“Elegant villa hotel set among olive and citrus groves in the hills above Salò, with heavenly views of Lake Garda”
The hotel’s 18 rooms have simple, natural, textural décor. No jazz, no frills, instead the luxury lies in the detail: expensive linens, dark wood, subtle lighting, soft non-allergenic pillows and super-comfortable beds.
The best vistas are from the hotel’s only Suite, which is arranged as an open-plan apartment with a bedroom and living space. There is also a trio of roomy Junior Suites, each with an entrance hall and sofa area. The Standard and Deluxe Rooms vary in size, but this is one place where you won’t feel short-changed if you go for the smaller categories. One of the most petite, ground-floor Room 1, is a lovely little room with French windows opening onto a dinky terrace overlooking the garden.
In some rooms there are beautiful walls of exposed stone, in others, remnants of vintage frescoes. Some of the upper rooms (there are 3 floors) have high beamed ceilings, but all share the same soothing style. Sunlight pours in through the windows, each framing an Arcadian view of the lake, the garden, or both. If watery views are important to you, state your expectations when booking to avoid disappointment.
Bathrooms are light and efficient but tend to be on the small side, with glass shower cubicles and marble basins, but no tubs. Toiletries, slippers and bathrobes are provided.
Whether it's breakfast on the terrace overlooking the lake, lunch by the pool or dinner in the restaurant, eating at Villa Arcadio is one of the joys of staying here.
In the restaurant, housed under stone arches, tables are laid with sparkling cutlery and crisp table linen. In summer, scents from the garden waft in through open doors (or you can sit outside); in winter, it’s cosy and candlelit, with fireplaces at either end.
The à la carte dinner menu changes seasonally, but we highly recommend the 4-course 'menu of the day'. During our visit, this kicked off with artichoke and pecorino appetisers, followed by rabbit-filled ravioli with traditional polenta taragna. Our main was melt-in-the-mouth pork ribs with a sweet and sour borretane onion and beer sauce. The cuisine was so rich that we couldn’t manage dessert, but we can attest to the quality of their port. Amongst the wine list, you’ll find bottles chosen from smaller vineyards, with every region of Italy represented.
Breakfast is a decorative buffet of meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, breads and pastries – we also enjoyed some excellent scrambled eggs. On a fine day, you can eat outside under a canopy of vines overlooking Garda and the mountains beyond.
If you want to eat out, there are dozens of waterside restaurants in Salò or Gardone Riviera - ask hotel staff for recommendations.
The hotel feels a little too grown-up, too chilled, for hordes of kids, but they are welcome.
The Suites are best for families, as they have living rooms with sofabeds. All room can hold a baby cot, most have space for an extra bed.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking