A former stop on the Grand Tour, preferred retreat of the French aristocracy, Lake Maggiore retains a lingering scent of inter-war jet-set glamour: Grand Hotel Majestic, haunt of Debussy and Toscanini, is our favourite lakeside hotel



Of all the Italian Lakes, Maggiore has long been a shimmering magnet for the great and the good. A former stop on the Grand Tour and preferred retreat of the French aristocracy, the lake retains a scent of inter-war jet-set glamour. Visitors have long been seduced by the Mediterranean-like micro-climate and the still, tranquil waters, the Baroque architecture and the majestic alpine peaks. And our handpicked hotel here, the Grand Hotel Majestic (pictured above), is one of the finest hotels on Maggiore, with uninterrupted lake views and a
dreamy quality and atmosphere all of its own.

The Grand Hotel Majestic dates from 1870 and was a favourite with Claude Debussy and Arturo Toscanini among others. Timeless luxury and old-school service are combined with modern facilities which offer a spa and wellness centre (with sauna and treatment rooms), indoor heated pool and hi-tech gym. A subtle facelift has breathed new life into the chic décor, all high ceilings and classical columns, providing the full belle époque experience, from stunning foyer to wide hushed corridors.

As picture-book settings go, the Grand Hotel Majestic is pretty much perfect: looking out across the lake towards the Borromean Islands, the hotel has its own gardens, waterfront and jetty. You can lie back and relax in the tranquil grounds or explore the myriad attractions within easy reach. The hotel also has its own small private beach, where guests can sunbathe and swim in the lake.

As for dining, guests can choose from La Beola restaurant, with its outdoor terrace and shaded garden, or the less formal at Il Portico and cocktails in La Terazza bar overlooking the lake.

The 80 rooms and suites are decorated in traditional, understated style: all are comfortable—and the lake view suites are fabulous. Take the duplex Junior Suite with lake view (35-37 sq metres). This offers frontal views over the lake, and a split-level design—bedroom on the upper floor and private sitting room on the lower, with a terrace and marble ensuite bathroom. The Executive one- and two-bedroom suites have French windows and two larger terraces.

Around the Grand Hotel Majestic there is much to do: sightseeing and exploring the other lakeside towns and the islands, of course, visiting the lovely Italian gardens and historic churches, shopping, sailing, wining and dining, and enjoying the various festivals. A Small Luxury Hotel of The World, this is a very civilised place in which to holiday, either for a short break or a longer trip. And if you would like to drive a Ferrari on a Grand Tour in the beautiful hills of Piedmont, the Grand Hotel Majestic makes an excellent starting point.

Exclusive Club rates

Our Members save up to 44% on suites at this lovely Italian Lakes hotel. To check availability, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below. If you wish us to arrange your flights and transfers (the hotel is 50 minutes from Milan airport and in easy reach of the local railway station), we will be delighted to assist.

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