Rising 449 metres above Locarno, Switzerland, the grand La Villa Orselina offers the most spectacular views of Lake Maggiore, the lovely town below, and the nearby Ticino mountains. Situated in over a hectare of subtropical gardens, this 5-star boutique hotel — one of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” — is also a secluded retreat for guests.
All 28 elegantly-appointed en-suite rooms and suites are full of light and charm. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the lake, guests can enjoy the view from indoors — or each room’s spacious balcony.
The hotel itself features a bar with a romantic terrace and two restaurants: the gourmet restaurant Il Ristorante di Orselina and the Mediterranean poolside restaurant La Pergola — both with equally magnificent views.
To accompany their meal, guests can choose from the generous selection of vintages stored in the villa’s exclusive wine cellar. In addition to table service, sommelier-led wine tastings featuring the international and regional specialities therein — including merlot from Ticino and award-winning Italian and French vintages — as well as appetisers, are available on request. At La Villa Orselina, guests can also book a private picnic served at a location of their choice.
For relaxation and leisure, there are a number of amenities to enjoy on-site, including a spa, sauna, tennis court, picnic area, and two pools. The Mediterranean-style heated outdoor pool and garden area is a highlight. Heading indoors, the wellness and beauty oasis La Spa boasts everything guests need to rejuvenate, including exclusive treatments, a Finnish sauna, a laconium, and a fitness centre.