New for the 2014/15 winter season: Adler Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site
New for the 2014/15 winter season is the 30-bedroom Adler Mountain Lodge with ski in/ski out ability thanks to its location right on the piste in Alpe di Siusi, the largest mountain plateau in Europe and part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Right on the hotel’s doorstep, skiers will find 60km of well-groomed slopes that are serviced by high-tech aerial lifts. Snowboarders are welcome and will appreciate the broad downhill slopes, as well as the snowboard park, in addition to which there are plenty of options for those who like snow-shoe hiking, winter walking, cross country skiing, enjoying the views from a horse-drawn sleigh or a tandem para glider, and ice skating. Ski passes can be bought for Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi or for the entire Dolomiti Superski area; the ski season starts on 5 December 2014 and ends on 12 April 2015.
This really is an unparalleled opportunity to holiday in the midst of an area recognised for its outstanding natural beauty. Construction in this protected zone is so closely controlled, it took over 10 years to agree a design that was acceptable to all interested parties and then to get the permission to build Adler Mountain Lodge.
The result is very special: somewhere that daily routines are forgotten, pressures disappear and tranquillity emanates from the landscape. A place from where, after a hearty breakfast of local specialities, guests can head straight out to explore the winter wonderland and fill their lungs with of fresh air, before returning to the hotel terrace for lunch to admire the stunning panoramic views of the distinctive Sasso Lungo peak and in the evening to soak up the silence that comes once the lifts have stopped running.
Winter views: from the Lodge, of Alpe di Siusi, from a private terrace at the Lodge
The hotel consists of a central wooden lodge and an arc of 12 small chalets, modelled on old Tyrolean mountain huts, so that they blend in with the Alpe di Siusi’s natural setting. Sustainable construction methods were used throughout, with the interior and exterior made entirely of mountain wood from the region, each plank planed by hand by a craftsman from Val Gardena in order to give them an authentic mountain feel.
The main lodge houses the reception, a cavernous lounge with open fireplace, spacious sun terrace, restaurant, wellness and spa facilities, indoor/outdoor infinity pool and 18 guest suites, all with panoramic views of the Dolomites. Behind the main building, higher up the slope so they too enjoy uninterrupted vistas, stands the arc of two-storey guest chalets.
These 12 south-facing chalets offer something unique – the chance to holiday in a private chalet, while enjoying all the benefits of a hotel. Draw back the curtains in the morning and admire the majestic mountains from the cosy warmth of your bed. Step out onto the private balcony to breathe in the pristine air and let the morning sunshine warm your soul. In the evening, guests can enjoy a quiet drink on their own terrace or relax in their own private sauna before snuggling up in front of the flickering flames of the fireplace in their private sitting room.
The hotel opened earlier this year on 3 July to great acclaim and has already received 38 reviews on TripAdvisor: 35 rated it “excellent”, three rated it “very good”. One reviewer wrote: “I’ve been fortunate to have travelled worldwide and this hotel, which only opened in July, is comfortably one of the best I’ve had the good fortune to stay in. Everything about it is top drawer: great food, service and facilities including a sensational spa. It is absolutely faultless but quite literally the high spot were the to-die-for views, especially from our spacious room balcony and the infinity pool where you can chill out in style. Oh, nearly forgot to mention we were on a full board basis so all meals and drinks were included in the package. Thankfully our request for a late check-out was successful…this is one place you won’t want to leave in a rush!”