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Lake Country

by Sandra Ramani

“This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty,” wrote the nineteenth-century poet Percy Bysshe Shelley about Lake Como, a tranquil group of waterside villages in Italy’s northern Lombardy region that has been garnering admirers—including nobles, artists and celebrities—since the Romans ruled.

In addition to its scenic appeal, Lake Como’s mild, Mediterranean climate (which breeds year-round subtropical flora) and hilly walks have helped make it a popular wellness destination, too. All of those elements converge at the T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, which opened last year in a restored eighteenth-century villa adjacent to the main hotel. Along with original mosaics, a yoga studio, three-story gym and the area’s only authentic hammam (complete with marble walls and domed ceiling), the nearly 11,000-square-foot spa offers serene Lake Como views from its sauna, hydromassage-equipped infinity pool and elegant relaxation room, where comfortable loungers encourage lingering.

The ESPA treatment menu includes two excellent signature services inspired by the region: The Lake Como Ritual includes a body scrub, scalp mask and massage with heated muslin pouches filled with locally grown herbs like lavender and thyme, while the Grand Garden Ritual pays homage to the hotel’s tiered gardens with ingredients like neroli, rosemary and rose geranium in its body scrub, massage and facial. Guests craving even more spa time can check into the one-bedroom Suite Emilia, which gives you direct access to the wellness center—and more panoramic lake views.   grandhoteltremezzo.com

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