Luxury in Dolomites: Magnificent landscapes, vast skiing regions, perfectly prepared slopes
One of the most unique destinations in the European Alps is the Dolomites, with its rocky cliffs, untouched nature and mountain valleys. The Italian region extends over the three provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno and the nine mountain ranges. The Dolomites was declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The landscape is irresistibly beautiful with lush forests, 3000m high mountain peaks, magically coloured rock faces and glassy snow on the slopes that provide a memorable setting for unforgettable winter holidays. With first class gourmet restaurants, comfortable private rental chalets, stylish apero-bars, merry pubs, friendly tea rooms and tailored spa packages, this is a destination to add to your bucket list. Countless well-groomed ski slopes can be experienced here, as well as culture and tradition in the German, Italian and Ladin mountain valleys and a fascinating mountain world through a journey on the Great Dolomites Road. A splendid place to visit is Val Gardena, a valley best known as a skiing, rock climbing, and woodcarving area.
The Dolomites owe their name to the geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, who performed the first mineralogical-chemical analysis of the rocks. A particularly remarkable phenomenon in the Dolomites is the alpenglow or 'Enrosadira' in the native Ladin language. At sunset, the Dolomite Mountains around Alta Badia are being illuminated in magnificent shades of red, from pink to orange and carmine. The Santa Croce is a peak especially renowned for its blaze of colour. The nine mountain ranges of the Dolomites include the natural parks Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies which extend into Alta Badia. The Kronplatz (Plan de Corones) is a mountain with a height of 2,275m. The holiday region of Kronplatz comprises the Puster Valley and other side valleys and is famous for ski holidays. The traditional gastronomy of the Ladin Dolomite valleys is humble and unaffected and it has its roots in traditional country kitchen. From the rural farmhouse restaurants to the comfortable mountain refuges and the high-class gourmet restaurants, every menu offers real treats.