Grand Hotel Tremezzo

This grand dame of a hotel sits prettily on the shores of Lake Como – yes, just 10 min away from where George Clooney has a summer home 🙂 This luxury resort ranks very highly on Tripadvisor and has been around for more than 100 years!


From the hotel’s archives – 106 year old resort!

The Welcome

I’ve never seen anything like it – the car dropped us off at a mirrored tunnel leading to a glass elevator. I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland, but instead of falling down a dark rabbit hole, I was ascending into the lap of luxury.


Entrance to elevator – my outfit matched my surroundings a little too much by chance 😀


Coming out of the elevator, we were greeted with the airiest lobby I had ever seen – literally. No walls, curtains billowing in the breeze, and fresh roses everywhere.


Airy lobby indeed – no walls and an elevator!


The Rooms

It would be a shame to come all the way here and not splurge on the lake view room, which didn’t disappoint with its tasteful lavendar theme and – again – that VIEW.


Bed fit for a princess – shall I search for a pea?



Balcony overlooking the pool, lake and mountains… sigh… if only I were a poet



A special welcome with a berry tart, chilled prosecco, and that view


The Grounds

Yes, I say The Grounds because it felt like an estate. From the front, a beautiful pool juts out into the lake and is an ideal spot for swimming, tanning and reading.


Tanning is a tough activity, but somebody’s gotta do it

Meanwhile, the renovated gardens in the back made me feel, again, like Alice in Wonderland. I kept expecting the Mad Hatter to pop out.


Pool in the garden



Everything tastes better when you’re sitting on a terrace this beautiful:


Oh Romeo, Romeo…



Ideal for a long, lazy lunch…



Saying ‘cheese’ at breakfast

The actual food is pretty great, too. L’Escale is an upscale BBQ and fondue joint where you can cook your own food at your table. The upstairs terrace, where breakfast is served, makes for a beautiful dining experience at sunset, too. The breakfast buffet looks like its made for royalty, with floral centerpieces and waffles made to order.


Breakfast buffet of champions


All products used are from ESPA and are “99% organic.” There’s also a gorgeous, heated indoor pool that leads outdoors – if you weren’t convinced to try the other two pools, you will want to try this one.


Here, you can master the art of ‘dolce far niente’ as the Italians are known to say – the beauty of doing nothing. I could do nothing all day long at this resort and feel pretty good about myself. 10/10!

What To Pack

Make like a Dolce & Gabbana ad and take selfies in this bright ensemble.


Grand Hotel Tremezzo


Ted Baker v neck shirt
305 AED –

Dolce&Gabbana high waisted shorts
2,560 AED –

René Caovilla blue shoes
2,705 AED –

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana handbag
5,245 AED –

Cara blue earrings
44 AED –

Dolce&Gabbana cat eye sunglasses
660 AED –

Dolce Gabbana perfume fragrance
270 AED –
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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