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This is the very definition of luxury in Livigno. The Lac Salin has it all - modern and contemporary interiors, super stylish design details and high quality finishes, all with a touch of eco-friendliness. Add to that the fantastic standards when it comes to both service and cuisine and it's a wonder anyone ever leaves.
The hotel is right on the Doss 18 piste and nursery slopes for convenience. They offer some very unique experiences to their guests as well. Take part in the free weekly snow shoe trip, try Tai Chi lessons - where else can you get that?
On top of that, they have lots of other ways to pass the time - head out to the sun terrace with your morning coffee, or spend an evening in the wine cellar trying something new. Kids will love the children's playroom, and there's also room service for when you fancy a lazy night in.
Nearest slopes: You're on the slopes
Nearest lift: Outside the hotel
Tuition meeting point: 50m
Resort centre: You're in the centre (San Rocco)
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
The newly renovated 900m2 Mandira Spa is particularly dreamy. It has multiple saunas, a swimming pool, a steam bath and even emotion-showers. There's also a whole host of massage and beauty treatments on offer as well as a relaxation area, so they really do have everything you could want to do in your down time.
A place as luxurious as this should have a great menu on offer, and that's true at Lac Salin. If you're staying here you can enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet. Your evening meal is equally diverse with four fabulous courses that include buffets for the starters, salads, and desserts respectively. And of course Christmas and New Year meals are also included.
The 65 rooms at Lac Salin are as luxurious and modern as the rest of the hotel. You can expect stylish, modern design with high-quality and eco-friendly materials. Every room is bright and spacious and furnished in a contemporary style, and they all come with what you'd be looking for in your home away from home - a gorgeous balcony, flatscreen cable TV, a mini-bar and mini safe, plus Wi-Fi and a hairdryer. All the necessities!
The hotel has a few special offers and accommodations to make it easier on families having a lovely skiing holiday. They have a charming playroom for the little ones, and babysitting is also available to book locally with the hotel, so you needn't worry.
Official rating: **** Superior
Free weekly snow shoeing & Tai Chi
Bar & lounge
Cafe with sun terrace
Stunning spa area
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