Cristallo Resort & Spa – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Originally inspired by the Art Nouveau movement that characterizes its architecture, Cristallo Resort & Spa – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy is nestled within the soaring peaks of the dramatic Dolomites range, reminiscent of a jewelled coronet. The resort is surrounded by alpine valleys and offers a venerable array of pastimes through its seamless adaptation between winter and summer seasons.
A notable rendezvous for Italian high society, Cristallo’s alluring service and enchanting cultural heritage have endured for over a century. Levels of comfort and courtesy convey the hotel’s innate gracious Italian hospitality that filters through every aspect of its legacy.
The resort’s unique style permeates all 74 guest rooms and suites, which envelop guests in sophisticated charm and modern amenities.
Honoring Frank Sinatra and Peter Sellers, two Presidential Suites are apartment-like retreats that boast the highest level of comforts and private spas with saunas and Turkish baths.
Personal butler service can be provided.
Cristallo has a selection of fine-dining and casual restaurants providing a curated choice of gastronomy and ambience.
La Stube, hosting just four tables, offers intimate private dining where refined cuisine is served, while the glass-covered Gazebo, with spectacular 360° degree views of the surrounding landscape, provides the best of Italian fare. Chef’s Private Table is an epicurean experience combining Chef’s culinary passion with traditional indigenous recipes.
The more relaxed Veranda is open for breakfast and lunch, while Hotel Bar is where Luxury Collection signature cocktails are served, alongside select snacks. During the summer months, La Terrazza, opens its doors to offer al fresco dining within the immersive setting of the spectacular Dolomite mountains.
WELLNESS & SPA
Cristallo Ultimate Spa was created as an icon of science, quality and reliability and it is precisely this pairing that defines its uniqueness.
Every treatment is conceived to counter the effects of time, to guarantee all the resources needed to maintain a youthful skin for every woman, and every man, in every phase of life. The Cristallo Ultimate Spa is designed to relieve stress and negativity and to discover what it feels like to be truly renewed realizing new energies at every session.
Enjoy the panoramic views from the swimming-pool to the luxury of the Sauna and Turkish Bath; and the freshness of the Emotional Showers. Indulge in the sophistication and the authority of a great Swiss brand and enjoy a complete experience, focused exclusively on wellness and beauty.
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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY
The Italian supermodel of ski resorts, Cortina d’Ampezzo is icy, pricey and undeniably beautiful. The town’s stone church spires and pleasant cascading piazzas are framed by magnificent Alps. It doubles as a slightly less glamorous but still stunning summertime base for hiking, biking and rock climbing.
Cortina is a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage ski area and has a glorious history of organizing international events and has a long tradition in being the center for winter sport events. Cortina d’Ampezzo is part of Dolomiti Superski, one of the world’s largest ski circuits and hosted the Olympics in 1956.
In the summer Cortina is also an important destination and a center for sports like running races, tennis and golf tournaments. The destination offers a wide range of cultural and gastronomic experiences at the highest level.
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