“Thanks very much for your follow-up message. We had a most wonderful and memorable trip with our dear friends. Mike and I are very grateful for your prompt, thorough and detailed attention to our initial request for assistance with travel planning of our Ski Safari. I’m certain we are truly “homesick” for the Dolomites, as we settle back into our our Michigan homes. We definitely miss Mario, as well.
Hotel Schloss Sonnenberg was an exquisite property, the owners and staff were very kind and hospitable, it was lovely. The breakfast and dinners were incredibly delicious, perfectly prepared, fresh and high quality. The location was impressive, perched on the hillside, overlooking the river and village… We were most impressed with a private tour of the hotel courtesy of the owners, from the ancient crypt and shrines, wine cellar, spa and wellness areas, salvaged ancient architectural pieces and artefacts, along with a detailed history of the monastery – very, very special! Their family’s dedication to the restoration and preservation of the history, structures and grounds is admirable. Rosa Alpina was most inviting, again, terrific dining options – incredible food, lovely hotel, professional service, spacious rooms…All the facilities were sparkling clean, and every attention to detail ensured. Very comfy beds and linens, as well. Refugio Faciade was truly a unique experience, as you described. Quite the adventure… We appreciate the very unique and special qualities that draw thousands to dine at Refugio Faciade.
Mario is The Best! He is a supreme professional in all aspects – ski guide, tour guide, dining guide, and history guide. He was most careful to assess our on-snow skills and abilities, and subtly observed our reactions to increasingly challenging slopes (we were game for most anything). We were never “over-faced”, and he ensured we had the best possible experience every day. We were so lucky to enjoy incredible snow conditions, along with the astonishing beauty of the Dolomites, and tremendous systems of interconnected ski areas. He is a most adept juggler- keeping track of us on the slopes and aboard chairlifts, gondolas and cable cars. We covered considerable territory every day. As you know, he arranged exquisite midday dining at incredible restaurants – overwhelming experiences in and of themselves! We can’t conjure up enough compliments, or adjectives to assign to such amazing planning.
We so enjoyed our conversations with him, and were most grateful for his dedication to ensure our enjoyment… All transportation to the ski areas and hotels were perfect (realizing how much effort is involved in timing and communications). The skiing was awesome. As my friend, Sally, said to me after lunch our first day “we can never ski in The States again!”
Our trip was enchanting, magical and a true adventure! We look forward to returning for another adventure and Ski Safari in the coming years. Many, many thanks for all your assistance.