Lake Garda is Italy’s most famous lake, ringed by neat vine rows and elegant resort towns built for centuries of well-to-do visitors. Its balmy climate, sheltered by a ring of mountains, makes it a year-round destination, while its water lends itself to all manner of aquatic activities. Across the shore, you’ll find hotels offering near perfection: from chalet chic, wind-swept hotel towns high on the amphitheatre cliffs; to grand old villa hotels rich with frescoes and antiques; to state-of-the-art spa hotels that take advantage of the lake’s thermal waters. You’ll also find converted farmhouses, charming B&Bs and cosy guesthouses, as well as the occasional restaurant with rooms.

A big pick is the Lefay & Spa Resort in Gargnano, set in a pine forest just above the town centre. Popular with those looking for a tranquil, wellness-based retreat, the hotel’s acclaimed spa boasts treatment rooms with stunning views, and has won awards for its ability to improve guests’ sleep and posture. Rooms are incredibly spacious, with huge picture windows and a balcony that takes full advantage of the lake’s panoramas.

If you want a more active holiday, you can use the hotel’s private jetty to access excursions on the water. There’s also a pool and Finnish spa, plus a deluxe restaurant serving hearty Italian fare. Small pets are welcome, too. hotels garda lake garda

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