Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como, Italy
Set just outside the little village of Blevio, on the south-east banks of Lake Como, Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como is one of the top picks in the picturesque Italian countryside. The grand villa dating back to the 19th century has a distinctive Asian style, combined with classic Italian architecture to produce a unique property on the coast of one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
The 75 spacious and bright rooms and suites are spread across the main villa and eight smaller buildings scattered around the gardens. Most rooms have a scenic backdrop of the lake opening up through the vast windows or from the private balconies or terraces.
There’s a cool, retro look to the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, L’Aria, with its polished marble tables and cocciopesto floor, but in fine weather the lakeside terrace is the place to dine. For a drink, lunch or snack, head to the elegant Co.Mo Bar & Bistrot. And for a relaxing session, enjoy a visit to the hotel Spa & Wellness centre.
The city of Como is just 15 minutes’ drive, from where it’s a mere half-hour train ride to the centre of Milan. The nearest airports are Milan Malpensa and Linate.