CastaDiva Resort & Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
My husband & I heard that Como has a new hotel, & being a “ fan” of the Mandarin Oriental , we were very excited to plan to spend a few nights at their property. It was one of the nicest places we have been! Situated on the lake, every view is breathtaking, from the moment you turn off the road & wind your way along the path to the entrance of the main villa . As soon as you walk in, you know how special & well appointed it all is. We loved eating outside on the Veranda , spending time on the floating pool deck, & the spa services were excellent! The entire hotel staff is so welcoming , we felt right at home in an instant.
The concierge team made all our arrangements for restaurants, boat rides and transportation with efficiency.They did everything possible to make our stay as enjoyable as possible !
We had an amazing room with a large terrace overlooking the lake. Heaven! Yes, we found a little piece of heaven on Lake Como & the allure of the Mandarin Oriental Como will call us back again. !
Jo Ann Levy New York City.
The hotel was terrific. Very spacious rooms, good breakfast, and accommodating. The spa is a must visit. Couple areas of note, we did not know the hotel had an onsite vehicle. It’s $35 typically for use but is much better then the taxis. There are only 25 taxis in all of lake como so transportation to and from can be challenging. Would recommend setting up logistics in advance.
Also, if your in a rush don’t eat onsite. They take their time. It’s not an issue, but a caution.
My wife and I spent a wonderful five nights at the newly minted Mandarin Oriental on Lake Como.
The property has been open a short four months after undergoing a significant amount of upgrading and is clearly on the path to being one of the brands best properties.
From pre-arrival to departure, all aspects of our experience were truly memorable. The relaxed check-in process - complete with a welcome beverage - set the tone for a warm, welcoming stay where everyone went out of their way to ensure we were enjoying ourselves.
The concierge team was more than accommodating in making (and changing) our off-site restaurant reservations and in organizing the complimentary hotel car for our visits to Como. The attention to detail of our twice-daily housekeeping was notably excellent. In addition to the great selection of food presented in the breakfast buffet, we had the opportunity to dine at A~ria one night and sample the Monday Pizza Oven dinner on the lawn another evening. The level of service and quality of food in each venue was only surpassed by the magnificent beauty of Lake Como. A~ria's food presentation and menu selection are in keeping with a restaurant of five-star quality. The spa was a special treat; not only is the facility itself impressive, but my massage was also so relaxing that I fell asleep for a short time! Add in the gentle swaying of the floating pool and you have all of the ingredients for a perfectly relaxing stay.
General Manager Samuel Porreca is a world-class hotelier and has assembled a strong team of hospitality professionals including Ariana, Clara, Claudia, Sophie and Lou at this gem of a hotel.