Nira Montana, Aosta Valley, Italy
Nestled in the small Italian ski resort of La Thuile, close to the French and Swiss borders, at first glance this five-star hotel is unassuming, a three-storey mix of stone and timber that blends right into the mountainside. However, step inside and you are in
a sanctuary, where the natural materials, low lighting, and modern, elegant design – we’re talking chrome and leather armchairs and Foscarini copper lamps – convey an easy refinement. Food and drink are taken very seriously here, with the hotel’s chefs using the finest local produce – pork belly with sage, pappardelle with basil and fontina cheese, and the best tiramisu you’ve ever tasted. Even the cocktail menu is about the region. The Edelweiss – a G&T using gin from the Dolomites mountains infused with edelweiss, and served with rosemary, thyme and citrussy essential oils – is a welcome reward after a day on the pistes. And what pistes. Even at peak times, the slopes are crowd-free and surrounded by picture-perfect scenery.
Wow Factor Book a meal at Lo Riondet – a chalet high up in the mountains – for
an Aostan feast of raclette, mountain-cured and cooked meats, followed by home-made strudel. But don’t go heavy on that wine – it’s a guided torch-lit descent.
Go A Deluxe Room costs from £147 per night; niramontana.com
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