The Bella Vista Hotel is situated in the very west of South Tyrol in the heart of the Stilfser-Joch (Stelvio) National Park, towered over by the mighty ‘King Ortler’. The Ortler is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps and used to be the tallest summit of the old Austrian Empire. This is about as remote as it is possible to get from the hustle and bustle of modern city life.
Nature is still unspoiled and the values of rural life have survived intact. The host and ski legend Gustav Thöni’s home village is situated at an altitude of 1,570 metres in the heart of the Stilfser-Joch National Park and offers plenty of winter sports activities for all ages and levels of ability. With 18 kilometres of downhill runs beginners and young children can effortlessly accomplish their first turns in powder snow. The hotel, owned and run by the Thöni family, combines Alpine luxury and tasteful rusticity, with the famous Tyrolean hospitality very much to the fore.
Time may seem to have stood still in this high Alpine valley, though holidaymakers need not forego being pampered and indulged in the most modern facilities or being regaled with the finest wines and cuisine. You are very welcome here at Hotel Bella Vista. South Tyrol’s hospitality establishments are famous for its high standards in catering for families with young children.
Hotel Bella Vista is a member of the association ‘Familienhotels Südtirol’ which imposes very high minimum standards on any hotel wishing to join, from insisting on children being the chance to eat at a table of their own at meal times, through organised activities, and child supervision to allow parents to enjoy some ‘me time’. There is plenty of space for children to let off steam and find new friends, both outdoors in the well-equipped playground, or indoors in the ‘Bear Cub’ Club’. The child supervisors are eminently qualified and highly engaged in putting together interesting and often educational activities for their little charges.
At Trafoi children learn to ski straight from the cradle and this is where the young Gustav Thöni made his first turns. The surrounding mountainsides provide the perfect conditions, in places with light gradients, elsewhere steeply sloping, warmed by the southern sun with snow as soft as cotton wool. If you prefer car-freer holidays you can join the lifts straight in front of the hotel door, and Trafoi is especially suitable for families.
Parents can easily keep tabs on their offspring in this intimate resort, with its highly professional ski school and numerous snug huts beside the slopes. Otherwise there are around 240 kilometres of downhill runs belonging to the Ortler Ski Arena within a radius of 50 kilometres. A resort which seems created with families in mind.
Take off into this most family-friendly area in the entire Ortler Ski Arena starting directly in front of the hotel. The practice lift is located directly in front of the hotel ‘Bella Vista’ and children find the descent easy as pie, while parents can watch from the sun terrace, or get on with enjoying the slopes on their own, secure in the knowledge that their offspring are in the best of hands. Among South Tyroleans who love skiing remote from the bustle of the more fashionable resorts, Trafoi is an insider’s tip. There is plenty to choose from, including the most challenging black runs and plenty of opportunities for adventurous back-country skiers.