The ul­ti­mate get­away this spring is a new ar­rival on the shores of Lake Como, Italy

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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 (

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