Lake Como, set at the foothill of the Alps, is known for its scenic villages and grand hotels, the perfect home to Villa d’Este. Only a 1-hour transfer from Milan, Villa d’Este makes for a luxurious Lake retreat after indulging in the fashion capital. Step away from the busy villages dotted around the Lake, and into the stunning 10-acre private grounds of meticulously groomed gardens and 5-star accommodation that awaits you at Villa d’Este. It is easy to appreciate why it is a favourite destination for European aristocracy! Despite its grand entrance and magnificent setting, the intimate lobby is warm and inviting - a place to rest, relax and truly ‘switch off’. The high ceilings, with impressive archways and stunning tapestries give Villa d’Este a palatial atmosphere, which is complimented by the matchless service. When you enter the lobby, your eyes are immediately drawn to the magnificent doors leading straight out onto the romantic shores of the lake. Take a stroll through the wonderful colours of the garden or take a dip in the floating pool – you will wonder whether you are in the pool or in the lake!
The stunning rooms and suites are elegantly dressed in silks, velvets and furnished with fabulous antiques. To further highlight Villa d’Estes opulence, many of the suites have balconies for you to enjoy the scenery from your room. If you and your family prefer a more private seclusion, reside in one of the four private villas while still enjoying the luxurious facilities and exceptional service that Villa d’Este has to offer. With six dining options, you don’t have to leave the grounds of the hotel to experience traditional Italian cuisine. Veranda, the main restaurant, is a formal and elegant venue with sublime Italian dishes. The attentive service and knowledgeable sommelier transformed the whole evening into an experience to be remembered!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Lake Como without enjoying all the fun the water has to offer. Rent an iconic Italian Riva boat with a driver and visit the local villages or see the lake from above in a seaplane! Try stand up paddle boarding or explore the shores by canoe. Lake Como really must be experienced by water! If you would rather explore by land, the grounds of Villa d’Este include a beautiful walking path, or if you would like something a little more rigorous, hire a local guide to escort you through more challenging treks. This destination has an all-round appeal for guests of all ages, and I believe that this elegant property will become a favourite for all who enter the grand gates of Villa d’Este.