When the hotel is located on a crystal clear lake, with a backdrop of mountains and villages in the distance, waving palm trees on the coiffured lawn and not far from ancient stone houses and small alleyways, it is pretty much a given the place is called Eden. Eden Roc, to be completely correct and honestly, it surely fits all the anticipation, write travel pros Laura Brown and Laura Snook in this exclusive review of Switzerland’s finest.
Situated along Lake Maggiore, the Swiss twin of Italian Lake Como – similar in style yet almost more picturesque and for sure less popular with the paparazzi, Eden Roc holds the fort with exquisite taste. Spread out over two large buildings the hotel stuns with colour and interior design from Carlo Rampazzi, the in-house designer of the Tschuggen Group. Vibrant colours, elegant materials and striking art pieces are placed together in this waterfront property. You get a taste of this as soon as you step into the bright lobby:
The daring mind of Rampazzi promises to amaze, in particular on the Art Floor, where each suite offers elements of surprise – a painting stuck to the ceiling instead of the wall or a hand painted, eye-catching dresser in the hallway.
Adding the serene beauty of the vista from your suite just makes the picture complete. The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Sitting on the waterfront, all you can think of is Mr. Clooney himself arriving asking you to join him for coffee. The marina is heaving in summer with sailboats, yachts and curious kayakers, all stepping on shore after their time on the water to feast on the local Ticino cuisine or slide onto the sun loungers for an aperitif. Eden Roc prides itself in the Ticino cuisine, served in La Casetta – a small and idyllic, historic lake house.
A dinner by the fire in winter or when the sun is out on the terrace, La Casetta offers delicious local pasta dishes, with the catch-of-the-day during the season as a highlight. Marina, the modern setting on the edge of the property entices the senses with a more international cuisine, yet keeping in touch with regional favourites. The pumpkin gnocchi is a treat, the salads are dressed to perfection and the risotto is rich in taste and has that velvety texture one expects. Breakfast is served in La Brezza and offers seasonal inspired dishes, where service is comfortable and a good eye for detail is a given – the bircher muesli is delicious and the Swiss cheeses a great complement to the fresh selection of breads.
Referring back to nature, the Eden Roc Spa is set indoors as well as outdoors for those who enjoy lingering in the sun. Inside stones from the Maggia river form a Kneipp path to stimulate the circulation. The spa menu offers treatments for men and women and facials from three different product lines whereby the therapist surely knows her trade and adds in some practical advice on how to maintain the best skin in your own cosmetic routine. The treatment rooms are set up with natural light and a cute little courtyard is perfectly poised and waiting for you to relax with a cup of herbal tea.
When visiting Eden Roc, make sure to head into town. The town of Ascona is filled with charming cafes, art galleries and tiny boutiques. In late Autumn the town is dozing into a wintersleep but when the sun comes out in March and heats up the lawns and terraces, Ascona overflows with tourists and folk enjoying the finer things in life. Saluti!
Here is style inspiration to make the most out of a fabulous trip to this paradise of a hotel – ideal for a Spring stroll by the lake: