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Nestled among olive groves and fruit orchards on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda, this beautiful hotel is set in an ancient convent dating back to the 14th century. The Finnish-Italian owners have done a fabulous job at converting the villa into a boutique hotel, preserving original details where possible. The interiors are filled with antiques and works of art from the owners' private collection, dating back to the 16th century, and original fresco motifs embellish the walls. There's a gorgeous swimming pool offering lovely lake views, and a fitness trail that snakes its way through woodland. The restaurant serves superb Italian and international dishes on a pretty terrace overlooking the lake. The quiet, refined atmosphere here makes it the perfect spot for couples and friends looking to unwind in a sophisticated setting.

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Kiki Deere
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Kiki Deere is a freelance travel writer who contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines.



You'll love the secluded location - you feel a world away from the crowded lake shore. The lake views are wonderful, too.

Immersed in olive groves and orchards, the hotel is a short drive from Salò on the southwestern shores of Lake Garda.
By plane: there are direct flights to Verona from London (2 hours 5 mins), the hotel is a 45-minute drive from the airport. Travellers from Manchester can fly to Brescia or Venice. Free on-site parking available.

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Style & Character

It's ideal for couples and small groups of friends seeking a quiet and sophisticated spot, and the perfect place to unwind poolside with a book, or to do a sprinkling of sightseeing around the lake. We love that the interiors are so refined, but there's an unpretentious and intimate atmosphere (there are only 18 rooms).

Service & Facilities

The delightful, welcoming owners and extremely professional yet unobtrusive staff both at reception and at the restaurant are fantastic.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Lakeside location
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The building was once a convent, and there are original 14th-century fresco details visible in some rooms. Room 12 (a Junior Suite) is particularly lovely. It's the only room with frescoes on all the walls.

Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, terrace, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

You'll love the professionalism of the restaurant staff, who are exceptionally knowledgeable about the ingredients used and the provenance of each dish. The restaurant setting is lovely too, with tables lining a romantic terrace overlooking the lake.

Restaurant Villa Arcadio: traditional Italian dishes with local, seasonal ingredients, presented in a contemporary style.

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