Located in the charming village of San Cassiano in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Rosa Alpina, an Aman Partner Hotel, acts as the ideal springboard for exploration of the region’s spectacular natural scenery.
The intimate property features just 52 rooms and suites, as well as an exclusive three-bedroom Penthouse, and Chalet Zeno, a spacious private refuge accommodating up to six guests.
Reopening on 11 June for the summer season, Rosa Alpina will draw on its long-standing relationships with local mountain guides, tailoring bespoke itineraries for guests of all ages and ensuring access to every majestic peak and verdant larch forest within its vicinity.
This summer, freedom and endless fresh air awaits via Rosa Alpina’s vast array of outdoor activities. Some of the world’s best road biking trails are available from the hotel’s doorstep and the area plays host to the annual Maratona dles Dolomites race each summer, which is open to amateurs. The region’s numerous famed road biking climbs include Passo di Pordoi, the Marmolada, Passo Gardena and Passo di Campolongo, and have challenged the strength and stamina of many cyclists for decades.
Each year, some of the finest roads and remote passes are closed to traffic allowing cyclists to marvel at their diverse surroundings from the saddle, accompanied by a soundtrack of birdsong and the spinning of wheels. In addition, Rosa Alpina offers mountain biking tours that will invigorate even the most advanced of riders. Each trail, whether uphill or downhill, takes in breathtaking views of waterfalls and flower-filled meadows. For those that wish to cycle together, but are of mixed abilities, E-bikes are also available.
Reaching new heights this summer, guests can also participate in Sky Running, a challenging run along dedicated trails that sit up to 2,000m above sea level and at an incline of over 30%. Transporting individuals into mountain goat terrain, where the earth meets the sky, each Sky Running experience is designed for very fit and active guests and incorporates mesmeric views high above the alpine landscape.
During the activity, participants are often rewarded with a refreshing dip in a serene lake. Throughout the season, Rosa Alpina will also offer guests a new six-night Extreme Mountain Sports Retreat that will feature a daily extreme fitness activity including a Sky Running excursion.
Further breathtaking views await on one of Rosa Alpina’s guided rock-climbing trips. Accompanied by a professional mountain guide, guests can work their way along multiple graded and often world-famous routes, such as the distinctive Cinque Torri rock formation, as well as across icy glaciers or down steep couloirs.
New this season, Rosa Alpina will offer a six-night Extreme Rock-Climbing Retreat, which includes daily climbing excursions for seasoned experts. Also enabling a unique insight into the region’s fascinating geology, Rosa Alpina offers several enjoyable via ferrata hikes. Invented in the Dolomites, a via ferrata (‘iron road’) comprises a series of cables and ladder rungs fixed to a rock face to enable the ascent of steep mountain routes.
For the ultimate challenge, guests can enjoy the Extreme Adventure – Four Peaks experience, an adrenalin-fuelled climbing excursion that sees each individual summit the peaks of Sas dla Crusc, Piza dales Diesc, Lavarela and Conturines. Those who achieve the four peaks in one day will receive a certificate and the Alta Badia Mountaineer trophy.
For a more peaceful discovery of the serene natural landscape outside the hotel, Rosa Alpina offers several guided hiking outings. Throughout their stay, guests have access to an expert team of handpicked mountain guides, who can tailor hikes to all fitness levels and ages, with children receiving a small backpack and a magnifying glass to study insects and wildflowers on route, as well as a notebook to record their findings.
Young guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for the fossils of ancient sea creatures and marine geological formations, with the opportunity to observe the remains of a prehistoric bear in the Museum Ladin Ursus Ladinicus on return to the village. For another more leisurely discovery of the Dolomites, Rosa Alpina also offers a range of helicopter tours taking in the region’s most spectacular landscapes from above. The helipad is conveniently located just a few minutes from the hotel.
Further relaxed exploration of the area awaits via new bespoke Aman Driving Journeys. These personalised self-drive road trips provide the opportunity for guests to drive impeccable sportscars, SUVs or classic vehicles on supported single or multi-day journeys using Rosa Alpina as a base.
With flexible itineraries and between three to five hours of driving per day, guests are free to set off in their own time, exploring and pausing en-route as the mood takes them. Bespoke iPhones are included in every vehicle and preloaded with tailored guides, recommending off-the-beaten track stop-off points.
After a day spent exploring, guests are invited back into the warm embrace of Rosa Alpina, where rejuvenation awaits. The hotel’s comprehensive Aman Spa offers a serene haven, featuring an adults-only wellness area comprising nine treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a cold plunge pool, a Finnish sauna, and a steam room. The spa also offers a light-filled yoga studio and a state-of-the-art gym.
Signature treatments at the spa include the Alpine Herbal Muscle Relief, which features a deep-tissue massage using arnica oil, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to increase circulation and restore muscle strength.
Aside from the many outdoor activities available for children of all ages, once back at the hotel, families at Rosa Alpina have access to a 13m indoor swimming pool while the hotel’s small cinema seats up to twelve and is available on request for pizza and movie nights. Lastly, the intimate garden features a climbing wall to keep youngsters occupied under the supervision of a mountain guide.
Italy’s hearty and delectable cuisine has long been revered across the globe and Rosa Alpina’s on-site 3 Michelin restaurant, St. Hubertus, is an indulgent foray into the nation’s cuisine. With Executive Chef Norbert Niederkofler at the helm, the restaurant, which is open for dinner only, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and features just nine tables.
The restaurant was recently awarded Michelin’s newest distinction, a ‘green star’, symbolized by a leaf, in recognition of its efforts to provide sustainable gastronomy. Norbert Niederkofler’s innovative dishes incorporate locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and he operates a zero-waste approach within the restaurant with all menus printed on paper made from apple pulp and their covers crafted from apple leather.
Simpler fare can be found within the hotel’s other dining venues; the Wine Bar & Grill features a wood-fired pizza oven, the intimate Fondue Stube offers traditional meat and cheese fondues, The Limonaia comprises an outdoor terrace with tranquil views, and the Lobby & Bar plays live piano music every evening.
A plethora of private dining locations dot the surrounding mountain range with opportunities to savour aperitifs and al fresco barbeques with awe-inspiring views or five-course exquisite meals in one of the hotel’s two remote mountain cabins. Guests can even accompany the chef foraging for wild herbs, mushrooms and other ingredients that will later be used to prepare meals.
Every Sunday from 27 June until 5 September, guests can enjoy the St. Hubertus Unplugged experience, where Norbert Niederkofler will transport St. Hubertus up the mountain to an altitude of 2,000m above sea level to one of the hotel’s cabins on the Piz Sorega plateau. Following a guided hike or a tranquil cable car ride to the remote setting, guests will enjoy an unforgettable five-course lunch, prepared over an open fire.
Rosa Alpina is located just a two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Venice, enabling guests to combine stays at both Aman properties. This summer, guests can enjoy a new six-night offer, From the Venetian Lagoon to the Dolomites, comprising a three-night stay at both Aman Venice and Rosa Alpina. Available from June until October, the new package will offer guests a journey across Italy, from the floating city with its winding canals to the towering peaks of the Dolomites. It includes daily breakfast at both, a three-course wine pairing dinner at Arva at Aman Venice and a ten-course exquisite dinner and cheese tasting at St. Hubertus at Rosa Alpina.