31 Dec 2016


31 Dec 2016

This year I am spending my New Year’s Eve with my family in the Dolomites at Rifugio Lagazuoi (2,752m), 174 km north of Venice.

Renowned for its incredible location half way between Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Val Badia, the rifugio is the perfect place to be surrounded by uncontaminated nature and eagles flying high overhead.

Here we can enjoy time with our loved ones over a delicious local New Year’s Eve meal with music and good wine.

A winter toast amongst friends

Photography: Diego Bandion

Arriving just before sunset we’ll catch the sky tinged in hews of soft pink and blue, while the peaks will shine bright orange and gleaming white.

Later we will join the party to welcome the New Year and the next morning I am looking forward to seeing dawn from my bedroom window and watch the sun rise over the snow-clad peaks before taking the heart-stopping 2-minute cable ride back to the valley in the late afternoon.

We will return to Cortina, the “The Pearl of the Dolomites” where we will be spending the rest of our holiday in our magnificent mountain villa overlooking the Tofana Massif and the small town centre with its beutiful belfry.

We’ll watch pro skiers start the New Year by darting down the famous Armentarola slope, the longest and most spectacular ski run in the Dolomites.

Personally however, not feeling quite as adventurous, I prefer to enjoy the views from the balcony of my cosy room sipping champagne over breakfast and luxuriating  in the incredible sauna admiring the landscape from what appears to be the top of the world.

Coming here is for me a family tradition that helps us renew our bonds and love for each other in such a fabulous setting.

If you are looking for a fully curated holiday to treasure special moments over Christmas and New Year, I would be delighted to design your very own and personal winter break!

Lucia O’Connell

“New Year is the other name of a dreamful future”

Munia Khan

Cable car ride to reach Rifugio Lagazuoi – Photography D. Bandion

Shopping in glitzy Cortina – Photography D. Bandion

Luxury Sauna at Rifugio Lagazuoi – Photography G. Pompanin

Fun on the slopes in Cortina – Photography D. Bandion

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