The glorious wood-decked floating pool, one of only a handful on Lake Como
Offering a long list of splurge-worthy treatments, the subterranean spa is a star attraction
Dining on authentic Italian dishes at the waterfront L’Orangerie restaurant
WiFi is free
What To Know
CastaDiva’s appeal lies in its discreet location, but that means there’s little within walking distance
Even when the hotel is full, the bar is rarely anything but sedate. A terrific place for a postprandial nightcap, but not for a late night session
Families are welcome
Parking on site
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Romantic retreat on the shores of Lake Como with a waterfront restaurant, floating pool and subterranean spa
On the shores of Lake Como, the CastaDiva Resort is a romantic five-star retreat with a glorious floating pool that juts out into the water. At the hotel’s heart is the 18th-century Villa Roccabruna. In 1827 it was bought and restored by Giuditta Pasta, a renowned opera singer who was the first soprano to perform the role of Casta Diva in Bellini’s 1831 opera Norma. It’s this association that has lent the hotel its name, and Roccabruna is decorated in lavish neoclassical fashion. The high ceilings, gilt mirrors, ornately carved fireplaces and elegant sweeping staircase are all befitting an opera diva. This grand aesthetic is maintained throughout, and the property is surrounded by manicured gardens filled with exotic plants, pines and towering cypress trees.
Bed and Bath
Each of the nine villas that house the 75 guestrooms has its own slightly different identity, but all combine varying proportions of 19th-century splendor (four-poster beds, heavy Como silk drapes) with modern touches such as large LCD TVs with on-demand entertainment. Lakeside views and generous proportions come standard in these earth-toned spaces, while the gold and purple palette of the Deluxe Rooms is particularly pleasing to the eye. However, once you’ve seen the bathrooms in the Suites, it may be difficult to settle for anything less. They're opulent marble and gold affairs, and bigger than most city hotel rooms.
Aperitivo hour (usually from 6 p.m. onward) is when the hotel comes alive. As dusk settles, the hotel often lays on entertainment in the Bellini Bar. Farther down the waterfront the views are equally impressive from the L’Orangerie restaurant, which serves uncomplicated local cuisine. There are some fancy flourishes on the dinner menu, as you’d expect from a five-star hotel (spheres of seabass with tuna tartare, for instance) but the authentic dishes really stand out.
In the Area
Bellagio, an hour’s drive away, is frequently referred to as Italy’s most beautiful town, which is no mean feat. With its combination of quaint cobbled streets and fin-de-siècle hotels, it really is a quintessential lakeside experience. Stroll through the stunning gardens of Villa Melzi before lunching under the leafy canopy of Alle Darsene di Loppia. Across the water from the hotel is the town of Cernobbio, which is notable for two things: Harry’s Bar, surely the most lively, Dolce Vita–esque hangout on the lake, and Il Gatto Nero. Often referred to as Como’s best restaurant, it’s a favorite of a certain George Clooney, who lives nearby.