For years, Lake Como has been known as THE lavish lake destination in Italy - celebrities like George Clooney call it home, after all! - but now Lake Maggiore, on the border of Italy and Switzerland, is giving it a run for its money. With Donatella Versace purchasing Villa Mondadori, the under-the-radar lake is poised to become the new go-to spot.
Lake Maggiore is the quieter alternative for travelers looking for an Italian getaway. Its shores are dotted with picturesque resorts, elegant villas and small towns with exquisite restaurants - travelers are never far from a Michelin-starred meal - and luxurious boutiques.
Hidden at the top of the lake, on the northern Swiss shore of Ascona, sits Hotel Eden Roc. The Mediterranean-inspired resort has a prime waterfront spot with a private yachting marina, making it the perfect choice for travelers interested in checking out the area by boat. The property is walking distance from Ascona’s main piazza and a few minutes away from the lovely Brissago Islands. It also features four exceptional restaurants - including Michelin-starred La Brezza - a 21,528 square-foot Spa and Wellness Center and a veritable Garden of Eden.