Sophisticated, elegant and romantic, the Dolomites are a hidden gem, offering all that makes skiing in Italy irresistible. Incredible cuisine in the villages and on the slopes, a heart-warming welcome as only the Italians know how, fantastic, uncrowded skiing for every standard, private guides to unlock the secrets of the mountains and the seamless brilliance of the A&K Villas experience. It's a heavenly combination.
Widely regarded as some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the jagged peaks of the Dolomites are home to 12 ski areas all accessible with just one ski pass. The lifts are fast and super-efficient whilst more than a thousand kilometres of well-groomed pistes range from wide, confidence-boosting boulevards to challenging couloirs – including, of course, the unique and wonderful Sella Ronda. As well as Italy's legendary food and wine, there are also limitless opportunities for winter fun and outdoor adventure in a climate that offers on average 300 days of sunshine a year.
In Alta Badia, with its Michelin starred restaurants and stellar reputation for gourmet pyrotechnics, San Cassiano is a jewel of a village where children under 8 are blessed with a free lift pass. Right in the centre, Chalet Iergl is a stunning, beautifully restored 4 bedroom farmhouse and a famous historic local landmark to boot. Whilst traditional Ladin style is the exterior signature, the interior is a masterpiece of sleek state-of-the-art modernity, offering every luxury and mod-con imaginable. Within minutes of the main lift, the Penthouse Alpina is an intimate and blissfully spacious two bedroom hideaway with all the facilities of the Relais & Chateaux Rosa Alpina Hotel and Spa on tap. The epitome of contemporary mountain chic, it proffers fabulous mountain views, a cosy open fire, private dining on request and staff accommodation. The hotel itself is a glamorous family-run chunk of boutique heaven right in the heart of the village, with an award-winning Daniela Steiner spa and Michelin-starred dining to match. Elegant and discreet, it oozes style and seduces all with super-charming and attentive service.
Just to the east, San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, located up a forested lane, sleeps up to 10 and is quite simply one of the most outstanding lodges in Europe. It lies within an idyllic 42 acre estate, cocooning guests in privacy and luxury, pampering them with sublime levels of service and surrounding them with jaw-dropping views over three valleys, countless hilltop village forts and, incredibly, the lodge's own golf course.
These superb Dolomite properties are the ideal complement to A&K Villas' existing ski portfolio, which currently covers the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps and includes more than 100 luxury chalets in the heart of some of Europe's best and most exclusive ski resorts.
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