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Michelle Chenery reports on a Fam Trip to Austria with Hotel Republic

Robinson Club Hotels are being given a higher profile in the UK by Hotel Republic. The Robinson hotel group is very well known on mainland Europe for its 23 Club Resorts in many of the world’s favourite destinations, where they cater specially for MICE events.
ITCM was invited to join a Fam Trip to savour the quality of two of the properties in the neighbourhood of Salzburg in Austria.

The flight to Salzburg was made a pleasure on BA Business Class from Gatwick North. We were then greeted by representatives from Robinson and Weichlein Tours & Incentives and pleasantly surprised to find that the Robinson young lady had a pop-up coffee and tea station in the boot of her car!

In fact the whole trip was a series of very pleasant surprises that would thrill any group of award winners. Our itinerary started immediately with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the beautiful city. Four of us were in a traditional carriage whilst another was a 10-seat carriage with long bench seating.

Under a sunny blue sky we were driven past the Mozart family residence, and the superb Mirabell Palace and Gardens, where we were able to gain amazing views over the city and its fortress. We then arrived at the Festspielhaus (Festival Hall), which is a centre for theatrical productions, musical concerts and opera.

The next phase of our tour was on foot through narrow cobbled streets and bustling local markets towards the famous Stieglkeller Restaurant. In the heart of the old city, it is famous not only for its traditional Austrian cuisine, but also for its own Stiegl beer. Seated in the garden, we enjoyed a three-course meal, each dish accompanied by a suitable home-brewed beer. There was roast pumpkin with a light lager, a Tafelspitz of boiled prime beef and Salzburger Nockerl vanilla dumplings and raspberry sauce with a dark beer. The Stieglkeller welcomes groups and has two small salons, two halls and two terraces able, respectively, to seat 25, 70, 120, 450, 200 and 400 diners.

Replete and very happy, we were driven about 40 miles to the Robinson Club Ampflwang. It apparently took an hour, but the scenery was so impressive that it seemed no more than a few minutes to me.

Newly renovated the hotel stands in the middle of Hausruck Wald between Linz and Passau, set amongst mountains, meadows and lush green pinewoods.

The 201-room Robinson Club Ampflwang is open all year. It offers full board, inclusive of all food and drink during meal times, with additional charges only for refreshments and beverages at other times.

There is an astonishing range of leisure and sporting activities to meet all types of preferences. Its stables have 30 horses, there are trails for hiking and cycling, golf courses and a putting green, indoor and outdoor pools and facilities for volleyball, archery, Bavarian curling and Bosseln – a local ball-throwing game. Team-building activities also include Alpine sports contests and cocktail mixing.

Furthermore, there are many additional options in the locality, such as ski jumping, stargazing, river rafting, canyoning, quad biking and a mining experience - to name but a few.

Events facilities are wide-ranging. There are nine meeting rooms, the largest, with natural daylight, able to host 500 theatre-style or 300 for a banquet. An indoor theatre can seat 250 with a stage.

The main restaurant can serve 387 covers, a lounge can seat 50 and a sports bar has an indoor capacity of 60 and outdoor for 50.

Day Delegate Rates can be quoted with or without overnights. One recent addition that we inspected was the rooftop terrace, where we enjoyed panoramic views - and pre-dinner cocktails. Dinner was a wide array of international dishes at a buffet, with many Austrian favourites.

" I was hugely impressed with the Salzburg region as a MICE destination: quickly and easily accessed from the UK yet completely different in terms of landscape and culture. The destination would work equally well in summer and winter and for groups looking for an adrenaline rush or something calmer. Both Robinson properties in the area have fantastic conference facilities and delicious food - two hidden gems that need to be discovered by the UK market."
Peter Lyon
Our Man in Europe Ltd
A fantastic day ended with a visit to the hotel’s theatre to enjoy some of the entertainment that is put on nightly. We were enthralled by the Neon Show, where hotel staff wore neon clothes and danced on stage to the latest music in a carefully choreographed display. They interacted with the audience, passing out glow sticks as they danced down the aisles. Many guests danced with the stars after the show had ended.

Breakfast on our second day kept me occupied for a long time, as I wanted to check out the remarkably wide array of food and drink at the buffet.

We were given a show-round of what Robinson Club Ampflwang had to offer and then we took part in some of the leisure activities. There was a putting competition, we walked with some of the ponies and we had a go at hiking along some of the trails. Our eventual departure from the hotel was accompanied by staff waving Union Jacks.

Our next port of call was Robinson Club Amadé, also 40 miles from the centre of Salzburg, but on the other side of town, so we had a 2-hour journey. This property is open June to October and December to March. It is built in classic Austrian architectural style and stands 1014 metres above sea level. Nestling between the beautiful mountain meadows and the wooded hills of the High Tauern National Park, it has the feel of a traditional alpine lodge, but on a larger scale.

Robinson Club Amadé has 160 rooms in three categories, all with shower, satellite TV, radio, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, makeup mirror, bathrobe and personal safe. Wi-Fi access is free throughout the hotel.

There are three dedicated conference rooms and DDR can be quoted to suit requirements. The Zander is the largest of the rooms. Measuring 52sqm, it caters for up to 42 people theatre style, whilst the other two smaller rooms can host 12 to 20 delegates. Onsite leisure and sports options include an introduction to rock climbing on the resort’s own climbing wall in the multi-functional hall, group fitness activities, cycling, horse riding, golf, hiking the WellFit Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a range of ball games. Guests also have access to two clay tennis courts.

During the winter months the resort becomes a skier’s paradise. The hotel can make arrangements for groups for a traditional ‘Pongau breakfast’, cycling expeditions, a climbing taster session on a real rock face, a torch-lit walk through Kleinarl and a casino night. The hotel’s nightclub can be taken over for an exclusive party night. In the locality there are also rafting, zorbing, discovering the area with Segways, hiking and canyoning for beginners.

From the balcony of my room I savoured the view of rolling green hills with the sound of running water from a nearby stream. We stored up lots of energy at a splendid buffet lunch and then set out on an afternoon of adventures. We began with a walk into the hills where we embarked on a Flying Fox experience. We were suited up with safety equipment, including a harness with two zip-wire clamps. We were always safely attached in this way whenever we were on a wire.

We had a foreboding of thrilling things to come, but none of us had quite imagined what was in store. It was a far cry from a run-of-the-mill zip wire ride. We began by climbing down a sheer rock face with handholds on to a small platform. From there we launched ourselves to an adjacent platform. I imagine that from afar we must have all looked like tiny ants as we followed each other in line, plucking up the courage to just let go and launch, some of us a travelling a little more quickly than others, which made stopping at the other end quite interesting.

I then made my way down to the second line, only to discover that there were no longer any man-made handholds, so it was time to scale the rock face and look for footholds in order to reach the next platform. I still had some hesitation before launching on the second zip-line. The landing site here was an optional early exit for anyone who didn’t fancy carrying on, as it would take them back down the mountain to our starting point.

I determined to continue but I managed to get myself stuck at one point, as I had gathered too much speed so that instead of coming to a halt at the next landing platform I found myself racing back in the opposite direction. I pulled myself back towards the platform and was then rescued by our guide, which was slightly embarrassing.

I am happy to say I completed the last zip line without any disasters and made it back more or less in one piece. A few rope burns on one hand and a few extra bruises were well worth it for that amount of fun.

ITCM is grateful for the hospitality and facilities provided by Robinson Club hotels (represented in the UK by Hotel Republic), British Airways. DuDMC (Destinations Unlimited) and Weichlein Tours & Incentives

A very happy, if tired, group of Fam Trippers then made it back to the hotel bar for some well earned shots and some apple strudel served to us by Princess Sissi - well, anyway, one of the staff dressed up as the famous Austrian Empress. We also took part in a quick quiz on the Robinson resorts with a Grand Prize on offer just to see how much we had absorbed over the past day about Robinson and their properties.

Luckily there was enough time to have a little rest and clean away the mud before heading to the restaurant for an Asian-themed evening. There was a great choice on offer from freshly made sushi, to pad Thai noodles, curries, meats cooked in Asian sauces. Whatever y9u could think of was to be found somewhere.

After dinner we headed into the 220-seat theatre for the evening entertainment. It involved staff changing costumes within a minute of each other as well as going out and performing on stage to whatever song or music was being played. Men and women cross-dressed and then made fun of each other as they danced. It was very funny and well put together. Every one of the guests absolutely loved it.

And that wasn’t the end of the fun. We retired to the hotel bar for a nightcap and then a dance. In the hotel’s nightclub we played a bizarre bar game. Each competitor had to take one swing of a hammer at the head of a nail in order to drive it into a big block of wood. To make it much harder than it sounds, we had to have one arm behind our back and we were only permitted to strike with the thin end of the hammer. I found that I was entirely unskilled at that game!

The next morning, only the third day after arriving in Austria, we headed back to the airport for our return home. We left with the staff waving Union Jacks and our heads full of the most wonderful memories.

There are 23 Robinson Club Resorts that offer inspiring facilities for unique events. They are located in Austria, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Maldives, Morocco, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Tunisia
Conditions are very user-friendly, including:
• Full board or all-inclusive
• An extensive range of sports & fitness activities
• A large range of wellness services
• Personal consultation and help from our project leader
• Exceptional event locations
• Exclusive activity programmes for 10 to 800 people and more
• Culinary delights and specialty restaurants exclusive to each group
Full details are available from +44 (0)20 7690 0635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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