Splendido Bay Luxury Spa Resort
From models to media moguls, poets to politicos, Lake Garda has lured travellers to its shores for years and it’s easy to see why. Clear blue waters, a string of pretty lakeside towns and a smattering of medieval churches are just some of the main draws. Splendido Bay Luxury Spa Resort is set on the lake’s busier southern shoreline, close to the hillside town of Padenghe Sul Garda – an under-the-radar town away from the hordes of tourists that flock to its better-known lakeside siblings.
The hotel is a cluster of low-slung, terracotta-roofed buildings, with many arranged around a large outdoor pool overlooking the spectacular lake beyond – relax in a muslin-draped day bed by the pool or in the gardens to soak up the views. These dreamy vistas are the backdrop for breakfast on the outdoor terrace – and some of the rooms and suites, too. Classic Rooms are at the rear of the property with a small patio (no view) or choose a Junior Suite – some offer a partial lake view from the terrace with a glimpse of the water.
Later, hotfoot it to the wellness centre, where you’ll discover an indoor pool (heated in winter), Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers and relaxation area. On the spa menu is an array of face and body therapies, massages and aesthetic treatments – try the antioxidant-rich Timex C+ face ritual to give sun-parched skin a nourishing boost. For meals, choose from the BBay Bistro where you can also order a selection of dishes straight to your outdoor cabana; or head to traditional Osteria Il Rivale in the palazzo for a true taste of Italy.