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Treat yourself to a royal Italian holiday at Lake Como’s bella Villa d'Este

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Lunching on the patio of the posh Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, surrounded by A-listers in town for LA’s boffo awards season, friends were discussing dreamy vacations at Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy. It brought back fond memories of long ago when as a young couple Richard and I had the good fortunate to spend a few nights there that spoiled us for life (ergo my Diva moniker).

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Most jet-setters have set foot on this 142-year-old property that was built in 1568 to cater to elite travelers. Those of you who haven't really need to put it on your bucket list. Popular with Hollywood legends, nobility and obviously the well-heeled, the hotel hosts exciting events throughout the year from classical music concerts to the exhilarating RS100 Grand Prix. World class musicians will play on the shores of the lake throughout Spring and Summer of 2014, with Villa d’Este as the spectacular backdrop, and the RS100 Grand Prix is set to be a dramatic battle on the lake, as sailors showcase their skills in this second season for the exciting new RS class.

Once a former residence of a Cardinal and then the summer residence of British royalty, the hotel perches permanently on the shores of the lake, with spectacular gardens that house an iconic heated, floating swimming pool on the lake. The recent addition of two stand-alone private villas created the ultimate Villa d’Este experience, combining the renowned classic service and amenities within the seclusion of one’s own villa.

Dining here on the elegant Veranda restaurant is fit for a king (or queen) with typically outstanding Italian cuisine centering on hand-made fresh pasta and risottos, while The Grill offers regional meals with a views from the tables over a 500 year old plane tree. For lighter fare there’s the Sundeck Bar, which is open in summer. A real treat is a trip with the chef to gather herbs and fresh vegetables from hi garden and learn from his skills during cookery lessons.

The classic Sporting Club provides plenty of diversions from its large indoor and outdoor swimming option to eight tennis courts, a fitness center, squash court, and beauty center providing the ultimate in pampering. and steam bath. The relaxing Beauty Center offers a range of beauty treatments as well as reflexology and Shiatsu.

Rates at Villa D’Este from €505.00 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Rooms can be booked at s reservations@villadeste.it / T: +39/031 348 834/835/854/89.

What are you waiting for? Fire up the private jet or book a commercial flight and treat yourself to an Italian holiday outside the box. Watch the video to get more inspired to visit.

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