Many are aware of the Lago di Como just north of Milan in Italy. It’s a place where A-list celebs summer, looking glamorous on their boats, yet it has a tinge of inaccessibility because of its high-society vacationers. Nearby, and with much a more authentic flare is Lago Orta – a lake with equally spectacular views, simplicity, and a charming design boutique hotel: Casa Fantini.
Like the high-design mansion that you have always wanted to own (or at least one of your friends could have), Casa Fantini has spectacular views of the lake, manicured gardens, spa-like showers, and the most comfortable beds you’ll ever sleep on. The building was designed by the celebrated Italian architect Piero Lissoni for the high-end Italian-made bathroom fixture brand: Fantini. Located right next to the company’s headquarters (that are also designed by Lissoni, and enjoy spectacular views), Casa Fantini is an extension of the brand – a way for them to bring people into their philosophy of comfort, luxury, and design.
When you arrive, you are immediately greeted by helpful and friendly staff asking if you’d like a glass of Pellegrino or Prosecco. Prosecco, every time, please! But what first strikes you about the boutique hotel, and that impression lasts throughout your stay, is how stunning the gardens and pool area are. With views of the Isola San Giulio (a stunning island in the middle of the lake with an impressive convent located at its heart) you immediately take in the intoxicating smell of the Azaleas, the quiet rustle of the leaves, and the soothing sound of the pool, enticing you to do nothing but let go and enjoy one of the hotel’s excellently made Negroni’s or Aperol Spritzes al fresco.
When the weather permits, you can enjoy a romantic boat ride across the lake taking in the impressive scenery of the lakeside mountains. For those also looking to spend some quiet time in the room, each is well-appointed. All of the rooms at Casa Fantini have stunning views of the lake but more importantly, to help you take in the full Fantini experience each room’s bathroom is equipped with a luxurious shower and steam room. Turn it on, wait just 20 minutes, and all of your stress melts away. It’s a Lissoni-designed paradise where you can truly get some R&R.