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'Let your soul fly' in the Dolomites

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Skiers and mountain climbers – especially fans of northeast Italy’s Dolomites mountain range – will be happy to know there’s a spunky new kid on the slopes. It’s called Mountain Lodge, and when it opens on July 3 the resort will feature spectacular views from 30 lodging units, including 18 guest suites in the main lodge and 12 two-story chalets higher up on the slope.

Soaring well over a mile up in the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mountain Lodge was built on the site of the former Hotel Mezdi, an idyllic property that debuted in 1938 just below Col da Mezdi (Midday Peak). It was purchased in 1999 by the Sanoner family, owners of Adler Resorts, who replaced the hotel with a central wooden lodge and an arc of chalets, modeled like old Tyrolean mountain huts.

A spokeswoman described the ambiance of the Mountain Lodge this way: “A place where guests have time to spare, where daily routines are forgotten, pressures disappear and tranquility emanates from the landscape to be absorbed by every pore in the body.”

A popular saying at all of the Adler Resorts (this will be the chain’s fourth property) is that guests can “let your soul fly.”

Room rates at the Mountain Lodge start at 207 euros (about US$286) per person a night on a full-board basis including a selection of Italian fine wines and liquors, soft drinks, access to the spa and wellness facilities, and activities such as guided skiing, hiking and mountain biking and yoga at sunset.

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