Why go?

If you're looking for la dolce vita this ski season, check out Hotel La Perla in the Alta Badia. The ski-in, ski-out piste side position, the expansive and luxurious rooms, the impeccable and friendly service, the delicious food, the swimming pool... what's not to like?

Accommodation: The hotel feels much more intimate than its 52-room size might suggest. Lots of wood panelling, dark woods, red furnishings and cosy corners and booths make the communal areas feel warm and welcoming, and the spectacular views from the breakfast room are enough to have you downing your espresso in one in order to hit the slopes. Bedrooms are spacious and luxurious with seating areas, balconies and a big walk-in closet to hang ski clobber in.

Activities

Ski: La Perla benefits from being a 30-second ski to the nearest bubble lift for those itching to get onto the slopes in the morning, as well as being in the heart of the village and within an easy walk of great shops, bars and restaurants.

Hotel facilites: Kids will love the hotel swimming pool, complete with footbridge, water cave, fountains and cascading waterfall (parents will love the adjoining adults-only spa area!).

Food: In an area renowned for its cuisine, the one Michelin star La Stüa de Michil restaurant has the best in organic, fairtrade and locally-sourced food and it does so in a relaxed and laid back way: yes, you really could take the kids, although you might prefer to have a sneaky dinner on your own.

The lowdown

How to get there: easyjet flies to Venice from Gatwick, Luton, Southend and Manchester. Flight prices start from £28.49 per person one-way.

The Cortina Express service picks runs between Venice airport and Alta Badia every day of the week. The cost is €35 per person.

Price: A stay at La Perla costs from €330 for bed and breakfast for two adults, plus €99 for a child in an extra bed. Half board is available at the time of reservation.

More info: altabadia.org