Aria Retreat & Spa – Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Hi Everyone,

Whilst there are many beautiful spa resorts in Switzerland it’s certainly not every day that you experience that James Bond feeling upon arrival.

Our absolute first impression of the Aria Retreat & Spa as we drove up to the resort. The road leads directly into the secured underground reception/parking area.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Here we were welcomed by super friendly reception staff. We felt as though we had come to visit good friends.

It took us around 3 hours from Zurich to reach the Aria Retreat & Spa. A five star resort situated high up  the mountain on a perfect south-facing slope.

The final part of the journey being an extremely pretty drive right along the lake of Lugano, passing several little Italian villages.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

We went to celebrate Hubby’s big birthday and I certainly earnt “Good Wife” brownie points as a result – haha! The perfect spot for any celebration really!

One thing that really made an impression was that on the actual day of his Birthday absolutely everybody working at the retreat knew and wished him many happy returns. He felt incredibly special all day long!

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

A true architectural masterpiece – the Aria Retreat & Spa first opened in 2022. The large glass fronts mean you have a fantastic view of the lake, the mountains, and the 40,000m2 subtropical park surrounding the retreat with unique SPA area and spectacular infinity pool.

A short walk down takes you to the private beach. There are a number of dining options at both the Aria Retreat & Spa and Parco San Marco. Parco San Marco is the sister property and a great option for young families.

Keep on scrolling for a pictorial insight into “Aria Retreat & Spa – Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano”

 

Aria Retreat & Spa – Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

  1. The Exclusive Suites

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

There are 15 exclusive suites at the Aria Retreat & Spa with 5 different layouts. See all 5 layouts here.

We stayed in room 902, a LAGO Penthouse suite with 158m2. Walking into the room I was swept away by the beautiful floating furniture.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

As a super nice treat we were given two bottles of the house gin to try as an apero…

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Which we of course enjoyed on our beautiful terrace.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The suite has two bedrooms, each with walk in wardrobe leading to a stunning marble bathroom. Plus a spectacular view of the lake.

Our room:

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The attention to detail is fabulous…

Fell in love with our free standing bath…

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The second bedroom:

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

2. The View

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The view from both or terrace and throughout the Aria Retreat & Spa is simply stunning. From our room I loved the twofold view of;

1) the lake plus mountains on the other side and…

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

2) of the fun pool belonging to the Parco San Marco resort.

Looking down at that made me feel I was stepping into a children’s book – smile.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

3. The Gardens

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The  40’000m2 subtropical park/gardens of the Aria Retreat & Spa are so pretty that they really deserve mentioning in their own right. I lost count of the number of gardeners I saw working during our stay. This is why the gardens are so pristine. Plenty of places to sit and relax as well as interesting art objects to discover as you walk through the property.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Every year a renowned artist is invited to exhibit their masterpieces in the resort’s subtropical park. 2023 is dedicated to the Lombard artist Anacleto Spazzapan. The first picture of this article shows a great example of his works.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

4. The Spa Area

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

The exclusive 1’500m2 SPA, features a heated indoor pool…

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

an outdoor infinity pool with heated salt water, overlooking the lake,

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

as well as a SPA area with Snowflake cold cabin, panoramic saunas and relaxation corners.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

There is also a private spa room with it’s own terrace that you can book for a couple of hours or more even if you are not staying at the resort.

My favourite place to hang out:

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Not to forget the brilliantly equipped fitness room for those indoor sports fans.

 

5. The Beach

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

There is also a special private beach attached to the Parco San Marco with a special area dedicated to the Aria Retreat & Spa guests.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Plus In addition, you can use all the facilities within the Parco San Marco Resort: Relax Pool, Fun Pool water park, Club Bim Bam Bino, playground, Family SPA San Marco, 1001 sports activities including tennis, beach volleyball, climbing wall and water sports.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

6. Restaurants

Dolce Vita

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Situated off the reception of the Aria Resort and Spa the Dolce Vita bar/restaurant is open every day from 11:30am till 11:30pm.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

You can even enjoy a drink or light meal here in your bathrobe until 5pm. Choose to sit indoors or on the beautiful terrace overlooking the lake.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

See what we ate here:

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

La Musa Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

La Musa Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace is run by chef Michele Pili. It has also been included in the 2023 edition of the MICHELIN Italy Guide.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Open from Thursday to Saturday evening, La Musa is a must experience for any stay at the Aria Retreat & Spa

See what we ate here:

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

 

7. Breakfast

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

Saving one of the best bits till last. Everyone staying at the Aria Retreat & Spa gets their breakfast served to them on a trolly in their room.

Aria Retreat & Spa - Dolce Vita Along Lake Lugano

You simply choose from a generous menu the evening before and then it arrives when you want it. You can either leave it on the trolly or have it transferred to a coffee table on your terrace – we tried out both options.

What a way to start the day!

 

Conclusion:

Hubby has officially announced the Aria Retreat & Spa has become his all time favourite hotel – and that is saying something!

Everything was simply perfect from the initial James Bond feeling as we arrived, to the most brilliant efficient and friendly staff, fabulous surroundings, beautiful interior and spectacular views.

 

Find out more here:

Via del Ciclamino 5
22018 Cima di Porlezza (CO)

welcome@aria-retreat.it

 

You might also like to read about other getaway places in Italy here.

 


 

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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

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  1. Hi dear Yvonne thank you for your blog this time it truely sounds just something out of a James Bond Film and every area is so beautiful created so that you feel like being in a dream and want to stay forever thank you again

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