Giardino Ascona is a five star superior hotel located in Ascona, Switzerland. Ascona is nestled between the mighty Swiss mountains and the mesmerizing Lago Maggiore lake. It is on this exact location that the Swiss Alps come to an end and where the Italian lemon trees begin to grow. The climate is mild and the combination of the mountains, the lake, the lemon trees and the palm trees and many colourful flowers sets a magical atmosphere.
Giardino Ascona was totally renovated in 2007. The interior and hotels grounds are inspired on Tuscany and the Mediterranean. The different buildings on the property are centred around a beautiful lush courtyard with plenty of lemon trees, a big pond and an abundance of flowers. Inside the common areas, the combines warm and luxurious Italian and Swiss design with modern elements. The bar and lounge area is a perfect spot for cocktails and after dinner drinks, often accompanied by live music and performances.
This unique location is perfect to support the hotel’s philosophy ‘the soul retreat’. Spirituality and wellbeing are very important and the hotel even opened an Ayurveda centre in 2016. Several authentic treatments and cures are available to recharge the body and the soul. At one of the hotel’s restaurants, Hide & Seek, the food is also based on the Ayurveda philosophy, offering a unique and healthy dining experience to the guests.
For even more wellbeing, guests can head to the hotel’s Dipiù Spa. An indoor pool, three saunas, a steam bath, a fitness area, a hair saloon and a barber shop make sure the mind and body will relax. Several treatments are available and many of them are with Dipiù cosmetic products, the Giardino Group’s own cosmetic brand. For guests looking for some outdoor activities, there is plenty of choice as well. The swimming pool and activities on and around the lake are obvious choices and the hotel has a direct access to the 18-hole course of Golf Club Patriziale Ascona. Many of great walks and cycling tours start from the hotel’s entrance, too.
Rooms & Suites
The 54 well-appointed rooms and 18 spacious suites of Giardino Ascona are cosy, luxurious and Mediterranean-style inspired. Light colours are combined with light wooden floors, cosy furniture and modern technologies. Every room features a multimedia flat screen, an tub and shower, luxurious bathroom amenities and a private balcony with views over the gardens and/or the mountains.
Gastronomy is an important aspect of Giardino Group’s philosophy. Besides the Hide & Seek restaurant mentioned above, the culinary flagship restaurant of the Giardino Ascona is ECCO Restaurant. Here, one of Switzerland’s most talented chefs is at work: Rolf Fliegauf. Rolf holds no less than 6 Michelin stars in total: 2 stars in each of his 3 ECCO restaurants (all located in Giardino hotels). At ECCO Ascona, Rolf serves multicourse menus with a playful mix of flavours, textures and ingredients. Please click here for the full article of the great ECCO Ascona restaurant.
Giardino Ascona Hotel is a unique property on a stunning location near the border between Switzerland and Italy. As a ‘soul retreat’, guests come here to enjoy a range of activities to ease the mind and strengthen the body. From Ayurveda treatments to Michelin star dining, from lakeside walks to yacht excursions: this is place about charming perfection and the “Swiss Smile”.
Written by Sven & Frank