The largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda is a picture postcard locale where Renaissance palazzos and old inns have been refurbished into contemporary hotels. Its balmy micro-climate has long been a draw, inspiring Ancient Roman writers and European royalty to take a breather in villa gardens and on pristine beaches. Today, the region’s famous lake winds keep sailors and sunbathers happy, while the glistening shoreline and mountain backdrop invite relaxation and romance.
The aristocratic hotel conversion Locanda del Benaco is the epitome of classy boutique accommodation, with beautiful rooms and a superb restaurant. Located close to the town of Riva del Garda, it’s popular with couples and families seeking a modern base from which to explore Lake Garda.
A little further afield, the Art Nouveau Hotel Lido Palace in the town of Riva del Garda has been brought up to date with glass atriums, neon-lit bars and elegant interiors. Rooms are spacious and elegant, with the heavenly Sky Suites a particular standout. These rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows allowing you to soak up the magnificent views of the famous lake and surrounding mountains, with your own private terrace for aperitivo time.
The upscale Lefay Resort & Spa is another 5-star Lake Garda luxury hotel. This eco-sustainable stay has a state-of-the-art spa and rooms that look out over the water. The property is surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills, so it’s ideal for exploring the area’s culture, from historic castles to romantic Verona. You can also enjoy some incredible Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants. lake garda luxury hotel