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Lake Como – October 2015

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by myriad No Comments

Just returned back from an amazing trip to Lake Como courtesy of Only Exclusive Travel and The Grand Hotel Tremezzo.  With a flying time of just under 2 hours from the UK to Milan, it makes for a great weekend break but with still plenty to do if you want a longer stay.  The lake has plenty to offer and although hotels here are not cheap the experience is very special and the scenery is stunning. I stayed at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo located right in the heart of Lake Como and right on the lake; it’s a great location right next to Villa Carlotta and opposite the beautiful quaint town of Bellagio. Built in 1910 The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the oldest 5* luxury hotels on Lake Como.

The hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels houses 90 rooms and suites and has played host to discerning travellers for over a century.  It is immersed in beautiful gardens and has magnificent outdoor spaces and hidden areas to escape to creating an oasis of relaxation. The attention to detail is phenomenal and the staff are simply outstanding, family run and owned the atmosphere is very homely and welcoming, there is even a sweet station in the lobby area, l’ve not seen that before! The hotel, a former palace caters for all with some great facilities; a library room, billiard room, tennis court, gym and the most amazing Spa just newly opened called TSpa and using Espa products with its own indoor pool.

The rooms are extremely comfortable and are filled with modern day amenities such as free wifi, minibar, TV/DVD, air-conditioning and enhanced by beautiful ornate antiques and artwork.  Lake view rooms are stunning with balconies, a 2 night package inclusive of flights, breakfast and  private transfers costs from £640 per person; between the months of March-April and the during October the hotel has a “stay 4 nights pay for 3 “offer.  The transfer from the airport is approximately 1hour 20mins.  This is 5*service at its best with a turndown service and pillow gift each night, valet parking and superb dining experiences.

One of the hotels most outstanding features has to be T Beach and Water On the Water Wow! A floating swimming pool resting on the lake’s surface with real sand creating a classic lido with comfortable sun beds and parasols. The beach bar there serves amazing cocktails and grilled fish and meat dishes to suit every taste, most definitely the place to be in the summer months.

Dining at the hotel is an incredible experience with plenty of choices.  There is La Terrazza offering authentic Italian dishes- the ricotta and spinach cannelloni was amazing and the tiramisu was the best I have ever tasted but my favourite dish was the Veal Milanese, starters are from 17euro with main courses starting at 30euro.  One of our best meals was at L’Escale and is the first fondue restaurant on Lake Como, it was great fun cooking fillet steak in oil, fish in broth and of course the traditional bread dipping in cheese sauce! the restaurant manager is a real character and very entertaining with some great anecdotes and a great knowledge of the wines on offer.

The hotel has plenty of activities and suggestions to fill your day. We took Ruy, the hotel’s Venetian motor boat and explored the “lake from the lake” stopping off at Villa Del Balbianello which was built by Cardinal Angelo Durini in 1787 housing a monastery with secret tunnels, later it was bought by an Italian called Guido Monzino who was an avid explorer but died at the premature age of 59 leaving it to Italy’s equivalent of the National Trust.  It has since been a film location for such movies as Star Wars and Casino Royale (James Bond) and is set in the most beautiful gardens.   We had  a guided tour of the villa which was intriguing and well worth the 15 euros per person, taking a guide is the only way to see inside the villa and experience the museum of Mr Monzino’s exploration artefacts.

The concierge can also organise cooking classes teaching guests how to make their very own pasta the Italian way, water sports such as water skiing, sailing and windsurfing and arranging visits to the many villas that are dotted around the lake.  There also some great hiking and for the golfers the prestigious Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club is just minutes away.

 

We took the ferry over to the town of Bellagio on the Saturday which is known as the “Pearl of the Lake” and is very pretty with narrow cobbled streets and pastel coloured buildings housing beautiful boutiques and eateries and not bad prices! Bellagio is reached by a 10 minute ferry ride costing 12.50 euro per person for a return trip.

The hotel is quite remarkable and the hospitality is what sets it apart, The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is what it is, an oasis of perfection surround by stunning scenery and is Myriad Travel’s recommended hotel in Lake Como.  Call us to arrange your next holiday to Lake Como.

 

 

 

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