“Mummy, I really like this hotel. It’s better than the moon”.
Even children know how to recognize a special hotel. And to love it. On the other hand, it is impossible not to fall for Pineta Hotels. We stayed there during a beautiful weekend in the Val di Non Valley. And it was love at first sight…
Maybe it was thanks to the open spaces, the views, the sensation of authenticity, the relaxed atmosphere, the warm welcoming ways of Nicola, father of two wonderful girls and therefore particularly sensitive to the needs of a family… Indeed, we felt like at home.
As you go through the main gate, you have the feeling that you are entering a small mountain village: lots of green, tidy little paths, small chalets, balconies full of colourful flowers, well-ordered stacks of wood…
Obviously, it is not a real mountain village, but an extremely beautiful holiday resort: a bit hotel, a bit resort, a bit (a lot) home. A perfect match between nature, relaxation, welcoming atmosphere and entertainment. For everyone, adults and children.
Pineta Hotel: Rooms, suites and chalets
The hotel offers three different types of accommodation. The rooms are spacious, all Tyrolean style and some of them directly connected to the spa. The suites have a separate room for children, some of them include a lounge and kitchen corner. Last but not least small chalets with a private entrance are available for guests who prefer to have a bit more freedom.
Our chalet at Pineta Hotels
We slept in the chalet Il Ginepro (The Juniper). That’s what we found as soon as we walked in:
That’s exactly what we call a ‘warm welcome’, thanks to small details that can really make the difference.
The chalet is on two floors: downstairs, lounge and kitchen warmed by a magnificent farmer stove that – in winter – becomes the beating heart of intimate evenings with friends and family.
Upstairs, two bedrooms, the bathroom…
… And a beautiful balcony, hugging mountains, trees and clouds.
I could have stayed there for hours, totally immersed contemplating the view, charmed by the birds chirping, by the tranquillity and peace…
And I can’t still make my mind up whether I prefer the amazing view from the balcony or the slow indulgence of the small veranda in the chalet entrance. This space is perfect to relax on the outdoors, breathing in the fresh mountain air, maybe reading a book or sipping a glass of wine, whilst children play nearby.
And when you feel so relaxed, so at ease… you might even fall asleep whilst hugging the lawn…
Pineta Hotel promise
The Pineta Hotels promises guests one thing: to offer a 360 degrees well-being experience. And it keeps its word. From start to finish.
Thanks to the care and respect of the environment, for example. And it fact it was awarded the Ecolaber stamp, a European recognition awarded to those tourist resorts that stand out in their achievements towards protection of the environment.
Then, its beautiful wellness centre: 1200 sqm open to all guests without restrictions. The centre includes two indoors swimming pools (one for adults and one for children), an amphitheatre solarium with whirlpool, gym, sauna, steam room, revitalizing showers, spa and relaxing corner, where you can chill out and enjoy infusions and fresh fruit.
And, lastly, the food. The continental breakfast is superb: cakes, biscuits, cheeses and pasture butter, hams, honey and jams produced locally and even freshly-made fruit and vegetable smoothies. The bio corner is also available, plus fresh juices and chocolate milk for the young ones.
The hotel restaurant – managed by Bruno, first-born of the Sacher family – boasts the trademark of the typical Trentino tavern and a Slow Food award. Bruno only chooses local fresh products, in season and in line with the precious gastronomic tradition from the Trentino region.
It can happen, at the Pineta Hotels that you might suddenly receive an invitation from Nicola, just before dinner, for an aperitivo with friends in the ancient family cellar. And you find yourself chatting away to people you don’t know but as if you knew them for a long time. Thanks to the delicious wine, the magnificent “Mortandela” produced with love by the Sicher family and thanks to the genuine and contagious atmosphere all around you.
Also, Nicola the attentive dad will provide some juice as an alternative to wine. Made from local apples, obviously! Alessio drank 3 glasses of it! To wash down an infinite number of “Mortandela” slices, of course!
For those who don’t know this, Mortandela is a typical product from Val di Non, with a Slow Food award; Mortandela is not bagged in guts but breaded in buckwheat flour. After processing, the ham is first smoked in a cave with juniper branches and then aged.
Pineta Hotel: Children’s time
I will say it again and again. What I loved the most about this place is the vast spaces and the calmness. The perfect combination for a family with small children. Here children can run and play safely, without the risk of being run over by a car in the middle of the road. Like in any good Trentino family hotel, there is also a beautiful wood playground, an indoor playing club for the rainy days, a ping gong table, mini football pitch, videogames and TV, baby club service and baby sitting service (on request, chargeable).
Around the hotel
For those who would like to discover the Val di Non through the eyes, the heart and the experience of the locals, the Pineta Hotels discreetly offers a program of different activities with expert guides: tours, walking trips on the lake, Nordic Walking, mountain biking, excursions on fresh snow, cooking classes, horse riding and carriage trips.
The proposed activities have different difficulty levels, meeting everybody’s needs and tastes, from families with children to the super sporty types.