For the sixth wonderful year, my husband and I joined our family in Selva in the glorious Italian Dolomites for our annual January skiing holiday at the charming and luxuriously appointed four-star Hotel Continental . Family Linder`s hospitality there is always first class, but this year we felt it was outstandingly good.
In particular, the chefs and the waitresses rose brilliantly to the challenge of meeting our requirements for two gluten-free diets and one yeast-free diet. (No easy task!) This made our holiday stress-free and every meal was a delightful and eagerly anticipated experience. The food was terrific! The charming head waitress and her team made us feel very welcome and every request was attended to promptly and efficiently. Amazingly, the hotel also thoughtfully provided delicious gluten-free bread, pasta and muesli. The coeliacs in the group were ecstatic, especially when the skiing appetites kicked in!
We would also like to praise our chambermaid, not only for keeping our wonderful room with its unbeatable view over Val Gardena `spick and span` (exceptionally clean!), but also for her unflagging cheerfulness, which got every day off to a great start.
The hotel spa was a haven at the end of the skiing day for those who needed to unwind tired muscles in the saunas and steam rooms. The hotel, a large traditional Tyrolean chalet right on the edge of the ski slopes, was also very relaxing for the non-skiing member of the group and Selva itself offers plenty of quality shopping: from Tyrolean woodcarving studios to gorgeous Italian lingerie boutiques.
There are plenty of activities for the non-skier. The ice sculptures near the church are always worth visiting and stunning scenery and wonderful walks are right on the doorstep. The nearby Vallunga valley walk was described by another guest as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen on earth! (It doesn`t get much better than that!)
I need only add that Hotel Continental is very family friendly in the best possible way, where children are welcomed and catered for without their presence dominating the scene.
We`ll be back again next year, so if you`re booking a holiday there - and we thoroughly recommend Hotel Continental - make sure you leave our rooms free for the middle two weeks in January! Cheers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely refurbished in 2007, especially with new rooms and cosy junior suites with great views over Selva and the beautiful Dolomites. Ideal position for winter as well as summer holiday. Ski in + ski out on the Sellaronda in winter, in summer starting point of many wander walks in the natural park Puez - Odle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Continental Val Gardena, Italy