At "the boot's" thigh-high point where Italy meets Switzerland and Austria, there's Bormio. A tourist hotspot for several reasons: its natural thermal springs; high mountain passes including the legendary Stelvio Pass; and year-round skiing. Visitors have been coming enmasse since the 1st-century BC seeking the therapeutic benefits of its waters. Waters that Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort has tapped into to offer an outstanding indoor/outdoor spa at its Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi. Standing from on high in Stelvio National Park, the hotel looks down to the Valley of Bormio and beyond to an eye-popping mountain vista. A celebration of Belle Époque design, this genteel lady of a hotel is dressed with Venetian flair and has been entertaining guests since 1836. Following a major restoration after 27 years of closure it was brought back to life in 2003 to provide a variety of bedrooms and suites, many graced with a hydromassage bath fed from those magical thermal waters. The theatrical ballroom's restaurant, Ristorante Salone dei Balli, relaxed spa with extensive garden and Light Café (where you can dine in your bathrobe) are just some of Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi's many stunning attributes. The Spa & Wellness Centre is another. Subdivided into four sections it spans the sunny Giardini di Venere, the undergound Grotta di Nettuno, revitalising Bagni di Giove and utterly tranquil Bagni di Ercole.