Villa of the Month
Have a look at Villa Ermelinda near Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Piemonte, or contact Merrion for more information.
'Last year we decided we wanted to ski in the Dolomites but needed advice on the resorts. Having read all the press reports and brochures we decided there was too much choice, we needed help. After one call to Merrion explaining what we wanted and our level of skiing she came up with Arabba and the Sport Hotel, where we spent Christmas and New Year. Merrion organised everything for us: flights, taxi, hotel and the best ski instructor. A fantastic holiday which we are about to repeat. We would not hesitate in recommending Merrion, nothing seems too much for her.'
A very happy customer. Sussex.
Indeed, it has remained a well kept secret for a long time but is now becoming recognized worldwide not only for its extensive ski terrain and spectacular natural beauty but also for its very high level of cuisine, state of the art ski lifts and great hospitality. The Italian Dolomites have recently been classified as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
The Dolomites ski region offers 12 different ski areas connected by 450 modern ski lifts and 1.200 km of perfectly prepared snow covered slopes with just a single skipass!
One of the gre at delights visitors will experience in the Dolomites is the true Italian foodie experience. There are mountain huts scattered everywhere so, in addition to fantastic skiing, you can enjoy pappardelle con conghiale or salsiccia con polenta with a glass of local vino and espresso before heading off again down the slopes. And, of course, don’t forget the ubiquitous ice bars for a shot of grappa before a spot of off piste!
The famous Sella Ronda is a 36km loop that goes across four of the ski valleys (Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Livinallongo), whilst the Great War Ski Tour (Giro della Grande Guerra) packs in historical landmarks, lots of ski slopes, and even a horse drawn “ski lift”. Skiing in the Dolomites combines perfectly groomed slopes, a myriad of choices of pistes, scenery to die for, cuisine quite out of the ordinary and excellent high quality accommodation.
The 12 main ski resorts across the Dolomites ski region are:
Merrion is passionate about the Dolomites and, again, with her phenomenal network of contacts she can advise clients on the best hotels and resorts, top refuges for lunch and much more. Try a Ski Safari, a luxury stay at San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge or Rosa Alpina or ask Merrion to put together your very own bespoke ski trip to the best ski area in the world!
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
Away from it all, immersed in the sensuous paradise of an elegant, charming and much-loved home, San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is a unique and luxurious refuge. To experience San Lorenzo is a real privilege whether in summer or winter and is undoubtedly an unmatched European mountain destination.
Luxurious and hedonistic with superb hospitality and service, Rosa Alpina is a dream summer and winter destination.
Sport Hotel Arabba
This charming family managed hotel in the heart of the
Italian Dolomites offers complete luxury and comfort in
an area of outstanding natural beauty and some of the
best skiing and walking in the world.