Italian glamour

Luxury shores of Lake Como

Lakeside living, majestic gardens and historic Como

Destination: Lake Como, Italy
Vacation: Lakeside glamour
Seeking: Luxurious Italy
Highlight: Iconic views

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como is a five-star resort located in the picturesque village of Blevio, on the eastern shore of Lake Como. With elegant rooms, spacious suites, two stunning private villas, destination restaurants and the largest spa on the lake, Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como resort is the perfect place for a stylish Italian break.

There’s a reason most of Hollywood’s A-listers have spent time vacationing alongside the glamourous waters of Lake Como; it’s one of Italy, and Europe’s, most spectacular destinations, where you can enjoy both the relaxed stylish culture of the region as well as its unrivalled natural beauty.

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como is set in the 18th-century Villa Roccabruna. Ease yourself into lakeside living with a stroll around the majestic botanic gardens that surround the villa, before hopping onto a Riva boat for a cruise along the shore to admire the magnificent neighbouring villas. On subsequent days, venture further afield to historic Como for dining and shopping, to beautiful Bellagio for a touch of la dolce vita and the small island of Isola Comacina – where you can take a tour and even enjoy a drink in the Osteria.

Lakeside living is a leisurely affair but can be interspersed with excursions to nearby towns and villages. In Como, visit the spectacular Duomo, the last of the great Gothic cathedrals to be built in Lombardy, which is filled with three-centuries’ worth of frescoes and treasures. At Lenno, you’ll find Villa del Balbianello, a villa and garden so beautiful it has featured in numerous Hollywood films, most recently Casino Royale. Come sundown, book in for the opera or a classical concert at Como’s neoclassical Teatro Sociale, where mezzo soprano Giuditta Pasta, one-time owner of Villa Roccabruna, once performed.

Lake Como is surrounded by fabulous botanic gardens, grand Liberty-style villas and dramatic mountain hiking and cycling trails that will keep you occupied for days. Take the promenade along Como’s beautiful waterfront from the Tempio Voltiano past a string of Art Nouveau villas to the grand Villa Olmo. Alternatively, head north up the lake to Bellagio to wander the Italian gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril. Across the water in Tremezzo, you’ll find Villa Carlotta, once home to a Prussian princess, the villa is set in one of Italy’s finest Romantic gardens and is still filled with a fine collection of Canova sculptures and paintings by Hayez.

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“With a breathtaking setting on the shores of Italy’s most famous lake, Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como offers a seductive blend of Italian style, Oriental charm and natural beauty. Rich in history and incredibly private, the resort features elegantly-appointed guestrooms and suites with two secluded stand-alone villas, all nestled between a luxuriant botanical park and the placid waters of Lake Como.”

Best food & drink

1. L˜ARIA

Nestled in the resort’s leafy botanical park, L˜ARIA offers a modern and contemporary take on a Michelin-starred restaurant, allowing for a relaxed and convivial restaurant experience. Chef Massimiliano Blasone takes a new and fresh approach to gastronomy, offering Italian dishes with strong Oriental influences. Japanese cooking practices and techniques enhance the flavour and quality of the ingredients used, resulting in wonderfully elaborate dishes. Designed to be shared, the dishes are not served in any particular order, offering guests a lively and dynamic culinary experience that allows diners to savour a variety of dishes at a leisurely pace, enhancing and prolonging the dining experience.

With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the dining room exudes a young and contemporary feel. The terrace is the highlight of the restaurant, with spectacular lake views that make it the perfect spot to enjoy an al fresco dinner.

2. CO.MO Bar & Bistrot

Open daily from 10am to midnight, CO.MO Bar & Bistrot is the ideal spot for an informal bite during the day and the perfect location to enjoy an aperitivo or an after-dinner drink. A spacious terrace offers al fresco dining in a gorgeous lakefront setting immersed in greenery.

Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como Italy
Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como Italy

Relax

Immersed in a centuries-old botanical park on the sunlit shore of Lake Como, Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como offers 52 elegantly appointed suites, 21 guestrooms and 2 spectacular private villas. With sweeping views of Lake Como and the lush garden, and a design blending modern Italian elegance with a subtle Oriental charm, Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como’s rooms, suites and villas will take your breath away.

Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como

Explore

Lake Como is surrounded by fabulous botanic gardens, grand Liberty-style villas and dramatic mountain hiking and cycling trails that will keep you occupied for days. Take the promenade along Como’s beautiful waterfront from the Tempio Voltiano past a string of Art Nouveau villas to the grand Villa Olmo. Alternatively, head north up the lake to Bellagio to wander the Italian gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril. Across the water in Tremezzo, you’ll find Villa Carlotta, once home to a Prussian princess, the villa is set in one of Italy’s finest Romantic gardens and is still filled with a fine collection of Canova sculptures and paintings by Hayez.

Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como Italy

Unwind

The floating swimming pool and five-star luxury spa are undoubtedly an outstanding feature at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. For maximum relaxation make the most of the spa’s extensive facilities – including a salt room, a Kneipp sensory path sauna and Turkish bath – before a signature treatment.

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