This summer, Giardino Group invites guests to explore the magic of Switzerland’s finest locations at their boutique collection of luxury properties. Whether it’s enjoying a stylish urban oasis, swimming and boating in Lake Maggiore or relaxing in sunny Ticino with its sophisticated Mediterranean flair, the exclusive collection of retreats and resorts offers an unexpectedly fresh interpretation of luxury hotels, combining creative cuisine, holistic wellness and spectacular locations.
To inspire your summer plans, Giardino Ascona and Giardino Lago, both at Lake Maggiore, Atlantis by Giardino in Zurich and Giardino Mountain in St. Moritz, are reopening in time for Winter 2018.
Exuding a laid-back ambience, charismatic design and esteemed level of service, Giardino Ascona is a retreat for the soul in Ticino, the Italian region of Switzerland. Here, one can enjoy the finer things in life, such as Michelin-starred dining and Ayurvedic spa treatments. It’s a place to step back, unwind and savor the Mediterranean joie de vivre. Giardino Ascona’s lush grounds and sprawling garden just steps away from Lake Maggiore are scented by lavender, lemon trees and olive trees. This sophisticated, 72 room retreat in in southern Switzerland is the perfect summer escape.
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This ideal lakefront location lends itself to a variety of exciting activities to choose from including stand-up paddle surfing, swimming, boat-trips, morning yoga classes, and golfing at the scenic Golf Club Patriziale. Complimentary city and mountain bikes are also available to explore the region at leisure.
No day at Giardino is complete without a visit to the property’s very own Ecco Ascona, a two Michelin starred restaurant lead by Executive Chef Rolf Fliegauf. The restaurant, which features a 5, 7 or 9 course tasting menu features award-winning aromatic cuisine focusing on the natural flavors of seasonal ingredients. Don’t miss the Balfego Tuna, prepared with fillet and belly, with the option to add golden Osetra caviar.
The more casual dining option, Hide & Seek, offers guests Mediterranean specialties, drawing inspiration from both contemporary sources and from Ayurveda at the shore of the romantic lily pond. Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily with Giardino Ascona’s Head Sommelier.
Just 15 minutes from Giardino Ascona is Giardino Lago, a boutique villa hotel ideal for lakeside luxury and outdoor adventures. The retreat boasts 14 rooms and 1 suite located on the northernmost point of the stunning Lake Maggiore. In summer, the rooftop lounge offers spectacular views of the dazzling Swiss lake which is one of Europe’s true gems.
A beautiful promenade runs along the shores of the lake in front of the hotel, offering the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride. Choose from a variety of water sports including canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and stand-up paddle surfing. Guests can even hop across the border to Italy by boat! For those who prefer alpine activities, hiking and paragliding are available as well. Guests are welcome to use all the wellness facilities at the hotel’s sister property, Giardino Ascona.
The Lago Restaurant, where Chef Andreas Marquardt is known for putting creative twists on traditional dishes is the ideal setting to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with international flair that will not disappoint.
Hotel Atlantis by Giardino seamlessly combines the luxury of a five-star city hotel with the natural surrounds of its green and peaceful location at the foot of the Üetliberg Mountain. Offering sweeping views of the city below from the panoramic terrace, this legendary 1970s-vintage hotel in Zurich provides timeless stylishness, cosmopolitan nonchalance and Mediterranean-style hospitality all in one.
Guests can enjoy trekking the panoramic trail to the Üetliberg mountain, taking a cruise or sailing on Lake Zurich, or discovering the historic sights in museums and the Old Town. Cool off with a refreshment at Ocean Bar, offering al fresco cocktails by Zurich’s only outdoor swimming pool. Unwind at the property’s “dipiù Spa”, with its sauna complex and indoor pool, offering treatments using Giardino’s own dipiù cosmetics brand as well as Aveda products.
At Hotel Atlantis by Giardino, Giardino Ascona, and Giardino Mountain during winter months, Ecco’s Founder and Chef, Rolf Fliegauf artfully combines the natural flavours of seasonal ingredients to create the unmistakable award-winning cuisine. In Zurich, at Hotel Atlantis by Giardino, Mr. Fliegauf has passed on the baton to his trusted associate Stefan Heilemann, who has also been awarded with 2 Michelin stars. For a more casual, chic dining option guests can visit Hide & Seek.
Giardino’s fourth property, Giardino Mountain is a luxury retreat in the picturesque town of Champfèr near glamorous St. Moritz. Currently undergoing renovations, the property will reopen for the winter season, December 2018. Here, guests have the chance to relax and enjoy alpine activities while rejuvenating at the spa with bespoke Ayurveda wellness programs. Ayurveda by Giardino offers therapeutic programs that provide each guest with a holistic approach to wellness for the body and mind. With its space and elegant design, the dipiù spa ensures that body and mind gain strength and promises a world of balance and well-being. Ayurveda programs are available at Giardino Ascona and Atlantis by Giardino as well.