- Kiki Deere, Destination expert
On the western shore of the lake, the hotel is a short walk from the beautiful 17th-century Villa Carlotta, which houses a collection of art works including pieces by Antonio Canova and Francesco Hayez. Don’t miss the spectacular 20-acre gardens decorated with sculptures and fountains, and home to all manner of exotic plants and flowers. A con of the hotel is that it is divided from its floating pool by the lakeside road, although there are wonderful secluded gardens at the back of the villa with a second swimming pool. The hotel is within easy reach of Lugano Airport (23 miles), Milan Malpensa (50 miles) and Milan Linate (59 miles).
Style & character
Dating back to the early 20th century, the hotel is decorated in the Art Nouveau style with lavishly appointed fabrics, period furniture and antique paintings and prints. Interiors are modern (the hotel was recently refurbished). Lush gardens at the back of the hotel occupy an area of five acres.
Service & facilities
The hotel has a stylish floating pool on the lake. There’s also a more secluded swimming pool at the back of the building, surrounded by private gardens, and a third infinity pool in the T Spa. There’s also a floodlit clay tennis court, a fitness area and a panoramic path that winds up the hill. The hotel has its own private motor launch. Wine-tasting sessions and cooking classes can be organised. Service is friendly, welcoming and professional. It was refreshing to see a young dynamic team of staff (not so common in grand hotels in Italy).
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Tennis court
The hotel’s T-Spa, located in the 18th-century Villa Emilia, features a heated indoor infinity pool with five hydro-massage areas and an attached outdoor whirlpool tub. The panoramic relaxation lounge with sunbeds has floor-to-ceiling windows commanding lovely lake views. It offers traditional hammam treatments and signature wellness experiences exclusively designed by ESPA that use natural herbs and plants grown at the hotel.
There’s a sauna with lake views, an additional frescoed relaxation lounge and a mosaic-lined nail studio. The private T Spa Suite is especially designed for couples or friends, with its own whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room. There’s a gym set over three floors, and yoga and fitness classes are offered.
Rooms are decorated in pastel hues and refined furnishings, and have wonderful lake or garden views. The stylish Rooftop Floor houses the hotel’s suites, featuring private terraces, outdoor hot tubs and butler service.
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Food & drink
The hotel’s La Terrazza restaurant offers creative Italian cuisine, while L’Escale Fondues & Wine Bar is a good spot to grab a fondue or barbecue in a relaxed setting. There’s also a T Pizza café in the hotel gardens, serving wood-fired pizzas. T Beach restaurant serves grilled meats and fish on the lakeshore by the floating pool. The hotel’s T Bar lounge is a pleasant spot for a sundowner.
Value for money
Double rooms from €495 (£421) in low season; and from €759 (£645) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Board games and DVDs are available, along with children’s menus, cots and babysitting services on request. There are wakeboarding lessons for children over the age of 7. All children are given a teddy bear as a gift.