Corvara is the largest village in the Alta Badia region, with some extremely high quality hotels and apartments. However, the village is off the map as far as most British tour operators are concerned (they prefer Selva-Gardena as a base), and we don’t know of any catered chalets in the resort.
La Perla is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and a sensational, if eccentric cellar (don’t get roped into the lengthy tour if you can help it – just drink the wine). The service is painstaking and highly-rated, though some might find the decor a bit OTT – the owners are collectors of the eclectic. The walls are adorned with carved angels, oriental rugs warm the terracotta floors, the upholstery is sumptuous, and a display of ancient hats hangs above the staircase. The 50 bedrooms are all different in style and size. Hotel Posta Zirm is something of a hub in the resort, with a spacious accommodation wing. “The dinner was well worth the cost as it was unending and delicious,” said one Tripadvisor reporter. “One of the best spas I’ve seen at a ski resort,” said another. The hotel has a very good Attic Suite built on two floors with a generously sized living area and bathroom below and a double bedroom above – a good choice for families.
Fabulous restaurants in many of the hotels
The five-star Hotel Sassongher is traditional, and with a solid reputation. It houses the renowned Stüa dl’Jagher restaurant and a good spa. Sporthotel Panorama is another hotel with a well-known eatery, Stüa Ladina. Finally there’s three-star La Tambra, with more simple rooms but containing an excellent restaurant that offers free classes in traditional Ladin cooking.
Hotel Gran Ciasa is a well-kept three-star in the neighbouring village of Colfosco. It has attractive bedrooms and a spa with indoor swimming-pool. Some 500m down the road is Residence Vila, under the same ownership. It contains well-equipped apartments that combine cosy South Tirolean style with all modern comforts such as a dishwasher, satellite TV, and internet.