Val Gardena Valentine: Hotel Tyrol in the heart of the Dolomites

Luminosity Italia

Surrounded by some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery in the Italian Dolomites, and steeped in history and tradition, the Hotel Tyrol in the picture postcard village of Selva di Val Gardena impresses even the most discerning couples.

The sublime, monumental landscapes of the Italian Dolomites have long attracted hosts of travelers. Formed almost 225 million years ago, they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to their intrinsic beauty: a variety of spectacular pinnacles, spires and towers with contrasting ledges, crags and plateaus.

Valentine’s week is here. Lovers can make it entirely fabulous, appreciating the sounds, smells, taste and feel of nature at the majestic Hotel Tyrol, well known for spoiling guests with unique gastronomic delights and accommodation offering rich experiences.

Hotel Tyrol in Val Gardena
The gorgeous alpine lodge is owned by Bibiana Dirler and Maurizio Micheli, the beating heart of the hotel.

On this special occasion, the historic hotel opens the door of its high-altitude mountain cabin even if it’s winter. The Juac baita — or mountain cabin — looks like something out of a fairytale with its peaceful setting just in front the soaring Sassolungo, Sassopiatto and Sciliar Mountains, their intriguing peaks kissing the sky.

Escape and snuggle down in the romantic baita for one night, then descend to the hotel and stay the other six for a complete week of romance.

The night spent in the mountain cabin with your sweetheart is the moment when you wish you could stop time. Toasty warm with heavy snow outside, you are embraced by an atmosphere of intimacy and buoyant beauty.

The fairy tale starts in the cabin. The bedroom is an exclusive mountain nest. A crackling fireplace welcomes you to the stube, a cozy, spacious and rustic L-shaped parlor. Candlelight dinner is set.

The romantic menu is prepared by Chef Alessandro Martellini based on regional South Tyrolean specialties such as tirtelen, a dish with sauerkraut, cumin and apples from Val Venosta; canederli, bread-based dumplings pressed with gray Vallin alpine cheese on a salad of cabbage; salmerino, a fish from the Passiria Valley with mashed potatoes and chips from Schüttelbrot; and kaiserschmarren with pine nuts, cinnamon, raisins and blueberry sauce. In the morning, breakfast is served with homemade cakes and bread fresh out of the oven, homemade alpine yoghurt, fruit compote and fruit juices.

The mountain cabin is reachable on foot. With ciaspole — or snowshoes — you can traverse through centuries-old forests of spruce trees and stone pines. You can arrive on skis through a quick and easy off-piste journey as well.

The Valentine package includes a total of seven nights, one night at the mountain cabin and six at the hotel.

A gorgeous alpine lodge, the Hotel Tyrol was opened in 1966 by Karl Malloyer and Frida Kasslatter on land they bought from the Countess of Wolkenstein.

At that time Wolkenstein was a small, sleepy mountain village surrounded by meadows, mountain farms and pristine nature.

The hotel quickly became a favored summer residence for illustrious guests including Italian President Sandro Pertini and other well-known entrepreneurs and aristocrats of the day.

Hotel Tyrol in Val Gardena
The Hotel Tyrol offers all the comforts of an elegant 4-star superior hotel with 50 rooms furnished in Tyrolean style that are enhanced by the panoramic beauty of the Dolomites.

The couple later bought an adjacent villa owned by famed ski racer Pia Riva and the Hotel Tyrol expanded with a new indoor pool and a modern, spacious spa.

The family tradition was enriched when their niece Bibiana Dirler, who helped manage the property, met Maurizio Micheli, who was visiting from Tuscany. They later married and together began a new era of management. Both cherish the same joy as professional hosts, complementing each other in creativity and efficiency.

Bibiana and Maurizio are the beating heart of the hotel. They are much ahead of the field for style and hospitality.

The Hotel Tyrol offers all the comforts of an elegant 4-star superior hotel with 50 rooms furnished in Tyrolean style that are enhanced by the panoramic beauty of the Dolomites.

The kitchen is food heaven. It serves accomplished South Tyrolean cuisine with a contemporary spin. Chef Alessandro Martellini has added a personal touch to each traditional recipe. Other than fish that arrives fresh from Tuscany and the Adriatic Sea, all products are grown locally. Martellini says that his commitment is also to revive and revisit Ladin cuisine.

As a matter of fact, the South Tyrolean gem of Selva di Val Gardena is quite a cultural multitasker. It is Italian but the locals speak three languages: Italian, German and Ladin. The Ladin community’s mother tongue descends from the Latin spoken by Roman legionaries who marched through the valley millennia ago.

The Gardena Valley is among Europe’s top-three ski regions and voted the best in Italy. Winter in Selva offers a range of bracing outdoor activities. You can ski, snowshoe, cross-country ski, Nordic walk and ice climb on frozen waterfalls or set out on the mystical Sella Ronda circuit, itself is part of the absolutely enormous Dolomiti Superski.

Hotel Tyrol in Val Gardena
The hotel’s wellness area has a range of pampering spa treatments that are all high on self-indulgence and romance.

Guests at the Hotel Tyrol can arrive skiing on piste in less than a minute due to direct access to the ski lift. Purchase a ski pass at the hotel’s reception desk and book ski lessons at special prices.

The hotel’s wellness area has a range of pampering spa treatments that are all high on self-indulgence and romance. You feel cared for and soothed. There is an indoor pool that is constantly heated to 30 degrees Celsius. You can lie on heated stone slabs, then enjoy the two whirlpools, several kinds of sauna and a big Turkish bath.

The Tyrol Experience Valentine Week 2017 package is the perfect getaway to immerse yourself in nature. Starting from €2,050 per person, it includes six nights in a luxury room, one night in the Juac cabin with exclusive dinner and breakfast, morning breakfast and gourmet dinner every evening at the hotel, a mountain excursion with a hotel guide through the marvels of local fauna and a welcome gift on arrival.