A modern Belle Epoque palace at the top of Lake Garda.

Originally built for holidaying royals, Lido Palace is one of the most glamorous hotels in Lake Garda. It laps up some of the best far-reaching views from its spot at the top of the lake, and while its location means it takes a little longer to get here, it’s worth it. Design-forward additions, like the all-glass top floor, pull the hotel’s striking Art Nouveau exterior into the 21st Century and there are spots like Tremani Bistrot’s lake-facing terrace that showcase the location.

The hotel’s CXI SPA is a big draw for guests; there’s an all-encompassing menu with high-tech Swiss treatments and ‘ceremonies’ that take you on distinctive journeys that are influenced by different areas of the world. The pebble beach a couple of minutes away is great for sunbathing in peace – there are no motorboats allowed around here – and the water’s so clear you might spot fish flitting about. The northern mountain-backed surroundings mean there’s plenty of choice for outdoor adventures like trekking, mountain biking and windsurfing to punctuate your relaxing stay. As well as the Mediterranean-influenced Tremani Bistrot, there’s the gourmet restaurant Il Re della Busa for innovative Italian food.

Rooms are intimately sized spaces with beds facing your view of the gardens and distant mountains or Lake Garda. White statement seating and cool grey tones keep the style pared back, while features like Acqua di Parma toiletries set the bar for the kind of luxurious standards that warrant the hotel’s Leading Hotels of the World status. We love the Double Room Comfort Lake View and Junior Suite Lake View for their spectacular views.

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Key information

By the mountains at the top of Lake Garda, a couple of minutes’ walk from a beach

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1 hour’s private transfer from Verona airport
Rooms: 42

Accommodation information

42 crisp and modern rooms and suites

Activities

• Choose from the seven ‘ceremonies’ at CXI SPA* • Visit the spa’s salt room • Wander around Riva’s stone streets.

Dining

2 restaurants, bar

What's included

Breakfast at Il Re della Busa restaurant.

*Denotes local charge