Dolomite villages are no longer traditional mountain villages and their Alpine style hotels have been largely replaced by concrete and glass emporia of the kind prevalent all over the world. Happily, the Granvara is still in essence an Alpine inn and La Selva, where the hotel is situated is still far enough from the burgeoning resort of Selva to retain the atmosphere of a small Alpine village. Selva itself is now a busy modern resort but the hotel is far enough above it and sufficiently separated by a wood threaded by a pleasant path to make it just a distant prospect.
The hotel has the design and feel of a mountain chalet and wood and soft tones predominate. But there is a real sense of spaciousness and there are amenities that are essential for a walking holiday rarely encountered in most Alpine hotels in any country, particularly comfortable areas for day dreaming, conversing in real armchairs, reading or playing games.
The bedroms are superb with beds so comfortable that a long walk on the first day of a holiday leaves no legacy of aches or stiffness the next morning. The bathrooms are also superb and ideal for easing stiff muscles - once one has mastered their futuristic bath and shower controls.
The restaurant is magnificent but diners should bear in mind that the starting buffet is not the complete meal -there are four imaginative and filling courses to follow. One could easily be lured into thinking that the buffet was a complete banquet. There are real provisions of comparable range and quality for vegetarians, not just lip service to their needs.
For some of us spas brings back nightmares of compulsory school gym. This doesn't matter - the spacious pool is magnificent with splendid technology that allows you to swim indoors and oudoors in warmth even when the air temperature is near freezing. Very disorientating- how were we transported miraculously to Iceland?
The staff are helpful and attentive because that is what they want to be; their unfailing courtesy and interest in their guests owes nothing to commercial considerations.
The rates are so reasonable that one has to blink and double take before realising that these modest charges really do relate to 2012, not 20 years ago.
A Shangri La in the very accessible Dolomites.
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