San Cassiano, Dolomites, Italy
Nestling in the heart of the Dolomiti Superski, the largest interconnecting ski area in Europe, the Rosa Alpina is world-class. Michelin cuisine, superb service and spa with every little luxury
Surrounded by the majestic cliffs of the Conturines, the village of San Cassiano nestles in high mountain meadow in the centre of the Alta Badia district. The dramatic Dolomite peaks glint pinky-orange in the sunlight, offering just a hint of the 1,200kms of piste and world-ranking climbing and walking routes that lie within the ‘Dolomiti Superski’. This is an extremely sought-after destination, in both summer and winter seasons, amongst the mountain cognoscenti and the family-run Rosa Alpina offers world-class hostelry; just the right balance of luxurious pampering and warm Ladin hospitality.
The town has only a little traffic through it so that San Cassiano is practically pedestrianised and one may wander freely. Shops are full of local products – smoked speck hams and strudels – and many have brightly painted facades and murals. Guests can enjoy delicious regional specialities in the hotel’s Fondue Stube or The Grill and for very fine dining, there is the wonderful Michelin-starred St Hubertus.
Ease the exertions of a day in the mountains at the Clarins Spa – the utmost luxury in an elegant environment. The indoor pool and various saunas and treatment rooms are in the beautifully appointed basement, a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Each of the bedrooms is different and all are furnished in low-key neutral style with antiques, paintings and materials which reflect Ladin culture – wood, linen and marble. The overall atmosphere is one of a small, family-run hotel – warm and welcoming – which manages to convey the feeling of being ‘at home’ whilst the hotel and facilities are actually cutting edge and extremely technical.
The Rosa Alpina is amongst those few hotels around the world at the very top of their game – and worth a visit.