The peaceful, elegant Hotel Eden Roc enjoys an enviable location right between the mountains and the scenic Lake Maggiore in the charming Swiss village of Ascona. Interior designer Carlo Rampazzi is responsible for the retreat’s sumptuous visual appeal, which begins in the striking lobby, with its marble floors and palazzo ceiling, and runs through to the high-end fabrics, white granite, and mosaics featured in the colorful rooms and suites. All rooms have a balcony or terrace, free Wi-FI, and a refined but open feel that perfectly suits the lakeside location—especially the newly renovated rooms in buildings I and II. Rooms in the adjacent Eden Roc Marina have a maritime theme, and are connected to the main hotel by a walkway. The private beach is a boon for sunbathers, and there’s a spacious panoramic pier with private yachting marina, a quartet of very good restaurants, and a huge spa area.
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The proximity to Lake Maggiore makes activities like swimming and boating easy. It’s possible to charter sailing and motor boats, along with a skipper, for half-day or full-day excursions, or purchase a sailing license for a holiday sailing course. The surrounding mountains are great for biking and hiking—the best ways to explore Ascona. In town, you’ll find some excellent boutiques and cafés alongside historic sites such as the Museo Castello San Materno, which hosts an interesting collection of German art. The hotel offers a comprehensive children’s program that spans pizza-baking, zumba lessons, and pedal-boat excursions. And guests can paraglide over the picturesque valley of Ticino or practice their golf swing at the two nearby golf courses, Golf Club Patriziale Asconaand Gerre Losone.
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Rooms: 95 rooms and suites. From $360. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Salvatore Frequente is the chef at three of the hotel’s restaurants:La Brezza, which serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on local products; La Casetta (summer only), serving fish dishes, many sourced from the nearby lake; and the ’70s retro-style Marina, offering pasta and meals freshly prepared on the grill. Eden Roc, helmed by Cyrille Kamerzin, features a menu with a French accent. All of the restaurants have large terraces, but the Eden Bar is an especially cozy and sophisticated place for an evening drink, with occasional live music. Spa and gym details: The Eden Roc Spa is not only lovely to look at, but it has many great facilities. Seven treatment rooms offer a range of services from massage to manicures, and there’s an indoor-outdoor pool, a separate outdoor panoramic pool, a hydro-pool with whirlpool recliners, saunas and steam baths (including a separate women-only sauna), and a state-of-the-art fitness room. There is also a hair salon on-site.
Who is it for: Jet-setters; celebrities; families; honeymooners. Our favorite room: The south-facing double rooms and suites offer stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the adjacent mountains. Good to know: The hotel has its own watersports school, with activities from sailing to wakeboarding. If you’re in the mood for relaxation, book the spa’s 75-minute Eden Roc Massage, a combination of massage techniques devised by the spa staff.