Let’s rewind to a couple of weeks ago and my magical trip to Italy with Daisy Jewellery to celebrate their delicate and beautiful new Healing Stone collection…
Flying out first thing on Monday, we arrived in gorgeous South Tyrol– somewhere not previously on my radar, but comfortably now one of the most beautiful regions and landscapes I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. With the contrast of freshwater lakes, breathtaking mountainous backdrops and cosy Mediterranean wineries- South Tyrol encompassed every bit of northern Italian magic perfectly, and couldn’t have felt more apt for our time learning about the stunning new seven stone collection (and eating our own weight in pasta too, naturally).
Our first stop over our four days was at Hotel Therme Merano. With panoramic rooftop views of the sloping valleys and green mountaintops- although we’d safely left sunnier climes at home for now, there was something invigorating yet calming about taking a morning swim closer to the clouds and seeing everyone below going about their day to day business. It felt uniquely like nowhere I’d ever been before, and en route to our second hotel Lizzy, Carrie, Lindsey and I paid a visit to local winery Alois Lageder and their restaurant Paradeis.
Settling down to delicious lunch a stone’s throw away from the open courtyard, we tucked in to plates of local cheeses, fresh meats and hand prepared pasta- before taking a look around the family home and soaking up the heritage with interiors like something from a film and antiques and wallpaper untouched by time.
After lunch and a leisurely mooch around the gardens, we hopped back into the car and drove to our next location, Hotel Das Wanda in Caldaro. This hotel was arguably one of the coolest hotels I’ve stayed at- with minimal design details and a gorgeous sun terrace, where breakfast was served the next morning (presented three tiered, no less)…
With views extending across to local vineyards and mountainous backdrops- waking up to blue skies here couldn’t have been more perfect, and it wasn’t long before we had our trainers on for our morning hike at Rastenback Gorge on to Lake Kaltern– a route that reminded me of some of the incredible walks we’d been on in New Zealand, with waterfalls, sweeping canopies and birds whistling around every corner.
The final leg of our journey led us by way of the incredible Karersee Lake and on to Hotel Rosalpina Dolomites in Bressanone. Although only a little over an hour away from our first location, our final stop felt worlds away from our Easy Jet flight into Verona- feeling a little more like a new Wes Anderson film set in the alpines than anything else. I don’t think I’ll ever forget our last morning here- pulling away the curtain to see the sun burning away the mist across the Dolomite mountains. With our lodge boasting some of the most brilliant views I’d seen- I can only imagine how magical this place feels at Christmas too- the snow! the ski! the fondue! It was such a brilliant last stop on a whirlwind week in Italy- so thank you South Tyrol and Daisy for the wonderful memories, and such a gorgeous new collection.