The 8 Best Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

Lake Como’s beautiful turquoise waters are just waiting to be swum in. Or sailed, rowed or kayaked across. The shores are just asking to be strolled around, and the hills and mountains rising right out of the lake are just perfect for hiking - and there’s a great range of trails and summits, enough to keep you going for weeks. So, as well as being glamourous and beautiful, Lake Como is also a great backdrop for an active holiday. And some of the 8 best Lake Como hotels for an active break are also iconic, traditional Lake Como gems.

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If you’re looking for the best Lake Como hotels for an active break with your family, then consider staying in Menaggio, which is a great base for hiking, biking, water skiing, horse riding and swimming. Plus there’s an 18 hole golf course close by. Bellagio is probably the glamorous Lake Como favourite, but with its swimming, water skiing, sailing, horse riding and hiking opportunities it’s also where you’ll find some of the 8 best Lake Como hotels for an active break for couples. For the best swimming try the northern towns of Domaso and Gravedona where the beaches are uncrowded and the water is pristine.

Casta Diva Resort

The 8 Best Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

The Best Traditional Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

Bellagio’s opulent Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is an elegant grande dame, with all the trappings of old fashioned luxury. Think doric columns, beautiful antiques, frescoed ceilings, grand sun terraces, spectacular lake views - of course - and a Michelin starred restaurant. They also have a private boat and excellent facilities for watersports.

The supremely elegant Grand Hotel Tremezzo has 89 rooms right on the water’s edge, and five stars worth of beautifully understated interiors plus generous sun terraces, an excellent restaurant and spa and parklands surrounding the hotel. Plus, one of the pools actually floats on the lake!

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

The Most Romantic Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

The Relais Villa Vittoria in Laglio is a wonderfully romantic hotel, right on the edge of the lake. As well as beautiful views, this hotel has 11 delicately sumptuous rooms, an excellent restaurant, and peaceful terraces overlooking the water. The villa’s facilities mean that this is the perfect destination for people who like to keep active and busy, but the romantic atmosphere means that it’s also ideal for a honeymoon.

Relais Villa Vittoria

If you're looking for ultimate luxury with all the facilities you could imagine, in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa is perfect. Naturally it's five stars, and its two restaurants are excellent. But it also has a wonderful floating swimming pool, and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline. Perfect for relaxing in after a long, adventurous day.

The Best Located Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

Varenna's Hotel Du Lac Varenna is a charming lakeside hotel, which has been run by the same famiily since 1959. There are 16 comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms - some with lake views and private balconies and a peaceful terrace overlooking the lake with a lovely shaded dining area. Small, but the service is fantastic and very knowledgable.

Hotel du lac Varenna

The Filario Hotel in Lezzeno is a super stylish design hotel with an outdoor infinity pool and private beach area on Lake Como. Bedrooms are decorated in cool earth tones with modern amenities and large showers. Restaurant with terrace overlooking the lake serves traditional Italian fare.

Filario Hotel

The Best Value Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

Lezzeno’s Nest on the Lake is a charming little lakeside B&B with five rooms and self-catering apartments. Bedrooms have four-poster beds and private terraces and there are lovely sun decks to share. They’ll also rent you a bike or a canoe. And all for under £100 per night.

Nest on the lake

Alpe del Lupo has three chic bedrooms off the beaten track in Blessagno. The decor is traditional, but the furniture quite modern, plus there’s a huge communal dining room and lounge - both with large fireplaces. So this is a great one to take over if you’re travelling in a small, adults-only group.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 8 best Lake Como hotels for an active break might be perfect for you?

The 8 Best Lake Como Hotels for an Active Break

  • Relais Villa Vittoria Laglio 11 rooms from £165

    Weddings  -  Receptions and intimate marriages are regularly held here and can cater for up to 68 seated guests
    Total relaxation  -  Spend days lounging in the infinity pool overlooking the lake and mountains or unwind in the spa
    Local exploring  -  Just a short paddle from the village of Laglio
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller

    Utterly romantic hotel on the edge of Lake Como. Spectacular views, delicately sumptuous rooms, excellent restaurant and terraces, and plenty to do on the lake. Honeymooners would be in heaven! See More

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  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Bellagio 95 rooms from £226

    Opulent  -  A wonderfully opulent hotel and undoubtebly one of the lake's grandest
    Outstanding location  -  An enviable location, right on the lakefront in the heart of Bellagio
    Traditional  -  Expect marble columns, Murano chandeliers and frescoed ceilings
    Beach nearby  -  The property boasts its own private beach
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Opulent largesse and Five Star luxury at this elegant grand hotel. Bedrooms and suites have frescoed ceilings, Doric columns, and antique furniture. Michelin-run restaurant, spa, terraces, spectacular views of the lake, and a private boat to take you onto it. Romantic, pampering, historic. See More

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  • Alpe del Lupo Blessagno, Lake Como 3 rooms from £87

    Active Holiday  -  In this stunning region there is masses to do on the doorstep, from walking and cycling to hang-gliding or canyoning
    Groups  -  With just three rooms, take over the whole property and make the place your own!
    Hideaway  -  A beautiful off the beaten track location
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
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    A chic off the beaten track B&B with three stylish bedrooms that combine modern Italian furniture with traditional interior features. Plus there's a large communal dining room and relaxing lounge both with large fire places - perfect for groups. Lots of activities nearby and excellent value too. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo Tremezzo 89 rooms from £250

    Spa breaks  -  T-spa specialises in anti-stress and rebalancing treatments, all custom-designed with ESPA
    Outstanding location  -  Set right on Lake Como and commanding spectacular views, this property is hard to beat
    Foodies  -  Dine in the superb La Terrazza which serves traditional gourmet Italian fare
    Views  -  Wonderful views of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    Five Star Luxury from a Grand Hotel on the water's edge of Lake Como. Elegant interiors are understated, rather than overly lavish. Glossy parquet floors, brightly coloured walls, a mixture of contemporary and Baroque furniture, spectacular views from terraces. Excellent restaurant, spa, parklands. See More

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  • Hotel du Lac Varenna Varenna (Lake Como) 16 rooms from £152

    Romantic Break  -  Draw back the curtains in the morning for unforgettable views of Lake Como
    Back to Nature  -  Hills, lakes and stunning countryside on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Spend the day exploring nearby Verona
    Great walks  -  Enjoy walking in the nearby hills
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    A charming lakeside hotel with 16 comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms - some with lake views and private balconies. The hotel has a peaceful terrace overlooking the lake with a lovely shaded dining area. A family run property and the number one spot to explore the local area. See More

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  • Filario Hotel Lezzeno 13 rooms from £278

    Total relaxation  -  With its private beach, infinity pool with a view, delicious Italian food and super stylish rooms, there's no need to move!
    Foodies  -  Authentic Italian cuisine served either in the stylish restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the lake
    Self catering to rent  -  The property features a range of one to three bedroom properties - ideal for families or small groups
    Lakeside  -  Lake Como - with private beach area
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    A super stylish design hotel with an outdoor infinity pool and private beach area on Lake Como. Bedrooms are decorated in cool earth tones with modern amenities and large showers. Restaurant with terrace overlooking the lake serves trad Italian fare. A chic spot in an excellent lakeside location. See More

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  • Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como Blevio 73 rooms from £384

    Elegant  -  A grand 19th century villa decorated with that signiture Asian style of the Mandarin Oriental group
    Families  -  Interconnecting rooms make this a great choice for those travelling with children
    Total relaxation  -  With a glorious spa and quiet location this is a place to come and truly unwind
    Hotel boats for hire  -  Take a cruise across the lake on one of the property's boats
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

    A five-star luxury spa hotel on Lake Como. Sprawling villas house magnificent rooms, a huge spa, and two gourmet restaurants. The floating swimming pool extends into the lake. A great choice for total pampering and relaxation. See More

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  • Nest on the Lake Lezzeno 5 rooms from £95

    Hideaway  -  The lakeside property feels secluded and quiet, perfect to get away from it all
    Local exploring  -  Located an easy boat ride to Varenna and other attractions
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  Some of Como's most spectacular villas are very close by
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    An adorable lakeside B&B with rooms and self-catering apartments. Elegant bedrooms have four poster beds and private terraces. Lovely sun deck and bikes and canoes to rent. Great value for families, groups or couples. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 5th June 2019