21 October 2021
Beneath the majestic peaks of Lavarella and Conturines rests the charming mountain village of San Cassiano. At its heart, Rosa Alpina, an Aman Partner Hotel, provides unparalleled access to the Unesco World Heritage ski destination of the Dolomites Superski and Sella Ronda network of pistes in winter. After a successful summer and a short annual closure, Rosa Alpina is reopening on 10 December.
Offering a range of experiences, the intimate property features just 52 rooms and suites, as well as an exclusive three-bedroom Penthouse and Chalet Zeno, a spacious private refuge accommodating up to six guests.
The hotel’s wellness area and Aman Spa features two indoor heated swimming pools with forest views, one for families to enjoy together and the other for adults only, a Jacuzzi, hammam, cold plunge pool, a light-filled yoga studio, a gym, nine treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu.
Signature treatments at the spa include the Alpine Herbal Muscle Relief treatment, a deep-tissue massage using arnica oil, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to increase circulation and restore muscle strength, as well as a broad range of massages, facials and specialist treatments.
Italy’s hearty and delectable cuisine has long been revered across the globe, and Rosa Alpina’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, St. Hubertus, is an indulgent foray into the region’s cuisine.
The restaurant, which features just nine tables, and two chef’s tables, is open for dinner only and will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. St. Hubertus was also recently awarded Michelin’s newest distinction, a green star in recognition of its efforts to provide sustainable gastronomy.
The Head Chef Norbert Niederkofler’s innovative Cook the Mountain philosophy incorporates locally sourced and seasonal ingredients into every dish. He operates a zero-waste approach within the restaurant, with all menus printed on paper made from apple pulp.
The Limonaia comprises an outdoor terrace with tranquil views. Simpler fare can be found within the hotel’s other dining venues; the Wine Bar & Grill features a wood-fired pizza oven. The Lobby & Bar plays live piano music every evening.
The village of San Cassiano is connected to the Dolomiti Superski area, home to 1,200 kilometres of brilliant snow-white slopes and 450 ski lifts, all of which can be covered under one ski pass, providing the ultimate picture-perfect winter ski experience for all levels. The beautifully groomed ski runs also have snowmaking facilities, so there’s always fresh snow.
Similar to the summer, the Dolomites are a wonderous place to hike in the winter months. Guests of Rosa Alpina can hike on the well-marked trails of freshly groomed snow, surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs and stunning open wide views. Guests can also try out snowshoeing, seen as an extension to hiking with the assistance of snowshoes – outer footwear featuring a wide frame to distribute the person’s weight over a larger area. This great winter exercise makes the perfect alternative to traditional or cross-country skiing or snowboarding.
A popular destination for cyclists in any season, the Dolomites comes into its own in the winter in a memorable way, with spikey biking. The spikey bike has oversized tyres designed for snow that allow cyclists to tackle the hugely popular winter hiking trails at a much more adventurous speed.
The Dolomites can be explored safely with expert biking guides so that guests can enjoy a unique cycling challenge at their own pace. Spikey biking is the perfect way to enjoy training in the altitude of the Pale Mountains whilst taking in the dramatically beautiful landscapes.
Guests are also invited to try winter running, starting from Rosa Alpina, through snowy woods and up to Störes at 2,200 metres. Wearing spiked running shoes, guests can run the 14-kilometre trail with a 500-metre climb or take the shorter option of 7-kilometres and a 100-metre climb.
For the more adventurous, Rosa Alpina offers the experience of ice climbing, assisted by a professional mountain guide. With consistent ice, a variety of grades, and many routes, Serrai di Sottoguda is a deep slash through the base of Val Pettorina, formed during the ice ages as glacial meltwater gouged down through the rock.
Marmolada towers above the gorge, which is so narrow in some places that the walls almost meet, making it an ideal spot for ice climbers.
For those looking to try something different, Rosa Alpina also welcomes guests to experience Snurfing, the humble predecessor of the snowboard.
A mix between a monoski and a surfboard with no bindings for the feet, the board has a short rope handle at the front to help snurfers steer. This activity can be performed without ski lifts and is ideal for groups of friends, teenagers and those looking for an exciting new challenge.
While the scenery and views from the ground are unlike any other in the world, the region can also be enjoyed by air, with helicopter tours departing directly from the helipad just three minutes by car from Rosa Alpina.
New for 2021, The Silver Mirror Tour visits a location known by very few. A vast ice wall rising from the ground, guests can reach this secret place with a knowledgeable guide, rising over nearby peaks before landing to enjoy an aperitivo. Afterwards, guests can choose to return to Rosa Alpina or visit Plan de Corones for lunch at AlpiNN, an innovative restaurant concept by Chef Norbert Niederkofler.
Guests can experience Chef Norbert’s culinary vision with a one-night stay at the hotel, spending the evening at St. Hubertus revelling in a ten-course tasting menu for two. The Starry Night experience also includes breakfast served in Limonaia.
Now guests can also enjoy the Mindful Skiing experience, a sport open to everyone, providing low impact exercise whilst helping raise self-awareness, reduce stress and improve general health.
Offered just outside the village of San Cassiano, a ring with breathtaking scenery, this three-night stay includes daily breakfast served in Limonaia, one yoga and stretching session for two, two private cross-country ski lessons, a two-day entry pass to the cross-country ski training circuit and trails, two days rental of skis, ski shoes and poles and shuttle service to and from the ski slopes at Piz Sorega.
Also available this season is the Peace of Mind exclusive package, offering guests an all-inclusive experience of the hotel during the winter months.
The hotel’s guides know multiple secret spots in the mountains where sundowners and canapés can be enjoyed in consummate privacy with awe-inspiring views.
As the famous Dolomites sunset paints the sky a myriad of pinks and the snowy mountains blush the softest rose, guests can relax with their drink of choice, and tantalising traditional snacks in a mountain hut, known as a Rifugio dotted across the mountainscape.
Rosa Alpina reopens for the winter season from 10 December until 3 April 2022.