The Dolomites are the mountains that everyone in the world admires. They offer breathtaking skylines and atmospheres in every season. Over the years, they become increasingly a trendy destination that should not be missing from our summer plans. In South Tyrol, the famous names and the new Alpine hotels have every comfort. They are close to the ski lifts for an immediate start to the day of exploration, or far away from it all to hear only the silence of the trees: they have sensational spas and pools with forest views, and finally they certainly feature gourmet or starred restaurants. Here are three addresses for a weekend dedicated to nature and Bien Vivre.
Selva di Valgardena, a refined summer and winter resort, is famous for being part of the <<Sellaronda ski area>>, in the largest Dolomites.
The uniqueness of this “house” (the typical and most suitable term to define the place) lies in making guests feel at “home,” in a familiar place with an alpine mood where there are touches of contemporaneity, such as the refined gourmet cuisine and the latest generation spa, followed by the staff always ready to pamper.
After all, tradition is a timeless strength, according to the owners Bibiana Dirler, and Maurizio Micheli, who have managed to keep it alive, enriching and improving it with contemporary comforts. There is a spa made with typical materials of the territory. At the gourmet restaurant Suinsom (a typical South Tyrolean stube), which is also open to the public, you can enjoy traditional dishes reinterpreted in a modern way by chef Alessandro Martellini in a romantic yet convivial atmosphere.
The Hotel Lamm in Castelrotto has returned to its former glory after a careful restyling that has managed to combine the charm of tradition, slightly revised, with a modern and elegant design. It locates on the slopes of the Alpe di Siusi, in the center of a medieval village. The restaurant Zum Lampl is the temple of chef Marc Oberhofer, who every day offers traditional South Tyrolean specialties reinterpreted and created using only local, seasonal, high-quality ingredients from South Tyrol. The adjoining bar, on the other hand, is the focal point for guests and locals alike. With its large windows looking out onto Castelrotto’s main square, it is a vantage point for observing village life. The spa on the top floor of the hotel is spectacular: a spacious and elegant wellness area.
Alpina Dolomites Health Lodge & Spa
Buildings made of wood, stone, and glass, perfectly integrated into the environment, combine attractive design and eco vocation of the Alpina Dolomites Health Lodge & Spa, a 5-star hotel of the Leading Hotels of the World chain, whose structure is all-around sustainable. The Lodge locates in Compatsch (1860 m), at the western end of the plateau. It is near the mountain station of the gondola from Siusi to Alpe di Siusi. If, in addition to hiking, you are looking for wellness, this is the right choice, thanks to the holistic Alpina SPA, the hotel’s flagship, which was awarded at the Spa Traveller Awards as Best Spa Hotel / Resort and for the best Detox Program.
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Travel with Manintown curated by Francesca Riggio
Text by: Massimiliano Benetazzo