Why it’s worth traveling for…
Set on the Collina d’Oro hilltop (‘little hill of gold’) Villa Principe Leopoldo was once the private home of Prince Friedrich Leopold (German Emperor Wilhelm’s brother-in-law). Now a princely estate, it is everything conjured of Switzerland – stunning mountains and lake, spectacular food and spa – yet just minutes to the city center of Lugano. Nature plays an intricate role – glass doors in each of the 37 suites open to private balconies overlooking the stunning Lake Lugano; the romantic Michelin restaurant also overlooks the lake, and a meticulously landscaped courtyard gives way to an enchanting pool with spouting fountains. The spa too is dreamy, especially the private spa suite, featuring a candlelit sauna, steam, and jacuzzi area. Despite its prestigious clientele — the property is also no stranger to American royalty, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Patti Smith and Ray Charles who, after a concert nearby, went to the piano to play for hotel guests, just because, have all stayed here — the villa maintains an understated wow factor.
Retrace German writer Hermann Hesse’s life in Ticino. Follow the beautiful walking path, just steps from the villa. Visit the Museum Hermann Hessee in Montagnola, and bring home a complimentary copy of “Crossing Ticino with Hermann Hess
Ristorante Principe Leopoldo (1 Michelin star by Executive Chef Cristian Moreschi)
Piano Bar Principe (Plush indoor lounge and outdoor terrace featuring live music, bespoke and classic cocktails)
DOT Spa (Featuring Natura Bissè, Cellcosmet and Cellmen, Marius Fabreand, and OPI).
- The panoramic view of Lake Lugano and surrounding mountains with Italy in the distance.
- Michelin star restaurant by Cristian Moreschi
- Old-world service and elegance
- The stunning drive to the hotel via a series of steep switchbacks
- Tesla charging station