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The Alpen Village Hotel is actually a well-connected complex made up of seven different chalet-style buildings, perfectly situated next to the Teola chairlift and the bustling Mottolino slopes. It's gone through some extensive renovations over the last couple of years and it's really upped the luxury factor.
The wellness area is particularly enticing with an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor saunas and an amazing fitness room. Once you've finished having a soak and a swim, check out the in-house restaurant which offers up a huge range of Italian, Valtellina and local Livigno specialties like homemade pasta and cakes, as well as over 250 (yes, 250) wines!
Don't forget the Panoramic bar for a relaxing aperitivo with a view. And if you're looking to head into the resort centre, a convenient free hotel-run ski bus stop is just outside of the hotel doors.
Nearest lift: 250m to the Teola chairlift
Tuition meeting point: 5 minutes on the ski bus
Resort centre: 5 minutes on the ski bus
Livigno is a charming, traditional alpine village with a friendly and cosmopolitan vibe right on the Swiss border. It's a vibrant place that's still a bit of a secret to many. It's a resort that has something to please everyone, so you'd better plan your visit before the secret gets out!
The resort itself sits on the valley floor with the ski runs on either side of the town. Even though the 115km runs doesn't sound like much, there's tons to do here. It's more like North America in that you can pretty much ski or snowboard anywhere.
Beginners will be kept happy thanks to the excellent English speaking ski schools while intermediates will relish the large number of blue and red runs. On top of that, the pedestrian centre consists of three kilometres of bars, restaurants and duty-free shops for when you're not carving up the slopes.
The lively après-ski scene suits many tastes. You'll find traditional Italian restaurants serving inexpensive local cuisine, fantastic pizzerias and rockin' bars and pubs for something a bit more exciting. Try Marcos and Daphne's pub for a pint of Guinness, or dance the night away in the resort nightclubs. And of course there's the duty-free shopping - you'll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase on the way out!
Area size: 115km
Resort altitude: 1815m
Skiing altitude: 1815m to 2800m
Number of runs: 75
Range of runs: 26% green/blue, 57% red and 17% black
Lifts: 11 drags, 14 chairs and 6 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes
Cross-country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 80% of runs covered
nbsp;wellness area is a lovely place to unwind. Take advantage of the indoor pool, the outdoor saunas and hot tubs as well as the relax area to enjoy some moments of calm. The fitness room is particularly impressive. It has its own personal trainer and is favoured by many international triathletes.
As you're on holiday, why not book in for a sports or relaxing massage. There are also beauty treatments and even a private spa for couples wanting to relax in private.
You can expect a fantastic spread with your half board meals. The continental breakfast buffet is substantial and helps you get ready for the slopes. Your evening meal is a three-course buffet with a choice of regionally inspired mains according to whatever you fancy. Christmas and New Year meals are included as well.
The newly renovated rooms at the Alpen Village hotel are bright and contemporary with calming whites broken up by cheerful splashes of colour. The 160 rooms come in one standard size which sleep two, three or four people, with twin or double rooms, some with a third and/or fourth bed. They all have 32” satellite LED TV and Wi-Fi. Some of the rooms also have a balcony for taking in those stunning mountain views.
9.30am to 12pm, 3pm to 6.30pm and, unlike most clubs, they also run in the evenings from 8.30 to 10pm so parents can have a little holiday date night!
The hotel's entertainment team also organise daily activities and shows at scheduled (day)times throughout the week. Kids will also love the bright and bustling playroom, with a huge array of toys and games and even an entire games room to keep them occupied. It's a very family friendly place.
Official rating: ***
Restaurant serving traditional specialities
Heated ski-room with ski lockers
Indoor swimming pool
Indoor and outdoor saunas
Free hotel-run children's club
Free hotel-run shuttle bus
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