Europe

Villa d’Este

Located on the banks of the romantic Lake Como in Italy, the Villa d’Este is a legendary and must-see luxury hotel, very often rewarded by Condé Nast, Travel & Leisure and Forbes Traveler.

A historic residence built in 1568, Villa d’Este was the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. Frequented over the centuries by the aristocracy, Villa d’Este was Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite retreat.

The estate, which stretches over 10 hectares, reveals Renaissance-style landscaped gardens with magnificent sculptures and many species of flowers and trees: jasmines, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias, cypresses, palms and pines.

The 152 guest rooms and suites are all equally elegant and feature an exquisite mix of contemporary technologic layout with period furniture, antiques, silk brocade curtains, antique paintings, mouldings and marble floors. The Villa d’Este is also renowned for its discreet, efficient and attentive service. Italian gastronomic cuisine is served in different restaurants with a terrace facing Lake Como.

As for the pool, it is floating! Indeed, it was built directly on the lake offering a unique panorama, perfect place to relax and refresh. The Villa d’Este offers a wide range of activities including tennis, squash, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, a beauty institute with a zen philosophy, gymnasium, sauna, Club House and an 18-hole golf course considered to be one of the most difficult “Par 69” in Europe!