Schöne Aussicht or Bella Vista (“beautiful view” in English) are not just empty names. The views from this mountain refuge are truly stunning and completely wild. Located in Val Senales in South Tyrol, the hotel is surrounded by nothing but glaciers and mountain peaks. Of course, it’s not that easy to get to, but that’s the price you pay for spending your holiday in a remote getaway, right?
The rooms are a perfect example of South Tyrolean coziness: wooden walls, checked curtains and extra thick duvets that make you want to spend the evenings with a book and a hot tea. Looking for something more unique? Each winter, the hotel builds a couple of igloos transformed into hotel rooms, so that’s also an option for adventure-seekers. And for a romantic vacation, there’s the Customs House hidden away a short walk from the hotel. Here you get an old-fashioned wooden stove, your own sauna, and the mountain views all to yourself.
There’s great skiing to be done in the area, and picturesque hiking trails are abundant. Don’t forget to use the saunas hidden in gigantic wooden barrels and spend some time in the hot tub with a mountain view. Food at Schöne Aussicht is the type that tastes best at high altitudes: simple and hearty. The Apfelstrudel, in particular, is a crowd-pleaser, so you can’t miss that!