Lake Como has long been a playground for the rich and famous, and just across the water from George Clooney’s holiday home you’ll find the CastaDiva Resort and Spa, a luxurious retreat within beautiful lakeshore grounds.
Spread across seven buildings are 73 guest rooms and two private villas, a bar, restaurant, gym and opulent underground spa, while outside there’s a floating pool with a decked area for making the most of the stunning scenery.
Our suite was vast, with a lake-view terrace stretching from the bedroom to the living room. The lavish decor featured heavy curtains and rich terracotta walls, while the bathroom had an indulgently deep tub and walk-in shower. The kitchen was stocked with a selection of free soft drinks and small snacks, although there were no tea- or coffee-making facilities.
For those with no car, CastaDiva runs a free shuttle to and from Como, the nearest town, but the last service is around 6pm — not much use for those wanting to go out for dinner. Luckily, the hotel’s L’Orangerie restaurant is outstanding. We ate a gourmet Italian meal looking across the lake to the twinkling lights beyond — unforgettable.
Words by: Nicky Trup
Location: Via E Caronti 69, 22020 Blevio, Italy.
Contact: T: 0800 037 1888. www.slh.com/castadiva