I haven’t done a Travel Tuesday post in quite a while, so when I received the news release about the Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, joining The Luxury Collection of hotels, I thought the pictures were too pretty not to share.
Located in Northeastern Italy and nestled within the spectacular Dolomite mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the dual-season property will reopen after an extensive redesign of the hotel’s rooms and suites, as well as the hotel’s lobby.
Since 1901, the iconic Cristallo, has had a storied history that includes hosting the winter Olympics in 1956, as well as being the site of numerous Hollywood films (The Pink Panther), and a favorite of celebrities, aristocrats, and writers alike including Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, Umberto di Savoia, and Vladimir Nabakov. Cortina has also recently been selected to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2021.
The hotel’s four restaurants offer guests a choice of diverse Italian recipes and cozy atmospheres. La Stube1872, with its wood-covered walls and antique majolica stove, provides an intimate fine dining experience and incorporates local produce and tradition. Il Gazebo is set in a circular room with spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape, providing the best of regional Italian fare. La Veranda is an authentic Italian restaurant, open for breakfast and lunch, with a Chef’s Private Table experience that combines culinary passion with local recipes. During the summer months, La Terrazzaopens its doors to offer al fresco dining within the immersive setting of the striking Dolomite Mountains.
The Cristallo ULTIMATE SPA, a Transvital Swiss Beauty Center, focuses on locally-sourced, exclusive therapeutic treatments that provide signature detox, anti-ageing, relaxation and après ski rituals. Equipped with a rejuvenating Hammam, sauna and oversized Romanesque indoor pool, the 1600 square meter spa (5,200 square feet) also includes a spacious FitWell Club that offers cutting-edge fitness equipment, a virtual trainer, and spectacular views of the Dolomites.
The resort also has a private event space, and a golf course, in partnership with Golf Club Cortina, where guests can compete on the nine-hole course framed by the Dolomites. The alpine-style Club House provides an inviting setting for conversation over drinks or a meal, and is just a short drive from the resort.