Location: Via Regina, 40, 22012 Cernobbio CO, Italy
Villa D’Este is much more than a hotel; it’s a destination.
A former 16th-century royal residence, this luxe hotel in 25 acres of gardens overlooking Lake Como lies 6 km from the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio and 34 km from Lugano-Agno Airport.
It is not unbelievable that Villa D’Este used to be a haven for the aristocracy. Princesses, sultans and tsars practiced the art of living well in the estate located on Lake Como in Northern Italy. In 1873, this slice of paradise became a five-star resort and today is one of the most celebrated in the world. The lake views from this luxury hotel are talked about among luxury travellers worldwide.
Lake Como is heralded as one of the most romantic lakes in the world. How does one increase the romance factor? By appreciating the lake from Villa D’Este’s 10-hectare private park. Lush greenery alongside a tranquil body of water is a recipe for pure relaxation.
The rooms and suites at the hotel overlook either the lake or the park and are divided into two buildings: the Cardinal Building and the Queen’s Pavilion. Should you choose a terrace overlooking the lake, you will be delighted with exceptional views of the marina and boats sailing to shore in the evening. With a park view, you’ll appreciate lively flowers and many species of birds flitting about.
It’s hard to imagine, but perhaps you’re looking to do more than relax and take in the beauty that surrounds you while staying at the hotel. You’ll be pleased to learn that the Sporting Club of Villa d’Este offers a swimming pool, gym, tennis and squash courts. And of course there is the fabled Villa d’Este Golf Club: set among chestnut, birch and pine trees, the 18-hole course is touted as one of the most difficult in Europe. In the summer season, there is a floating pool in Lake Como where you can close your eyes and let nature do all the swimming for you.
You’re bound to work up an appetite after a day of appreciating everything the grounds have to offer, The hotel’s Veranda Restaurant is the perfect place to sip a bellini while awaiting a fine dining experience, designed by executive chef Michele Zambanini. The hotel’s main restaurant offers an exclusive view of the garden and a sublime atmosphere. The property also features several other bars and restaurants to satisfy all cravings and preferences. The Villa D’Este, which seems to be alive in its own magical way, will feed your body, mind and soul.