Lola, the Piste Princess had always dreamed of a ski holiday. She awoke that day not knowing what a surprise her fiancée Tom had put in place for her. She showered, dressed herself and went to grab her briefcase for another day of office meetings. Only, when she got to the door Tom stopped her, and said “you’re not going to work today”. Lola was confused, she laughed and said “I’ll see you later Tom”. Tom again stopped her and said “go into the living room” with a little smirk on his face. Lola found a brochure from Crystal Ski Holidays open on a page SELVA VAL GARDENA. She’d never heard of this place nor had she ever been on a skiing holiday before. Her face turned into a giant beam, she turned to Tom and threw her arms around him.
She went to carefully pack her bag, including her Dior make-up, fur trimmed headbands, large chunky knit scarf’s and snow boots she had picked up from a charity shop with the hope to one day use them on real snow. Then they were off to the airport! Tom had given her a leaflet that explained Selva Val Gardena was the largest ski area in Europe, and that their hotel Gran Baita Sport & Wellness Hotel had a hot tub she was hoping to soak in after their flight to Verona.
After a quick transfer she arrived at the hotel, and stepped onto the snow and as the fresh crisp air entered her lungs she immediately felt cleaner. This would be the refreshing break she was in need of. Upon arrival in reception they allowed her to wander a little before she was taken to her room. She found both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a beautiful restaurant to serve their half board basis and a gym to exercise (as if the skiing wouldn’t be enough!)
She was eager to see more so went to view her room a ‘Savinela Private Spa Suite’. She immediately saw the balcony and lurched towards it. WOW, the brochure was right- you really do ‘enjoy the legendary panoramic view of the Dolomites’ but no one could explain the beauty of this place. UNESCO has declared to be a World Heritage Site and Lola could immediately see why. She was exhausted after her trip and after a quick hot tub she retired to bed ready for the day ahead.
The next day Lola awoke with Tom preparing to get ready for the skiing lessons they had booked. She put on layer after layer and zipped up her final jacket after swiping some suntan lotion across her face. She was ready.
Lola wasn’t quite as natural at picking up the skiing as Tom, and developed quite a talent for falling on her backside. Nevertheless she continuously laughed throughout the lesson and could see why people became ‘addicted’ to skiing.
The next few days she decided to sit by the open fire in the hotel and sip on her ice chilled champagne whilst Tom tried out all the slopes. She booked in for a few massages and enjoyed the finer life (at least, whilst they could on holiday). For their final night she had booked to have all of her hair and make-up done and enjoyed a luxury meal in their hotel. Lola and Tom were determined to make this into a yearly occurrence as both thoroughly enjoyed the luxury of relaxing and the fun of skiing.