Dreamy dolomite mountains, delectable nosh and the art of dolce far niente: if anyone knows how to mix luxury with mountain living, it's Italy.
High-end hotels heave with spa facilities, perfectly positioned for exploring delightful towns and dizzying peaks - incredible for luxury skiing.
God save the Queen of the Dolomites – from the surrounding peaks that positively glow as the sun sets, to the majestic town with its frescoed houses, posh boutiques and acclaimed restaurants.
The beautiful brainchild of a certain Franz Oesterreicher, who wanted to create a mountain magnet for Europe's elite and did precisely that. Return from the fabulous forested pistes and Victorian architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants and chic piano bars greet you.
The great and good of Milan spend their winter weekends in Courmayeur – perhaps for the designer shopping (bag yourself one of Hermes' Courmeyeur scarves), perhaps for the pampering spas or quite possibly for the stonkingly good ski area under the eye of Mont Blanc.
A cosmopolitan village with UNESCO's unparalleled Dolomite peaks every which way, gorgeous gourmet restaurants, chic wine bars and more wellness facilities than you can shake a chakra at.
If the surrounding Dolomites don't send you gaga for Corvara, maybe the timber chalets and charming churches will do the trick. Or the highly rated hotels with their spas and piano bars. Or the smashing South Tyrolean cooking...
The devil's in the detail in old Ortisei, from the intricate wood carvings created here to the delights in the artisan shops, galleries and restaurants (don't miss Michelin-starred Anna Stuben). All worth watching out for but easy to miss, when you see the sheer amount of skiing on offer...
For such a tiddly, traditional village, San Cassiano has a tremendous amount of luxury: dine in 2 and 3 Michelin starred restaurants, sleep in 4 and 5 star hotels and when you’re not roaming the dizzyingly pretty pistes of the Dolomites, spend time in rooftop pools and spas.
In beautiful Val Gardena, Selva reigns supreme. Lap up the Ladin culture in fine restaurants, then set your legs to work on the scenic Sella Ronda tour which sets off from here. Later on, spa hotels and wine bars await...
The four and five-star hotels on offer in Italy's ski resorts are outstanding. Find them filled with fabulous spa facilities, from the usual suspects (pools, spas, saunas) to wonders of the wellness world (chakra themed relaxation rooms, crystal pyramids, Dead Sea salt pools...).
As you'd expect from the motherland of pizzas, pasta and prosecco, the top hotels do wining and dining spectacularly – from the carefully concocted a la carte menus to the elegant dining rooms overlooking endless peaks. Some spa hotels do health menus if you fancy a detox, while others have cavernous wine cellars for a spot of indulgence...
You can read more about our best hotels in Italy here.
Luxury Italian chalets do exist, but not quite in the numbers you find over in France. Our favourites have access to swimming pools and spa facilities, or take chalet catering to another level with limitless food and drink throughout your stay. See our selection of superior Italian chalets here.
If you like to be lord of your mealtimes, our 4 and 5-star ski apartments in Italy are just the ticket. Release your inner Aldo Zilly within the comfort of your own kitchen... or ignore the cooking facilities completely and let acclaimed chefs do the legwork in local ristorantes. Find our finest Italian apartments here.
|Property||Resort||Luxury features||£ Price from (pp)|
|Hotel Adler||Ortisei||Awesome spa hotel, top notch cuisine, stunning location||£1339|
|Grand Hotel Miramonti Majestic||Cortina||Historic Dolomite hotel, royal & celebrity patronage|
|Camp Zero||Champoluc||New eco hotel, on-site climbing walls, wellness facilities|
|Hotel Sassongher||Corvara||Scenic elevated location, piano bar, Daniella Steiner spa|
|Hotel Fanes||San Cassiano||Traditional luxury hotel, excellent food & wine, large spa||£1969|
|Hotel Aaritz||Selva||Central location, lovely lounge area, spa centre||£1219|
|Sporthotel Panorama||Corvara||Piste-side, seriously scenic location, pool & wellness facilities||£1099|
|Hotel La Perla||Canazei||Near gondola, traditional Tyrolean hotel, pool & spa facilities||£829|
|Hotel Lac Salin||Livigno||Ski back location, garden terrace, Mandara spa||£1099|
|Hotel Spinale||Madonna di Campiglio||Near the centre, wellness area, traditional cuisine|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.