Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa
The Rosa Alpina is a luxurious, elegant and glamorous hotel and spa in San Cassiano, Alta Badia. Set in the middle of the Dolomites, San Cassiano’s beauty is breath-taking and it is one of the finest winter resorts in the Alps. It is also an ideal summer destination for families who want enjoy active holidays or for couples looking for romantic breaks.
Run by the Pizzinini family over three generations, all of the 51 rooms and suites have been individually designed in a unique and authentic alpine style, decorated with local antique furnishings. The beautiful Loft Suites are open plan complete with an open fireplace for the winter and a large south-facing terrace for the summer, but if the budget allows, it is worth staying in the truly spectacular three-bedroom wood-and-glass penthouse suite with outdoor hammam.
The St Hubertus fine dining restaurant with Norbert Niederkofler at the helm has two Michelin stars and serves seasonal, local ingredients in innovative, locally-inspired dishes. There is also an excellent and intimate Fondue Restaurant and the more informal wine bar and grill.
The spa features an indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, yoga studio and treatment areas with views of the hotel’s private garden.
A peaceful hideaway and hunting lodge, Castel Fragsburg dates back to the 17th century and is perched in the hills overlooking the valley of Merano and the orchards of South Tyrol. It’s the smallest 5 star luxury hotel in the Dolomites, nestled in a 10,000 square metre private park, and offers 20 rooms with spectacular views.
Guests of the hotel have complimentary access to the Alpine Healthcare Spa, which includes a heated outdoor pool. The restaurant combines the traditional cuisine of South Tyrol with Mediterranean recipes. The warm welcome, attention to detail and personal service make Castel Fragsburg an ideal place to recharge the batteries.
The San Luis is set in 40 hectares of unspoilt alpine parkland around a large, clear-water lake. The hotel is a cluster of 22 wooden chalets and 16 tree-houses set in a secluded spot with views of the forest and jagged peaks beyond.
All accommodation types have terraces, large windows and most chalets have their own hot tubs and saunas. The décor is Alpine chic without the kitsch - wood, natural hues, wild Alpine flowers and log fires with lots of space for relaxing. A central clubhouse contains the reception, restaurant, bar and spa, but the double height, barn-style pool area with floor-to-ceiling windows decked out with wood, stone and roaring fires steals the show.
Vigilius Mountain resort
A modern, minimalist lodge in the Dolomites, Vigilius Mountain is a car-free resort and is accessible only by cable car from the village of Lana. A tranquil and peaceful resort of 41 open-plan rooms, Vigilius offers a truly elegant retreat. The resort’s décor is kept simple to complement the natural backdrop of the surrounding Dolomites.
Whether soaking in the tub, dining on Northern Italian cuisine in the elegant restaurant, eating South Tyrolean fare on the terrace, doing laps in the indoor pool, or even relaxing in the sauna, guests are surrounded by views of pine-covered peaks and often snow-capped mountains.
Emyr Thomas @BonVivantLiving
Emyr Thomas is the founder of Bon Vivant, a luxury travel and concierge service based in London with global coverage. Book through Bon Vivant for access to free upgrades, breakfast, restaurant and spa credits. bonvivant.co.uk
This article was first published in Issue 11 of CODE Quarterly.