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Enjoy the Dolomites with the ultimate in luxury

When choosing the ultimate escape, if you’re after great views, a scattering of adventure mixed with pure indulgence and relaxation, then look no further than the Dolomites. This mountain range located in North Eastern Italy, extends from the River Adige in the West, to the Piave Valley in the East. When planning a trip to the mountains in Europe, the Dolomites are often overlooked for the French Alps or Spanish Pyrenees, but consider this Italian region instead; the Dolomites really do have a lot to offer the most discerning of travellers – particularly when staying at the luxurious, family run San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge.

You can admire the stunning mountain views as you arrive by your own helicopter transfer, which can be organised through Chapman Freeborn. Land on the lodge’s own helipad, and enter this serene, secluded private escape which is described as ‘a world away from the world’. It is not difficult to see why.

From the moment you arrive, the former hunting lodge perched at 1,200 metres in the Val Pusteria will impress you with the satisfying and well thought out little details; the softness and elegance of the fabrics, the exquisite craftsmanship of the furnishings and the impeccable personal service which is offered by the hosts, Giorgia and Stefano.

So what to do whilst you’re there? The options are endless, and depend somewhat on the season you decide to travel and how active you wish to be. The Dolomites can be enjoyed all year round, with a particular highlight being a helicopter flight for panoramic tours – either admire the snowy peaks in winter, or the lush green pastures and rolling hills in the Summer – it is up to you.

The lodge boasts a wealth of facilities, including a heated outdoor panoramic whirlpool bath, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy system, experience shower and an outdoor lounge & relaxation area. Wellness packages are also on offer, to awaken your senses and help you indulge to the maximum…

Culinary delights abound, and guests can choose to enjoy the host’s delicious local specialities or instead be served by a prestigious chef for a more fine dining menu. Whichever option, guests are guaranteed a feast of the palate and the senses, all accompanied by fine wines from the 300-year old wine cellar served with guidance from the hosts about the wine’s unique aromas and flavours.

With all the relaxing, wining and dining in the lodge, some travellers may prefer to fill their days with something a little more active. In the spring and summer, enjoy mountain climbing, cycling, paragliding and hiking. In the winter why not try snowshoeing, sledding, winter paragliding or cross-country skiing or snowboarding through the spectacular Dolomite landscapes?

If golf is more your thing, the lodge is the only one in the Alps to offer guests a chance to play an 18 hole floodlit course, set in unique and unforgettable surroundings. You could also practice and take part in golf academies on an international level. There’s a particularly impressive view from the first tee, over the course designed by Ron Kirby, of international renown.

So whether you’re looking for an active escape, a gourmet getaway, a wellness and relaxation retreat or a combination of all three, this is the perfect base to explore the Dolomites, year round. The San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge really is the only place to stay if you’re looking for indulgence in the Dolomites.