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Villa & Palazzo Aminta
Location: Stresa - Italy
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Cruise across sparkling Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands, and you can visit the fascinating 17th-century palace on Isola Bella. But you needn’t venture out at all to revel in a sense of old-world Italian luxury—not if you’re staying at nearby Villa & Palazzo Aminta. The decor inside is as classic as the superb Piedmont scenery surrounding the hotel, all inlaid marble floors and ornate Murano chandeliers, gilded chairs and antique furniture. No two of its guest rooms and suites are alike, each distinguished by trompe l’oeil frescoes and personalized color schemes. One feature the rooms do share, however, is an unstinting emphasis on comfort and amenities, from marble-lined baths to exquisite toiletries to discreetly incorporated modern accoutrements such as television.

Villa & Palazzo Aminta provides all the most civilized pleasures of life for its guests. A highly regarded chef serves creations like sturgeon and asparagus en brochette in two restaurants (the appetizing lake views come standard with every meal), and you can even dabble in the cooking arts yourself. Chaises encourage lingering by the pool or on the beach, while tennis courts and bocce lawns beckon the more active. Golf and horseback riding are mere minutes away. So are the alluring islands, easily reachable from the hotel’s boat dock, and attractions such as historic churches, a charming umbrella museum, and the cableway up Mount Mottarone.

In 2008, Palazzo Aminta Beauty & Spa opened its new and luxurious temple of well-being with an experienced staff of doctors, physiotherapists, masseurs, beauticians, personal trainers, and cosmetologists, all coordinated by Professor Nicola Sorrentino, a specialist much sought after by stars and personalities from the worlds of culture and fashion. Personalized programs are created to rebalance the body and the soul, and include anti-stress therapies for new mothers. State-of-the-art treatments include four-handed massage with essential hot oils, seaweed therapies, thermal mud baths, exfoliating and hydrating, and revitalizing face and body treatments. The spa includes a Zen meditation room for the deepest relaxation, plus hydrotherapy and a hammam. The adjoining fitness area is equipped with Technogym exercise equipment and plasma television screens with satellite link offering high-level entertainment. You'll relax within the Eastern decor and a design inspired by the mosaic inlays of the extraordinary Taj Mahal.

The elegant Tower of the hotel offers tasteful Junior Suites and Suites, interconnecting to form large apartments. Furnished in authentic styles, the Suites are provided with Technogym equipment for fitness and with full marble bathrooms. Each room captures one of the Italian regional styles, whether Venetian plasterwork or Tuscan statuary, paintings of the Lombardy school or Florentine frescoes. The Suites also display the coats of arms of aristocratic families as celebrations of Italy's legendary past. In the romantic dome of the Tower--the jewel of the hotel set aside for its most particular guests--is the Rome Suite in the ancient Roman Pompeian style, with a private pool and hanging gardens. From its dominating position, guests can enjoy the infinitely colored facets of the exquisite Borromean Gulf, all in total intimacy, and with superb views from the private terraces.

Choose classic regional Italian dining at Le Isole, with its unforgettable lake views, or try the casual (you can even arrive in your bathrobe!) spa dining experience of Il Calamondine, named for the fragrant ornamental fruit trees that surround the sunny terrace of this restaurant. Enjoy fresh quality ingredients and watch the chef personally prepare your meal at this show kitchen which focuses on healthy alternatives.
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