Lake Garda’s no stranger to luxury, with fabulous four and five star properties bringing la dolce vita indoors. Find fine hotels on the lakeside and near resort centres, with elegant Victorian facades, chic modern architecture and plush interiors.
Wake to glorious sights of the lake and surrounding mountains, with staff at your service to make each day amazing. And spend your days visiting vineyards, galleries and stately palazzos – or sitting, sipping Aperol and watching the world go by.
Desenzano’s cathedral, castle and palace delight, or if you’re more haute couture than history, you can designer shop ‘til you drop. Foodies have fabulous cafes, gelaterias and ristorantes to devour, and a meander around Milan or a night at the Verona opera are just a train ride away.
Anywhere accessed by drawbridge is sure to make you feel like royalty, and if you’re a sucker for a spa, rejoice – the therapeutic thermal waters of this lakeside spa town are yours to enjoy in first class wellness centres.
Gorgeous Garda is home to the lake’s only 2 Michelin starred restaurant - Villa Feltrinelli - besides private beach clubs, elegant villas and the Cà degli Ulivi golf course. When dusk descends, pick a waterfront bar on the promenade and soak up the evening buzz as the sun goes down.
Backed by Mount Baldo and fronted by the Scaliger Castle, medieval Malcesine has an undeniable air of majesty. Look down on the lake from mountains high, raise the heart rate cycling, kitesurfing or paragliding – or stop, sit and watch boats bob in the marina.
When somewhere becomes a filming location for a Bond flick, it gains a certain gravitas. Hire yourself an Aston and cruise Quantum-style along Limone’s iconic lakeside and through its mountain tunnels. Then park up in fine hotels for limoncellos on the lakefront.
If a fine holiday needs fine wine, Bardolino’s a blissful base. However active or relaxed your day, end it in a lakeside café (or on your bedroom’s balcony) – sipping local vino and watching the sunset over the western peaks.
Goethe described the north of the lake, with its dramatic peaks and rippling waters as a ‘precious spectacle’, and Riva’s its cosmopolitan centre. Come for the annual jazz festival, the shops and cafes or the scenic lake sailing.
When it calls for calm, Gardone Riviera answers – a feast for the eyes with its promenade and gardens in full, flowery bloom and a delight for all appetites with traditional trattoria and Michelin star dining at Lida 84.
What makes a Lake Garda hotel a 5-star Lake Garda hotel? For starters, spectacular facilities – swimming pools, spas, fitness centres and the like. Then, top notch catering – we’re talking the finest, fine dining known to Italy, presenting local produce with artistic flair. And to cap it all? Deliciously roomy suites, with lake views and balconies to enjoy them from, bathrooms like mini-spas and beds you want to hop, skip and jump right into.
Most high-end hotels here operate on a half board basis, offering delicately prepared cuisine in the mornings and evenings. Chalet hotels serve breakfast, supper with vino and usually afternoon teas too. B&B bookings work tremendously for foodies fancying a tour of local eateries, and we’ve found a bundle of praised establishments surrounding the lake. Seven restaurants had Michelin stars last time we checked, with the legendary Villa Feltrinelli on the western shore awarded two.
If you prefer to take dining into your own hands, preparing your own meals with locally bought ingredients, book one of our luxury apartments.
For the ultimate holiday relaxation, our spa hotels in Lake Garda serve every need. Treat yourself to saunas, jacuzzis and pampering treatments – all manner of massages, manicures and more. Open air pools hog some of the best lake and mountain views, rubbing shoulders with lounger-laden sun decks.
Bambini are treated royally in our finest family hotels. You’ll find activities they’ll go wild for, like splashing about in outdoor pools and testing their skills at tennis. Early supper sittings with carefully planned menus see even the fussiest fusspots well fed, while kids clubs, babysitting and evening listening services allow for some well-deserved ‘you’ time.
We have a fantastic selection of holidays including luxury short breaks, flights and self-drive options. Use the filters above to find your perfect property, or drop us a line and let us do the legwork.
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