BELLA RIVA, GARDONE RIVIERA, ITALY
why stay here?
● Stunning lacustrine location
● Excellent buffet breakfast
● Piero Lissoni’s stylish interior design and architecture
● Sub-15kg pooches are welcome for a small extra fee - and we love pet-friendly hotels!
feel & design
The sparkle of the lake and the pool, the verdant surrounds with elegant lombardy poplars dotting the landscape, the simple but refined modern decor with splashes of colour and glints of gold, all amount to laidback Italian luxe and a generous splash of la dolce vita.
This is a small hotel, with 23 rooms, either facing the lake and pool, or the port of Fasano behind the property. We stayed in a balcony room facing the lake and pool. A Klimt-patterned headboard stole the scene, gleaming subtly against the dark wood and crisp linen. The bathtub is ample and comes with the same view.
The buffet breakfast was remarkable in its simplicity and deliciousness. We wish more hotels would embrace the less is more concept in buffets, and provide nothing but the best even if the diversity of options is low. Expect excellent cured meats, eggs done just so, very addictive granola, toasted nuts, beautiful breads, berries, and excellent coffee. We suggest lingering over breakfast outdoors over a book or a conversation to take it all in. The restaurant serves excellent lunches and dinners as well. It would be remiss to skip the luscious burrata.
● A restaurant
● Helpful concierge who can help you with driving directions and any water-related activity you seek
Attentive, but you might sense a mild whiff of snootiness, if you’re going to be as particular as we are.
If you have a car (and you should), the entire lake district is yours to explore. The Gardone Riviera is known for its beautiful gardens so don’t miss the Heller botanical gardens a short drive away, a great mix of curated nature and design. There are several restaurants a short drive down to the main village that are worth trying as well.
how do you get here?
Drive from Milan if you’re flying in internationally. The nearest train station is Desenzano, and the nearest airport is in fair Verona.