We have stayed at the Gartenhotel Crystal several times in the winter with our single parent families. This is the first time we are staying here in the summer. Hence the testimonials below are from previous single parent activity holidays in other hotels in Austria:
"This was a fantastic holiday from start to end. Our guide, Thomas, was incredibly helpful and very friendly and his input really made the trip memorable. The activities were fantastic and my 7-year old son absolutely loved them all. We normally left mid-morning for excursions and were back at the hotel by 3 pm (still time to have lunch) and then to swim in one of the 3 great pools. The kids especially loved the pool with the slide! The food at the hotel was of great quality and changed each day. The accommodation and facilities at the hotel were also great - as were the views from the terrace, where we enjoyed cocktails in the evening! All in all this was a fantastic holiday for both the adults and the children. We will definitely go back and would use SPOH again without any doubt."
- Jenni & Jack (7) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"Jack and I had a fabulous time on the holiday. Was great for Jack to have other children to enjoy the experiences with, and I loved being able to talk to other grown ups. Thomas was a wonderful host and nothing was too much trouble for him."
- Unity & Jack (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"My son Fin, 8, and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Alpendorf. The hotel facilities were great and activities were fun and interesting. Fin's highlights were the day spent swimming at the lake and the slides into the salt mine but he was equally happy enjoying himself around the hotel with his new band of pals. Our guide Thomas ensured everything ran smoothly. Thank you for a very fun week!"
- Lynn & Fin (8) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"The hotel was a friendly, typically Austrian hotel in the Alps. Great views. Food choice was amazing. SPOH arranged some great day-out activities for the families, and you did feel obliged mostly to all do the trips together. If you do not like spending long days with / as a group then this holiday is not for you, because you do not get much time alone. Our kids bonded really well as did the adults and we enjoyed every minute. Our guide, Thomas was a very welcome addition to our group and we appreciated everything he did for us. He could not do enough and he made our holiday seamless and very relaxed and enjoyable. We made some very good friends in our group (including Thomas) and we miss everybody and are already talking about our next trip away together with SPOH!"
- Kate & Sebastian (10) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"Kristina age 11 - thank you for a lovely holiday. Me and nanny enjoyed ourselves so much. The slides in the salt caves were the best. Water rafting was so much fun and jumping off the rock into the river was very scary and exciting at the same time. I made friends and they are coming to visit us when we get back home.
Nanny age 55 - I was nervous at first, and wondered how I would get on with strangers but I had a lovely time, was never on my own, and watching my granddaughter enjoy herself with the other children was a bonus. The organised trips were very exciting; I especially loved the trek up the mountain and the picnic. We also managed to get some time just the two of us so couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Massive thank you to our 'guide' who was with us at meal times and on the excursions; organising us and making us laugh!"
- Karin & Kristina (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"Another thoroughly enjoyable holiday with SPOH. Friendly, like-minded adults, happy and excited kids. There was something for everyone on this action-packed holiday: hiking, rafting, summer tobogganing, or just floating in the infinity pool with one of the most stunning views I have ever seen. Despite all the action, it was the most relaxing week I've had all year thanks to the expert organisation skills of our lovely host, Thomas. Along with the almost, non-stop, delicious food, I hardly had to think or lift a finger all week. I'm ready for next year's holiday now!"
- Katrine & Marius (7) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"Alpendorf is a great location for this type of holiday, being on a mountain side enjoying fantastic views. The hotel has everything both the kids and adults could want including superb pools, one of them an infinity, a well-run gym with free classes and a wellness area. It’s full-board with the breakfast and dinner being excellent. The lunch is basic but runs for five hours leaving you to catch it before or after your day out; they’ll even make a packed lunch for you too. There are kids rooms and a park with mini golf, cars etc nearby that the kids can spend lots of time in whilst the adults relax in the hotel bar area.
Our guide, Thomas, organised daily activities which ranged from hikes to white-water rafting to tree-walking. My nine year old enjoyed all of these and was about the average age of the kids in the group. We had a large group with 14 adults so the girls and boys formed separate groups but everything worked well with both kids and adults being able to interact with different people during the week. Thomas had a laid-back approach which suited us and we never felt compelled to the activities.
Overall, it was a great week and I would recommend this to any single-parent, especially whose kids enjoy activities."
- Trevyn & Timothy (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"The view from the hotel was beautiful and Fin (age 11) loved the infinity pool overlooking the mountains. The age ranges of the children meant that he had plenty of children to play with and had a great time during the day and evenings, playing endless games of Uno (leaving the adults to relax over dinner and at the bar!) and careering about in the local park which was full of activities and situated right below the hotel. Our guide Thomas kept us informed about the daily activities and meeting times and was very relaxed and great company. "
- Laurie & Finlay (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"One of the best holidays I have ever had. The company, hotel, scenery and activities were all excellent. The rafting was so exciting. Both myself and my son loved this holiday. The organisation was superb and it was nice to just relax and enjoy it. "
- Julie & Jonny (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"This was an enjoyable holiday with my son!"
- Ryan & Kyle (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"My son and I had a fantastic time and it is one holiday we will truly remember. You wake up to spectacular scenery and you can continue to enjoy the views from the rooftop infinity pool. The hotel facilities are first class and the mini club caters for children of all ages. We loved all the varied activities and hikes that were on offer on this holiday to Alpendorf, which were all organised by our wonderful guide, Daniela."
- Donna & Amaar (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2016
"A fantastic, action-packed week with friendly like-minded, people. An almost overwhelming choice of things to do – no two days were the same. Excellent hotel with a water slide that on its own would have kept my four-year-old happily occupied for a week. Delicious breakfasts and five course dinners every night kept us well fed for our packed agenda. A thoroughly enjoyable experience – one which I am looking forward to repeating!"
- Katrine & Marius (4) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2015
"I could not recommend Alpendorf summer break highly enough. Myself and my 4/almost 5 year old daughter had a great week. There was plenty of company for us both – a lovely rapport within the group. Our “leader” Daniela was simply great – she facilitated everyone and ensured all went smoothly without ever dominating the group. Meals with separate adult and children tables (which evolved quite naturally!) were very welcome – it meant both children and parents had breathing space! We were blessed with weather in Aug 2012 and it will go down as my first real holiday since my daughter was born in that I was not responsible for organisation and decisions etc. A no brainer for a single parent looking for a nice break and a change of scene. Activities suitable for all ages of children – something for everyone from lake trips to paragliding and rafting for the more adventurous. Food was very good and varied. Hotel is beautiful – family feel – small. Our room had a great view and was tastefully furnished in alpine style etc. Can say no more than that!"
- Anita & Grace (4) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2012
"We just got back from a wonderful week of activities and fun in Alpendorf. Beautiful place, great weather, wonderful hotel and the fantastic Daniela ensuring everyone has a great time, and it was simply superb. Anyone thinking about travelling there, just do it! You will not regret it. My kids and I have memories now that we will keep forever and I cant put a price on that (don’t miss the rafting day!)! Single Parents on Holiday clearly have this one nailed. Kids have unlimited fun, adults relax too and my kids are insisting that I book 2 more for next year already! – we will be going again."
- Nick & Harry (10), Lillie (10) & Molly (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant time we had in Alpendorf. Everything far exceeded my expectations, hotel, food, activities, people AND we were very fortunate with the weather. Charlotte had a ball and has slept a lot since we arrived home.
- Hope & Charlotte (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"This was the first time I have gone on a group holiday of any sort and I was a little apprehensive. Also my son is 13 almost 14 and I was concerned that the other children were quite a bit younger and he might feel a bit left out. I shouldn’t have worried. I can honestly say that this was the best holiday I have ever been on. The activities were plentiful and exhilarating and the Adults and equally the children were absolutely lovely. Daniela played a large part in making us all feel comfortable and organised everything extremely efficiently."
- Maureen & Peter (13) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"We had a brilliant time in Alpendorf! My daughter absolutely loved it and didn’t want to go home. The people we met were lovely and the activities excellent, particularly the white water rafting. Daniela was a brilliant host and we would most definitely go back!"
- Andrea & Holly (10) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"This was the 1st time using “single- parent holiday”. I truly really loved it. Very well organised and loads of avtivities for the children. Safe environment and very good hotel."
- Judith & Elvie (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND SINGLE PARENTS ON HOLIDAY!!"
- Sue & Isaac (10) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011