It was my first time visiting Alta Badia which is situated in the northern part of Italy. This inviting South Tyrolean valley in the Dolomites has to be one of the most spectacular skiing and eating adventures to date for me. I was invited by Alta Badia tourism to experience its Gourmet ski safari, skiing and eating mountain food for a whole day. My accommodation was staying at one of the luxury hotels called Relais & Chateaux Hotel Rosa Alpina. Surrounded by the Dolomites mountain range, this upscale family-run hotel is 9 km from the Valparola Pass.
Accommodation for me whilst skiing is very important because to be kept warm and have the best of facilities just completes my stay. The reception area had a refined Alpine atmosphere, a blend of original local antiques and fine materials. Throughout this area, there were fresh walnuts, apples and in the evening fresh homemade biscuits for your liking served. The open wood fire and the access to glass containers full of sweets made it very inviting and enticing to lounge around and meet new people.
— Gracie Opulanza (@gracieopulanza) December 16, 2016
The staff were always very accommodating I liked the dedicated ski area in where you can leave and service your skis. It was clean and well organised and the skis were nicely packed away both in my XC90 Volvo and within this room. The concierge service helped me with my heavy ski equipment which is so nice after a long day out skiing. Nothing was ever too much trouble, even parking my car. The serving staff at breakfast were friendly and always at hand to serve you as you wish. My stay at Rosa Alpina was beyond my expectations. From the receptionists (all of them) to the concierge who knew exactly the trails we should hike to the food.
The breakfast was full of many Italian options and local food only dedicated to this region. The choices were endless and the nut section was one of my favourites. The pastry area was full of local Italian delights and the endless choice of juices were a perfect way to get energy into your body. The tea section was lovely and the amount of choice was one of the best I have seen in a hotel. The setting was light, bright and comfortable. The local meats which you could ask for were freshly cut to your liking which is a very unusual service for a hotel. Breakfast was bountiful with special requests for omelettes, hams, and other meats readily available.
— Gracie Opulanza (@gracieopulanza) December 12, 2016
All of the 51 rooms and suites, as well as the exclusive Penthouse Suite, have been individually designed in a unique and authentic mountain style. Especially ideal for families, they have a selected number of Suites and rooms that may become connecting rooms, if requested.
The Deluxe Double Rooms, seized 30 – 41 m², were divided in those with balcony facing south and in those with a more spacious living area and bathroom. They disposed of all of a Ladin style living area with authentic local antique furnishings. The bathrooms had a ceramic or marble bath with shower, some with walk-in shower and double basins. The airy Deluxe Single Rooms with 27 m² were equipped with a queen-sized bed and a bathroom with shower.
Rooms were cosy, bright and the pine design was well suited for mountain staying. I liked the extra walk-in wardrobe space and a comfortable seating area. The beds were super comfortable and the shower and bathtub top notch. The balcony was lovely to stand out in the early morning to appreciate the finest of views of the Dolomites.
The spa area is 3 separate zones. Located in the basement of the main building, our luxurious Spa was the perfect place to unwind in ultimate style and to restore and rest that aching body and mind, after a full day of skiing. My favourite was the adult sauna room, this area had another indoor swimming pool, Finnish Sauna, steam bath and luxurious treatment areas. Only open in the afternoon to late evening and only for adults. The sitting area and the see-through sauna looking out to nature was very unique indeed. In this area, the naked rule applies. Don’t worry it takes a little getting use too.
St Hubertus Restaurant
We were asked to experience dinner at St Hubertus with Chef Norbert Niederkofler. This is a must when you’re staying here. You can read about my experience here.
— Gracie Opulanza (@gracieopulanza) December 14, 2016
— Hotel Rosa Alpina (@HotelRosaAlpina) December 13, 2016
This was definitely a 5-star experience. In talking to the locals or other press members who have stayed here before. They were all jealous that team MSF was chosen to be spoiled here. Thanks to all the staff who made our stay special, comfortable and relaxing. Until we meet again.
- Room reviewed: Deluxe room – Prices start at around €500
- Website: www.rosalpina.it
- Address: Strada Micurà de Rü, 20, 39030 San Cassiano in Badia BZ, Italy
- Phone: +39 0471 849500