La Perla, CorvaraCorvara, Dolomites / Italy / Italy Ski
Unlike any other hotel you’ll find in northern Italy, La Perla provides the quiet ambience of a luxury, boutique hotel, but distinctly taps into the rustic, mountainside aura of its mountainside location. From its picture book-like fireside lounge to its ornate health and beauty spa, every room of this hotel has a story to tell. And while being a unique experience, La Perla still provides the comfort, fancy dining and slope proximity that one expects from a skiing resort.
What to love
- Fantastic ski-in, ski-out location next to a lift
- Each and every room at La Perla has a bespoke layout, but each has been designed with considerable care and attention – falling back on a distinctly Tyrolean aesthetic. So expect brushed, alpine woods; ornate furnishings and, of course, breathtaking mountain views.
- The hotel’s health and beauty wellness centre is good for rejuvenating the body and soul. Whether you take a dip in the marble-clad pool, or leave yourself in the capable hands of the specialist masseuse, it makes for the perfect remedy to a day on the slopes.
- If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy an after dinner tipple and get chummy with some of the other guests at the hotel, you couldn’t picture a finer setting than the hotel’s fireside lounge, with its chimney fireplace, chandeliers and alpine flora.
What to know
- Signor Ernesto Costa, the founder of La Perla, has gathered an impressive collection of antique motorcycles over the years. Guests can now visit his extensive collection in the hotel’s Motor Museum.
- La Perla is a hotel with strong links to its past, demonstrated in its maintaining of ‘the old house’. The small Ladin house has stood since the 1400s and is opened to the public during the summer months.
- Between the enchanting breakfast room, the exhilarating bar area and the hotel’s selection of restaurants serving a variety of culinary styles, there’s no chance of guests of La Perla going hungry.
- If you find yourself yearning for a spot of soul-searching during your stay, La Perla’s veranda is where you’ll want to find yourself. Tucked away in a corner of the hotel, guests can tuck into a book while enjoying the room’s antique, larch wood décor.
Tucked away in South Tyrol, some 1568 metres above sea level, the small town of Corvara is set into the side of the mighty Dolomites mountain range, gifting it enviable access to some of the best runs that the mountains have to offer. Providing an authentic, rustic setting that feels as though it’s stood for as long as Corvara’s vast alpine woods, La Perla hotel offers a secluded respite from the cold mountain air.
Giving visitors so much more than the standard winter ski break, each of La Perla’s rooms is brimming with mountain charm – from the rich smell of the larch wood that adorns the quiet veranda to the crackling of the real log fire in the fireside lounge in the evenings. It’s an essence that also finds its way into the guest accommodation. Each of the hotel’s 52 rooms has a unique design, albeit with an authentic Tyrolean theme running throughout, and a variety of styles and layouts depending on the purpose of your visit – including single rooms, comfort rooms, standard double rooms and ‘romantik’ rooms.
Keen to not run on ambience alone, this ski-in, ski-out, family-run hotel provides a host of services to help guests further unwind during their stay at La Perla. Case in point is the hotel’s health and beauty spa area, which offers a range of wellness facilities to help soothe your body and mind after a long day. Trained therapists and masseuses are also available to further relieve any leftover tension. The resort is also home to a collection of fantastic dining choices – including a one-michelin-star restaurant, a bistro serving Mediterranean and local specialties, an alpine inn, an authentic tavern and an impressive breakfast bar. Then there’s the cosy bar and well-stocked wine cellar to see you through until bedtime.
When to Travel
In winter, from mid December to early April, Corvara’s red and blue ski slopes are ideal for beginners and families with small children. There is a range of more demanding slopes for more experienced skiers such as the Vallon-Boè a 4.5 km long run and the Col Alt piste. Corvara also boasts direct skiing access to two of the most beautiful skiing excursions of the Alps, the “Sellaronda” and the “Ski tour of the First World War”.
In summer several lifts take visitors to altitudes where they can enjoy incomparable panoramas of the Dolomites, peaks of Alta Badia, the Marmolada glacier and the Austrian Alps. There are hundreds of kilometres of paths, ranging from straightforward valley bottom and high plain walks to longer excursions in the Puez-Odle Natural Park and the more challenging Sassongher peak and Piz Boè walks. Corvara is also an excellent location for road cyclists with plenty of routes to choose from.
La Perla boasts a ski-in-ski-out location, next to the lift in the village of Corvara in Alta Badia in the Dolomites. Shared or private transfers take approx. 2 hours from Innsbruck Airport or 11/2 hours from Bolzano Airport.
Scuola Ski and Snowboard School: This well-regarded ski school provides the perfect bridge for anybody new to mountain winter sports, or those just in need of a refresher lesson. The experienced instructors can teach a variety of abilities and on a mix of slope tiers.
Bar Chocolaterie: Any visitors to Corvara with a sweet tooth will want to pay a visit to the local chocolaterie – serving chocolate in a variety of different ways, including fondue, hot chocolates and even chocolate liqueurs.
Road biking: With some of the most breathtaking views of the Dolomites and the most intricate, mountainside roads, it’s no wonder that South Tyrol is ever-popular with road cyclists. Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get on the saddle.
Horse riding: During the summer months, the Dolomites become a stretch of meadows and picturesque valleys, which are perfect for an afternoon spent horseback riding.