What We Love
- A four-star resort overlooking Lake Garda, with breakfast, an apartment option and moreThe dreamy views over Lake Garda
- The delicious Veneto cuisine and impressive wine list
- Booking yourself a soothing treatment at La Spa
What To Know
- Family-friendly resort with tennis courts, archery and an Olympic-size swimming pool
- There's a free shuttle bus that makes trips in and out of town for a couple of hours in the morning and afternoon
- If you miss the free hotel shuttle, there is a city bus that stops not far from the resort
Poiano Resort is dreamily perched high in the hills above Lake Garda, amid sprawling private grounds, where you’ll find rolling parklands of olive trees and grape vines. It’s surrounded by fragrant rose gardens and has spectacular views of the valley. This is an excellent base for visiting the lake, exploring the stunning countryside and towns of Lombardy and Veneto, or simply unwinding with soothing spa treatments and delicious Veneto cuisine.
The resort is made up of a number of buildings scattered throughout the gardens. You’ll also find an Olympic-sized swimming pool, as well as six tennis courts, a volleyball court and a gym with personal trainers on hand. There are nine golf courses nearby, as well as plenty of places for watersports and mountain biking. The property makes the most of the magnificent views over the valley, with private balconies in each bedroom and a pretty al fresco dining terrace in the Ristorante Poiano.
Good to know
A city tax of €2 per person, per day is payable at the hotel.
Please be aware that the apartments are located 656 feet from the hotel. Guests staying in the apartments may use the hotel’s facilities.
Please also note that the spa is for adults only (aged 18 and above), and access is €12 per person and includes a spa kit (towel, bathrobe and slippers). Use of the spa must be booked in advance (please contact 338 5279950 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rooms and apartments
Rooms and apartments at the resort are elegantly styled in soft pastel hues. Each Costabella room, located in the central building, boasts a private balcony with panoramic views of the park. The One Bedroom apartments are housed in six blocks of flats and offer more space.
The Ristorante Poiano serves delicious dishes prepared in the rich culinary tradition of Veneto. The dining room has glass doors that open up on warmer nights to transform it into an al fresco terrace with views over the lake. Dishes are accompanied by a fantastic selection of wines from the local region and the rest of Italy. The Gazebo Poiano, by the swimming pool, is open throughout the day, serving pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
La Spa is a modern, state-of-the-art establishment. Constructed in stone and Venetian marble, it has panoramic windows looking out to the lake. It boasts a saltwater pool, Turkish bath, sauna and bio shower. You can choose from a range of treatments including Tibetan bell, hot stone and sports massages, scrubs and facial treatments.Please note that the spa is for adults only; access is €12 per person and includes a spa kit (towel, bathrobe and slippers).
Poiano Resort is a mere two miles from the shore of Lake Garda, the largest of Italy’s lakes and a longstanding international tourist destination. Lake Garda is famed for its watersports opportunities – sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, canoeing in particular. Monte Baldo, overlooking the lake, is very popular with mountain bikers, and there are also plenty of canyoning opportunities locally. Be sure to take a ferry trip around the lake to see the many charming little villages, delicious and quaint restaurants and beautiful old churches on its shores.
How to Get There
Stayed at the Poiano Resort which lays around 2 km up the hill behind the town of Garda but overlooking the lake in the distance. I was really excited about the Resort after doing some research but was disappointed to find ourselves, not in the main hotel complex but in a detached block in a suite of 2 bedrooms and a' fold away' kitchen in the lounge.. The room overlooked the lake but I felt it was quite tired and in need of some tlc. Despite the presence of the kitchen there was no tea or coffee available.
The main complex, however is very smart with a lovely bar and dining area with a veranda overlooking the lake.
A piano player 'tinkled the ivories' in the evening. Very pleasant. There is a spa and Olympic sized swimming pool if you are so inclined and a free Shuttle bus runs morning and afternoon to Garda. You will need it!
This resort is very nice, well maintained with great surrounding to do sports. Apartments are nice for a decent price.
It is very green and good for kids to gave space to play.
What is missing is inside swimming pool
Safe for kids to freely
This was our 8th annual visit to the Poiano hotel, and once again, it didn’t disappoint. The location of the hotel - high on the hills, looking down at Lake Garda with the hills on either side - is spectacular, and so uplifting. We particularly enjoy afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails and post dinner drinks out on the terrace overlooking this fabulous view. The hotel is well run, very clean and the beds are comfortable. As always, the friendliness, dedication and attention to detail of all the staff made our stay extra special. We always stay in the hotel itself, and enjoy half board. Breakfast is buffet style and quite extensive, including scrambled, fried and boiled eggs, bacon, frankfurter sausages and pancakes. As well as the usual breakfast fare, there is a wide range of pastries and cakes. Evening meals are delicious. Salad is buffet style, with a large range of ingredients, dressings and toppings. The next two courses are chosen from a menu the previous day and are served at the table. There are usually 3 choices for each course and we love the food. Dessert is buffet style and the choice is excellent, with many different options and a selection of prepared fruit. This year, it was melon and pineapple every evening, and although both were delicious, we could have done with a bit more variety. Once a week, there is a buffet style gala dinner, with a huge range of delicious dishes. This year, I think it even surpassed itself with the choice of food available. It's almost impossible to eat here for a week and not gain weight! This year, the weather wasn’t great, so I used the spa and treated myself to a massage which was wonderful - it's very handy in poor weather. The free wi-fi is usually good, although this year we did find it dropping out quite a bit when we were by the pool. The pool is Olympic-sized and a separate children’ paddling pool. The pool bar serves a range of food and drinks and there are plenty of sun beds and sunshades. Pool towels are available on request, and are not charged for unless you want to change them for fresh ones - you return them at the end of your stay. There are tennis courts, children's play areas, a 5-a-side football pitch, normal football pitch, table tennis, archery and a well-equipped gym with a very helpful instructor. The grounds are extensive, and beautifully kept, giving a lovely, spacious and quiet environment to sit and enjoy the view. There are many apartments on the site for those who prefer self-catering, although many choose to pay to use the dining room. The hotel rooms face either the lake or the woods at the back. Those with lake view are a bit more expensive, but have the sun on them all day in the summer, so we prefer the back rooms. Of course, having the fabulous views can have its down side as there is quite a walk down to Garda - about half an hour - and it's not a particularly attractive walk. We found a nicer route down using a through a vineyard on the far side of a stream bed. Returning, is of course, uphill and can be a bit of a trial in hot weather. However, there are a couple of free hotel shuttle buses, which hold 8 people, and these operate every half hour during the morning and in the afternoon from 3pm. We were pleased to notice this year that they will now make more than one journey if there are too many people waiting to use them. We've already booked for next year.
Returning for our annual May week at this wonderful destination. (See previous reviews) The staff are still as welcoming as ever. The food is still wonderful. The amenities are brilliant. As older visitors we love to visit in May when the resort is quieter. The summer season is more for families who will appreciate all the sports etc available. Take your choice one side of the hotel offers lake views the other offers peace and quiet and bird song when you wake.
The hotel has listened to the complaints that the mini bus wasn't a good service and two now run. The service bus is not far away and again this is free. It is also much better now coaches can travel up the drive rather than being transported by the golf trolleys from the gate house. Another great year back next year.
My family and I (2 adults and a 14 year-old) returned yesterday after a very enjoyable holiday. We had a lovely spacious junior suite situated in the highest block away from reception which was very quiet and peaceful. We had help both times with our luggage on one of the little golf carts which was good fun.
The food was generally very good quality and we enjoyed nearly all we had. The breakfast menu was decent (same every day) and if we had one criticism it was the fried eggs which were literally like plastic if you had them at the latter end of breakfast so we avoided these. The evening meal was always tasty and served promptly. A glass of wine was only 2.50 Euros and very good quality. Small beer was around 3 Euros and a bottle of coke 3.50 so my teenager had the priciest beverage!!??
I used the gym but was disappointed to see it closes 12noon-3pm each day. Unsure why they can't leave it open then? I ended up only having 20 minutes there as I was unaware of timings. La Spa was lovely and is 12 Euros to use. It says children under 16 are not allowed in so I told my 14y.o. I'd see him later only to arrive at the pool and see 2 young children in the water which they apparently allow 1-2pm daily. This isn't made clear anywhere.
The shuttle bus worked out great for us and we couldn't fault it. We only walked up once from Garda town and that took around 35 minutes. The town itself is lovely with lots of cafés and restaurants to visit. We never went in the evening as we couldn't be bothered to walk / take taxis but I am sure it would have been a very enjoyable place to go. The hotel entertainment is low key but nice enough sat with our Aperol Spritz in hand.
We visited Malcesine by bus which took about 50 minutes (6.80 Euros return) and can highly recommend this town. Despite the drizzle we loved the place and the 6 Euro castle entrance fee is a must. Truly beautiful! Our other trip was by boat to Sirmione (1 hr 15 mins from Garda) and was 20 Euros each. Another beautiful place and extremely busy as the sun had made a very welcome appearance! We also visited Bardolino twice (walking 40 mins and cycling 15 mins) as it is on a wide lakeside path all on the level which was very busy too. The town itself is very pretty and worth visiting. As we were Jet2 customers we got the bicycles free of charge which was a nice touch. The bikes were great and lightweight and appeared fairly new.
You don't have to pay for anything at the time in the hotel so you just settle up on departure - not forgetting the tourist tax 28 Euro for the 3 of us.
All in all a really good stay at a great hotel. We found that the staff were friendly and fairly chatty. Would definitely go again as we liked the size of the resort and being up on the hill with amazing lake views.