16 December 2020
Italy’s ancient history and proud traditions shape much of what we see there today. These sophisticated hotels draw influence from the country’s past to create elevated experiences for visitors.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
The most famous of all the Alpine lakes is, of course, in Italy. Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third-largest after Garda and Maggiore - and the most glamourous. Shaped like an inverted Y, its branches are surrounded by the forested, snow-capped peaks of the Alps and beautiful shoreside villages.
At the foot of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate. But its Bellagio, the pretty town where the branches of the lake converge, that is the ‘Pearl of Lake Como’, its lakefront promenade and quaint cobbled streets sprinkled with boutiques and trattorie. There are two magnificent villa gardens to explore here; Villa Melzi and the 15th century Villa Serbelloni, owned by the Rockefeller Foundation, with acres of parkland and wonderful views of the three branches of the lake.
Tremezzo is home to Lake Como’s most famous attraction, Villa Carlotta, a grand pink house museum with botanical gardens. Also sharing these exclusive surroundings, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an aristocratic refuge from the everyday. Two of its three pools are outdoor - the flowers pool in the palace park is utterly tranquil - while the heated Water-on-the-Water (WOW as it’s known) floats on top of the lake. There’s a terrace restaurant, too, the most elegant on Como for sunset fine dining. T Beach, the hotel’s private lido floating on the lake, has recently been remodelled as the spot to experience la dolce vita. By day, enjoy the soft sand beach and tartares or famed barbeques al fresco; by night, it’s the place for convivial cocktails.
It’s easy to see why the Milanesi pop to Como for the day for a breath of fresh air. It's best explored by boat; there’s no better way to enjoy the scenery than on board one of the elegant mahogany Riva boats that zip along the lake’s deep blue waters.
Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento
In the South, there’s another luxury Italian hotel that has piqued our interest. Built upon the ruins of a Roman Villa, Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento offers modern hospitality that is grounded in its rich history. The hotel’s position on the Gulf of Naples means you can relax out on the terraces, glass of limoncello in hand whilst admiring views of the Mediterranean against the backdrop of Mount Vesuvius. You'll also be just an hour's drive from the Amalfi Coast or the well-preserved ruins of pompeii. Alternatively, hop on a boat to visit the gulf's treasured islands: Capri, Ischia and Procida.
The solarium pool is an area for total relaxation, for soaking up the sun and the atmosphere of serenity. Down by the sea, sun loungers and parasols are laid out across the private jetty with steps down to the water.
Each day, between the main meal services, you can enjoy snacks at the exclusive Club Lounge. After breakfast, an assortment of pastries and freshly baked cakes are available, then later in the day, light savoury meals of pasta, cold cut meats and olives can be enjoyed. The afternoon tea is a highlight with authentic Italian plum cake and Caprese cake tempting those with a sweet tooth. Following dinner, the Club Lounge is a great mingling spot whilst you savour smoked salmon canapés and cheeses with a glass of prosecco.
Most of the 50 rooms enjoy sea views from their private terraces or balconies. Elegant fixtures elevate the feel of the suites with gilded mirrors, antique pottery and ornate floral murals on display. Many accommodations feature private pools; in Suite Roccia, a wide heated hydro-massage pool sits at the foot of your lounger, just steps from the canopy bed and all within the white-walled rooms, carved from the bare stone.
Good to know
At Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the 24-hour room service has a day menu between 6.30 am-11 pm and a night menu for satisfying late-night cravings, meaning you needn’t leave the comfort of your accommodation. When booking through your Travel Counsellor you'll also receive exclusive tickets to Villa Carlotta botanical gardens.
Mimmo Jodice at Bellevue Syrene captures the essence of Sorrento in its authentic Italian dishes. Try the homemade pasta served with clams and courgette or freshly caught sea bass. When booking through your Travel Counsellor you'll receive an exclusive gift of a bottle of sparkling white wine or regional red at the hotel.
Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today for more information or to arrange your future travels