Alpina Dolomites – Dolomites, Italy
The Dolomite scenery is without doubt truly spectacular – the jutting peaks that turn pink at dusk never stop drawing your eye. The Alpina Dolomites, with its glass fronted, modernist architecture, makes the most of the view, from its almost circular location on the Alpe di Suisi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau. Blending in with its natural surroundings, it’s built from local stone and wood in three parts with the ski slopes in between.
One is around an original 18th century stuben and another is reached by an underground passage. Inside, linear design and custom-made furniture create sophisticated interiors. And as well as all the five-star luxuries and typical Tyrolean gastronomy, you can be sure of a warm welcome from this family run hotel.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its incredible swimming pool, views & Kids Club.
Style:Contemporary & minimalist Alpine cool.
Location:In the southern Tyrolean village of Compatsch, on the Alpe di Suisi.
Rooms:60 chic rooms & suites.
Swimming:Panoramic indoor & outdoor swimming pool boasting captivating views of the Dolomites.
Children:Certo! The Laurino mini-club will keep your little ones entertained throughout your stay, including a playroom full of toys as well as a cinema.
Ideal For:Fresh mountain air & outdoor pursuits.
Open From:June - November & December - April.
Price:Weekly price from €3,180 per room.
The first thing you notice about the rooms and suites at Alpina Dolomites is the spaciousness. They are simply and comfortably furnished, with slick bathrooms, minimal decoration and floor to ceiling windows running the whole width – the main feature naturally being the view.
Fresh, seasonal and regional is the mantra at Alpina Dolomites – nothing tastes better. At the elegant Mountain Restaurant & Stuben, the focus is very much on healthy eating with a local twist, whilst the Alpina Chalet Restaurant serves hearty Italian classics, with the grill being the centre of attention. After a day on the slopes, the Mountain Lounge & Bar is a cosy place to relax and reminisce.
With its peachy position right on the slopes, the Alpina Dolomites gives you instant access to Val Gardena and beyond to the Sella Ronda and the Dolomiti Superski area, whether that’s with skis, a snowboard or snowshoes. The Alpe di Suisi – Seiser Alm lift is a few metres away, getting you to 1220km of pistes for beginners to seasoned skiers, served by a comprehensive lift system. If you’ve never tried cross country skiing, this is the place to experience it – with sixty kilometres of tracks through spectacular scenery.
The hotel has its own ski rental service with all the equipment you need. If you still need to keep your fitness levels up, the hotel has a comprehensive fitness centre, with an assorted programme of yoga and aqua gym sessions. And then there’s the Spa for a more relaxed and indulgent way to spend your time. Even here has panoramic views! The indoor and outdoor pools fuse, creating the illusion of a lake, surrounded by terraces, with the mighty peaks as the backdrop. Winter or summer, you’ll never be short of things to do.
It’s hard to imagine an Italian hotel where children aren’t welcome! At the Alpina Dolomites, the facilities for children are fabulous. The Laurino mini-club (open from 3pm-11pm) has a varied activity programme for kids aged five and over, and the playroom is packed with toys and games. They have their own cinema and can even eat at a children’s table. Babysitting can also be arranged.
The Dolomites are also a summer paradise – the beauty of the Alpine meadows from June to September is breathtaking. Walking, mountain biking, golf, paragliding and the near vertical vie ferrate provide the perfect itinerary for active and adventurous families.
In the southern Tyrolean village of Compatsch, on the Alpe di Suisi – an hour & 45 minutes from Innsbruck.