Embedded in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site, this resort hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, two Alpine Ski World Championships and the 2021 Alpine Ski World Cup. As such it offers some technically challenging pistes, along with beginner runs. But this resort has much more to offer than just snow and slopes. Come the warm weather, climbers and hikers flock to the beautiful peaks. George Clooney and Naomi Campbell have holidayed here and although it attracts many celebs, it’s by no means pretentious. Often referred to as the ‘pearl’ or ‘queen’ of the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a great choice for your upscale Italian skiing or summer break.
Cristallo, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Within two decades of opening, the Cristallo played its part in World War I as a military hospital. It’s had a more glamorous recent history, hosting royalty and the Hollywood elite. The 74 bedrooms have a classic, grand Italian style, but the decor is entirely fresh due to a 2017 refurbishment. A ski resort with an in-house spa, it’s part of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection. There are three restaurants; La Veranda for breakfast and lunch, the fully wood panelled La Stube 1872 which serves mountain favourites and the fine dining room, Il Gazebo, with its stunning 360-degree views across the Dolomites.
Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo, A Radisson Collection Hotel
This five-star establishment was built in the Art Nouveau era. Recently renovated, it has 170 rooms in total and is a member of the international Radisson chain. Guests with experience of the brand will experience a degree of familiarity in terms of the sophisticated, modern furnishings and dependable service. However, the Grand Hotel Savoia has its own personality, with a distinctly Italian flair. This is particularly evident in its three restaurants: Ristorante Savoy, 1224 Bar Lounge and 1224 Terrazza, as well as a cigar lounge. Illustrious past patrons have included Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Winston Churchill, Leo Tolstoy and Franklin D Roosevelt.
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Rosapetra SPA Resort
With a focus on wellbeing, this spa resort encourages guests to enjoy the surrounding beauty, unwind and practise self-care with a range of innovative treatments. A Personal Spa Assistant guides you through your journey. This may include thalassotherapy and treatments in the Hatma Space area of the Massage Zone, featuring a unique ergonomic bed. There’s a jogging track outside and a pool inside, to keep fit during your stay. The decor at Rosapetra revolves almost entirely around light wood, creating a grounding, rustic-chic atmosphere. The hotel’s Corte del Lampone dining room treats food like an art form and there’s regular entertainment by night.
Faloria Mountain Spa Resort
Following a major redesign by architect Flaviano Capriotti in 2018, the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort has been reimagined with a palette of neutral colours and the prolific use of local wood and stone. The resulting building harmonises beautifully with the landscape and boasts a huge new spa, providing sensory journeys as well as a semi-Olympic pool covered in blue-green majolica tiles. 48 rooms are spread over three floors, with lashings of light coming through the huge picture windows. Take a seat in the Faloria Restaurant for views of the mountain Croda da Lago on one side and Cortina d’Ampezzo’s Olympic ski jump on the other.
Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel
This hotel’s glamorous claim to fame is an appearance in the 1981 Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only. Book room 108 if you want to stand on the very same balcony as Roger Moore, it was used as his suite in the film. The hotel is located just under a mile from the resort centre on a hilltop, ideal for those wanting a more peaceful getaway. The hotel provides a free shuttle for easy access into the town, or guests can stay to enjoy the views of Cinque Torri from the wellness centre. Elegant bedrooms feature parquet flooring, Persian rugs and marble bathrooms.