Spa with 14 treatment rooms, tennis courts, fitness classes, DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, minibar, blackout curtains, Etro toiletries.
Hit a switch in the Cabriolet Suite and the roof opens up to let the Brescian sun warm your king-size bed below. The suite also has a balcony facing Lake Iseo.
Lounge by the heated indoor pool in the spa area, which has counter-current swimming and hydromassage jets to soothe from top to toe.
The huge Espace Chenot spa has a dream team of masseurs, beauticians, dieticians and even osteopaths and doctors if you want something more full on than a body scrub. Soothe in the sauna, Turkish bath or hydrotherapy pools then take herbal tea in the lounge or laze in the sculpture garden. The gym connects with nature too, with green views from the treadmills.
A notepad, to keep track of your favourites from the wine list.
Dogs are welcome for €30 a night; water bowls and pet rugs are available.
Welcome. Baby cots for children up to three are available for free; extra beds for children aged 3–12 are €30 a night, €66 a night for over-12s. A special kids menu is served in the VistaLago Bistrò.
High on a vine-lined hilltop in Lombardy, L’Albereta is an ivy-masked villa with more classic Italian glamour than a Fellini film… but also a family-friendly attitude that makes sure every child feels at home. With a superb spa, two wineries to its name and impeccable service, it’s a haven for discerning travellers. Let the welcoming and endlessly engaging kids club entertain your children, the award-winning Espace Chenot spac cure your ills and the local Brut please your palate.
Children of all ages.
Book a suite with a separate living area so you can close the door on your sleeping children and stay up as late as you like; some suites are even split across two floors.
Aside from playing in the kids club and exploring the grounds, there’s a fun games room, a swimming pool, a spectacular spa and tennis courts to keep you all entertained. Adults can take a dip in the heated, indoor pool in the spa.
The bright, colourful Maty’s Club – named after Matilde, the owners’ daughter – is open 9am–1pm and 2pm–6pm for children aged 15 or under (slots must be booked at least 48 hours in advance). Under-3s are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. The club is crammed with puzzles, toys and craft supplies to keep children painting, drawing and sticking all day; games in the grounds make sure they get plenty of fresh Brescian air. There are also daily creative workshops organised by staff members; the eponymous Matilde’s favourite activities include face painting, treasure hunts and jewellery-making. A full day, including a morning and afternoon snack, costs €40; a morning or afternoon session, including a snack, is €25.
The vast, heated indoor pool in the Espace Chenot spa has counter-current swimming and five hydromassage jets. Children are welcome, but there's no lifeguard, so parents need to keep watch.
In Italy, kids tend to stay up late, so you won’t get any funny looks taking your children to dinner in LeonFelice or VistaLago Bistrò. Highchairs are available, and in the bistro a special kids' menu (for under-12s) has been rustled up by the chef with sole fillet, veal escalope Milanese and ice-cream for dessert; LeonFelice's chefs will happily tailor meals to your little ones' tastes too. Breakfast is served from 7.30am, but if you need to feed hungry young ‘uns earlier than that, ask in advance.
English-speaking babysitters are available for €25 an hour, for a minimum of two hours; book at least 24 hours in advance.
No need to pack
• Baby cots • Baby bedlinen • Changing mat • Baby towels • Black-out curtains • Highchairs • Indoor/soft toys • Books • Crayons/paints and paper • U-rated DVDs • Board games • Puzzles • Bicycles
Child-friendly snacks are available to buy. Baby food isn’t stocked, but the hotel will be happy to source it on request.