Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como has opened following a renovation of the historic lakeside property. Surrounded by rolling hills, the picturesque setting is located in Blevio, a charming village within easy reach of Milan and Malpensa International airport.
The 19th Century Villa Roccabruna is at the heart of the resort which features 21 rooms, 52 suites and two private, stand-alone villas. Acclaimed interior designer, Eric Egan, has created a sense of modern Italian elegance and subtle oriental charm to the hotel’s accommodation and public areas.
Italian landscape designer, Patrizia Pozzi, used materials that refer to the neoclassical elements of the original Villa and gardens that are home to more than 50 different species of plants, trees and flowers.
Executive Chef Vincenzo Guarino and his experienced team oversee the restaurants and bars including CO.MO Bar & Bistrot, for a traditional Italian aperitivo or after-dinner drinks on the spacious terrace and contemporary fine dining restaurant, L˜ARIA, which was awarded one Michelin star only seven months after opening.
Immersed in the lush botanical park of the resort, with a wide terrace for al fresco dining, the lakefront L˜ARIA serves an authentic Mediterranean cuisine based on traditional dishes. With an open-plan kitchen, guests can watch Chef Guarino and his team weave their magic. There’s even a Chef’s table that allows four guests to be front-row spectators.
Extending out from the shoreline, the resort’s swimming pool and spacious sundeck float on the lake. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como offers a distinctive selection of heat and water experiences. The spacious facility includes four private spa suites, a beauty studio and a fully equipped Technogym fitness centre. Making the most of the stunning and graceful view of Italy’s iconic lake, guests can enjoy relaxing yoga and tai chi interludes or even venture out on personalised hikes along the panoramic hills surrounding the lake.
Also revitalised are Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como’s sustainability initiatives. The hotel is fully supportive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic across its global portfolio and is busy sourcing viable eco-alternatives. In addition, the resort has two electric Tesla X cars on the property. The vehicles are available for short-distance transfers, exploring the surrounding towns and villages, or quick trips into the city of Como.
The romantic backdrop of the tranquil lake, majestic hills and beautiful gardens, provides the perfect setting for weddings, celebrations and private events.