Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
What it is
The 19th century Lake Como home of a count, revised for the modern era with a Michelin-starred restaurant, glitzy spa and what may be the most Instagrammable outdoor pool on earth.
What it isn't
Adults only. Kid-focused delights include an indoor pool that looks like a swimming hole in a cave.
What we think
The pride of Lake Como is—unequivocally—George Clooney. The next biggest pride is Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, built in 1854 and reborn as a divine destination in 1873. It's now widely ranked as the best hotel in Italy. Here, every guest is treated like Hollywood royalty; the Bucher family, owners and stewards of the icon for four generations, ensure it. Each guest room is unlike the others (though all are filled with antique-inspired furniture; think mahogany and gilt edging). Request a “Deluxe” room for nearly 410 square feet of sprawling space overlooking the lake, and don’t be surprised if you feel the aura of illustrious former guests—such as Clark Gable, John F. Kennedy, and even Al Pacino. Bonus? Jet-lagged globetrotters will find restorative comfort in the 215,000 square feet of manicured gardens.
You're here because
The private lakefront beach ensures you’ll have a pristine lounge chair under a shaded palm and boundless cocktails proffered by doting staff.
Michelin-starred restaurants don’t typically include a blockbuster view; this one peeps out on Italy’s most lauded lake. One bite of the pumpkin dumplings with parmesan and truffle, and it’s settled: you’re moving here, even if it means applying for a job as a dishwasher in this very restaurant.
A garden-decked water-side perch in Bellagio, Italy (a.k.a. the most spellbinding town on Lake Como). Don’t miss I Giardini di Villa Melzi, a villa turned botanical garden just a nine minute drive away.
Restaraunts & Bars
Mistral Restaurant - Traditionally inspired dishes which follow the seasons crafted by chef Ettore Bocchia and holder of a star in the Michelin Guide
La Goletta Restaurant - Typical Italian regional cuisine, directed by Chef Ettore Bocchia
Verri's Bar - Italian and international cocktails directly overlooking Lake Como
Bar Terrazza Darsena - At the height of the Villa entrance, admire the lake from east to west, also ideal for snacks and aperitifs
Beach Bar - Sip cocktails or soft drinks whilst immersed in the magical atmosphere on the shores of beautiful Lake Como