This palatial 16th century villa, set beside tranquil Lake Como, was once the playground of the Italian aristocracy. Now Villa D’Este offers a wonderfully indulgent holiday experience in this exceptionally beautiful part of the world.
An air of timeless grace remains in the stunning gardens, impeccable décor and the flawless hospitality that still welcomes distinguished clientele.
The formal and elegant Veranda restaurant overlooking the lake and gardens serves a traditional Italian haute cuisine menu accompanied by an extensive wine list, whilst more relaxed dining can be enjoyed at the cosy and chic Grill. Friday and Saturday nights at Villa D’Este are spent in gorgeous the D’Este Club and Terrace Bar, where a live band plays out on the terrace.
Days can be spent in the calming surroundings of the spa, or unwinding in the villa's unique swimming pool which floats on the lake. The hotel's extensive sports facilities are also brilliant. From tennis to windsurfing, canoeing to the indoor golf simulator, and from squash to sailing – there’s something for everyone!
Cernobbio, 60 minutes transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport and 90 minutes transfer from Linate Airport.
Each of the 152 rooms is unique and beautifully decorated with period furniture, and most also boast walk-in closets. Linen sheets, silk covers and brocade drapes add to the ambience. Some rooms have balconies or terraces.
Villa D'Este is the perfect holiday choice whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure. Based on Zen philosophy, the Beauty Center is a heavenly oasis in which to replenish mind, body and soul. If you’re looking for something a little more active, then head to the fitness centre, which features an array of modern equipment. Fitness fanatics will love the Sporting Club, which boasts an indoor pool, Turkish baths, squash courts, and an electronic golf simulator, which allows you to train on 10 different international golf courses.
If you prefer to be outdoors, then you’ll love the gorgeous 0.3-mile jogging trail that meanders through the hotel’s park. You’ll be surrounded by nature and your breath will be taken away by the spectacular views. Elsewhere, the Tennis Centre is home to several tennis pros for play or instruction, and of course you can just have knock around on one of the eight courts.
Out on the water, you can try your hand at windsurfing or waterskiing – Lake Como is a great place to practise – or rent a sailboat for the day. Canoeing is another popular pastime and a fantastic way to soak up the sensational scenery.
Dining at Villa d'Este is varied, exciting and available just about everywhere in the property. The Veranda is a real highlight. Overlooking Lake Como and the gardens, it exudes elegance and exclusivity, and serves up traditional Italian haute cuisine alongside an exceptional wine list.
For a more casual affair, opt for the cosy yet chic Grill. The menu features a wide variety of regional dishes; during the summer months, dinner is served under the century-old plane trees in the garden. The informal yet intimate atmosphere of Il Platano makes for another great dining choice. You’ll love the simple, refined dishes that are served on the terrace overlooking the lake.
Enjoy a light lunch at Sundeck Pool Bar, which looks out over the magnificent floating swimming pool, or treat yourself to refreshing drink surrounded by chestnut trees and jasmine flowers at the Terrace Bar. For the perfect end to the perfect day, head to the D’Este Club and Lake Terrace, where a live band entertains guests out on the terrace under a canopy of stars.