NoRomantic nights in an igloo with sauna, heated pool and view of the snow-capped peaks
It is not necessary to reach out Lapland to sleep in an igloo, it is now possible to enjoy an Eskimo night even in Italy.
Several refuges and mountain hotels offer the thrill of sleeping in a room made entirely of ice with a sauna, heated swimming pool and a breathtaking view of the snowy landscapes.
You sleep in warm sleeping bags on sheepskins while outside the temperature drops below zero. A candlelit dinner among the ice is the premise of an unforgettable romantic night.
A hearty breakfast in the morning in the chalet overlooking the snow-capped peaks is the start of a dream day of skiing, walks in the woods and visits to the villages of the valley.
Sleeping in an igloo amidst snow-capped mountains is an experience not to be missed if you are looking for adventure, romance and luxury.
Here are the most beautiful ice hotels in Italy.
After the success of the last 5 years, the incredible Snow Dream Experience is back winter experience proposed by the Hotel Lac Salin SPA & Mountain Resort****S of Livigno.
An original snow chalet, created by the Livigno artist Vania Cusini, stands on the snowy slope in front of the hotel and welcomes the most daring visitors to Livigno, looking for a truly unforgettable experience.
From 17 December 2022 to 19 March 2023 it is possible to spend a magical night in the Snow Chalet as a couple, warmed up by the thermal sleeping bag, while the external thermometer drops below zero.
Snow Dream Experience will allow you to experience an alpine experience of your choice between alpacas, snowshoes or shopping, as well as a romantic candlelit dinner in the hotel’s ancient wooden Stube. Before going to bed in the thermal sleeping bag in the Snow Chalet, warm up with warm herbal teas made with Livigno’s alpine herbs.
The following morning, waking up in the snow hut is warmed by a cup of hot coffee served directly in your room, before savoring the traditional Livigno breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
Finally, don’t miss the hotel spa, with panoramic swimming pool, saline hydromassage, Apotheke with a selection of herbal teas, alpine relaxation rooms, Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, steam bath, ice waterfall and emotional showers. The highlight: the “Sentiero Armonia Alpina” couple ritual in the private spa, a space reserved for the exclusive use of the couple for 135 minutes with bio-sauna and steam bath. Or let yourself be pampered by the Stella Alpina massage.
Capanna Presena Refuge, Tonale Pass, Trentino-Alto Adige
The Capanna Presena refuge is located in the heart of the Presena glacier at an altitude of 2753 metres, guarded by the snow-capped peaks and the silent harmony of a unique landscape.
Located at the intermediate station of the gondola lift, the refuge has been recently renovated to offer maximum comfort.
It has only 8 suites in wood and stone with a wonderful view of the glacier peaks. The novelty, however, are the three igloo-rooms, created to accommodate those who go to the Ice Music Festival in early January, where concerts are held with ice musical instruments.
The spa available to guests has a Finnish sauna, an infrared healing sauna, a relaxation area with a view and a fascinating swimming pool with lava stone hydromassage completely surrounded by the spectacular alpine scenery. Finally, the restaurant, with the hospitality of a traditional hut, offers the specialties of mountain cuisine.
Spirit Igloo Village – Piancavallo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
In Friuli Venezia Giulia there is the Spirit Igloo Village which houses twenty igloos at 1800 meters above sea level, which can be reached on snowshoes or on skis by taking a short off-piste.
Here you can experience the thrill of sleeping in a room made entirely of ice surrounded by nature at high altitudes. While the outside temperature even drops to 20 degrees below zero, the mercury column in the igloo never drops below zero. Furthermore, thanks to the heat of the human body, the temperature in the ice house can even reach 18 degrees during the night.
Of course, all the necessary equipment is provided to the brave guests, from snowshoes to sticks, from a sleeping bag for the night to a headlamp for night trekking.
Breakfast and dinner, on the other hand, are served in the warm adjacent refuge, which is the basis for any eventuality. And for those looking for a little fun, the village hosts the I Spirit Igloo Bar to drink a cocktail and warm up to the rhythm of the DJ.
Bella Vista refuge in Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige
At an altitude of 2845 meters on the Giogo Alto glacier, the Bella vista refuge stands out, enveloped in crystalline air and overlooking a boundless sea of snow-capped mountains.
The Bella Vista refuge in Val Senales offers real igloos with a romantic atmosphere at the foot of the glacier. Sleeping and resting surrounded by the whiteness of the snow and the light of the candles will make you understand why up here all borders vanish.
Near the refuge, from mid-December to the beginning of April, there are three spacious ice and snow igloos where you can sleep on soft sheepskins and in warm sleeping bags. You will also find an always fresh inner bag, made of linen so as not to irritate the skin.
To make the night in the igloo an extraordinary experience, guests will find a hot drink to welcome them, a 4-course menu in the evening, a bottle of Prosecco before going to bed and, in the morning, a sumptuous breakfast buffet.
As part of the igloo package, the outdoor Finnish sauna and hot tub are always available free of charge right outside the door.
The nearby toilets and shelter are also always open. Early risers can request to be woken up to watch the sun rise over the glacier. Ski enthusiasts can then take advantage of the opportunity to ski along the 7.5 km of freshly groomed slopes before the start of the day. Those who prefer to take it easy can enjoy the show from the solarium terraces.
Dolomiti Igloo Village, Lago Antorno Hotel & Restaurant, Misurina, Veneto
In front of Lake Antorno surrounded by centuries-old coniferous woods, in Misurina, stands the hotel of the same name which in winter also offers guests the possibility of sleeping in an igloo.
The Dolomiti Igloo Village offers the romantic experience of spending the night in an ice chamber. You can choose the basic package which includes a night in an igloo with a winter bag combined with a standard room with lake view in the chalet and buffet breakfast; to finish walk under the stars with snowshoes.
Or the love package: a night in an igloo with a winter bag combined with a suite room in the chalet; gourmet dinner with wine pairing in front of the fireplace, tasting of grappa with mountain herbs and buffet breakfast; walk with snowshoes under the stars and snowmobile trip to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
The Dolomiti Igloo Village is located at about 1800 meters above sea level, a few kilometers from Cortina d’Ampezzo.
MountainIgloo, Valle Aurina, Trentino-Alto Adige
MountainIgloo South Tyrol offers romance, mountain silence and solitude at high altitudes. Also in the Speikboden skiing area in the Valle Aurina, in South Tyrolyou can sleep in exclusive igloos with sauna, heated swimming pool and view of the Alps, ideal for those seeking adventure and luxury.
The igloo package includes half board with welcome aperitif, dinner in the igloo and breakfast in the mountains. You can choose between the romantic overnight stay in an igloo, ideal for couples, and the family igloo for families and groups of up to a maximum of 5 people.
The experience also includes a moment of relaxation in the mountain sauna, located in the middle of the snowy landscape, a multi-course dinner with Tyrolean specialties and a good glass of wine. Enjoy the wonderful parade of the three thousand meter high snow-capped peaks of the Zillertal Alps.
With the Speikboden cable car you can easily reach this winter paradise in the Valle Aurina. Then you go back down to the valley on skis or by sled through the picturesque snowy forest.