Residence Villa Maria

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Desenzano

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If you're looking to get away as a family or small group then Residence Villa Maria is a great choice. These self-catering apartments are just outside Desenzano in the peaceful setting of lush private parkland. The complex is made up of an elegant Liberty style villa, which is the main hotel building, and 24 separate villa apartments surrounded by spacious gardens.

There's lots to keep you entertained here. The large pool is surrounded by loungers and parasols and the pool bar is nearby. While its cooler in the morning, why not have a few games of tennis? The court's free for guests to use. You can also hire bikes locally - it's a great way to explore the area. It's about 30 minutes' walk to the centre of Desenzano, so even less if you cycle. It's a nice route into town as it's mostly along the lakeside and if you keep going you'll reach the pretty peninsula of Sirmione.

The apartments are well equipped with two separate bedrooms and a living room and kitchen area. The kitchen has everything you need to rustle up some tasty food. The supermarket's just across the road so you can stock easily. 

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport.

  • No. of rooms: 24
  • No. of buildings: 24
  • No. of floors: 1


Check in is at the Hotel Villa Maria, which is on the same site as the apartments.

  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

Cots are available for approx. €10 per day, payable locally. 


Apartments are about 50m² and can sleep up to six people. They're simply decorated with tiled floors and warm tones. They have one double bedroom, a separate twin room, one bathroom with a bathtub, a separate living/dining area with a kitchen corner and an outdoor patio area. The kitchen includes a fridge, two electric cooking rings, a microwave, a kettle and crockery. The sofa can be converted into a double sofa-bed. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe and a hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are included. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 5
  • Access ramp: No

Please not that the apartments may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility as there are some steps into the property and the bathrooms have bathtubs. 


Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre's thriving with bars, cafés, pizzerias and an impressive pedestrianised shopping area. Mingle with the locals as you walk around the narrow streets, stopping to browse the unique items found in some of the family-run boutiques. Stroll a bit further and head uphill to the medieval castle that overlooks the town – you’ll get some of the best views of the lake from up here.

If you want to get some sun, we recommend heading to one of Desenzano’s three public beaches. There's sun loungers and parasols to rent as well as lake-view cafés where you can stop for a drink. The lakeside comes alive in the summer evenings with trendy bars welcoming tourists and locals.

One of the best things about Desenzano is how easy it is to get out and explore. The ferries leave regularly so popular towns like Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione are easy to get to. The town's station has regular trains to both Verona and Venice, which are perfect for day trips. But if you’ve already been or fancy escaping the crowds, we recommend heading to Padua. It’s a small, energetic city that doubles as a museum with the Basilica of St. Anthony’s extraordinary frescoes and a jumble of architecture from Gothic to Renaissance.


Free Excursion: Pre-book three excursions per person and receive a FREE full day excursion to Verona

Please note that excursions are not pre-bookable in Desenzano for summer 2021 - some excursions are available to book locally, but will only run subject to meeting minimum numbers.

Verona Opera (evening)

The Verona Opera is definitely one for the bucket list! The season runs from mid June to early September and covers all the classics including Aida by Verdi or Turnadot by Puccini. Whichever performance you choose; you’ll have an incredible evening. We’ve included transport to and from the arena so you won’t have to worry about a thing. You can find out more about the opera and see the 2021 programme here.

Price: from £64 per person (price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available)

Departs: Various days from June to September (click here for the 2021 schedule)

Venice Classic (full day)

Spend a day in this rich and indulgent city; known for its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dramatic theatre history, cobbled streets and charming waterways. It’s not to be missed! Our Venice Classic excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide as well as at your own pace. You’ll arrive there by coach and a water taxi transfer is included into the historic centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge in your own time – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Price: from £70 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Majestic Dolomites (full day)

We think the Dolomites are the most breath-taking part of the Alps and this excursion gives you the chance to embrace mountain life with one of our fantastic tour guides. It starts with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. Then there’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a refugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Price: from £53 per person Not available for summer 2021

Departs: Mondays

Tour of Lake Garda (half day)

Get ready to explore the best of Lake Garda on this excursion – there’s so much natural beauty and picturesque towns to discover. See the spectacular mountain scenery of the north and the sunny plains of the south. Travelling by both coach and ferry, the tour itinerary for this excursion varies depending on where you start but will usually follow the famous Gardensana road lined with fragrant olive and lemon trees to reach the likes of Malcesine, Sirmione, Salò and Limone.

Price: from £48 per person

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

Verona (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. The handsome city mixes its rich past and modern present with great style.

Price: from £43 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

Please note that the price of excursions will vary depending on the resort you are staying in. We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

  • Large outdoor pool (swimming cap is mandatory)
  • Poolside bar serving drinks and snacks
  • Pool towels are available (payable locally)
  • Tennis court
  • Bike rental (payable locally)
  • Free W-Fi
  • Free outdoor parking 
  • Garage (payable locally)

These self-catered apartments have their own kitchen area. The closest supermarket is only a few hundred metres away, so you can stock up on essentials.

In the main hotel building there are two bars to choose from; a cosy indoor bar or the outdoor pool bar where you can enjoy drinks while you relax in the sunshine. There's also a café open from 9.30am - 11pm, if you fancy a coffee or drink during the day. 

Board basis options available

  • Self Catering
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.561352
  • Latitude: 45.458806
  • Location Description:
    • 600 metres to the lakefront
    • 200 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 100 metres to the nearest supermarket
    • 2 kilometres to the centre of Desenzano

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per person from £409
Includes £10pp discount
Residence Villa Maria
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Self Catering
04/05/2022 - 3 nights
6 adults
From London Gatwick
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