Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Lake Como, Italy
More of a palace than a hotel, Tremezzo was built in 1910 as a playground for society’s elite. Standing prominently on the shores of the crystalline Lake Como, in five acres of magnificently manicured gardens and subtropical parkland, commanding views over to Bellagio and the Grigne mountains, it is a sight to behold.
Step inside, and you’re overwhelmed by the top to toe opulent and lavish décor – silk and velvet fabrics, vast ornately framed mirrors, patterned wooden floors, vibrantly coloured walls and a lot of gold – all conjuring up la belle époque. Family-owned and run, with impeccable old-style service and superb cuisine, it is quite literally, a landmark.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its prime positioning on the shore of Lake Como & its swimming pool offering!
Style:Spectacular art nouveau palazzo.
Location:On the west coast of Lake Como, overlooking Bellagio on the eastern shore.
Rooms:90 rooms & suites with beautiful views.
Swimming:A floating pool on the lake, a heated pool in the gardens, a spa pool & a private beach.
Children:Families are welcomed with open arms, with rooms able to accommodate up to 2 extra children. Babysitting services are also available.
Accessibility:There are no special facilities for those with reduced mobility.
Open From:March - November.
Price:From €1,000 per room, per night.
Each individually decorated room and suite combines sophisticated décor and charm. With views over the gardens and parkland, or across the glittering lake, they all have sumptuous marble bathrooms and little indulgent touches. The Rooftop Suites come with outdoor jacuzzis and for the pinnacle of lake indulgence and sophistication stay at Villa Sola Cabiati.
A neoclassical villa built in the 16th century, with elaborate Italianate gardens down to the shores of the lake, it houses six sumptuous suites, opulent halls and reception rooms and a private pool. This villa is for exclusive use and comes with a butler, housekeeper and maid.
From traditional trattoria classics to inventive modern cuisine, guests enjoy the full spectrum of Italian excellence. And with five bars and restaurants, there’s certainly plenty of choice. At eponymous La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi, this celebrated chef creates fine dining masterpieces in an elegant lakeside setting. L’Escale Trattoria and Wine Bar serves delicious local dishes in a more informal setting, pairing the food with an impressive range of wines from the hotel’s incredibly well-stocked cellar.
For exceptional seafood, the beachside restaurant Giacomo al Lago has earned itself an exceptional reputation. Pizza lovers will not be disappointed. T Pizza, in the palazzo gardens serves fresh wood-fired pizza throughout the day and evening. There is also the option of private dining at special locations in and around the palazzo and villas – a definite for romantics.
Tremezzo is the place for luxury lakeside lounging, whilst being waited on hand and foot. Explore the immaculate grounds that climb the hillside, rewarding you with fabulous views from the top. You have a choice of three pools – an uber stylish floating pool on the lake, another in the gardens and a heated infinity pool in the Spa, as well as a stretch of private beach with sun loungers. And for the energetic guest, there’s a floodlit clay tennis court.
A highlight here is a gentle cruise around the lake on one of the hotel’s classic wooden motor launches, or for an even better view, you can take a seaplane. The lake plays host to a long list of water sports – water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing can all be enjoyed. The local terrain is ideal for hiking and mountain biking, and you’ll also find some of Italy’s best golf courses not far away. The concierge team are happy to organise a whole host of activities and excursions for you. The Spa is truly outstanding. Located in Villa Emilia, it’s worth booking for the frescoed relaxation room with panoramic views, alone. It’s equipped with a hydro massage areas, a hammam, a sauna and steam room. There are also yoga sessions on the deck of the floating pool and in the gardens.
Lake Como, Italy
On the west coast of Lake Como, overlooking Bellagio on the eastern shore – one hour & 20 minutes from Milan.