MOST LUX­U­RI­OUS HO­TELS IN LAKE COMO

Upscale Living Magazine - - Travel - | By Nicole Trili­vas | Pho­tos cour­tesy of each ho­tel

Lake Como has al­ways been de­sir­able. Though first cel­e­brated dur­ing the Ro­man Em­pire, it was the four­teenth- and fif­teenth-cen­tury aris­toc­racy who crafted the iconic lake­side vil­las and dreamy palaz­zos that are still cov­eted to­day. Later, came the Hol­ly­wood roy­alty and celebrity de­sign­ers, adding a sense of fash­ion to this sleepy-but-no­ble piece of par­adise. And now, with the emer­gence of a slew of chic new ho­tels, Lago di Como has all but guar­an­teed it­self a glam­orous fu­ture. Ready to find out what all the fuss is about? From the leg­endary old­world ho­tels to the buzzy bi­jou new­com­ers, here’s where to stay to live it up on Italy’s most lav­ish lake.

IL SERENO

With youth­ful, modern ap­peal and an un­der­stated-but-cool aes­thetic, Il Sereno ush­ers Lake Como into the modern era. The all-suite, con­tem­po­rary re­sort also boasts a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant, Ris­torante Ber­ton Al Lago, which sur­pris­ingly, is some­what of a rar­ity in this ex­clu­sive area.

GRAND HO­TEL TRE­MEZZO

Ar­guably Lake Como’s most pres­ti­gious ho­tel, the ex­clu­sive and fam­ily-owned Grand Ho­tel Tre­mezzo boasts over-the-top lux­ury that still feels com­fort­able and invit­ing. With five res­tau­rants and bars, three pools, a chic spa, and gor­geous lake views of Bel­la­gio, this swoon-wor­thy prop­erty will not dis­ap­point. With re­mark­able ser­vice on top of the ameni­ties, it’s no sur­prise that this ho­tel makes con­stant ap­pear­ances on best-of lists.

VISTA PALAZZO LAGO DI COMO

The new­est ad­di­tion to the town of Como, VISTA Palazzo Lago di Como is de­fined by chic in­te­ri­ors and bou­tique stylish­ness. The prop­erty’s 18 bath­rooms—lav­ishly cov­ered in mar­ble in peace­ful hues like seafoam green and pale yel­low—just may be the pret­ti­est in all of Lake Como.

VILLA D’ESTE

Pic­ture Re­nais­sance gar­dens, sweep­ing stair­cases suited for Dis­ney princesses, and a pool that floats atop the lake and you’ll get Villa d’Este. Dat­ing back to 1568, this prop­erty is con­sid­ered one of Lake Como’s grande dame ho­tels and has the guest list to prove it.

MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL LAGO DI COMO

(Com­ing Spring 2019) - Set be­tween a lush botan­i­cal gar­den and the lake­front, the nos­tal­gi­cally glitzy Cas­taDiva Re­sort is set for a spring re­brand and re­vamp, which will trans­form it into the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Lago di Como. The prop­erty will be an ex­cel­lent com­ple­ment to the nearby Man­darin Ori­en­tal Mi­lan, one of the city’s most ex­tra­or­di­nary and taste­ful prop­er­ties.

VILLA SOLA CABI­ATI

When a ho­tel just won’t suf­fice, the gor­geous and pri­vate Baro­questyle Villa Sola Cabi­ati should be booked im­me­di­ately. Un­der the watch­ful man­age­ment of Grand Ho­tel Tre­mezzo, this com­pletely pri­vate villa is stocked with a full staff and end­less lux­u­ries for you and your eleven best friends.

VILLA PLINI­ANA

An­other mem­ber of the Sereno ho­tels group is Villa Plini­ana, a six­teenth-cen­tury pri­vate es­tate sat lake­side on a whop­ping 18 acres. The palazzo comes with 18 bed­rooms, ded­i­cated staff, pri­vate boat dock and he­li­copter land­ing pad, and the kind of ro­man­tic in­te­ri­ors that will make your head spin. Re­cently, it played host to a Dolce & Gab­bana fash­ion show af­ter party.

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