Spa Hotel Post Bezau: A History
The History of the Design and Spa Hotel in Austria
The Spa Hotel Post Bezau in Vorarlberg can look back on a long, dynamic history and is now run by the fifth generation of Kaufmanns, Susanne Kaufmann.
In 1850 Susanne Kaufmann's great-great-grandfather, Postmaster Johann Kaspar Natter, opened the first K.u.K Post Office in Bezau. Mail coaches were the most important means of overland transport covering up to 100 kilometres a day. Soon a small inn was added to the Bezau Post Office where passengers could refresh and rest from the strenuous coach rides.
Johann Kaspar Natter's son Franz Josef took over the tavern and extended it so that in 1920 the inn had 28 beds. From 1926 the Post Inn was run by Oskar and Irma Natter. They passed on the reigns in 1968 to their daughter Rosemarie and her husband, the architect Leopold Kaufmann. Under their management the house underwent large changes making it the hotel we see today.
First Extension: Hotel Post becomes a Sport Hotel. The man of the house personally planned the extension and restructuring of Hotel Post, new rooms were added, an indoor pool and a spa station were built. The highlight of this era was marked by the opening of a spectacular tennis hall and the conference rooms.
A New Generation: Spa Hotel Post Bezau and the First Gault Millau Chef's Hat
In 1994 Susanne Kaufmann, the next generation, took over the management of Hotel Post in Bezau which by now had been awarded with four stars. Inspired by the visionary thinking that was typical of the Kaufmann Family, soon new changes were on the horizon: the hotel became a modern spa and gourmet hotel.
With her brother, the architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann, Susanne refurbished and renovated the entire house. A spectacular new addition was introduced, many rooms were redesigned and a clear, modern, elegant design was established throughout the house. The beauty department was extended and the hotel restaurant received its first Gault Millau chef's hat.
Spa and Design Hotel Post Bezau: Four Star Spa Hotel in Austria
In 2003 Susanne Kaufmann launched her very own Susanne Kaufmann cosmetic range, which relies on the natural ingredients of the Bregenzerwald Forest. Relaxation, wellness and well-being became more and more the focus of the hotel. Therefore a new extensive wellness area with saunas, salt-water pools and whirlpool was connected to the indoor pool and the Susanne Kaufmann Spa opened its doors.
In 2006, for the first time, the Hotel Post received two lilies (rating: extraordinary) from Relax Guide for the wellness and spa areas.
In 2013 the Hotel Post celebrates the 10th birthday of Susanne Kaufmann Spa Bezau and its own cosmetic range Susanne Kaufmann organic treats.
Since November 2015 the European Tennis Academy (ETA) have managed the tennis school at the hotel.