why these 15 stays are worth the detour

There’s been plenty of time between trips, of course, but with international travel starting to become a real possibility, it’s time to at least start thinking about that long-awaited Italian vacation. Chase the magic of la dolce vita from top to toe with century-old palaces, design staples, eco-retreats, spa hideaways and indulgent private villas.

From beaches to lakes, here are some of the most spectacular and luxurious stays in Italy.

Hotel Il Pellicano – Tuscany

Hotel Il Pellicano — Photo courtesy of Pellicano Hotels

Over the past half-century, Il Pellicano has earned a dazzling reputation as the favorite hideaway of the rich and famous, and it continues to exude that vintage allure while simultaneously adding a modern, seaside freshness. Set overlooking its own private bay on Tuscany’s rugged Argentario coast, it’s the ultimate summer hotspot with a fun retro vibe.

A renowned beach club as well as a magnificent Michelin-starred restaurant and airy but impeccable service will ensure that the laid-back glamor of Il Pellicano will leave you completely spoiled.

Private Villas Rocco Forte Verdura – Sicily

Greenery Private VillasVerdura Private Villas — Photo courtesy of Rocco Forte Verdura Resort

Located in the sprawling Verdura Resort overlooking the sparkling waters of the Sicilian coast, Rocco Forte’s exclusive private villas offer a unique concept of luxury accommodation. The 3 or 4 bedroom villas are ideal for large groups or multi-generational family stays, offering privacy, comfort and services tailored to meet your individual needs.

The spacious living areas have been carefully designed to pay homage to Sicilian style with earthy colors, touches of Sicilian art and echoes of local traditions. Guests have access to a range of top-notch amenities, including unspoilt beaches, private pools, a world-class spa and an 18-hole golf course.

Rocco Forte Villa Igiea – Palermo

Villa IgieaVilla Igiea — Photo courtesy of Rocco Forte Villa Igiea

The heritage-listed Villa Igiea prides itself on being a time-honoured place in Palermo’s history with its stately interior hosting celebrities and royalty for over a century. A comprehensive restoration with all the stunning features by designer Olga Polizzi has maintained the palate’s opulent elegance while introducing flashes of contemporary panache; think sumptuous fabrics and antiques set in light, bright rooms that evoke the waterfront location and provide a cool respite from the summer heat.

To refresh yourself, taste the flavors of Sicily at the magnificent Belle Époque restaurant or sip a cocktail at the refined bar on the terrace overlooking the Gulf of Palermo.

Mandarin Oriental – Lake Como

Suite with Private Pool at Mandarin Oriental Lake ComoSuite with private pool at Mandarin Oriental Lake Como — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Lake Como

The first and only eco-friendly resort on Lake Como, the lavish Mandarin Oriental combines spectacular scenery with a dose of Italian elegance and a subtle touch of the global brand’s Oriental style. The majestic lakeside villa perfectly embodies the luxurious sophistication of Como exclusivity while harmoniously complementing the incredible natural surroundings.

Whether you’re dining on the fabulous lakeside terrace, taking a dip in the incredible floating pool, or unwinding in the area’s largest spa, this is a serenely spectacular location for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Hotel Mezzatorre and Thermal Spa – Ischia

Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal SpaMezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa — Photo courtesy of Pellicano Hotels

Clinging to the northwest tip of the island of Ischia, the distinctive 16th-century watchtower of the Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa overlooks its own private bay. Using the island’s natural products and restorative waters, this iconic luxury retreat slows the pace and encourages you to unwind.

With fresh, chic décor and the scent of pine from the surrounding forest, Mezzatorre invites guests to rejuvenate in its three therapy pools and pamper themselves at the spa before dining on Ischian specialties in its renowned restaurant will admire the sea.

Il Borro – Tuscany

Il Borro — Photo courtesy of Francesca Pagliai

As soon as you step into the medieval atmosphere of this family-run Ferragamo estate, you’d be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still. The 5-star Il Borro wine resort is a Tuscan dream destination, offering everything from luxury suites to country farmhouses spread over its 1100 hectares, as well as wine tastings, a spa, sports facilities, nature trails and nature, gourmet restaurants and much more. to take care of you.

The focus here is on eco-sustainability, and the estate not only generates its own solar electricity, but also uses natural and traditional methods to produce its own wine, olive oil and honey.

Borgo Egnazia – Apulia

Borgo EgnaziaBorgo Egnazia — Photo courtesy of Stephanie Russo

From its scenic position between countryside and sea, the whitewashed resort of Borgo Egnazia offers a romantic countryside getaway but with luxury amenities. Traditional architecture, neutral tones and candlelit interiors blend harmoniously to produce a new vacation concept, focused on authentic experiences in the southern region of Puglia.

Accommodation is split between suites, rooms and villas scattered around the resort, creating an authentic village feel. In-house services are strictly top-notch with two private beaches, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a golf course, and a spacious spa that draws inspiration from ancient practices and natural products from the region.

La Posta Vecchia – Ladispoli

Hotel La Posta VecchiaHotel La Posta Vecchia — Photo courtesy of Pellicano Hotels

Combine a trip to Rome with a bit of Mediterranean magic by staying at this stunning seaside palace on the Lazio coast. Housed in a noble villa dating back to 1640, La Posta Vecchia exudes the history, character and charm of an Italian aristocratic home with beautifully ornate interiors brimming with art, antiques and artefacts from ancient to modern.

Add a private beach, spa facilities and a fabulous restaurant, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia – Sicily

Capofaro Locanda & MalvasiaCapofaro Locanda & Malvasia — Photo courtesy of Alessandro Sala_Cesura

The fairy-tale island of Salina in the Aeolian Islands of Sicily is the homeland of Capofaro, a heavenly haven that weaves a passion for wine and the sea. Surrounded by endless vineyards, an imposing volcanic landscape and a sparkling turquoise sea, bright rooms are simple yet sophisticated with a thoughtful minimalist theme.

The hotel restaurant makes the most of Salina agriculture, using local ingredients for authentic seasonal dishes. And it goes without saying that an in-depth tasting of the Malvasia wine of the cru is not to be missed.

Adler Spa Resort Thermae – Tuscany

Adler Spa Resort Thermae in TuscanyAdler Spa Resort Thermae in Tuscany — Photo courtesy of Adler Spa Resort

Complete wellness is the name of the game at this elegant Adler Spa luxury resort located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany. Clean, bright interiors combine with Mediterranean charm and an emphasis on nature with thermal pools, a fitness center, and a range of saunas adding the feel-good factor.

Foodies will revel in locally sourced Tuscan cuisine and the region’s top quality wines, while the more adventurous can enjoy a choice of outdoor sports and excursions into the hills of the beautiful Valle de norcia.

Palace of Tiberius – Capri

Relax at the Capri Tiberio PalaceRelax at Capri Tiberio Palace — Photo courtesy of Capri Tiberio Palace

Soak up a slice of la dolce vita a stone’s throw from Capri’s famous Piazzetta with a stay at the elegant and playful Tiberio Palace. Although central enough to enjoy the shopping and nightlife of Capri’s glitzy scene, the hotel is tucked away from the crowds – a quiet oasis with exceptional service.

Decorated in a color palette that echoes the hues of Capri and featuring a rooftop restaurant with stunning sea views, it’s sure to tick all the boxes for a blissful island getaway with a sense of privacy. very defined membership.

Casa Maria Luigia – Modena

Casa Maria LuigiaCasa Maria Luigia — Photo courtesy of Stefano Scatà

Chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore extend their vision of hospitality beyond the walls of their famous restaurant Osteria Francescana with the luxurious Casa Maria Luigia in the hills of the Emilian countryside. Aiming to create a home rather than a hotel, the quaint property is designed and decorated in its signature style, a fusion of vintage and contemporary elements.

The welcoming feel continues with cozy shared spaces and communal dining at the on-site restaurant, which serves some of the most notable dishes from the Bottura catalog.

Belmond Cipriani – Venice

Settle into the Belmond Cipriani as your base in VeniceSettle into the Belmond Cipriani as your home base in Venice — Photo courtesy of Belmond Cipriani

As your private launch approaches the iconic Cipriani, you are enveloped in a sense of timeless class and total luxury. Synonymous with Venetian grandeur since 1958, its resplendent suites have hosted international movie stars, politicians and royalty seeking tranquility and privacy.

The resort enjoys a fabulous location on the east coast of the island of Giudecca, a short boat ride from the hustle and bustle of central Venice and the perfect place to sip a perfectly brewed Bellini while admiring the stunning beauty of the lagoon.

Lefay Resort and SPA – Dolomites

Swimming pool at the Lefay Resort and SPASwimming pool at Lefay Resort and SPA — Photo courtesy of Lefay Resorts

If avant-garde luxury in an alpine atmosphere is more your thing, this elegant spa resort in Lefay will certainly fit the bill. Far from a traditional rustic mountain lodge, the hotel’s huge windows show off the lovely surroundings, while striking modern architecture echoes the jagged landscape with crisp lines, geometric patterns and sharp angles, softened by a neutral furnishings in luxury fabrics.

The eco-resort focuses on the state-of-the-art spa, a veritable temple of well-being. For serious skiers, the pristine powder slopes of Madonna di Campiglio are just minutes away.

COMO Castello Del Nero – Tuscany

Following COMO Castello del NeroSuite at COMO Castello del Nero — Photo courtesy of COMO Castello Del Nero

Set in a sprawling 740-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves, the 12th-century castle that is Castello Del Nero certainly has the wow factor. Step through the door and step into an impressive blend of past and present, with Renaissance frescoes and noble family coats of arms merging with white marble and soothing shades of blue and grey.

With Michelin-starred fine dining featuring estate-to-table produce, wine tasting in the exposed-brick cellar, and the region’s first destination spa, it’s everything you’d expect from a lavish getaway. in Chianti.

Elisha A. Tilghman