What makes a resort a magical place? Is it the right music playing lightly in the background as a courteous staff welcomes your arrival? Is it magnificent surroundings that constantly have you breathless? Is it a beautifully decorated room with the finest linens and water views? Or a gourmet restaurant set over looking one of the most loved lakes in the world?
The new CastaDiva Resort in Lake Como has all these things and more.
I stumbled across CastaDiva Resort by chance. Having been open for only 2 months they weren’t running at full capacity quite yet, but would be within one week as all the 75 rooms had been rented out for a wedding.
Judging from the website, which boasts beautiful photos of the recently renovated Villa Roccabruna, originally built in the 18th century, there was no cost spared on the reconstruction of this fine Lake Como property.
Lake front and composed of 9 separate villas, the resort is designed to make you feel as though you are staying at someone’s private home in Lake Como. During my stay I rarely saw people unless I was at breakfast or the pool.
There are other five star hotels on Lake Como. Villa d’Este is world-renowned and for what, I am not exactly sure. Upon visiting that hotel, there were hoards of tourists who all seemed more interested in each other than the surrounding views of the lake. Buildings were old and bathrooms were screaming for renovations. Villa Serbelloni, although conveniently located in the picturesque town of Bellagio is another that desperately needs redone and isn’t exactly remote or serene.
CastaDiva is much more private than the others. Located in the quite town of Blevio, it’s hard not to feel the history throughout the grounds. Opera singer Giuditta Pasta lived at the villa. She is know for inspiring Vincenzo Bellini who wrote his greatest works at the villa, “Norma” and “La Sonnambula.” It’s not hard to see where he garnered his inspiration. The views are nothing short of spectacular as the blue lake is framed by mountains towering more than 8,000 feet above. Beautiful old villas line the lower part of the lake, most with steps down into the water to receive boats and guests.
Guests have the luxury of choosing from rooms in the main villas or having an entire villa to themselves for the length of their stay. Even the most basic rooms offer stunning lake views and beautiful renaissance inspired modern furnishings.
The spa was created to be a destination in itself. Over 4,000 square feet, it was created around the four elements of fire, water, earth and air. A glass floor suspended over a 19th century dock creates a lovely waiting room before your spa treatment or a nice peaceful place to read and relax. It has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi and countless specialty baths and saunas that include a Finnish sauna, a Mediterranean sauna, a Turkish bath, a Kneipp bath and Salt therapy area.
The restaurant features the same beautiful views as the rest of the resort with Italian cuisine by Paolo Casagrande.
Simply put, CastaDiva is a place that you don’t want to leave. I’ve seen some beautiful places but CastaDiva is truly special. Whether taking advantage of a tour of the lake on a Riva that picks you up from the hotel, or reading on the pool suspended over the lake, it’s easy to get lost in CastaDiva’s magic.
http://www.castadivaresort.com/ Lake Como, Italy 39 031 3251 3035