“A cool yet cosseting all-suite B&B on a working vineyard, with a pool, spa treatments and bikes to borrow”
There’s a touch of industrial chic about the 6 suites - artfully rusted doors, grey walls, hessian curtains, polished concrete floors, minimalist furniture hewn from blocks of wood. It may sound stark, but beamed ceilings, banks of cushions and baby-soft textiles from Italian designer Gianni Vigone keep things warm and cosy.
Each suite has a double bed, a sitting area with a low-slung couch, and niches with hanging space for clothes. The small but snazzy ensuites come with walk-in showers (no tubs) and stainless steel sinks; tall windows provide glimpses of the mountains as you wash, but clever angles prevent any Peeping Toms. In-room treats include bathrobes, slippers, Nespresso machines, Etro Milan toiletries and free bottles of San Pellegrino, and the minibars are stocked with Vivere’s own wine. Best of all, sliding walls of glass lead to private gardens with loungers, tables and chairs, and high walls that ensure total seclusion without obscuring the view of the soaring peaks all around.
We stayed in one of the 3 South Suites, which catch the sun all day and have little kitchenettes hidden away behind banks of sleek cupboard doors. Also with a kitchenette is the Corner Suite, whose large garden wraps around 2 sides. The Studio Suite and the Romantic Suite are smaller, with no cooking facilities, but they’re by no means tiny; the latter has a four-poster and, as the name suggests, makes a great little nest for couples and honeymooners.
Whichever suite you choose, you’ll sleep well. The beds are beautifully firm, with cloud-like duvets and good pillows, and black-out blinds mean you can easily snooze until noon.
Italians don’t really do breakfast. Thankfully Edy is an exception, and a tasty spread of pastries, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, fresh juice, cereal, jam, honey and yoghurt is laid out until 11am - either outside, or by the fire in the lounge on cooler days. Tea and coffee are made to order, and if you want eggs, just ask - we enjoyed a delicious omelette with juicy tomatoes, mozzarella and herbs.
If you get peckish during the day, you’ll find fruit and biscuits by the bar on the terrace. Hot drinks are also available whenever you want (just help yourself if Edy isn't around), along with wine and a few cocktails.
For other meals, you can drive out to one of the lakeside restaurants in Riva del Garda, stroll the 300m to Edy's Pizzeria Centrale or another Arco eatery, or order meal delivery from the menu in your suite. Too chilled to move from our garden, we took the latter route and tucked into crispy pizzas topped with gorgonzola and pepperoni, along with creamy tiramisu and a bottle of Vivere’s smooth and fruity Merlot. There are some more sophisticated options to choose from, too, including asparagus risotto, brie and rocket calzone and grilled steak with porcini mushrooms.
If you’re staying in a South or Corner Suite, you can also whip something up in your kitchenette. You won’t find an oven or any fancy equipment, but there’s a 2-ring hob, a microwave, a sink, a fridge and a dishwasher, as well as crockery, cutlery and a few pots and pans - just enough to prepare salads, sandwiches and simple pasta concoctions. Vivere honey, olive oil and jam are on sale in reception, and there are supermarkets in Arco and Riva del Garda.
Children of all ages are welcome, though Edy tries to limit the number of families staying at any one time in order to preserve the tranquility for other guests, most of whom are couples.
All suites have a couch that can be made up as an extra bed, and baby cots can be provided (both incur an additional charge). Highchairs are also available, and the kitchenettes in the South and Corner Suites are handy for heating up baby food or preparing kids’ snacks. Note that all suites have showers only (no tubs).
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available