1. Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Nestled within Italy’s Dolomites mountains—a UNESCO World Heritage site—is ski destination Cortina d'Ampezzo, with a rich thousand-year-old history, and impressive slopes, earning it the honour of hosting many world-class winter events, including the upcoming Alpine Ski World Championships in 2021. It has also made appearances in movies, setting the scene for Roger Moore's cinematic ski chase in James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981 ). The beauty of Cortina d'Ampezzo is best enjoyed with a slow ski down Vitelli slope in the Faloria area, where you can take in the breathtaking sights of Dolomites. Celebrities and the well-heeled of society flock to the resort, which also boasts an amazing art, shopping and dining scene for your enjoyment.
Where to stay: Cristallo Resort & Spa
Nestled in ski destination Cortina is the historic Cristallo Resort & Spa , which has played host to the Winter Olympics, Hollywood film crews such as The Pink Panther, and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra in its century-old history since 1901. Reopening its newly renovated premises just in time for ski season this year, the hotel will be welcoming skiers and holidaymakers with a redesigned lobby, rooms and suites that nod towards the Italian heritage of the property, accented by pale wood panels and wild flower details.
Tatler Tip: Besides access to the famed ski slopes of Cortina, guests can also wind down at Cristallo’s Ultimate Spa, where they can enjoy après ski rituals and locally-sourced treatments to detox and relax. Culinary enjoyments come in the form of three cosy restaurants— La Stube 1872, Il Gazebo and La Veranda—each offering a unique experience of Italian cuisine.