Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort *****L
Nestled between Lake Garda and the foothills of the Alps in an area that expands over 150 hectares, Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is housed in a building which dates back to the 15th Century and which was once a countryside residence for Baron Lando Lanni della Quara in the 1960s. Many of the building’s original features can still be seen, including the gate, entrance arch made out of chestnut wood, the wooden beam ceilings and some frescos from the 1500s from the school of the baroque painter Guido Reni.
This is first real golf resort in Italy with 2 courses designed by 2 world champion golfers and there is also an in-house spa that offers muscle treatments that make use of hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and other techniques. Furthermore, there are two accommodation complexes in the park, two restaurants and a bar with a large open fireplace, and guests are able to dine or enjoy drinks outside in the warmer months in the beautiful courtyard. Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort also has multi-functional rooms that can be used for congresses, conventions, meetings and other Orthodox wedding riutals can be performed.
The Arzaga Spa offers 4 different ‘well-being circuits’ and the circuit deemed most suitable is assigned to each guest of the Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. For the ‘Sentiero delle Nuvole’ circuit you can choose from a range of massages; the ‘Sentiero della Fiamma’ is a spa suite used for personalised and exclusive programmes, including a sauna, steam bath, multi-sensory shower, Jacuzzi and relaxation area; lastly, the ‘Sentiero dell’Acqua’ involves using the indoor thermal pool with a swimming machine, which is heated to 31°C, and the outdoor swimming pool.
All the rooms at Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort have a luxurious marble bathroom and the rooms are divided into the following categroies: Classic Palazzo, which are situated on the second floor of the building, decorated in a 14th Century style and which look out over the courtyard, hills or golf courses; Executive, which are very spacious (37m²) and positioned on the first and second floors, with views of the golf course, garden, practice course or main entrance to the estate; Affrescate (of which there are two and which are 30m² in size) which are located on the first floor and they are both decorated with original frescos from the 15 Century, antique terracotta floors and ceilings decorated with tromp-l’oeil frescos from 1864. Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Resort also has 2 accommodation complexes: one is ‘I Castagni’, with 22 rooms, and the other is ‘San Martino’, which is next to the church and which offers joint family rooms, and all rooms are decorated in an English countryside style.
The ‘Il Moretto’ at Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is an elegant restaurant that is characterised by a large dome, grand Renaissance lamps and a stone fireplace, and in the warmer months guests can dine outside on the large terrace which faces the park. The Grill, which also has a bar, in the Club House is open for lunch and guests can enjoy a view of the golf course through the panoramic windows. The ‘Il Palazzo’ restaurant also has a bar with a large fireplace and a wine bar where guests can enjoy some of the best wines from the area, and private dinners, events and wine tasting sessions can be organised here. During the summer, breakfast, lunch and drinks are also served in the ancient internal courtyard.
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Not far from Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is Lake Garda which boasts numerous points of nature, historic and artistic interest. Some must-sees in this area include Desenzano with its beautiful town centre, Medieval village and remains of an ancient Roman villa, and Sirmione which is home to the Scaliger Castle, Catullo caves and natural thermal springs.
Some of the other attractions in the area include the Salò Cathedral, the Vittoriale degli Italiani in Gardone Riviera, the Casa del Podestà of Lonato and various theme parks ranging from Gardaland and CanevaWorld to the zoo safari at Parco Natura Viva and Jungle Adventure.
Not far away by car is Verona, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy thanks to monuments like the Arena, a Roman amphitheatre that is home to the opera season, and one of the favourite destinations for Shakespearian tourists, Juliet’s balcony. Other places of historic and cultural interest include Piazza Erbe, the basilica of San Zeno and Palazzo del Podestà. Mantova also boasts numerous points of cultural interest, such as Palazzo Te, Piazza delle Erbe, towers and bridges.