THE GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO POOL
By Valentina Valentini
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
century-old, family-owned, five-star
hotel on the shores of Lake Como.
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
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.
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VALENTINA ADMIRING THE VIEW
FROM HER LAKEVIEW DELUXE ROOM
LAKEVIEW DELUXE ROOM