GrandHotel Lienz Wins Top Honors at World Travel Awards

The GrandHotel Lienz (Austria) won top honors for the second year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Ceremony 2012. The state-of-the-art property, set in the shadows of Austria’s Grossglockner mountain and the Dolomites, was voted “Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel” at a red-carpet WTA ceremony hosted in the Algarve, Portugal. Since opening in 2009, the hotel has set a precedent in wellness tourism and its five-member medical team includes a heart specialist, a dermatologist, a sports scientist, and a chiropractor. More than 500 organizations across Europe, spanning more than 125 categories, entered the competition for the most influential accolade in travel. GrandHotel Lienz had stiff competition from the likes of Hotel Alpin Royal (Italy), La Reserve de Beaulieu & Spa (France), Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort (Italy), Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort (Italy), and Sporthotel Stock (Austria) for the award. “It is a tremendous honor to be named ‘Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel,’" says Professor Heinz Simonitsch, owner of GrandHotel Lienz. "The award acknowledges our tireless efforts to provide the highest levels of service to our guests whilst constantly striving to surpass our own achievements.”