A great alpine escape. The Certosa village setting, the peace, the people, the food are balm to the soul. Carthusian monks quieted theirs up here in the Val Senales between the 14th and 18th centuries; now you can visit the monastery and sample wines in the cellars opposite the hotel. Stefania and Paul are the latest Grüners to care for its guests, along with their attentive team. They bring warmth and flair – and their own cosmetics line for use in the smart beauty salon and wellness centre. Gardens are pretty, private and productive, for soft fruit, herbs and vegetables. Two chefs use the freshest of everything for fine Tyrolean dinners and buffet breakfasts to eat in the stylish, woody dining room or out on the terrace. 20 serene, contemporary rooms, most with terrace or balcony, one its own sauna, are topped with a rooftop suite with the most stunning views. Out of the skiing season, walking and biking are a joy and Paul is always happy to advise and accompany. Plan a wedding here; the chapel’s simply lovely. And do include time at the Grüner’s equally memorable Rifugio Bella Vista at almost 3000m.