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Italian Alps: South Tyrol & the Dolomites

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Hotel dasMEI
Location
Innsbruck, Austria

The 4-star “wellness hotel” dasMEI is located in the Tyrolean village of Mutters, on a plateau just opposite Innsbruck. An expansive grass terrace offers panoramic view of the Olympic city and the peaks of Nordkette rising behind. With architecture and programming dedicated to health and wellbeing, Hotel dasMEI offers guests an experience of serenity and vitality. Guest rooms are furnished in a modern alpine style with subtle Asian overtones and incorporate natural materials including wood, stone and leather. Rooms have hardwood furnishings, flat screen TV, mini bar, safe, and spacious bathrooms with elevated porcelain wash basins, walk-in glass shower (some also have a deep porcelain tub) and heated towel bars. Vintage skis and other motifs from Innsbruck’s long history as an alpine sports center are prevalent throughout the hotel’s décor. A restaurant and bar are also on the premises. Time permitting, rejuvenate after your travels with a Finnish sauna, steam bath or massage employing oils handcrafted with organic flowers and herbs.
Hotel Edelweiss
Location
Braies, Italy

Surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites, Hotel Edelweiss enjoys a bucolic setting above Val Pusteria near Lake Braies, one of the most exquisite alpine gems of the South Tyrol. At this small family-run hotel, understated elegance joins rustic alpine charm interpreted in traditional and contemporary elements. The classic stucco exterior, accented with carved wooden balconies bedecked with flowers, is quintessentially Tyrolean. Guest rooms are spacious yet cozy, varying in design and decor. Many have a modern vibe, with knotty wood accents offering a nod to the mountain setting. All rooms have beds with crisp cotton linens and heavy duvets, TV, safe, and en suite bathroom with shower, bidet and hairdryer. The breakfast room exudes alpine ambience, with a log-burning fireplace, knotty pine walls, built-in banquettes, and traditional wooden tables and chairs. Wellness facilities include a Finnish sauna, immersion tank, mist shower, Roman steam bath, straw bath with mountain herbs, Kneipp tank, two Jacuzzi tubs, and large relaxation areas for resting and unwinding.
Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort
Location
Val Gardena, Italy

Arguably the most stunning setting in the Dolomites! Passo Sello Dolomiti Mountain Resort is the only hotel in the range situated above 7,000 feet, with sweeping vistas of Sella Pass and surrounding meadows, and close-range views of the dramatic Sella and Sassolungo peaks that flank the resort. This inviting inn above Val Gardena was formerly a rifugio, built in 1904 and expanded over the years as alpine tourism grew, providing a base for mountaineering expeditions. In 2013, new owners converted it to a full-service hotel, offering matchless access to hiking in summer and skiing in winter.

Incorporating untreated wood and native stone, the new construction was designed to complement the natural landscape. Twenty-four rooms provide distinctive accommodations on par with the peerless setting. Decor is clean and spare, yet warmed by knotty pine walls, floors and furnishings that evoke the traditional style of northern Italy’s Ladin valleys, and which lend a soothing woodsy aroma to the interior. Rooms have writing desks, wall-mounted TVs and box beds with lofty European-style duvets. Contemporary bathrooms have stone tile floors and walls, with a raised vessel sink and large glass walk-in shower. The restaurant and dining terrace offer dramatic mountain views and feature regional Tyrolean cuisine such as cornmeal porridge, local mushrooms and schlutzkrapfen, a half-moon-shaped stuffed ravioli. Enjoy a drink in the bar, where modern lines, warm woods, leather chairs and a deep neutral palette define the atmosphere. The spa is equally inspired by the setting, with panoramic windows that ensure you don’t miss the staggering views as you relax and rejuvenate. Choose among the Finnish sauna, Kniepp therapy, soothing water beds and large indoor pool.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti
Location
Pinzolo, Italy

Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. Located in the heart of the western Dolomites, this 5-star property brings nature and luxury together in a modernist mountain retreat. The hotel offers outstanding proximity to the wild beauty of the Trentino region’s mountains, forests, streams and waterfalls while providing an elegant respite at the end of each day. The natural world is on view through expansive, geometric-shaped windows in the lounge, dining room, guest rooms and spa alike. Designed in “chalet chic” style, elegant guest suites blend modern lines and details with native wood, stone, glass and natural fabrics. Bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, walk-in showers with a rainfall showerhead, bidet, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers. Amenities include flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, phone, in-room espresso maker, electric kettle, desk and safe.

The enormous spa features an indoor/outdoor infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, sauna, hot tub, relaxation area overlooking the adjacent peaks, and a menu of therapeutic treatments. Two restaurants provide casual fare and fine dining combining contemporary and traditional regional flavors. The focus is on seasonal organic fare sourced locally, including artisanally produced olive oil from Lefay’s own farms on Lake Garda and in Tuscany. Enjoy a drink in the Lounge Bar indoors or Sky Lounge outdoor terrace, warmed by a large stone firepit. An ethos of sustainability permeates every element of the ClimaHotel-certified resort and its operations. Highly energy-efficient, it is built with state-of-the-art insulation to conserve energy, while utilizing renewable energy sources with high production systems, such as a biomass furnace and a co-generation plant.
Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel
Location
Ospedaletto, near Verona, Italy

Located halfway between Lake Garda and Verona, Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel and Spa is a 4-star property surrounded by the classic countryside of Valpolicella, a traditional region renowned for its wines, especially Chianti and other reds. Comprising a set of historic buildings centered around a 17th-century villa once the home of the noble family Quaranta, the hotel offers a romantic experience of refined Italian hospitality. The grounds include a lavish garden courtyard, medieval chapel, olive trees and small lake, while the villa interior is accented with antique furnishings, frescoes and early Baroque architectural details. Each air-conditioned guest room is different from the next, with elegant handcrafted wood furnishings, Italian cotton satin linens, Oriental rugs, desk, armchair, satellite TV, mini bar, and en suite bathrooms with large walk-in shower. The Restaurant Borgo Antico (“Ancient Village”) presents local recipes in tune with the seasons and complemented by acclaimed regional wines. The Valpolicella area abounds in natural thermal springs, which are the source of water for the hotel’s three heated spa pools.
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