Let’s be honest, global warming is eventually going to make ski season about two or three weeks long. But for now, a uniquely stylish hotel in a less than obvious skiing destination still gets our heart pounding.
The destination is the Dolomites of South Tyrol Italy, which boasts a good dozen ski resorts, but very little mass tourism. So if Burlington, Aspen, even Chamonix seem like yesterdays news to you, perhaps spending time amidst the beauty of the northernmost slopes of Italia just might reignite your love of the possibly endangered sport.
And for those tired of those cloyingly rustic New England and Tyrolean lodges, the newly revamped Schgaguler Hotel offers a decidedly more 21st Century experience. A member of the exalted Design Hotels group, its distinctively mod facade hides 36 rooms of low-key elegance, with light but warm wood floors and accents, sexy, contemporary deep soak tubs, and an all around determined aesthetic minimalism – i.e. lots of white and even more white.
The ornamentally-opposed sense of style continues through the public spaces, with elegantly cool armchairs, hanging pendant lamps, and contemporary fireplaces all adding to an overarching modern Alpine style, but with striking Scandinavian and Japanese accents. There’s also a sleek Mediterranean restaurant, a full spa, plus an outdoor whirlpool and two indoor pools.
But history is all around, as the Schgaguler is actually located in the UNESCO World Heritage protected mountain village of Castelrotto. And it overlooks the breathtaking Alpe di Siusi, the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe.