First stayed here back inFeb.2011; I have been back for a week ever since! This year I went with my sister and our 3 boys now aged 9,8&7. My husband joined us for the last few days.
Why do we go back every year? Quite simply because it has everything you would want from a relaxing family winter holiday:
Accommodation: we had the Sonnweis suite which comfortably sleeps 6 people (with room for more) in 3 bedrooms with two bathrooms. Great views with front and rear terraces! Rooms are furnished comfortably with simple Alpine wood design.
Food: Excellent quality, especially dinner and varied choices. Occasionally (mainly at lunch) if you arrived late some items ran out... All inclusive works well.
Service: All members of staff are friendly and professional. Rooms are very well cleaned, restaurant staff attentive and the family members very warm and welcoming! Nice to see the hotel owners children growing up into such polite young adults!
Children's club & activities: Excellent! As the boys are getting older I was worried there would not be enough to entertain them....I did not have to worry, there were not enough hours in the day for all the things they wanted to do from sledging, tubing (fantastic addition this year), pony rides, outside playground and playing in the snow to inside activities with the games room and activities with the entertainers who always gave them age appropriate activities including end of week show :-)
Wellness & Spa: Great indoor pool and children's sauna as well as spa area for adults which is professionally run with a good offering of treatments. Great massages but book in advance as it gets very busy!
Ski school: a key reason for coming back are the ski instructors who are excellent and multi lingual! Our boys did the ski school in the morning from 10-12.00 and then free skied afterwards. My son had private Snowboarding lessons in the afternoon with and progressed quickly. All instructors are excellent and are the same each year. Pirmin is superb with the little ones! One piece of advice is to book your children in a class before you arrive via hotel (especially if you arrive on Sunday) as classes fill up on busy weeks and also if you want private lessons.
Skiing: We were lucky this year as there was lots of snow. To get to the slope it is a short walk across a field to a blue slope (about 1.2km long) with pommel/rope tow ski lift as well as a 'magic carpet' on the nursery slope. The slopes are treated with snow machines every night so even with little snow the slopes are always covered. Regarding difficulty, it is great for the children to learn in such a safe environment as there is very little 'traffic' but there are some moguls etc that make it fun. We felt very happy to let the boys go skiing by themselves.
Overall a great week for young and old, peppered with activities for all the family including sledging expeditions, night lantern walks and Tyrolese evenings :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome to the Family Hotel Sonnwies in Lüsen/Dolomites in Southtyrol We are a 4* Holiday Hotel in the Dolomites of the Valle Isarco/Eisacktal – with our own organic farm, a truly large nature's playground and the spacious Wellness area Salientes Runcada. Here spoiled families find healthy, peaceful and traditional mountain pleasure. With us everybody gets their money's worth. With 70 hours of child care and exciting kid's programs in the open nature kid's fun is guaranteed. The parents have time to relax in the Family Spa wellness area.Best regards Hinteregger Family ... more less