From the bright green of summer to the fiery red color not only of the forests but also of the rocks of the mountains of Val Gardena – this is the fascinating chromatic signal that heralds autumn, a season of absolute calm, of days with crisp, clear air and extraordinary beauty for this enchanting valley framed by the soaring peaks of the Dolomites.
This is a unique time of the year for guests to experience the magic of what is known as the Burning Dolomites, and here in the heart of Selva di Val Gardena, the Hotel Granbaita Dolomites, a refined 5-star hotel, remains open throughout the fall season where truly restorative days await, filled with walks and relaxation, the pleasures of a healthy and refined table and beneficial treatments in the spa – all an ideal way to prepare both mind and body for the cold of the winter season.
Hiking and biking with a private guide
Hotel guests have free use of the latest generation of electric bikes, walking poles and backpacks: thus, well equipped and without having to worry about bringing equipment from home, they can participate in the varied and enjoyable program of excursions to discover the most beautiful places in Val Gardena (such as the enchanting Vallunga) and panoramic pedaling along mythical trails. All with private expert guides from the hotel, who will explain landscape and nature aspects of the routes. A real recharge of vitality, in the mighty setting of the Dolomites blazing with autumn colors.
Rituals at the Savinela Spa between the Alps and the East for a soul-full well-being
To enhance the benefits of outdoor exercise, nothing beats the 32°C warm waters of the large indoor and outdoor pools of the Savinela Spa, revitalized according to the GRANDER Method, which enhances their natural characteristics and positive effects.
Covering more than 2,000 square meters, the Spa offers a unique wellness program that enhances the active ingredients of the natural elements of the Dolomites, both in the treatments and in the products used, effectively mixed with Eastern wisdom. To purify the body, eliminate toxins, and strengthen the immune system, guests can enjoy the benefits of the saunas (from the traditional Finnish sauna to the hay and cirmolo saunas), the steam and aromatic Turkish baths, and the salt oasis with grotto and pool are ideal. In the panoramic sauna, the purifying ritual of the Aufguss is repeated several times a week.
A selection of specifically prepared treatments are also on hand to enhance the autumnal cleansing and regeneration. The Detox – Skin Regimen is a detox facial treatment with anti-aging action to deeply cleanse the skin of heavy metals, especially suitable for city dwellers with chelating effect and longevity complex. Meanwhile the Alpine Ritual Steviola, with a hay bath that prevents respiratory problems and seasonal illnesses such as bronchitis and flu, is followed by a truly relaxing massage. The Pinda Sweda, instead, is a treatment with heated sachets containing mountain herbs, which can be customized according to need, that are passed over the body and thanks to the oil release the active ingredients.
The pleasures of autumn on the table
Pleasantly complementing a stay is the delicious food created by Executive Chef Andrea Moccia, a must for the hotel: the protagonists in this period are the products and extraordinary flavors of typical of fall (chestnuts, mountain nuts, pumpkin, porcini mushrooms, red turnips, alpine cheeses and other South Tyrolean products).
The generous à la carte menu ranges from the most traditional South Tyrolean dishes in which local ingredients, including those from very small producers, are emphasized, to refined Mediterranean and international cuisine. All of this is accompanied by wines from the well-stocked wine cellar, which is filled with more than 500 South Tyrolean labels as well as those of the most renowned international wineries. Those who want to follow a detox or slimming regimen can rely on the Vital Menu, very tasty but with only 500 calories.
A journey of taste at the Granbaita Gourmet Restaurant
A cozy atmosphere, sophisticated mise en place, and impeccable service, the refined Granbaita Gourmet Restaurant is a treasure chest of taste within the hotel. Also open to outside guests, it has only seven tables to offer the opportunity for an extraordinary dining experience in the utmost comfort.
Following the suggestions of autumn, Andrea Moccia has come up with a series of new dishes with high creativity, which can be discovered by following the different paths of the Gherdeina and Dolomites Tasting Menu, played between research and reinterpretation in a modern key of the flavors of the local tradition. Those who love to be surprised will enjoy the A Sorpresa menu, a free-hand symphony designed by the Chef.
Packages for gourmets and couples
For the fall, the Granbaita Dolomites has put together a series of delightful stay packages, including the Couples Retreat (which includes, among other things, a welcome in your room with a bottle of Champagne and delicacies and the Savinela SPA Couples Ritual treatment, with private sauna and steam room, peeling, relaxing massage, nourishing wrap, pleasant relaxation and fresh fruit cocktail) and the Granbaita Gourmet Experience, with a 5-course Gherdeine Tasting Menu dinner in the Granbaita Gourmet Restaurant.