THE HOTEL IL SERENO
The ultimate getaway this spring is a new arrival on the shores of Lake Como, Italy
Teetering on the edge of picturesque
waters, Il Sereno will be the first new hotel to arrive on Lake Como for over 100 years when it opens on 25 March. The understated glass and concrete property was built on top of an existing stone boathouse, and stands out among its classically glamorous palazzo neighbours. Masterminded by Patricia Urquiola, the interior is pared back in design but rich in materials. The seemingly floating staircase of walnut and bronze ( below), sculptural patterned marble walls, Venetian terrazzo floors and cladding in travertine and ceppo di grè (a speckled grey Italian stone) are punctuated by Urquiola staples: her lights for Flos, iridescent glass ‘Shimmer’ tables for Glas Italia and squashy ‘Fat’ and ‘Husk’ sofas for B&B Italia.
Other attractions include an 18-metre freshwater pool, a private beach and lush vertical gardens created by Parisian botanist Patrick Blanc. One, entitled ‘Le Miroir Vert du Lac’ (‘the green mirror on the lake’), contains more than 2,000 plant species and was designed to reflect the water’s movement; another echoes the rugged topography of Il Sereno’s surroundings. The Ristorante Al Lago serves delicious dishes made using seasonal Lombardy ingredients, and there are plans for a spa later this year. From £723 per night (ilsereno.com).