Hotel Bellevue, Cogne, Aosta Valley
Managed by four generations of the same family, the 90 year-old Bellevue Hotel remains markedly traditional but has adapted brilliantly over the years with the addition of an award-winning spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. Exceptional service and a magical location in summer and winter ensure that guests return year after year.
Rooms are furnished in alpine style, with wooden floors and furniture, chintzy fabrics and large windows that frame awe-inspiring mountain views. Several of the rooms have balconies and suites have a Jacuzzi, private sauna, fireplace and views of the Gran Paradiso glacier.
Winner of several awards, the 1200m² Gran Paradiso Springs wellness area is the ultimate in blissful indulgence. Facilities go beyond the norm with a choice of five saunas (including citrus and hay), a Turkish and Roman bath, and salt and ice caves. There are two pools, including a mineral salts pool reserved for adults, and a fitness area.
There are several restaurants, ranging from relaxed outdoor lunchtime dining to the ultimate in gourmet dining, the four-table Michelin-starred Le Petit Restaurant.
Local seasonal produce and ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden feature on the menu at the main Bellevue Restaurant.
More informal options include the Brasserie du Bon Bec (situated in the town centre) which serves sharing dishes such as fondues and, in a converted dairy overlooking the meadows of Sant’Orso, the Bar à Fromage.
Enjoy al fresco lunches at any time on the Terrace and, once a week during the summer, La Maison à l’Alpage grills meat and prepares polenta underneath brilliant blue skies and amongst the fragrant woodland of the Grand Paradiso Park.
A small, picturesque town to the northwest of Turin in the Italian Alps, Cogne lies on the edge of the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park. Cogne is generally considered the capital of the Gran Paradiso, Italy’s oldest national park. All around, there are snow capped mountains, lush green meadows and the gentle ringing of cow bells.
Local attractions include the Botanical Giardino Alpino Paradisia, a carpet of alpine flowers hovering 1700m above sea level in the national park, and the Lillaz waterfalls.
During the summer months, this is a world of hiking trails through the mountains or, for those looking for a gentler pace, through the three valleys. The new Skyway Mont Blanc, a revolutionary 360° rotating cable car which opened in summer 2015, offers dramatic views across the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Alpine skiing and other winter sports activities are available locally but the area is best known for its cross-country skiing thanks to its 80km of tracks through woods and across bridges and mountain streams.
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