by Stephanie Yt Chan
Think old world glamour! Think Greta Garbo! Think Casino Royale! And you get the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. If there ever is a luxury hotel to visit for the full Italian Riviera experience, this would be the one. Nestled between the sweeping mountains and famous glittering lake of Como, this spectacular property dates back to the 20th century and is a gem inside a neighbourhood that has since been coined the Italian playground of the rich and famous, with neighbours like George Clooney and Richard Branson.
Let’s talk about the rooms – the hotel has a total of 90 rooms including 14 sumptuous suites. The biggest and most glamourous is the Suite Greta, named after the movie star herself and features the largest terrace in the hotel. Hands down the best place for breakfast in your fluffy white robe, especially because the suite comes with its own private butler to adhere to your every whim and request!
The Suite Emilia is situated in the spa building and feels like you are living in your own private Italian residence. The rooftop corner suites wow with a winning view of the surrounding landscape and their very own outdoor hot tub. Each suite has its own beautiful story to tell and feature jaw-dropping views of the lake Como, so really, you can never go wrong. The surrounding deluxe and prestige rooms of the hotel all similarly feature lavish pastel furnishings and glossy marble bathrooms with either terraced views of the lake or the botanical gardens.
Summer beach bums need pools, and this hotel has three to offer, so you’re never really short on choice. So if you are a pool bum like me and enjoy a good book and a chilled glass of vino, then you’re in the right place.
The first – and my favourite, is the floating lake pool at the front of the hotel. Although it IS the only unheated pool in the hotel – character building, if you ask me – it offers unparalleled views of the lake, a lush champagne bar, sandy beach views, and lush sunbeds dotted with the signature bright orange GHT fluffy beach towels. On a perfect summer day, this pool is so insta-worthy it hurts. A nice morning round of laps with the currents of the lake echoed within the movements of the pool, and back up to your suite you go for a little rinse before breakfast in your robe.
The flower pool, is a thing of beauty, near the top of the hotel overlooking the rugged Jurrasic Park-esque mountains. Surrounded by leafy palms and delicate white petals, this outdoor pool is the perfect place to curl up after lunch with a good book and an iced glass of Italian Prosecco.
If you’re a bit peckish, grab a pizza at T Restaurant and sit on the terrace edge nearest to the pool for lunch with an unparalleled view. Or hit up the spa infinity pool, with therapeutic bubbling jets to rejuvenate and de stress your sore travel induced muscles.
What’s To Eat?
Now, food – easily the most important part of Italy. The hotel has four restaurants and they are each as mouth-wateringly delicious as the next. T Pizza by the flower pool serves classic wood-fired oven pizza while T Beach next to the lake pool does fruity cocktails and fresh seafood. L’Escale Trattoria & Wine Bar below the lobby is a great place to spend the night with some wine and a must-try – some meat and fish fondue. Saving one of my favourites for the end – La Terrazza with striking views of the lake is a place where the fresh pasta and buratta mozzarella is absolutely dreamy.
If it’s a special occasion, GHT does something pretty fantastic – gorgeous private dinners with all the stops pulled out. They call them “Dimmidisi” – translation : “Tell Me Yes” – can you see where I am going with this? Picture hundreds of scattered rose petals, golden candelabras, personalized menus and even, on occasion, a private performance from an award winning violinist. Sumptuous food in an ethereal location with your one and only? Yes please.
In and Around Lake Como
If you’re up for some exploring there is the historical Villa Carlotta just a five-minute walk away – a beautiful 17th century villa that houses a curated selection of artwork and is home to an extraordinary 20 acre botanical garden complete with glossy sculptures and sprouting fountains. Drive to nearby towns, heading away from Milan for more of the rustic Italian villages. OR – and this is a favourite – the hotel also offers luxurious speedboat trips on their newly acquired water limousines ‘Ruy’ and ‘Batt’. These leather-lined beauties can take you around the lake for a perfect day out to explore Bellagio with its selection of opulent villas – of course, with a chilled glass of Prosecco in hand – when in Rome…
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About The Guest Author
Stephanie Yt Chan is a fashion and celebrity photographer during the week and a world traveller throughout the year. Follow @stephytchan to keep up to date with her latest adventures around the globe!