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Summer Holidays at La Perla Corvara, Dolomites

by Nordh

The Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2009, are stunning, but seeing all the best sights in a short time is challenging. That’s why I chose to stay at La Perla, a  luxury boutique hotel in the Alpine village Corvara in the Alta Badia region, only a short drive from many iconic Dolomites wonders, such as Tre Cime and Seceda.

La Perla is a small family run hotel that exudes a lovely resort feel. The location of the hotel is excellent, as it is embedded into the Dolomites and tucked away on one of Corvara’s many small streets just next to a gigantic Dolomite alpine range, which provides total escapism and harmonious holiday vibes, yet an ideal location with all the attractions and sights within easy reach. The position of the hotel is no more than a few hours’ drive to Seceda, Tre Cime, Carezza and Lago di Braies – to mention just a few – all of which are striking natural phenomena that must not be missed when visiting the Italian Alps. The location simply is an ideal starting point for all activities and destinations in the Dolomites.

La Perla
La Perla

Upon arriving at La Perla, I was stunned by the beautiful building, which stood in stark contrast to a backdrop of wonderfully mountainous scenery. Despite being a 5-star hotel and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, there is not a hint of the slightest pretentiousness. Instead, staff are warm and welcoming. Upon entering through the entrance, I was instantly greeted by the hotel staff and guided to the check-in desk. The staff, many of whom were locals, were eager to assist with recommendations on hidden gems in the area, and were able to provide me with an authentic experience so that I could take in the local culture and enjoy the real Dolomites.

La Perla
La Perla

La Perla

After my arrival, I had a couple of minutes to settle in and drop by luggage off in my room before heading down for dinner. The room was quaint, decorated with bric-a-bracs from the local region. Special touches. such as luxurious toiletries, a welcome letter by the management, and a bottle of wine from the hotel’s own wine cellar Mahatma, made my stay feel even more special. The thoughtfulness of these small touches was much appreciated. What stood out to me the most, however, was the spacious balcony with spectacular mountain views, the vista of the Dolomites in all its glory.

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

One of the reasons that I chose to stay at Hotel La Perla, apart from its fantastic location, is that the hotel and the entire business focuses on sustainability, which is something I personally think is very important in the climate we live in today. The ingredients used in the restaurants are purchased from local producers, large multinational companies such as Coca Cola have been replaced with local alternatives, even the furnishings and motifs are local. Better yet, there is destination charging for both Tesla’s and other manufacturers’ electric cars, which was a must for me as I was exploring the Dolomites in an EV.

La Perla

La Perla

Dining

During my first night at La Perla, I had a lovely dining experience at Bistrot La Perla, the hotel’s half-board restaurant. Walking into the Bistro, I was struck by how beautiful the interiors were. It was easy to tell that La Perla takes dining seriously. The service was utterly attentive, which certainly did not go unnoticed. I had one key waiter serving me throughout the whole dining experience, who was happy to enthusiastically present each dish in great detail and answer any questions I had. During dinner, there was a pianist performing beautiful live pieces, creating a wonderful atmosphere, and it was a delight to dine to the tune of local musicians performing for hotel guests. The menu changes daily, and the cuisine focuses on seasonal, fresh and locally sourced ingredients, with influences of traditional Italian, German, and Ladin culture. Other dining options include four other on-site restaurants, including the Michelin star holder ‘La Stua de Michil’, which all offer a plethora of culinary experience.

La Perla
La Perla

La Perla

La Perla
La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

Experiences, Attractions, Sights

The quaint village of Alta Badia offers breathtaking scenery, amazing food options, and charming winding streets, but the main draw is the wide variety of outdoor activities. Both biking as well as hiking trails start right on the doorstep of La Perla. In the winter, there are plenty of opportunities to try ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding cross-country skiing. In fact, the closest ski lift is just 50 metres away. In the summertime, you can go golfing, mountain biking, indoor climbing, fishing, horse riding, paragliding, and hiking. Also, there is an adventure high rope courses park with several circuit trails.

After constantly being surrounded by the panoramic mountain views, I was itching to get out and explore the best of the Italian Dolomites. I hopped in my Tesla and took off in search of beautiful landscapes. As I drove at the winding roads through the Passo Gardena, a mountain pass with an elevation of 2,136 meters, I had soon lost count of the number of times I had to stop the car, in awe of what I saw in front of me. The scenery was otherworldly, with soaring peaks, beautiful alpine meadows, emerald lakes, and picturesque villages. The epic landscapes were like a scene from Middle Earth.

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

La Perla

Final Thoughts

La Perla, built in 1956 by the Costas family, is truly a sanctuary of full relaxation, yet just a stone’s throw away from several great Dolomiti adventures. It was the first hotel in South Tyrol to become a member of ‘The Leading Small Hotels of the World’, and it is renowned worldwide for its unique approach to hospitality. The property exudes style and sophistication. It is a clear choice for a luxurious stay in beautiful Corvara, and I am delighted to have made such fond memories at this charming place.

La Perla
La Perla

La Perla

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Martha 2020-08-26 - 20:41

Stunning doesn’t even begin to cover the immaculate beauty of the La Perla hotel! Every detail of this hotel is well thought out. All the furnishings to the its sustainable practices, I can definitely tell that La Perla is top notch! I, of course, cannot forget about the droolworthy food. I love that these keep the menu, quite literally, with local produce and switch up the menu daily. I also loved how the pool and spa are integrated seamlessly in the hotel’s design. So fabulous! I’ll definitely be putting this hidden gem on my bucket list.

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Knycx Journeying 2020-08-27 - 19:42

This is a beautiful place with a great view and a huge space! You took some great photos of the dinner and I would want to try those crepes and fish. Glad that you had a nice vacation and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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Linda (LD Holland) 2020-08-27 - 21:31

We have never been to the Dolomites. But if we visit, La Perla Corvara looks like an absolutely charming spot to stay. I love that you refer to it as a sanctuary of full relaxation. My kind of place! Love when staff have good recommendations for hidden gems. And how nice to receive wine from the owners cellar on check in. I see that we would eat well even if we never left the hotel.

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Pilar 2020-08-28 - 03:22

What a majestic place to stay. I really love the sustainability part and how they have replaced international alternatives such as Coca Cola by local alternatives.

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Umiko 2020-08-29 - 04:03

La Perla looks so beautiful! You can tell just from the exterior of the hotel. Inside is beautifully designed, and who can beat that view from your room! Your cuisine experiences while staying there look really great. Everything presented beautifully and looked delicious!

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Nordh
Nordh 2020-09-07 - 13:57

The view was probably what I liked the most. Imagine waking up to that view every day!

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Subhashish Roy 2020-08-29 - 10:55

La Perla would be a fabulous place to stay because to me the little things that they wonderfully take care of matters a lot to me when holidaying. The views from the room makes me want to go now. Only if we could. Looks like you had a great vacation. Dolomites is certainly a destination that I would plan for in the future.

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Nordh
Nordh 2020-09-07 - 13:57

I could wholeheartedly recommend to visit Dolomites, it is a stunning destination.

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Pooja 2020-08-29 - 11:31

La Perla looks and sounds amazing. Love the fact that it stresses on sustainability of local goods manufacturers. This says a lot about the hotel. Additionally the seasonal produce used in the restaurant with local musicians performing is just perfect. The fantastic location of the property is like a cherry on the top.

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Nordh
Nordh 2020-09-07 - 13:54

I was also drawn to their commitment to sustainability, as I find this to be of utmost importance, especially in today’s society.

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Nish 2020-08-30 - 21:24

That hotel is simply stunning! I would love to be able to visit and stay there sometime! The Dolomites itself is such a beautiful place! I will have to make a visit to the place someday! Also, lovely photography!

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Nordh
Nordh 2020-09-07 - 13:52

The location of this hotel is amazing, right next to Gardena Pass. The scenery here is amazing. Thank you for the comment on my photography as well.

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Parnashree Devi 2020-08-31 - 19:08

Jaw-dropping is the word for this place. La Perla is such a beautiful hotel located in the most picturesque place. This is exactly a place where I would love to spend at least a week. I am sold on the gorgeous location and their efforts to go local. Loved reading the post. Saving it for my future travel.

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Nordh
Nordh 2020-09-07 - 13:50

All of Dolomites is so jaw-dropping. I only regret I could not stay longer. I don’t usually go back to one and the same destination multiple times, but I will 100 per cent go back to Corvara.

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