A Luxury Italian Lakes Holiday
Blessed with crisp air, winding roads and grand lake palaces, northern Italy’s Lombardia region and Piedmonte regions provide a more tranquil, and cooler, contrast to the popular western coastline and glamorous nautical haunts of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Ideally located - close to the borders of France and Switzerland, along with the culture-rich Italian cities of Venice, Milan, Bologna and Florence - it’s easy for visitors to combine the Italian Lakes with a myriad of sophisticated culture and world-famous sites. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, and just a short drive from stylish Milan, is the famous Lake Como. As Europe’s deepest lake, and Italy’s third-largest lake, this serene stretch of water forms a striking scene at the base of rolling mountains. Lined with beautiful villas and encircled by medieval towns with cobbled streets, the region is perfect for experiencing a luxury lake holiday. Pretty promenades and decorated terraces beckon visitors to stroll the lake’s edge, whilst the stunning views are more than enough reward for a gentle walk and timeless gaze. For the most spectacular vista, head between Tremezzo, Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna to appreciate the sheer scale of the series of lakes. Whether for a relaxing break, a romantic getaway, or simply some time away for a little reflection, a luxury Italian lake holiday is an experience to remember.
A Palacial View
A highlight of the lake’s shores is the romantic and historic Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Boasting the best views of Lake Como, this grand Art Nouveau palace stands proudly at the water's edge, with its renowned gardens a well-known centrepiece. Inside, the richly adorned interiors, gourmet cuisine and 77 rooms and 13 suites spoil guests with a decadent elegance and enviable lake views. A long-established retreat with five restaurants, three swimming pools, a spa and clay tennis courts, there is plenty available to ensure that guests never tire of the sensational vistas. for those visitors wishing to explore the scenery beyond the prestigious gates, walking, hiking, cycling, watersports and golf are all available to tempt guests beyond the ornate surroundings. Must-do experiences include dining alfresco at La Terrazza or venturing out on the lake aboard the hotel’s vintage restored motor launch. For those wishing to push the boat out and book an opulent stay with guaranteed privacy, Villa Sola Cabiati, by Grand Hotel Tremezzo is just moments away. This exclusive six-suite villa, sleeping up to 12 people in sumptuous style on an all-inclusive basis, is an impeccable residence, fully-staffed and flawless.
Another notable place to stay beside Lake Como is the magnificent and centuries-old Villa d’Este. Set amongst twenty-five acres and a short stroll from the village of Cernobbio, this member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ has a breathtaking setting with lake frontage and mountain backdrop. A former 16th century private palazzo — showcasing grand salons, marble staircases and ornate interiors — this serene Renaissance gem is the perfect place to relax. Easily accessible, just a 50-minute car transfer from Milan Airport, guests are assured of a luxurious lake stay. Those seeking a more contemporary stay beside Lake Como will adore Il Sereno — Lake Como’s newest luxury hotel with a notable edge. With an incredible infinity pool and sublime spa facilities, the 30 suites are minimal in design, featuring clean lines, modern décor and state-of-the-art facilities. With a stylishly calm interior to complement the seductive lake shore, guests can indulge in local delicacies whilst becoming mesmerised in the reflections of the lake. With wine-tasting, cooking classes, golf tours and hiking trails, Lake Como is certainly a lake setting to rival anywhere else in the world.
Travelling east, and accessible from Verona Airport, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. At just over 50 kilometres in length from north to south and under 20 kilometres in width from east to west, Lake Garda sits at 65 metres above sea level. Split between three provinces, namely Verona, Brescia and Trento, and with a culture dating back hundreds of years, it is renowned for its clear water, plus surrounding citrus groves. Olive trees and fruits grow abundantly beside the lake, benefitting from the warm climate and fertile shores. From the privately owned Villa Cortine Palace, with its majestic gardens and romantic suites, to Grand Hotel A Villa Feltrinelli, the colourful 21st century reincarnation of a private home with 20 suites and a uniquely shaped octagonal bar — visitors are spoilt for lakeside prominence. Beautifully boutique, and the former family home of timber magnate Faustino Feltrinelli, the Neo-Gothic pink and white villa resides on one of Lake Garda’s finest pieces of waterfront real estate. An elegant interior adorned with ceiling frescoes, antique furniture, fine paintings and rare books, its exquisite pieces are expertly matched by delectable Michelin-starred cuisine and an impressive wine cellar.
The Italian Lakes
Sitting amongst lemon groves, olive terraces and woodlands, Lefay Resort & Spa is a hillside retreat with wellness in mind. Part of Alto Gardo National Park, the verdant green acres play a role in the holistic approach to serving local produce, surrounded by local materials — all in an environmentally sensitive way. Designed for total relaxation and boasting impressive spa, health and wellbeing credentials, this 93-suite haven has a hammam, sauna, spa, yoga and infinity-edge swimming pool to complement the awe-inspiring lake view. Once suitably relaxed, guests could take the one-and-a-half hour drive to Verona to appreciate the culture and remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre — the venue for the city’s annual opera festival. With such an attractive line-up of both classic and contemporary places to stay beside the lake, it is easy to experience a luxury Italian lakes holiday with Elegant Resorts. Lake Como and Lake Garda have earned their worldwide reputations for beauty, luxury and glamour. Long established and illustrious sanctuaries for European elite and international celebrities alike, the Italian Lakes have enjoyed a prestigious place as a sophisticated playground for decades. It’s easy to see why the revered Italian region is a timeless attraction for a luxury lakes stay.
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