The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. The Villa is steeped in history and is the only 5-star hotel in Bellagio, on the shores of Italy’s stunning Lake Como. Owned by the Bucher family since 1918, it has continuously attracted international travellers from around the globe since opening to the public in 1873. Named Travel + Leisure’s Top Resort Hotel in Italy in 2019 and one of the Top 5 Hotels in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature in one of the world’s most beautiful regions.
Impeccably located alongside the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Como, the village of Bellagio is filled with magical streets that offer the best shopping, food and scenery in the region. Bellagio is an oasis of peace on the lake’s shore and has been a luxurious holiday destination for centuries. The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys the perfect position in Bellagio, jutting out from the mountain for an uninterrupted view of the lake’s calming waters.
In perfect pairing with the calming views that guests can enjoy, the staff at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni carefully curate every experience to be relaxing, memorable, and a true embodiment of La Dolce Vita. At its core, hospitality is the art of making every guest feel special, like they are truly part of a hotel’s family. Every member of staff at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is trained to ensure guests are welcomed in with open arms – several staff members have been part of the hotel family for more than 30 years. This wealth of experience enables the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni to provide the very best of Italian hospitality, focusing on the Villa and Lake Como’s rich history and traditions while never forgetting the myriad needs of modern-day guests – often anticipating a guest’s needs before they have themselves. From bespoke linens on the beds to the local trio of musicians playing each night in the Villa’s Salon, the stay goes far beyond the hotel room in order to offer guests a truly memorable experience and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a step back in time to a golden era.
With its own totally unique character and charisma, the Villa can provide a stay that can’t be replicated anywhere else on Lake Como – from the architecture to the location to the culinary experience. Guests who visit the Villa often find themselves returning to visit year after year. When you are a guest at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, you truly become part of the family and will experience a vacation filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
One of the most unforgettable experiences guests can enjoy while at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is the exquisite cuisine. With the longest-running Michelin-starred restaurant on the Lake, the hotel’s renowned Chef Ettore Bocchia produces sublime culinary creations with his molecular cuisine menu at Mistral Restaurant, accompanied by the very best hospitality in the industry. Chef Bocchia is a famous innovator of excellent cuisine. He is extremely passionate about Mediterranean cuisine and is known worldwide for his skill in seeking out ingredients of the very highest quality.
The menu at Mistral offers traditionally inspired dishes which follow the seasons and a tasting menu of molecular cuisine, of which Chef Bocchia is the prime expert in Italy. A lunch or dinner at Mistral offers the pleasure of an unusual and tempting experience, blending tradition with innovation, on the shore of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.
The hotel’s second restaurant, La Goletta, provides the same level of quality Northern Italian regional cuisine, the very finest meats, and freshest fish from Chef Bocchia and his staff in a friendly and informal setting. The wooden walls and the warm and tranquil atmosphere transports guests back to the golden years of sailing on Lake Como. Guests can enjoy a modern-day version of this sailing history by setting off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the Lake which attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the flowering of the stunning azalea flowers.
Lovers of pampering and relaxation can also alternate the pleasures of the Villa’s restaurants with the treatments and programs on offer at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Spa. Housed within the Villa, the Spa is a true oasis of tranquillity where expert staff can offer massages and treatments to fulfil the needs of any guest. All treatments are inspired by the same philosophy: true wellbeing can only be found when energy flows freely, creating harmony between the body and mind. Guests who wish to dedicate the holiday to their own wellbeing can choose between the various programs offered: a Beauty Day for a rejuvenating one-day break; weekend or long weekend programs to enjoy the pleasure of deep relaxation; and the wellness week, to forget all stresses and revitalise fully. A break at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Spa is always a unique opportunity for guests to find themselves and leave totally refreshed.
A stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a trip of a lifetime, not least due to its breathtakingly elegant neo-classical design. Rather than erasing the Villa’s history with modern décor, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni continues to embrace the property’s historical architecture in every single room. Each room is designed to be truly unique, in order to tell its own part of the Villa’s overarching story. The Villa’s interiors reflect the impeccable taste of the wealthy nobility at the time of its construction: the walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. Guests are often fascinated by the period French-style all coverings, the antique Persian carpets, the crystal chandeliers from Murano, and the Imperial furniture; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l’oeil.
Due to the stunning combination of the Villa’s architecture and the tranquillity of its location, it comes as no surprise that right from the outset, it became a sought-after destination for illustrious guests in search of peace and quiet: royalty, political figures, and more recently, even movie stars have enjoyed a stay at the Villa. Lucky guests can therefore find themselves staying in the same rooms as JFK, Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Clark Gable, or Al Pacino – adding an extra touch of glamour to their holiday.
While The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni comes from an incredibly rich history, filled with tales of love, war and ultimately family, they are also looking ahead to the future. Since the Bucher family purchased the property in 1918, the hotel has seen three generations move the business forward based on their perception of what’s next. Now, the hotel is heading into the beginning of its fourth generation, and while the property’s history can never be changed, the future will be focused on how to use modern advancements to better the guest experience without losing the hotel’s Dolce Vita charm.
Find out more about The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, please visit www.villaserbelloni.com