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THE GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO POOL

©VALENTINA VALENTINI

By Valentina Valentini

The

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

is a

century-old, family-owned, five-star

hotel on the shores of Lake Como.

Luxuriate

Lake Como

at

I wrap myself in the plush white robe, step

out onto the balcony overlooking Lake Como

and the striking Grigna mountain peaks

in the near distance, and I feel just like a

princess. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo can

do that: transform an ordinary day into

a luxuriously carefree jaunt fit for a royal.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s original proprietors,

Mariuccia Gandola and her parents, weren’t

royals, but they hosted many notable figures

in the early days. They sold the hotel in

1910 to the grandparents of the current

woman at the helm, Valentina de Santis.

She has ensured that the hotel lives up to its

name and legacy with grandeur seamlessly

intertwined throughout the Belle Époque

halls.

After my early morning cappuccino on the

balcony, I head to the gym, which looks

nothing like a gym, instead invoking a

modest lake-stone three-story home and

blending into the floral and ivy-trellised

walkways of the property. My semi-private

class is held on the third floor with, of course,

views of the sparkling lake.

I saunter down the steps to T Spa for my

deep muscle massage next. Renovated

in 2016 and home to an indoor infinity

pool (one of the property’s three aquatic

offerings), the multi-floor stone building

is quiet and serene, a perfect sanctuary.

Even the sauna offers a view of the lake.

24 • Vacations

®

Winter 2018

Vacations® •

Winter 2018 • 25

VALENTINA ADMIRING THE VIEW

FROM HER LAKEVIEW DELUXE ROOM

©VALENTINA VALENTINI

LAKEVIEW DELUXE ROOM