As promised in our Sept 12 review we did return!
The great thing about this beautiful area is that it doesn’t need to change. It remains a stunning and majestic place with awesome mountains.
This time we:
• walked to La Villa along the river
• visited the San Cassiano street market
• attended a very enjoyable traditional folk night with local band, singers and dancers in La Villa
• shopped in Cortina
• walked from La Val to the Ju de Rit Gap visiting the churches on the pilgrims trail.
The weather was superb, around 25 C, except on the last day when we had snow, so over the Passo Falzarego in 6 inches of snow and minus 2.5c, very scary!
By the time we reached Venice it was back to 25C.
And so to the hotel, really little changed from last year but:
We stayed in room 17, a junior suite. Spacious and overlooking the car park so very quiet. Lovely evening sun from the balcony.
The hotel is still run by 3 generations of the same family. Meals served wearing national costume.
Lovely outdoor terrace – we had breakfast on a couple of days
Nice bar with draught lager beer
Toiletries replaced when needed
We used the spa a lot - outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna’s were very good. Very nice afterwards to relax in the quiet room, sipping a herbal tea whilst enjoying the mountain view.
Food: well what can we say except superb!!
Excellent continental style breakfast with good choice: cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cold meats & cheeses, pastries. DIY boiled eggs replaced by being cooked in the kitchen so you can have them any way you like.
The small size means not a lot of choice for the evening meal. You choose at breakfast with usually a choice of 2 main courses.
But what a change!
I would still describe the food as good, local, home cooking but with complete revamp of meals/choices and especially presentation – easily to 4* standard.
We ate turbot, fresh trout, and fresh perch, all beautifully cooked. Vegetarian choices on some nights. The first thing Andrea chef/owner said when we arrived was ‘tripe is off!!’ (See my Sept 12 review)
The themed evenings are still there: fabulous gala dinners, a pizza & cocktail party on the terrace, a tour of the kitchen with drinks, selection of local cheeses.
How good was the food?
Well on one gala evening an amuse bouche pudding was served before the main pudding. We were so impressed that we thought that was it, left and missed the main event, despite a telephone call to remind us!!
Another great holiday: return again? probably!!
One of the main reasons for us to visit in the summer is these walks. Lots of guidebooks and gear hire is around 9-10 euros. We are experienced walkers from UK & only needed gear on walk 5:
1. Sass de Rocia. A beautiful location south of Arabba. Short but quite tricky up steep stemples
2. Sass de Stria: not really a via ferrata as only short protected route but interest in the trenches and tunnels
3. Monte Cavallo: Long exposed route from Rifugio San Croce on path 7 to the plateau. Two protected areas
4. Lajazuoi (start route M2): a tough route, across a narrow bridge & exposed
5. Brigata Tridentina: a really hard route, 750 m of climbing & very popular, stretched us to the limit but worth it!!
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