Lago di Como is an amazing place. First, it sits right on Lake Como, now known as Cunyland. Ok. George’s place does too. So no big deal.
Second, it looks like this
But George’s place is pretty nice too. So no big deal.
Third, recently it go an amazing upgrade from the Mandarin Oriental folks, who know what they are doing when it comes to luxury and spa treatments
… overall the interiors are now light, opening up the period architecture in the rooms, allowing the details in the coffered ceilings and inlaid wood floors to show through and bringing in the iconic, romantic lake view through floor to ceiling glass. In the 73 rooms and suites and two self contained villas, the furniture is now beige and contemporary allowing the scenery outside to provide the drama. But there are also Asian touches to reflect the company’s origins: reproductions of antique Chinese screens in the reception area and paintings on Japanese cotton by Milan-based Japanese artist Shuhei Matsuyama on the walls of the rooms. In the Sala Mandarin, meant to recreate the rooms in which European aristocrats would show off their collections from the East, design details include bespoke wallpaper with a vintage Chinese design of birds on branches and Asian artifacts and furniture.
Hmmm … this is pretty nice.
Fourth, it is more than just a pretty building
Set on a hill sloping down to the lake, the nine buildings that comprise the resort are surrounded by gardens containing 50 species of plants, flowers and trees. The 52 foot floating pool and sunbeds suspended on the lake is a holdover from the previous hotel and a favorite of guests. Tables are also spread out bordering the lake for guests to relax and gaze out at the lake and for those who want to go cruising up and down the lake, boats can be arranged and pulled up to the pier.
This is getting out of control!
Fifth, you have an excuse to go there – for your health
.. a blend of Asian inspired therapies and ones inspired by the lake. Among the Lake Como therapies: a full body exfoliation with sea salt and cedar tree oil. Among the signature Mandarin treatments: Oriental Essence, a combination of massage movements blended with Oriental oils as devised by Chinese medicine specialists.
Wow! George is getting on in years. He might need his stuff.
Sixth, you don’t need to cook. There is a restaurant called L’Aria and a bar called Co.Mo Bar and Bistrot
. Set in a glass pavilion with romantic views of the lake, L˜ARIA showcases complex, artistic creations. CO.MO Bar & Bistrot presents simpler presentations of classic recipes spanning Italy’s 20 regions such as a delectable spaghetti a la chitarra with ripe cherry tomatoes, basil and smoked ricotta and baby chicken served whole, juicy and full of herbs. There’s also an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining. Time it right and you can tuck into that spaghetti while watching the sun set behind the hills on the other side of the lake. It doesn’t get better than that.
This is a lot of really, really nice stuff. I don’t know if it would turn Geore’s head, but it sure turns my head!
How about you?