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Escape to the charming Hotel Ciasa Salares, situated in Val Badia at the heart of the Dolomites. Built above central San Cassiano, this family-run hotel is surrounded by verdant pastures and the woods of Fanes Park, in the land of the ‘Ladin’ people.
Ciasa means 'home' in Ladin and the welcoming Ciasa Salares certainly lives up to its name. The hotel incorporates furniture made by local craftsmen, some of 'Ladin' descent (an ethnic minority of Northern Italy), adding to the authenticity and cultural richness of the hotel. The bedroom interiors feature local woods such as larch, fir and pine, giving the rooms a warm and homely atmosphere. All of the rooms have separate bathrooms and boast balconies with spectacular views of the Dolomites. The rooms are decorated in restful whites with tasteful dashes of colour and many feature fir throws and handcrafted textiles. All of the Suites have walk-in closets, while most have living rooms, and the spacious Lavarella Suites are the best option for families, as two beds can be added to living area.
As well as the family-owned hotel itself, a passion for food and wine has been passed down the generations, much to the delight of guests staying at Ciasa Salares. The day begins in Salares Restaurant, with an extensive breakfast featuring local breads, home-made jams and mountain honey, sourced from the local surroundings. The dinner menu incorporates vegetables grown in the hotel garden and includes a vegetarian option, along with a traditional alpine dish. Alternatively, guests can enjoy cuisine created by a chef with two Michelin stars to his name in Restaurant La Siriola, or dine outdoors on the sunny terrace at La Terrazza. Guests will never be short of wine options to accompany their meals, as the hotel boasts both a Wine Bar and Wine Cellar.
Val Badia is a stunning destination in all seasons and in summertime; guests can enjoy hiking and biking through the mountains, horse riding and even paragliding. Alta Badia is one of the best ski areas in the world and during the winter months, guests can ski the slopes, go on sleigh rides or enjoy ice skating on the region's lakes. At any time of year, it is worth visiting the traditional agricultural settlements in Longiarü valley, or spending some time bathing in the Beauty Spa's Turkish bath.
Why we love it
Ciasa Salares has its own Cheese Room which is available for cheese tasting and even boasts a Chocolate Room, where guests can purchase chocolates or indulge in a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit skewers.
Kate L, Original Traveller