Ortisei is a small town tucked away in the Italian Alps, in the Dolomite valley of Val Gardena. Although the town only has 5,500 Italian men and women who live there year-round, it still has a bustling town center, and thrives not only on its primary trade of woodworking, but also on its attraction to tourists as a skiing and hiking destination. In fact, Ortisei Val Gardena is so well reputed as a winter ski destination that it is a frequent starting point for the Sella Rhonda ski circuit. It is certainly a stop to make if you are visiting the Italian lakes region of Northern Italy, and certainly a great Christmas vacation spot!
Additional activities that attract tourists from around the world for Italian holidays to this cozy mountain town include golf and walking routes in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The breathtaking views that surround the town make it an ideal location for the many luxury spa facilities available, which offer relaxing and rejuvenating processes in a tranquil and remote environment that accommodates healing and well being.
Ortisei hotels are well-equipped to accommodate the high volume of tourists that flock to the Val Gardena area in search of a stimulating ski vacation, scenic hiking destination, relaxing and remote spa locations, or sometimes a bit of all three. For visitors set on enjoying a worry-free and luxurious holiday, there are several inclusive and luxurious hotel Ortisei options, including the Hotel Adler Ortisei, the Hotel Grones Ortisei, and the Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof Ortisei. These are certainly much nicer than your standard hotel Italia (although I wouldn’t rank them above luxury Italian villas!).
The Hotel Adler Ortisei represents the height of luxury hotels. Family owned and operated since 1810, the spa and sport resort is surrounded by 9000 square meters of parks and gardens. It features regularly updated guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and extensive wellness and fitness facilities, all within an atmosphere of easy elegance. Some of the resort’s special features include the Aquana Waterworld, offering countless varieties of healing bath options, including subterranean salt soaks, saunas, and outdoor heated pools, and the wide variety of spa and wellness treatments offered on site, including facials, massages, special fitness regimens, and so much more. There are also extensive children’s facilities, which allow parents to enjoy the luxury spa treatments or a day on the slopes, knowing that their children are well provided for. The features of the hotel specifically intended for kids include a mini-zoo, an adventure playground, and a sports center.
The Hotel Grones Ortisei is another highly regarded establishment. The luxury hotel features spacious, modern guest rooms with tasteful furnishings and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, as well as an on-site gourmet restaurant that boasts excellent cuisine and an extensive wine cellar. During the summer months, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s membership at the Golf Club Castelrotto, an 18-hole course located only 30 minutes away. Hotel Grones guests will receive 30% off the course’s green fee every time they visit.
Ortisei’s Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof has been in operation since 1923. Completely reconstructed and renovated in 2001, the spa and wellness hotel features fully modern facilities, and ensures that guests will have the comfort of the only the best and most modern amenities. In addition to the hotel’s pool and sauna world, extensive spa treatments, and gourmet restaurant, it also employs private ski instructors to facilitate guests’ experience on the numerous slopes of Val Gardena. Not only is ski instruction made available, guests also have the option of selecting guided ski excursions that explore the 176 kilometers of ski routes available in the area.
Primarily a culture of Ladina origin, 80 percent of the Ortisei natives speak the Ladin language, while other prominent languages in the area include German and Italian. The woodworking trade of this culture is strong and has a long and reputable history. When not tearing up the slopes or receiving one of the countless spa treatments that are offered to visitors, be sure to visit the historical downtown of Ortisei, as well as the neighboring Val Gardena towns of Selva and Santa Crestina Gherdeina, to witness the mastery and craft of the traditional woodworkers.
The extremely high quality of Ortisei hotels, combined with the town’s breathtaking surroundings, optimal ski areas, and rich cultural history, make Ortisei a great place to visit during your Italian lakes holidays. Experience the magic of the Dolomites by booking your next holiday in Ortisei.
Ortisei is not the only great ski resort town in this region of Italy. You may want to read these guides on other great skiing cities you may consider visiting: hotel Bormio and Madesimo. If you are interested in coastal cities of this region, you may be interested in these articles: hotel Pisa, hotel Cervia, and hotel Alassio.