Hotel Eden Roc
Why We Love This Hotel
- This 5-star retreat overlooks the sparkling waters of Lake Maggiore in Southern Switzerland
- The 2000-square-metre spa has outdoor and indoor pools, a Finnish sauna and an invigorating ice shower
- Ascona's old town of Borgo is a 10-minute walk away and Bellinzona's three iconic castles are a 30-minute drive
Escape to Hotel Eden Roc, a luxury resort on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Ascona, "a pretty cluster of pale blue, pink and yellow villas and mini piazzas" (Daily Mail) seven miles from the Italian border. You can dine on the lake side in one of the hotel's four restaurants or enjoy views of the snow-capped Alps from the private beach.
The hotel is a 10-minute stroll from Borgo, Ascona's old town, with its promenade lined with gelaterias and cafés, and the San Pietro e Paolo basilica, which dates from the 16th century.
Monte Verità hilltop, a site of cultural significance, is the other side of the old town -- a 20-minute walk from the hotel -- and the grand palazzo and the Botanical Park of The Brissago Islands are open for visits from March to October, and are accessible by ferry from Ascona. The city of Bellinzona -- home to three impressive castles: Castelgrande, Montebello and Castello Sasso Corbaro -- is around 30 minutes' drive away.
The hotel's "excellent facilities" (The Daily Telegraph) include a sprawling spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Finnish sauna, hydro-massage showers and seven treatment rooms. There is a lakeside lawn for sunbathing and you can take part in water sports such as sailing, water skiing and paddle boarding. Bicycles and Vespas can be rented from the hotel, and Golf Club Patriziale Ascona, which has an 18-hole course and a pro shop, is a 15-minute walk away.
The fine-dining restaurant has a terrace for al fresco meals, and the more casual Marina Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and authentic pasta dishes. There are two further restaurants that serve grilled seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. Bedrooms have TVs, mini bars, free Wi-Fi, fresh fruit and mineral water.