Hotel Regina Palace is as grand as it gets. Think frescoed ceilings, chandeliers and rich colours throughout. It sits proudly on the lakefront promenade, set back from the road by established gardens. At the back, you’ll find the pool where you can pull up a lounger and relax. There’s a snack bar serving drinks all day and if you feel like burning off some energy, there’s tennis courts too.
We can’t get enough of the spa here - its included in the hotel price. Its clever design mimics a subterranean cave and the heated pool has hydro massage jets and sensory colours. It’s a fantastic way to relax. There’s treatments that you can book too (payable locally). When you’ve had enough of relaxing, you’ll be well placed to explore Lake Maggiore. The centre of Stresa is a comfortable stroll away and you can jump on a ferry and be at the Borromean Islands in no time.
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.