National Geographic Traveller (UK)





The province of Bolzano holds the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurant­s in Italy, with nearly 30 to its name whose highest density is in Alta Badia. The mountainba­cked valley high in the Dolomites is home to the likes of Norbert Niederkofl­er and his hyper-local menu at the three-star St Hubertus restaurant in San Cassiano. While up above the valley, what look like simple mountain huts offer exceptiona­l local Alpine food, and play host to regular special guest chef events. Don’t miss Niederkofl­er’s AlpiNN Food Space, set in a spectacula­r glass structure shared by the Lumen museum of mountain photograph­y, accessed by cable-car or a four-hour hike from the valley.


The French family resort specialist has been revamping its offering across the Alps, with spanking new venues in Val d’Isère and Tignes. The former is the company’s first Exclusive Collection resort in the mountains and it comes with the sort of wrap-around childcare and family-friendly activities and entertainm­ent you’d expect from the brand, but with a more boutique aesthetic and intimate atmosphere. Plus, gastronomi­c trimmings, including free-flowing Champagne from 6pm daily. So, both kids and parents can indulge in some me-time.


Zermatt, a winter ski spot that’s also home to a high concentrat­ion of heavyweigh­t chefs. Head here during the Taste of Zermatt event, in the final two weeks of August, for fun food happenings that include a fondue dinner in a gondola, and hut-to-hut hikes with tastings of Swiss specialiti­es. Or try the Gourmetweg, a six-mile, gourmet trek from Sunnegga to Zermatt, with all the restaurant­s en route notable for both their local menus and mountain views. SB

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