The 16,000-square-foot spa features two pools, salt baths and dozens of treatment rooms
Michelin-starred chef Giuseppe Sestito is at the helm of the two restaurants
What To Know
The building dates from 1899, but the interiors are completely contemporary
Dress to impress at the Il Re della Busa restaurant and the Bali Bar
All rooms come with Acqua di Parma bath products
Parking on site
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Lake Garda grande dame turned contemporary spa escape, with two restaurants helmed by a Michelin-starred chef
When this Lake Garda grande dame first opened in 1899, its classical architecture and prime waterfront location attracted passing aristocrats and royal visitors, including Habsburg emperors. Today it serves as a supersleek hideaway with a contemporary spa, but the timeless elegant vibe remains. The interiors, by architect Alberto Cecchetto, bring together vaulted frescoed ceilings and urban materials including copper, glass and resin floors. Low-slung sofas and coffee tables are scattered around the modern lobby in front of a sweeping central staircase. The 42 guestrooms are decked out with brightly colored feature walls, and some have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Garda. All offer mineral water, Acqua di Parma toiletries and free WiFi. The 16,000-square-foot CXI Spa features indoor and outdoor heated pools, a salt room and several baths (heated to different temperatures), plus dozens of treatment rooms. Michelin-starred chef Giuseppe Sestito is at the helm of the two restaurants: Tremani for laid-back light lunches and Il Re della Busa, a decadent spot for indulgent dinners. Head to the Art Nouveau–style Bali Bar for a nightcap.
In the Area
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and it offers plenty of aquatic activities, including sailing, fishing and water-skiing. Prefer to stay on the shore? Start with a trip to the magnificent Palazzo Bettoni before heading on to the ancient citadel Vittoriale degli Italiani. In the afternoon visit one of the surrounding ancient towns, many of which have monthly antiques markets (Bardolino and Arco are particularly good). Food and wine are also a huge part of the local culture, and there are tons of mouthwatering restaurants to try. Splurge on Le Gemme di Artemisia's sublime tasting menu (the knowledgable chefs also offer cooking classes), or enjoy freshly caught seafood at Osteria al Pescatore while taking in the views of the harbor, dotted with fishing boats.