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ITALY
VILLA D’ESTE
 
Located on the west shore of Lake Como, a few miles north of that town and 30 miles north of Milan, The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is one of the most exclusive and largest resorts in Italy. 154 air-conditioned rooms and suites are located in two buildings. The expansive grounds are adorned in marble statuary and landscaped gardens.
 
The main three-meal-a-day dining room with its electrically controlled glass windows overlooks the lake. In front of this restaurant is an outdoor terrace where lunch and dinner are served when weather permits. The Grill with both indoor and terrace seating is another dining option. There are several lounges and cocktails and coffees are served on a terrace in front of the hotel overlooking the lake accompanied by piano music in the evenings. Facilities include a large pontoon pool and sunning area that floats on the lake, water sports, an indoor freshwater pool and a children’s pool, a tennis club with eight courts, a health club with a gym, squash court, sauna, steam, whirlpool and massage rooms, a beauty center and several boutiques.
 
Strong Points: A large, majestic, old-world, full-facility property that enjoys panoramic views of Lake Como and features excellent cuisine and service.
 
 
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