Adventure in the Heart of Italy’s, The Dolomites. Hike through a fairy-tale tableau of stunning mountain scenery in a multicultural mosaic. Let the picture-perfect Italian Alps spoil you for life.
This special designed Mountain Retreat in the beautiful Dolomites is for you, who would like to experience hiking in the Alps, surrounded by uplifting mountains, fresh air, spectacular nature, top class Italian food, and meet likeminded people.
This adventure combines and connects body, mind and nature. A unique concept, of the highest quality.
About The Dolomites
Northeastern Italy’s Dolomites spill over with grandeur. In arguably the most beautiful mountain range in the world. Magnificent views of limestone pinnacles, alpine lakes, massive rock towers and green valleys below, provide an awe-inspiring spectacle during your journey in the Dolomites.
In 2009, these mountains were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Dolomites were the front line between Austria and Italy during World War I, the region is still scattered with abandoned bunkers and fortifications, the history of which will be covered by our local guides. You will experience a blend of Austrian and Italian culture.
About the Mountain Retreat
The days on our Dolomite adventure are filled with hiking through surreal mountain landscapes. Soak up the alpine glow while you’re sipping espresso at mountain refuges and indulge at the hotel spa after a long day on the trail.
This Mountain Retreat offer a powerful, unique, and memorable mountain experience and is a truly rewarding adventure.
We will be staying at a real mountain jewel in the heart of the Dolomites – Armentarola – your hotel in Badia!
True luxury consists in spending a fantastic holiday with incomparable panoramic views in total peace and quiet.
Hotel Armentarola is situated to the west of Alta Badia, in the little village of San Cassiano. Idyllically placed at the foot of the imposing Lavarella, Conturines and Lagazuoi rock faces, San Cassiano is a popular holiday destination for mountain climbers and hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The position of the beautiful, sun-drenched patch of earth, where your hotel in the Dolomites is located, alone offers you the prospect of an unforgettable holiday.
In the pool and sauna area you will be able to relax and and recharge your batteries in complete peace and quiet. In the heart of the mountains, alpine natural products form the basis of the spa area and are used in beauty treatments and massages. Let go and feel the energy streaming back into your body and enjoy staying at your wellness hotel in the Dolomites.
In the spa you will find a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, tepidarium, steam room, Kneipp grotto, salina lounge, relax zone, indoor swimming pool and a fitness room with technogym equipment. You can book massages and beauty treatments in the Beauty Spa La Flu de Munt.
As you gaze at the spectacular panorama of the Dolomites from the hotel Armentarola, the finest culinary creation will be served to you, to guarantee the height of pleasure. The chef de cuisine, Franz Castlunger celebrates local, regional and international top-class cuisine with organic ingredients from the farms in our neighboring area and with fresh herbs from our own garden.
Meet your leaders
Maria Söderholm, travel producer and adventure guide
Maria is a travel producer and guide. She lives in California with the world as her working area. She has a passion for nature, health and inspire people to the outdoors.
We are so excited to team up with one of the only local Italian adventure companies, based in the Dolomite mountains, Dolomite Mountains. They are professional and experienced local mountain guides. They have an incomparable knowledge and expertise of the area. The passionate and expert guides not only hail from and live in the region, but hold the highest international certifications, and love sharing their insights.
Note from Maria:
In September, 2018, I led The Dolomites Ultimate Adventure Retreat, and fell in love with the spectacular nature. Driving through the small picturesque, villages felt like a fairy tale. The Dolomite is part of the Alps but with its own, unique geology and landscape. This original and varied landscape offers world class hiking for everyone. We hiked to one of the refugees where everyone enjoyed the most tasty cappuccino and probably with the most stunning views anywhere on the planet… After a full day hiking, it felt so good to join the beautiful spa, swimming in the pool, followed by yoga and interesting lectures. At night, we gathered around a family style dinner, with amazing food and top class service.
Wednesday, September 2
2:00pm Depart, at the airport
5:00pm Check in
6:30-7pm Itinerary review
Thursday, September 3
9:00 Adventure day 1
Friday, September 4
9:00am Adventure day 2
Saturday, September 5
9:00am Adventure day 3
Sunday, September 6
10:00 am Travel to Venice
- Daily Breakfast
- Lunch boxes
- Daily Dinner
- Snacks at the retreat
- Welcome gift – a healing lava stone bracelet from forUjewelry
- Use of the hotel premises (spa, pool etc)
- Daily hiking excursions
- Local guide
- Massage (book in advance)
- Travel insurance
- Airfare, Nearest airport: Venice
- Transfer from the airport
How to say yes to a journey of a lifetime…
Step 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies etc.
Step 2: Register online.
Step 3: You’ll get a confirmation email + 2 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
Policies and terms – get clear before your purchase
We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read in full and please note:
All prices are per person in Euro. All bookings include a deposit that is 20% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.
Early Bird until April 1, 2020: €1950
(The price is based on a shared room)
1st deposit: (20%) due upon reservation – non refundable: €390
2nd deposit and final payment by June 1, 2020: €1560
Added fee for a single room: €300
Price after April 1, 2020: €2250
(The price is based on a shared room)
1st deposit (20%) due upon reservation – non refundable: €450
2nd deposit and final payment by June 1, 2020: €1800
Added fee for a single room: €300
Deposit is due upon registration!
Additional transaction fees might be added to international payments.
You will receive payment information upon registration!
Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you wish to cancel your retreat you must notify us in writing. Once we’ve received your notice, cancellation will take effect subject to the following: If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit.
Maria Söderholm reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of Maria Söderholm (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups), we require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.