lakshmi, Midgards Kalari Ayurvedic oils, Doskar, Ortho Therapia, Amla Natur, European Ayurveda brand tea and spice

Spa design and supply: KLAFS My Sauna and Spa, Nautilus gym

equipment, Physiotherm, Roth Sauna, Stimularium

 

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Copyright © 2020 - Spa Publishing Limited. All rights reserved

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

When Brigitte and Johann Mauracher purchased a traditional guest house on the higher plateau of Austria’s Thiersee Valley in 1987, they could not have pictured the ways in which their family home would blossom over the next 30 years.

What was described by their daughter, Lisa, now resort manager and development director, as a ‘typically Tyrolean’ hotel serving “a lot of meat and a lot of schnapps” has grown into a holistic resort that is renowned as a pioneer of its own trademarked brand of European Ayurveda.

The move towards adopting the ancient Indian system of medicine stemmed from Brigitte’s interest in medicinal herbs, which began during her childhood in a nature-loving family. But it wasn’t until 2005, when a friend introduced her to the concept of Ayurveda, that the lightbulb moment finally happened.

“She had never heard of it at the time,” says Lisa, “but she started to do workshops and take courses, learning more about yoga, healing and spirituality. By 2006 the vision was complete. We had rebuilt the hotel and added 15 new rooms as well as the swimming pool, yoga room and the saunas and therapy rooms. Then we reopened as an Ayurvedic resort.”

The shift in focus was dramatic and had immediate consequences on the family business. “Of course, all our old clients were gone as the new mentality and philosophy was completely different,” recalls Mauracher.

“It was difficult because we started again from zero, but after the initial hard work you make your own luck. The vision was good enough that we were able to progress things well.”

Since Brigitte Mauracher passed away her two daughters, Lisa and Christina, have remained committed to her vision alongside their father Johann. The hotel’s recently launched tagline, which encourages guests to ‘Shine on!’ exemplifies their spirit and in 2012 a further F2m investment saw the creation of a new restaurant, lounge and reception areas, as well as an underground car park and the hotel’s restful Garden of the Five Senses.

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