A Taste of Paradise at the Hotel Eden Roc Ascona
Relaxing Ticino Vibes
Arriving at the hotel you feel the relaxing Ticino vibes and the warm Spring sunshine as you enter the hotel. The pots of lemon trees growing in front of the entrance give a Mediterranean feel and your cares and worries start to fall away. That is, until l suddenly realised that my luggage was not actually in the boot of the car – but still back in Zurich!
After overcoming the initial shock and with the friendly reassurance of the Eden Roc check in personnel, I realised it wasn’t really a major problem – and nothing a quick shopping trip couldn’t fix!
The Swimming Pools and Spa
There is also a further pool in the gardens right on the lake with views of the surrounding mountains. Gym bunnies can keep up their fitness goals in the well equipped gymnasium area.
The Food and Chef Salvatore Frequente
Breakfast with a View
Short Stroll to Ascona
Boat Trip to Brissago Islands
The hotel has its own jetty and we took a boat trip to one of the nearby Brissago Islands. An exotic island with lush vegetation within Lake Maggiore, it houses a botanical garden boasting plant varieties from all over the world.
The villa in the centre of this island has been lovingly restored and is now a hotel and restaurant. The islands are definitely worth a visit and the views on the trip across are stunning.
The Interior Designer Carlo Rampazzi
The Eden Roc isn’t one of those ultra modern hotels where each bedroom is a carbon copy of the next one and all decorated in exactly the same three shades of taupe throughout. Rather it’s an eclectic mix of a wide range of individual modern or elegant classical styles where no two rooms are designed the same.
Interior designer Carlo Rampazzi is responsible for the design and when I met him at the hotel he told me how important colour was to his vision when creating the rooms. He explained how he likes to play with colour, experiment with it and enjoy it – and how the last thing he wanted to do was to create a hotel all in beige! That’s not to say that some of the rooms are not beige – but that he uses an extensive colour palette using all colours and each room is unique.
The Staff and Hotel Management
The staff are so charming and friendly making you feel at home right away. It isn’t one of those sniffy places where you feel as if they’re looking you up and down – it’s friendly, welcoming and genuinely relaxing. From the hotel director Andreas Gartmann down, everybody is helpful and smiley. Maybe it’s the Ticino weather – but you genuinely feel welcome and totally at home in this friendly environment.
So if you’re in search of a little spell in paradise look no further than the Hotel Eden Roc Ascona in Ticino.
Hotel Eden Roc
Photos by Christina Fryer
We were hosted at the hotel but all views expressed are entirely our own