As the shores of Northern Italy’s playground-on-the-lake awaken with the annual arrival of spring, all that glamour and style begin to radiate across Lago di Como. Set against the foothills of the Alps, all the bougainvillea wrapped villas, those rustic towns of the Lombardi region, and of course, the possibility of flitting about in the general vicinity of George and Amal, all add to the allure.
Celebrity shoulder-rubbing notwithstanding, there is no lack of Instagram worthy moments – and we will be capturing most of them from our perch at the plush new Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como.
Indeed, last week welcomed the arrival of the newest splashy luxury hotel to the lakefront – the southeastern tip, to be more geographically precise. Surrounded by lush botanical gardens, the urbane but unshowy resort is a sanctuary of calm, with a choice of 73 rooms and suites and two private villas, which all blend modern Italian elegance with a subtle Oriental charm.
For poshie summer fun, there’s a floating pool, water sports, parachuting, and horseback riding…plus a very-well-appointed spa, complete with thermal baths and Himalayan salt room. And to be honest, our visits to Lake Como are always a constant struggle between wellness and decadence.
Speaking on the latter, there’s almost nothing we treasure more than an evening of dining against those life-changing Lake Como vistas. And MO’s restaurant L’Aria boasts a breathtaking bounty of the latter, while offering such culinary temptations as risotto with yellow tomato and red prawns, or faggotini stuffed with smoked eggplant and vendace. While the fittingly titled CO.MO Bar & Bistrot will be for whiling away lazy summer afternoons with an Aperol spirtz and a dogeared copy of Where Angels Fear to Tread.
Hold all our calls, please.