HOTELS WE LOVE: EDEN ROC ASCONA

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Lakes, mountains and hills make the sun-kissed Ticino region the ideal destination for those lovers of nature who seek a relaxing atmosphere, mild weather, and warm people. But to make it a real “Ticino2.0” holiday, there’s only one place to stay: Eden Roc Ascona.

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona

First reason: Ascona is a great location, a medieval and picturesque town – which was in the past a fisherman village – on the banks of Lake Maggiore, with a unique Mediterranean flavour. The village has coffee places and cosy restaurants’ dehors along the lake that stay open till late, a charming historic centre, a beautiful church with a medieval tower, and an Art Museum, hosting famous paintings like Paul Klee’s.

When you walk around Ascona, you can easily start a conversation with everyone, as people here are very nice and relaxed – almost like the weather.

EDEN ROC ASCONA

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, the lobby

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, the lobby

To discover the other reasons for our choice, you simply have to be at Eden Roc. Renowned for its services’ high levels, Ticino seems to offer here its best. A 5-star modern hotel facing a bay where the sun shines reflected on the blue lake, with beautiful gardens and palm trees to give an exotic twist.

Amazing attention to details and decoration has been dedicated to any ambient at the Eden Roc Hotel, each space with its own unique identity and personality. All thanks to the Swiss celebrity architect and contemporary designer Carlo Rampazzi, who curated walls, wallpaper, furniture, carpeting, pottery, and sculptures. The result? The colours of Eden Roc are a continuum with the surrounding nature.

ROOMS AND SERVICES

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, Deluxe Room

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, Deluxe Room

Beauty is the key element in every room, and you’ll feel like being in some rich art dealer’s elegant villa, with an outstanding taste.

Hotel facilities are also excellent. From your room terrace, you’ll see two swimming pools (one is half covered) and umbrellas surrounded by the trees: it’s all very chic, nothing to envy to any resorts in Cote d’Azur, as indeed you’ll also have a private little cobblestone beach.

You may also decide to relax and sit on the sofa at the Marina or at the elegant bar terrace, as the lake view is granted from any corner of the hotel. To enjoy the moment, it’s highly recommended to order a glass of champagne or a spritz.

ACTIVITIES, TOURS AND EVENTS

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, the pier

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, the pier

The hotel has got a luxury Spa and it offers a selection of sports activities too. Here you’ll find water sports like paddling, banana-riding, surfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, and even a sailing trip on the Riva Aquarama or on other beautiful boats. From here, you may visit the Brissago Islands, the Botanical Park of Cantone Ticino; Sant’Apollinare is the smallest island, with a spontaneous vegetation, whether in San Pancrazio, the biggest Island, you’ll find a garden with over 2000 species of exotic and Mediterranean plants.  At the end of the nineteenth century, the two islands were the elected as the go-to place of many painters, writers, and artists.

Other excursions are available by bike or by Vespa, to discover the surrounding areas like Locarno and Vallemaggia, exploring, among the others, the woods of Gurin and the heart-shaped.

In Summer, Ascona’s streets are animated by the Locarno Film Festival (in August) and by Ascona Jazz (in July), and also by artistic events and live music.

RESTAURANTS

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, Marina Restaurant

Hotels We Love: Eden Roc Ascona, Marina Restaurant

The gourmet experience at the Eden Roc can be alone the reason to choose a stay at this hotel. Fresh ingredients, rich menus, elegant plating: it all comes together in the four lovely restaurants, each of them with a terrace and a view of the lake.

La Casetta

It’s a cosy little house on the lake where you’ll feel pampered and spoiled all along. Homemade pasta, grilled meat or fish of the day are our tips from the menu, for a laid-back dining experience with great culinary credentials.

Eden Roc Restaurant

It’s the gourmet restaurant of the hotel, with a classy service and a quiet atmosphere. An international menu a la carte with a French twist will tempt you. An excellent breakfast with homemade and local products is also served here.

La Brezza

It’s the other gourmet restaurant of the hotel, which has obtained 17 GaultMillau points. Creative, refined, great-looking dishes are on the daily menu. Italian Chef Salvatore Frequente will please his guests with innovative creations, with traditional Sicilian recipes revisited in a contemporary way.

Ristorante Marina

You can come to the Marina even by boat. You’ll find a buzzy aperitif atmosphere in the lounge and a laid-back feeling at dinner, when you may enjoy a Mediterranean cuisine: pasta, meat, and fish from the sea, lake or river, like the Salmeron. The location is also often used for nice events and parties.

The exclusivity of Eden Roc allows you to choose between the privacy of your stay in this heaven (Eden) while enjoying all the great services and facilities and the enchanting tours that will make you discover the Mediterranean flavours and colours of this region.

Eden Roc Ascona

Via Albarelle 16, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland

+41 91 785 71 71

edenroc.ch/en

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