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Luxury Lake Maggiore Holidays

Italian glamour, mountain views and palazzo-topped islands

Lake Maggiore

Holidays in Lake Maggiore offer something for every taste; delicious food and wine, beautiful natural scenery and 19th Century palaces to name but a few. Located in the picturesque Southern Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second largest of the Italian lakes and treats its visitors to a beautiful Mediterranean climate. Its shores are peppered with quaint fishing villages, each of which has its own distinct character, boasting colourful buildings, harbours and architectural wonders. Couples and families alike will be drawn to the glamour of Lake Maggiore, where days can be spent relaxing in the sun, enjoying the food scene or exploring the cobbled streets of the nearby fishing villages.

A holiday at Lake Maggiore would not be complete without visiting the Borromean Islands, where awe inspiring botanical gardens, palaces and vanilla white houses are waiting to be discovered. Hop on a boat from the waterfront at Stresa and enjoy a day exploring these beautiful islands. And, on a Wednesday, be sure to visit the famous market in Luino, where local samples of fruit, cheese and other delights are waiting to be tasted.

Luxury holidays in Lake Maggiore

 Luxury holidays in Lake Maggiore allow for a truly indulgent and sophisticated break. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, and many of the restaurants here are al fresco, allowing you to savour some of the best food in Italy while soaking in the stunning lake views. For those wanting to enjoy some high end shopping and restaurants, head to Milan, which is just over an hour away. Here, you’ll find grand architecture, culture and art to inspire you.

Lake Maggiore is home to many excellent luxury hotels, but Sovereign recommends the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées. Easily the most exclusive hotel in the area, guests will be treated to first class facilities with inspiring views over to the Borromean islands and the Alps. Alternatively, opt to stay at Villa e Palazzo Aminta Beauty & Spa, where stunning lake views and excellent dining can be found, as well as a spa offering a Turkish bath and other deluxe treatments.

Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€5
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Cup of coffee
€3
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Glass of wine
€5-8
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Main course
€12-18
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Small souvenir
€10
Flight Information

Flights to the Italian Lakes take around 2 hours from the UK.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Malpensa airport to Lake Maggiore is approximately 1 hour.

When to go

The Italian Lakes are at their best between April and October. June, July and August see temperatures soar to the high 20s (perfect for swimming and sunbathing), while the slightly cooler temperatures in April, May, September and October are ideal for those who want to spend a bit more time walking, cycling or sightseeing.

Visa Information

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Lake Maggiore
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore
  • The best in luxury on Lake Maggiore, offering Belle Époque design throughout
  • Just minutes from Stresa, this hotel is ideal for those wanting to explore
  • Enjoy hiking and tennis or lounge by the pool in this historic lakefront property

Villa e Palazzo Aminta Hotel, Beauty & Spa

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore
This small boutique hotel offers traditional Italian design and furnishings
Couples looking for relaxation will love the spa, Turkish baths, and candlelit dining
Just across the water from Isola Bella and Isola Superiore, it’s a perfect base for exploring
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