With ski season on the horizon, hopefuls await nervously for the news that travel restrictions don’t impede on their annual winter getaway. With the slopes beautifully groomed to welcome visitors once again, GIULIO offers you a quick guide to some of the finest resorts Italy has to offer. Against backdrops of glossy snowfall and clear skies, these luxury destinations are perfect for those seeking an entirely immersive retreat with an oasis of peace and relaxation.
Corvara: Hotel Sassongher ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Carved between the mountains of Alta Badia, Hotel Sassongher sits at the foot of the Sassongher Mountain. A perfectly placed suntrap for your winter holiday, this exquisitely charming Italian escape has a history almost as impressive as its flawlessly groomed slopes. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the Alpine region, this luxurious hotel opened its first ski school in the 1930s and has since grown to accommodate awe-inspiring experiences to last a lifetime. For those seeking a challenge, the Sellaronda round trip and the pistes of the Dolomiti Superski- the world’s largest ski carousel- have a choice of breath-taking runs such as the Vallon-Boe and the Col Alt. If it’s a relaxing escape you’re searching for, retire to the hotel when the sun sets and indulge in a glass of wine at the Piano Bar or unwind in the swimming pool, sauna, or spa. For your evening plans, the 5-star resort offers an entirely unique experience with the option to book a stube (parlour) at the hotel’s restaurant. With the oldest parlour dating back to 1520, the elegant ambience over your gourmet meal is certain to leave a lasting impression and have every guest feeling refreshed for a morning on the slopes.
Cortina d’ Ampezzo: Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
One of Italy’s most fashionable resorts with weekend visitors from Rome and Milan, the Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel offers an exclusively fabulous location within a stone’s throw of boutique shopping and high-end cuisines just outside your front door. Recognised worldwide for its postcard views of the Dolomites, the hotel has featured in several films and television series over the years and regularly hosts a catalogue of A-list celebrities. With the opportunity to walk through the resort’s museum of fame, you may also take in the same sights as 007 himself. Filming at the hotel for the 1981 “For Your Eyes Only” film, the cast and crew captured the Miramonti’s essence against backdrops of the picture-perfect mountains. Known as an ‘oasis of peace’ by guests, the surprisingly quiet slopes with short queues and fresh runs will often have you emerged in the serenity of Italy’s finest. Enjoy a panoramic view from the Piano Bar to unwind in the evening and experience some of the hotel’s gourmet dishes to get a real taste of Cortina d’ Ampezzo.
Courmayeur: Grand Hotel Royal e Golf ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
A small jewel nestled amongst The Alps, the Grand Hotel Royal combines glamour and social life with a love for nature and sport. Carved into the chic and sunny side of Mont Blanc itself, the hotel’s proximity to other countries means you can also experience a little bit of France and Switzerland during your stay. The quaint cobbled and car-free streets will have you feeling completely detached from your everyday lives, immersing you entirely in your serene surroundings of powder white snow and rolling mountains set against a clear blue sky. Best known for its exquisite dining options, your stay at The Grand Hotel Royal e Golf will live up to its name as you are encouraged to enjoy a royal experience including gourmet dining, cocktails, and driving services. With much to choose from, the Petit Royal Restaurant is one of the hotel’s most prestigious dining experiences. Housing only 24 seats, the restaurant serves the best produce the region has to offer. Led by chef, Paolo Griffa, with gourmet dishes and locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin Star for its dedication to serving the finest Italian cuisine.
South Tyroll: La Maiena Meran Resort ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Located within the heart of South Tyroll’s spa town, the La Maiena Meran Resort urges you to devote yourself entirely to the philosophy of a ‘holiday for all senses.’ With an array of nurturing treatments, relaxing massages, and beneficial baths at your disposal, the holiday experience is tailored to your stay with the romantic intimacy of the ‘Emilia’ private spa suite, or the option to discover untouched landscapes of the alluring Meran setting. Boasting five ski resorts within its surroundings, the adrenaline junkies can enjoy a choice between the Meran 2000, Schwemmalm, Schnastal, Pfelders, and Vigiljoch mountains. Alternatively, romantic Laubengasse invites you to shop in the centre of Meran where houses nestle up closely one after the other. For a last-minute expedition to Italy’s picturesque Après ski offerings, Meran’s Christmas market opens from the 26th November- 6th January for a truly festive experience.