You know you are on holiday when the heat hits you as you walk off the plane. Our Italian week had started!
First stop – Lake Como.
Winding through the narrow lanes using code words to explain how close we were to the edge of road (most of the time I just screamed “too close!”), we arrived at Hotel Villa Aurora in Lezzeno, about 15 minutes from Bellagio.
Sitting right on the edge of the lake, the hotel is split into 2 separate buildings. The main hotel with standard rooms, the bar and breakfast area and across the road, they have converted a house into 8 rooms all with a lake view. The rooms in the Villa vary in size – whilst only 4 of the rooms have a balcony or terrace, all rooms can access the decking area with an uninterrupted view of the lake and mountains.
Climbing up the spiral staircase to the top floor with suitcases provided a hot start to our stay. No lift! So not recommended if you have difficulty with stairs. However, the effort was rewarded with this view every morning…..don’t you just love holiday time!
The room we had was called Camelia and rather than a standard room number screwed to the door, each room had these adorable painted room name and numbers. A really beautiful alternative to the standard hotel designs.
The room had double aspect windows – one over the lake and another over the town. Simple voile drapes framed the windows. There were also shutters so if you didn’t want the natural sunlight to wake you, best to pull these over. We didn’t realise this until the last day so I would have thought that curtains with a voile underlay would be a better compromise.
Matching the simplicity of the room, the bedstead and pillows were a hessian grey colour. I certainly think the bed would have benefited from more cushions and a throw…that may just be me…I guess the current cushion ban at home has a lot to say for itself!
I believe achieving a calm environment doesn’t mean sticking to white or greys. Although The White Company achieve it well with a limited colour palette, I do think a dash of colour can go a long way. This room added a mural type floral pattern behind the bed which certainly lifted the room.
The bedside tables, dressing table and mirror were just perfect as were the complimenting lamps, adding to the fresh, airy feel. It created the perfect picture of relaxation.
We ate in the hotel restaurant every evening – it was convenient as well as fairly priced. The food was also delicious. The range of pizzas available is overwhelming to say the least but you so t be disappointed by the quality.
We took a dip in the lake……even on a hot day, it will still catch your breath – there is a reason why I only tend to swim in the Med! You can also take part in plenty of water sports for an additional charge which, if you don’t fancy joining in yourself, provides for a fantastic spectator sport! We hired a speedboat for a couple of hours which was superb! Hair blowing in the breeze, Mr PB feeling like James Bond – a perfect way to see the towns from the lake.
We loved this start to our holiday. With it being our first visit to the Italian Lakes, we will definitely be returning and would certainly stay at Hotel Villa Aurora without hesitation.
Now onto Venice……look out for my next blog where I share a review of AD Place, Venezia!
x PB x