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Lech, Austria


“Lech is a favorite because it is where I go skiing. It is an incredibly charming and picturesque village with stunning mountains as backdrop. The food is fantastic and the people are very friendly. Because it is quite expensive, it is free of crowds.

Published on May 31, 2011

Lech, Austria

“My best memory of it was last year when I spent New Year there. It was really a fairy-tale experience. The atmosphere was wonderful. The roads were closed for street parties and champagne was generously served. Fireworks exploded above our heads and we celebrated overnight.

“I have been going to Lech almost every year for the past 10 years. But I am also intrigued by places that I have not been to before, especially areas that are culturally rich and historic. I am always fascinated by how different civilizations develop and I like places that are able to combine ancient traditions with state-of-the-art modern.”
Douglas Young is the founder of Goods of Desire, a Hong Kong–based design company that has most recently worked on commissions for Lane Crawford and the Hong Kong Art Fair.

Local Tips
BEST WINE CELLAR
The Restaurant Hospiz Alm [6580 St Christoph am Arlberg; +43 5446 3625; dinner for two E120] in nearby St Christoph is a must for foodies and wine lovers. Their cellar is legendary for its collection of incredible 20-liter bottles of French first growths.”
HILLSIDE ADDRESS
“If money is no object, then stay at the Almhof Schneider [6764 Lech am Arlberg; +43 5583 3500 0; almhof.at; douobles from E280], it’s unparalleled. Get completely pampered after a hard day on the slopes. They have a spa, children’s facilities and two top restaurants. It’s not only ideally located for ski-in ski-out, but also close to the village center.”
DINE AND DASH
“The best restaurants for lunch on the piste are slightly off the beaten track. They also tend to be family-run and small. Ask your hotel for recommendations and book in advance.”
NIGHT FLIGHTS
“A lot of people think Europe is a long way to travel to go skiing. They think Japan is more time-efficient. This is actually false economy. Direct flights arrive in the early morning in Zurich. Lech is only two hours away by car. There is really no travel time lost at all. Japan, on the other hand, requires travel during the day, so a full day is lost getting there and another coming back.”

 

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