While the Southern Hemisphere is sizzling, Brits, Americans and Europeans will be entering the midst of a long, cold winter. Some will be escaping to the summer sun however we think that sometimes the best thing to do is to embrace the chill! And what better place to do this than in the stunning Italian ski resort of Cortina? Stylish, exclusive and oozing natural beauty, this high end ski town is the perfect place for a winter getaway. So much so that it has earned itself the official title of ‘Queen of the Dolomites.’ Not to mention the fact that it boasts status as a UNESCO world natural heritage site. Ready to throw on your most stylish ski outfit and hit the slopes? Read on for a handpicked guide to some of Cortina’s best restaurants, bars and accommodation options!
Our favorite eats
For a flashy night out make a beeline for the award winning Veranda del Cristallo located at the Cristallo Hotel. This Michelin star establishment is one of the most sought after restaurants in the valley and boasts exquisite cuisine and impossibly beautiful views over the mountains. Tivoli is another of Cortina’s Michelin approved eateries, serving up a menu of traditional Italian delights infused with a dash of contemporary flair. The charming Alpine-style building makes the entire experience wonderfully authentic! Another of our favorites is El Toulà, an Ampezzo-style converted barn. The handmade Italian cuisine and the spectacular mountain views are to die for.
Image via: El Toulà
The après ski scene
One of the joys of a winter ski holiday is soaking up the après ski atmosphere. And in Cortina, snow bunnies are spoilt for choice! Enoteca is a fabulous wine bar pouring divine local drops and putting together a mean cheese platter. La Suite is a cozy yet classy retreat for vino drinkers while the glowing ambiance of LP26 is perfect for winding down after a hard day on the slopes.
Image via: Enoteca
We love a good boutique hotel and when it comes to Cortina there are a handful of high end establishments that are guaranteed to delight. The Grand Hotel Savoia is perhaps the most well-known of the bunch, offering guests five star service and a central location in the heart of picturesque Cortina. The 117 rooms are light and spacious, with the penthouse Savoia Suite treating guests to sweeping views over the Dolomite mountains. For smaller scale sophistication and elegance the Rosapetra Spa Resort stole our hearts. The chic Alpine inspired décor is drop dead gorgeous and a treatment or two followed by a soak in the Turkish hammam is the ideal way to escape the winter crowds.
Image via: Rosapetra Spa Resort
Fill your suitcase
Cortina is renowned as Italy’s chicest winter destination and given the impressive line-up of boutique stores, antique shops and galleries it’s not hard to see why. A stroll down the famous Corso Italia is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and you’re sure to find yourself quickly dripping with designer bags and unique one-off finds.
Image via: The Telegraph
Have we convinced you to trade in sunshine and palm trees for powder white snow and pines?