The Portavescovo is an inviting and comfortable little hotel that sits right alongside the piste basher route giving you ski to your door convenience. The hospitality team are so friendly and do a great job of rolling out the red carpet for everyone who comes through the door.
The hotel has a newly renovated spa which includes an indoor pool, two saunas, a steam room and even a fitness room if you need more exercise. Massages and other treatments are available locally if you're looking to relax those muscles further during your stay.
There's a great little lounge area with a TV and a separate reading room which is a great choice for a quiet evening in with a glass of wine (or some hot coco) and a good book.
A games room and music bar on the ground floor features the occasional live band to get the toes tapping. There's free afternoon tea and cake every day between 4 and 5 pm, which is just one of the charming little touches that will make friends and family on holiday fall in love with this place.
From the hotel to…
Nearest ski lift: 150m
Tuition meeting point: 100m
Resort centre : 50m
About the resort
Set right at the heart of the stunning Dolomites mountains, Arabba provides some of the best skiing and accommodation in all of Europe. It's incredibly picturesque and provides easy access to 1220km of glorious piste. It's perfect for both intermediate and advanced levels of skiers and boarders, and you'll never have the chance to get bored due to the sheer number of pistes you'll have access to.
There's a fair amount on offer off mountain as well. There's a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants and extensive wine cantinas in the area to keep all the foodies happy. For low key nightlife with traditional Italian hospitality, this is the place. If you're looking for a relaxing ski holiday with Italian flair, you'll be happy in Arabba.
There's not as much on offer for those who aren't in it for the skiing and are hoping for some shopping - you'll just have to enjoy the sunshine and the espressos instead!
It's a very chilled out place. However, to mix it up a little bit, sign up for a helicopter ride up to the Dolomites' highest peak, or take a few relaxed spins around the outdoor skating rink. Otherwise, it's back to the hotel, most of which have spa facilities to keep things interesting.
Area size: 1220km
Resort altitude: 1600m
Skiing altitude: 1600m to 3342m
Number of runs: 42 locally
Range of runs: 3% green, 49% blue, 32% red and 16% black
Lifts: 5 drags, 15 chairs and 7 gondolas
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 15km
Snowmaking: 90% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The half board meals means you'll start your morning with an extensive buffet breakfast before a full day on the slopes. Come back to the free afternoon tea and cakes; perfect for a stop gap before enjoying a three-course dinner and large starter buffet.
There's a weekly fish and seafood gala dinner which isn't to be missed too. Christmas and New Year meals are included as well.
The twin or double rooms here are a really good size and can take extra beds or bunk beds for larger groups. Each of the 57 rooms has a satellite TV‚ Wi–Fi‚ shower‚ wc and balcony (apart from first floor rooms). You can request single rooms if needs be.
Official rating: ***
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Comfy lounge with TV
Restaurant and relaxed bar
Pool and two saunas
Steam room and fitness room
Music bar with live music
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck (in Austria)
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes
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