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Lake Como, Italy

The low­down Cut­ting-edge de­sign in a lux­u­ri­ous wa­ter­side set­ting. Best for Style afi­ciona­dos liv­ing the dream.

Lake Como has never been short of al­lure, but un­til Il Sereno opened last year, it was very much a his­toric ho­tel scene. Now this new kid on the block, de­signed by über-tal­ent Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, has changed the dy­namic. Perched on a promon­tory, it blends seam­lessly into the land­scape thanks to its wood and stone exterior and dra­matic ver­ti­cal gar­dens cre­ated by liv­ing-wall maestro Pa­trick Blanc. Un­der­stated el­e­gance greets you at ev­ery turn, from the slick low-key lobby to the fo­cal point wal­nut and copper pipe stair­case and the 30 spa­cious suites, each with their own bal­cony and lake view. Al­though this haven of style cel­e­brates the de­sign dream, the at­mos­phere is el­e­gant yet re­laxed thanks to gen­eral man­ager Samy Ghachem and his team, who spe­cialise in easy hos­pi­tal­ity. The mod­ern Ital­ian fare is su­perb

– Livingetc is still re­liv­ing the ravi­oli with lob­ster and pur­ple cau­li­flower and pis­ta­chio par­fait with wild berries. For those who can tear them­selves away from chill­ing by the in­fin­ity pool, the ho­tel has Riva boats for lake trips, a fab­u­lous spa and Como town is five min­utes down the road. For a change of din­ing scene, there are a range of de­light­ful lo­cal restau­rants just a stone’s throw away. Book it Suites from £660 (sereno­ho­

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