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Marco - 36 years oldA holiday behind the Seven Mountains in the Gröden Valley

A fabulous family holiday with style

Sometimes you discover places where you feel you have come to another, better world. Our children find these places in their imagination, in the world of fairy tales. For adults it is mostly where our gaze can roam, where you again feel closer to nature and find peace. And sometimes fairy-tale worlds and holiday destinations come together…

Winter had just begun, with few traces yet to be seen in South Tyrol. But there were already some places where snow could be found, and that was exactly what we wanted to show our small son, as he had never really seen the snow! So we packed up everything into the family car and went to one of those places “behind the Seven Mountains” – to be more precise, the village of Wolkenstein in the Gröden Valley. We had selected a hotel that was not only right on the ski piste (something to be appreciated as a father who also wanted at least a quick go on his skis!), but also offered child-friendly holidays while on the other hand also allowing parents to relax on occasion in a lounge atmosphere – without having to worry about their little ones.
Wolkenstein – a Mecca for skiing, relaxation and comfort
The Familienhotel Bianca Neve was ideal for our plans. As the Italian name – Snow White – suggests, the Riffeser family have created a place to stay here that lets guests enjoy a truly enchanted holiday world – dwarves and castles included. In our room, sitting with our son on the comfortably warm window-sill above the radiator, we enjoyed the view of the ski slope right outside the hotel and waved frenetically down at the skiers zooming past under our window. After settling in, we set off to explore the premises. The stylish interior was matched with child-friendly arrangements – just as we had imagined! As Ben played in the children’s area with the little house mascot, Dolomitolo – a Dolomite dwarf – we duly relaxed in the wellness area, furnished as an indoor castle.

Following this separation of the ways, hunger reunited us all once more in the dining room. The younger generation, together with their carers, fell upon the pasta while the parents enjoyed a midday menu a little to one side. Then the whole family went off together to the fairy grotto – the swimming pool. Perfect for the little prince and the king to splash about and slide, while the queen lay comfortably on her lounger and watched.

The afternoon was all too quickly over: hardly had the tower slide been conquered, the fairy-tale pool swum across and the wild, water-spitting sea snake been fought than it was already time to go up to our room again and prepare for an aperitif. This became an absolute highlight when Ben saw the little appetisers served up there: after five shrimp cocktails we were rather worried whether he would afterwards be able to eat anything else. We too had to keep things under control in order to leave a little space for the upcoming three-course dinner, which was so good however that neither of us needed to have had any doubts.

After a final round of the memory game in front of the fireplace and a last look through the hotel, the eyes of our little prince slowly closed and we ended the day at the bar – the perfect place to enjoy another long drink in the evening by the light of the fire while, after a whole day spent playing and having fun, the boy slept soundly in his room – or in our case, in his pushchair at our table.

Straight out of the hotel and onto the slopes
The next day, after a large breakfast, we again made our way to the children’s area. Mummy then went off for a massage while Dad hit the slopes. Very practical as, after hiring skis from the in-house rental shop, the piste is all of five metres from the hotel. After a couple of hours relaxing or exercising, followed by a delightful midday menu, we spent the rest of the day having fun in the snow before setting off in the early evening, over the Seven Mountains and back down to the valley.

We had two magical days at the Hotel Bianca Neve, packed with exciting family adventures and relaxing moments. Ben at any rate found a new friend in Dolomitolo and, who knows… fairy tales must always have a happy ending, so we will probably be seeing each other again soon!


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