Overlooking the mirror-flat expanse of Lake Garda from its perch atop the historic town of Salò, Villa Arcadio Hotel & Resort is where Italy's smart set go for refined R ’n’ R. Vistas of lake, town and mountain – variously enjoyed from elegant bedside, infinity poolside and marble-clad fireside – guarantee it a spot among the world's best hotels with a view.

This luxurious Italian villa is a stop on our customisable itineraries that run the length of the country.


  • Elegant interiors with 14th-century fresco details and a refined restaurant

  • Tranquil infinity pool amid gardens with spectacular lake views

  • Great base for exploring Lake Garda, Verona and the vineyards

Smith extra

A bottle of local wine on arrival

In the know

Also need to know:

Ayurvedic treatments, Shiatsu massage, Nordic walking, yoga and Pilates all available on request. The town of Salò is walkable (it's a brisk 40 minutes), but if you're without a car, you might want to jump in a cab for the uphill return ride (about €15). Back at base, you can refine your Italian cuisine with cooking lessons (request in advance).

Packing tips:

Outdoorsy gear for biking or rambling in the national park; bubble-wrap for antiques and foodie finds; deck shoes and binoculars for excursions across the lake on the hotel's vintage Riva Aquarama motor launch (or a more affordable catamaran ferry); ultra-sleek swimwear and plenty of books for poolside lounging.

Dress code:

This genteel hideaway inspires old-fashioned chic: discreet designer dresses, caramel cashmere, crisp linens.

Accommodation details


Via Navelli 2, Salò, BS, 25087


10.0 mi / 16.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Lounges/bars
  • Room service

Dining information


Chef Walter Zanoni sources seasonal regional ingredients (some straight from the villa’s kitchen garden) to create typical dishes with a twist: don’t miss fresh pike plucked from the lake, delicious handmade gnocchi and zingy gelati. Two elegant rooms – vaulted stone ceilings, grand marble fireplaces and 18th-century prints – lead out onto a pretty terrace: the perfect place to drink in those bella vistas and bellinis.

Top Table:

In summer, you’ll want to dine alfresco: the terrace at night is enchanting, with soft-toned lanterns swinging among the vines and candles on every wrought-iron table.

Last Orders:

You can call for cocktails until midnight. Breakfast is served 7.30am–10.30am; lunch, 12.30pm–2.30pm; and dinner, 7pm–11pm.

Room Service:

Dishes from the main menu can be ordered in-room from 7:30am to 10pm in high season (from mid May to September), and during restaurant hours in low season – staff aim to please, so there’s no harm in asking if you have a specific snack in mind.

Hotel Bar:

Take top-notch tipples in the sophisticated wooden bar area, snugly set between the lounge and terrace. You can call for cocktails until midnight. Dip into a bottle of local Groppello, Bardolino or Soave from the excellent wine list.

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