The Southern Styria wine region is an excellent example of a land that lives and breathes for wine tourism. The region, which is 40 minutes away from Graz, is known for its dry wines and also some of the best Austrian winemakers situated near remarkable wine roads. The region is not short of wine cellars and restaurants, and amid this wine paradise, the design hotel Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark has found its place. The silver lining of the hotel is the wine story.
The hotel can be labelled as an easily accessible one. Graz Airport is only half an hour away. It is well connected with the main traffic arteries, especially from Vienna and other German cities. For guests arriving by car, spacious parking is provided. The nearest highway Maribor – Graz is only 10 kilometres away. For overcoming the wine hills, we recommend using e-bicycles.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The architects are Peter Zinganel and Hermann Eisenkock from the ArchitekturConsult Graz studio, who took their inspiration from the local landscape and winemaking tradition. Directly nearby lies Ehrenhausen Castle, which has a special relationship with the hotel. In our opinion, the architects have succeeded in creating an exceptional hotel by using quality materials for all 3 segments of the building. In the interior, an industrial design, taking the form of wine boxes combined with concrete and the elegance of the public spaces, dressed in green. The hotel’s exterior featuring a herbal garden and a spa garden is equally impressing. The hotel appears exquisite as a whole.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and culinary experience
Loisium cuisine is local and seasonal. The team, led by chef Jean-Yves Mesmmer, takes the experience to a new level by upgrading it with modern elements. The result is minimalistic, but the menu diverse, which we were impressed by. They make miracles out of simple and quality ingredients. Loisium also has a wine-cellar (the golden floor is reminiscent of walking on bubbly champagne) with a rich selection of regional wines and an excellent wine-tasting programme. The staff team is top-notch and despite the high occupancy always appears kind and professional.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
Contrasts are often part of a special experience. This is why the innocent whiteness of the hotel rooms is a positive surprise. Spacious closets and a luxurious bathroom hide within the room. The hotel offers 4 categories of rooms, all overlooking the charming wine hills. The high-quality bed linen is part of the standard. We were very impressed by the lighting, which is generously given throughout the room. The Aveda cosmetics are above-standard, while the minibar is filled with local products and as appropriate for a wine hotel, Styrian wines. Carefully selected paintings of the Austrian artist Erich Steininger guarantee an elegant stay.
The conference centre is situated in the other wing of the hotel and features a spacious and bright hall that can be divided into three smaller parts. It can accept a maximum of 150 participants. It is complemented by a terrace for coffee breaks. Besides the largest one, 4 smaller halls reside on the ground floor. You can also hold events in the Loisium Vinothek, which can accept up to 100 participants. The Weinkuchl restaurant is also suitable for parties and can accept up to 40 participants. What sets Loisium apart from other hotels is a very innovative offer of culinary-wine programmes. The experience was further improved this year with the Loisium Wine Runner, which is a movable wine bar with a retro design.
DESSERT – The extras
The South Styrian Wine Route – in this area, the oldest and one of the most known Styrian wine routes, runs next to the Slovenian border and offers views of the remarkable vineyards. This view will make sure that even overstressed people will find in a better mood. Combining a visit with wine tasting is a great incentive idea.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
A hairsplitting remark goes for the hotel’s coffee. They can improve in this area.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Wine Spa centre makes sure that meeting guests are satisfied. The centre includes saunas, a large outdoor pool and a line of wine treatments. The Vinoble cosmetics are based on grapes and are regionally made, while the more known Aveda cosmetics are based on elements of Ayurvedic tradition. Besides the luxurious indoor pool for relaxation, guests can also enjoy the views of vineyards from the heated outdoor pool.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
Simplified, the combination of the words Langelois and Elysium from Greek mythology means paradise. Oenotourism is on the rise and at Loisium they have packed into an attractive package for meeting guests. If you wish to connect your conference with exceptional architecture, cuisine, wellness and oenology, you have to find the right place. Loisium has quickly become a synonym for such an offer. Along with this, the luxurious exterior surfaces enable the execution of diverse incentive programmes. The stand-out incentive programme is automotive events, which as it seems, the Loisium was made to host.
FINAL GRADE: 4.86 GOLD SPA MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60