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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Monte Rosa

Tre Alberi Liberi
If you're looking for a quaint bed and breakfast, call off the search; Tre Alberi Liberi offers both with five guestrooms and the kind of breakfasts that will ensure you're full of energy for the day ahead.
Frantze Le Rascard
Frantze Le Rascard offers an authentic Alpine experience in the historic hamlet of Frantze.
Rifugio Belvedere
Rifugio Belvedere is an upscale eatery offering innnovative Italian fare with flare.
Hotel Villa Anna Maria
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, the restaurant at Hotel Villa Anna Maria is a pint-sized establishment that serves lipsmackingly good local fare; an exquisite wine list wraps things up nicely.
Weissmatten
While it may not be connected to the main lift system, Weissmatten still provides seasoned skiers with exciting runs; they're even better when the snow is thick.
NordKapp
What NordKapp lacks in physical size it certainly makes up for in glowing reputation; arguably one of the best places to refuel in Monte Rosa, the gourmet menu attracts discerning diners from far and wide.
Heli-skiing
Ristorante Unione
Ristorante Unione is a quintessential mountain restaurant; cosy interiors, traditional food and family-run, this is one of Monte Rosa's must-eats.
Il Cristallo
Chiara Sport
While the extensive range of equipment and accessories on offer at Chiara Sport is impressive to say the least, it is the store's knowledgeable staff that make this place a must-visit.
Paragliding
Need a new perspective on things? Try a spot of paragliding, which will enable you to get a bird's-eye-view of the slopes and beyond.
Castore Lounge Bar
Castore Lounge Bar is one of Monte Rosa's more contemporary bars, with chic interiors and a funky music policy that has the mountain's trendiest movers and shakers dancing 'til the small hours.
Il Cristallo
Size isn't everything, and that's certainly the case at the small but perfectly formed Driade Beauty Spa; set inside the chic Cristallo Hotel, its treatment menu is one of the best in Monte Rosa.
Romantik Hotel Jolanda Sport
There's so many fabulous spa facilities at the Romantik Hotel Jolanda Sport it's hard to know where to start; guaranteed to ease the stresses and strains of even the most highly-strung skier.
Relais des Glaciers
If you're looking for value for money, then Relais des Glaciers is the stay for you with the kind of amenities expected of a four-star stay and rooms that are chic and oh-so comfortable.
Canale dell’Aquila and Eagle Couloir
Gently does it, as they say, and that's certainly the case at Canale dell'Aquila and Eagle Couloir; both offer relaxed, gentle off-piste descents.
Wunder Bar
Groups of skiers congregate at Wunder Bar to talk about their day on the slopes; join them beside the hearth with a tipple or three.
Atelier Gourmand
Jolanda
While the routes at Jolanda may not be the trickiest in Monte Rosa, they are by no means boring; use these when bad weather prohibits you from being more daring.
Campo Base
Campo Base is a traditional mountain restaurant given a modern twist; think floor-to-ceiling windows, eclectic interiors and a hearty menu that is sure to fill even the deepest ski boots.
Capanna Carla
Capanna Carla is everything you'd expect of a mountain restaurant, from the antique furniture through to the mouthwatering local menu.
Lo Retsingnon
Forget Starbucks and other identikit coffee chains; at Lo Retsingnon you'll find real coffee and cakes for the discerning connoisseur.
Diur und Dom
Split into two sections, Diur und Dom offers both formal and casual dining under the same roof; Italian classics and a fit-to-bursting wine menu make this a perennial favourite.
Passo Zube
Skiers may need to climb to reach Passo Zube, but by God it's worth it; a 1,700-metre vertical ascent awaits at the top. Those who dare win, as they say.
Rifugio Mantova
When refurbishments have finished Rifugio Mantova will offer stunning views at 3,488-metres and legendary hot chocolate.
Mont Nery
Housed inside hotel Villa Fridau, Mont Nery has mountain dining all wrapped up with traditional stone and wood interiors and a menu of locally-sourced regional fare.
Breithorn & Mascognaz Spas
You can count on the Breithorn Hotel and Hotellerie de Mascognaz to offer superstar spa facilities; both properties will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.
Echo Travel
Despite being based in the UK, Echo Travel certainly knows its stuff when it comes to Monte Rosa; together with locally-based Alpine Guides, it single-handedly proves that knowledge is power.
Pressmel
Pressmel is the in-house restaurant at Hotel Cristallo; formal but fabulous, it offers upscale dining in glamorous surroundings. The adjoining bar is a sexy spot for pre- or post-dinner cocktailing.
Ice-climbing
Fearless adrenaline junkies use whatever means necessary to climb sheer, shiny walls of ice; only the brave need apply.
Hotellerie de Mascognaz
Hotellerie de Mascognaz is located in one of Monte Rosa's most historic villages, and this chalet is in keeping with its surroundings with traditional décor that has more than a hint of mountain style about it.
Extreme Sport
Super-sleek and sexy, Extreme Sport - The Renting Philosophy is a thoroughly modern store that offers more ski and mountaineering equipment than you could ever possibly use in one lifetime.
Paul Verlaine
Paul Verlaine is a popular place for locals and mountain guides to unwind after a hard day on the slopes; if it's good enough for them it's certainly good enough for you, so check it out.
Lyshaus
With river views and traditional Alpine-inspired rooms, the Lyshaus is one of Monte Rosa's most accommodating stays; an in-house restaurant finishes things off nicely.
Vineria an baker wi
Vineria an baker wi: a delightful, refined wine bar on Alagna's high street, offering an extensive wine list in sophisticated surroundings, it attracts a stylish set of skiers indeed.
Canalino Pilone
At just four-metres wide, Canalino Pilone requires the technique of a seasoned guide to safely navigate. Be sure to wise up before you tackle it.
Alpenstop Refuge
Alpenstop Refuge is one of Monte Rosa's newest places to eat, but that's not to say it's any less worthy of your custom; in fact, it's a must-eat with a sun-soaked terrace and a traditional menu that gets it right every time.
Caffe delle Guide
Caffe delle Guide is as hot as hotspots get; in-the-know crowds congregate here for excellent coffee and pastries, as well as piled-high plates of plasta.
La Balma
La Balma meanders through some of the most picturesque scenery in Alagna, but that's not to say it's any way slow-paced.
Malfatta and Punta Vittoria
If you're looking for steep slopes, call off the search; Malfatta and Punta Vittoria offer some of the steepest in Monte Rosa, and require supreme skill to safely navigate them.

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