Style Classic, monastic, fantastic
Setting Lake-view Salò hillside
Overlooking the mirror-flat expanse of Lake Garda from its perch atop the historic town of Salò, Villa Arcadio Hotel & Resort is where Italy's smart set go for refined R ’n’ R. Vistas of lake, town and mountain – variously enjoyed from elegant bedside, infinity poolside and marble-clad fireside – guarantee it a spot among the world's best hotels with a view.
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including four suites.
Double rooms from $377.30 (€282), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€282) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include a generous Continental buffet breakfast, on-site parking and WiFi.
- Facilities Landscaped grounds with olive groves and orchards, terrace, Finnish sauna and treatment rooms. In rooms: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, minifridge, Erbario Toscano olive-oil toiletries, robes, slippers, hairdryer.
- Poolside With daydreamy views across distant Lake Garda and its misty mountain backdrop, the outdoor infinity pool is surrounded by lounger-sprinkled decking, clipped lawns and olive trees.
- Check-out 12 noon; late check-outs are possible, subject to availability (and a €50 charge). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- Children Welcome (this is Italy, after all). Extra beds (free for under-eights; otherwise €40–€80 a night) and cots (€20) can be added to suites. The restaurant is child-friendly, and nannies can be drafted in with a week’s notice (€30 an hour).
- Also Ayurvedic treatments, Shiatsu massage, Nordic walking, yoga and Pilates all available on request. Small pets welcome (€15 a night).
- Hotel closed Every winter from November until mid March (specific dates vary annually).
Food and drink at Villa Arcadio
Chef Walter Zanoni sources seasonal regional ingredients (some straight from the villa’s kitchen garden) to create typical dishes with a twist: don’t miss fresh pike plucked from the lake, delicious handmade gnocchi and zingy gelati. Two elegant rooms – vaulted stone ceilings, grand marble fireplaces and 18th-century prints – lead out onto a pretty terrace: the perfect place to drink in those bella vistas and bellinis.
- Dress code This genteel hideaway inspires old-fashioned chic: discreet designer dresses, caramel cashmere, crisp linens.
- Top table In summer, you’ll want to dine alfresco: the terrace at night is enchanting, with soft-toned lanterns swinging among the vines and candles on every wrought-iron table.
- Last orders You can call for cocktails until midnight. Breakfast is served 7.30am–10.30am; lunch, 12.30pm–2.30pm; and dinner, 7pm–11pm.
- Room service Dishes from the main menu can be ordered in-room from 7:30am to 10pm in high season (from mid May to September), and during restaurant hours in low season – staff aim to please, so there’s no harm in asking if you have a specific snack in mind.
Take top-notch tipples in the sophisticated wooden bar area, snugly set between the lounge and terrace. You can call for cocktails until midnight. Dip into a bottle of local Groppello, Bardolino or Soave from the excellent wine list.
Villa Arcadio Via Palazzina, 2, Salò, 25087
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Our favourite rooms
Rooms are all decorated with the same light touch: neutral colours and simple, stylish furniture serve to highlight, rather than distract from, original beamed ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and 14th-century frescoes. Any one’s a winner – ask for a lake view. Marble bathrooms are petite but practical, with walk-in showers and twin sinks.
Outdoorsy gear for biking or rambling in the national park; bubble-wrap for antiques and foodie finds; deck shoes and binoculars for excursions across the lake on the hotel's vintage Riva Aquarama motor launch (or a more affordable catamaran ferry); ultra-sleek swimwear and plenty of books for poolside lounging.
The town of Salò is walkable (it's a brisk 40 minutes), but if you're without a car, you might want to jump in a cab for the uphill return ride (about €15). Back at base, you can refine your Italian cuisine with cooking lessons (request in advance).
From the Guestbook…
For quiet romantic dinners, the best tables for dinner at Villa Arcadio are on the terrace between the reception and the bar area. They're more sheltered from any breezes than thos...more