Casta Diva Re­sort

World Travel Magazine - - Where to Stay - cas­tadi­vare­

En­chant­ment never sounded this good • Once the home of So­prano Gi­u­ditta Pasta, Villa Roc­cabruna opened as Cas­tadiva with a spa set on one of the most ro­man­tic places on Lake Como, the old boat dock of a for­mer palazzo. The re­lax­ation room at the spa perches on the hill­side and juts over one of the moor­ings al­low­ing guests to ex­pe­ri­ence the peace­ful sound of the ocean lap­ping the blue-green glass floor. En­chant­ment never sounded this good, the wa­ter sings like the es­tate’s for­mer owner, the ru­moured muse of Vin­cenzo Bellini, a nine­teen-cen­tury com­poser. Named af­ter one of her fa­mous arias, Casta Diva, the lux­u­ri­ous villa gets its fairy­tale on with 75-rooms fea­tur­ing regal ap­point­ments like heavy silk cur­tains and mir­rored clos­ets with gold paint. Lo­cated be­tween Bel­la­gio and Como in the en­chant­ing vil­lage of Ble­vio, ar­rival by boat is the only way here and docks in a cave at the es­tate’s rocky foun­da­tion. White-peb­bled walk­ways ring the el­e­gant grounds, framed with large pine trees. Take a dip in the elab­o­rate float­ing pool on the lake in front of the prop­erty then sam­ple the sweet del­i­ca­cies of­fered at L’or­angerie with sea­sonal cui­sine that matches the stun­ning panora­mas of the lake and cel­e­brates the grandeur of life.

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