Travel Review: The Dolomites, Italy
PUBLISHED: 15:06 09 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013
What does a girl do when she's not busy planning the Oscars of the Cotswolds? She jets off to Italy, of course! Ceri McQueen, organiser of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards, experiences the high life in the Dolomites
What does a girl do when shes not busy planning the Oscars of the Cotswolds? She jets off to Italy, of course! Ceri McQueen, organiser of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards, experiences the high life in the Dolomites
Getting up at 5am on a Tuesday morning to LEAVE the Cotswolds is last on my list of things to do but as it was for a press trip to Italy I thought I would make an exception.
Tuesday: After a two hour transfer and a very early start we arrived in Val Gardena in Selva at 2pm and checked into Hotel Aaritz, a gorgeous family run hotel in the heart of Val Gardena with glorious views of the Dolomites. After unpacking all 117 pairs of shoes we were then whisked away by the Val Gardena Tourist Board to Hotel Adlers spa for pure relaxation.
Some of the girls were offered Hay Bath treatments which uses curative herbs from the mountain slopes to relieve of any aches and pains. The treatment is 20 minutes long and costs 46.
Afterwards we were treated to dinner at gourmet restaurant NIVES I kept it local and chose the tagilate of South Tyrolen beef as my main course which was cooked to perfection.
Wednesday: What do you do with a girl who is petrified of heights? Oh you send her to the mountains of course! On Wednesday we took a cable car to the top of the mountain, we then stopped for lunch in a cheese hut; it was lovely to see the producer just makes the cheese for himself and visitors. A home from home.
Thursday: Unfortunately the weather stopped us from doing open air yoga Thursday morning so we got straight on our transfer to Corvara which is just half an hour from Selva.
After checking in at Hotel Col Alto in what can only be described as my very own luxury suite we were greeted by the Corvara Tourist Board and taken to lunch in the village of Badia. The hut was adjacent to Santa Croce Church which gave the most phenomenal views. In the evening we were taken to a ladin farmhouse for dinner.
Friday: On our last full day in Col Alto we met with the lovely Nicole from the Tourist Board to experience the Peak of Gastronomy Tour which involved walking up the mountains to different mountain huts to experience Michelin starred food and wine.
Our first stop was the I Tabl mountain hut where we all tried Tagliolini with herbs, porcini and chanterelle mushrooms and Speck Alto Adige PGI created by Arturo Spicocchi (1 Michelin star at the La Sta de Michil restaurant of Hotel La Perla in Alta Badia). The dish the costs 14,50 and is fantastic dish to try if you want to experience South Tyrol at its very best.
The next stop was the Bioch mountain hut where we went onto try Gerstel of venison loin with South Tyrolean potatoes, South Tyrolean Apple PGI and chanterelles mushrooms created by Norbert Niederkofler (2 Michelin stars at the St. Hubertus restaurant of Relais & Chateaux Hotel Rosa Alpina. The dish costs 28,60 I would also recommend this if you are doing the Peak of Gastronomy Tour.
We then went onto the South Tyrol Wine Experience and a lot of wine later finished with dinner at Hotel Sassongher. Lo amo le Dolomiti!
But dont take my word for it, experience the Dolomites for yourself. Its a truly memorable trip.
Inghams offers a range of 3* and 4* hotels in Selva.
Stay at the 4* Hotel Oswalk, Selva on a half board basis for seven nights with prices starting from 699 per person including a free packed lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits, free mountain bikes and a weekly guided mountain bike excursion. The price includes flights from Gatwick to Verona and resort transfers.
Inghams offers a range of 3* and 4* hotels in Corvara.
Stay at the 3* Col Alto on a half board basis for seven nights with prices starting from 695 per person including free mountain bike hire. The price includes flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers.
â– For more information or bookings call Inghams Lakes & Mountains on 020 8780 4454 or visit www.inghams.co.uk
â– For more information on South Tyrol visit www.suedtirol.info
â– For more information on Alta Badia visit www.altabadia.org