Lake Como a playground for A-list


If the draw of the Italian Lakes takes your fancy for a 2014 break, why not look closer at must-visit Lake Como?

Surrounded by dramatically steep mountains with picture-postcard perfect villages sprinkled along its shore, it’s a stunning place to explore.

An iconic Italian hotel, Grand Hotel Tremezzo – which is coming soon to ITC – is an ideal spot from which to discover the area. Still family-owned and run, sitting on the edge of the lake with views of the Grigne mountains, it’s a spectacular spot for an Italian break staying at one of the oldest luxury hotels on the lake.

Or how about the palatial 16th century Villa D'Este? Set beside tranquil Lake Como, it was once the playground of the Italian aristocracy. An air of timeless grace endures today with its stunning gardens, impeccable décor and flawless hospitality still attracting distinguished clientele. The formal and elegant La Veranda restaurant overlooking the lake and gardens serves a traditional Italian haute cuisine accompanied by an extensive wine list, whilst more relaxed dining can be enjoyed at the cosy and chic Grill restaurant. Days can be spent enjoying the hotel’s extensive sports facilities, in the calming surroundings of the spa, or unwinding in the villa’s unique swimming pool which floats on the lake.

One of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s most famous guests was Greta Garbo, who had a suite named in her honour there.

We were delighted to see that Sarah Turner, writing in the Daily Mail on Sunday, fell in love with the hotel during a review trip there. She writes: “Lake Como has been an escape from urban life for Italians since Roman times, but Enea Gandola took it one step further in 1910 by opening this, Como's most palatial hotel.

“Of the 98 rooms and suites, the most prestigious is the Greta - named after Ms Garbo - which has two bedrooms and a large terrace.”

And of course the Anna Karenina star hasn’t been the only famous resident of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo…

“George Clooney has a villa nearby and Natalie Portman stayed at the hotel - in the Greta suite, of course - while filming Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones. The wedding scene was shot at nearby Villa del Balbianello,” writes Turner.

We look forward to introducing you to Grand Hotel Tremezzo in 2014.

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