A Night at the Plaza

A Night at the Plaza
Wedding designed and produced by Elegant Occasions, Inc.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Love and Luxury in Lake Como

This adventure really starts with flying from New York to Milan… look out your window as you approach Northern Italy and you are greeted by the peaks of the Swiss Alps, which is truly breathtaking. The snow- capped mountains are as far as the eye can see. Landing in Milan is a treat in itself because it’s a fashion capital for Europe.

As I collected my luggage, I got into a car and made my way to Lake Como to stay at Villa D’Este. The views are spectacular here. Not only because Lake Como sits near the Alps, but the architecture of this place is amazing.

Villa D’Este sits on the banks of one of the most romantic lakes in the world and just north of Milan; this amazing hotel was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The property sits on 25 acres of manicured gardens.

The Veranda restaurant overlooks the Lake and the gardens. It is formal and elegant. Glassed-in or al fresco, windows are automated and can disappear into the ground creating an amazing venue for dinner.
Whether you are in a classic or a suite, you will feel like royalty the brocade silk curtains and artwork on the walls, make you feel like you are a queen for a day. I was most impressed with the amazing vaulted ceiling hallway that led to the steps to the rooms in the main building... For those couple who want to splurge on luxury over seas, this is my number 1 choice!

Villa D’Este treats their guests like royalty. The food is great and so is the staff. The manicured gardens are a perfect place to host a ceremony. There is a terrace that overlooks Lake Como that can only be described as breathtaking. This can be used for cocktails or intimate dining/reception area. The terrace view looks beyond the lake and you will see the Swiss Alps in the distance, which is a short drive away, one can buy the best Swiss Chocolate in the world.

Their dining rooms overlook the gardens and terrace that offer equally breathtaking views of the area. We enjoyed a wonderful meal that featured the best risotto I have ever tasted following by braised short ribs cooked in a wonderful Chianti sauce.

Once you see your bedroom, you will feel like a king and queen. As you enter the rooms your mouth will drop in awe at the majestic feel to the room- the oversized bed features a fabric silk canopy that just invites you to fall onto the bed. The living area and the view makes you want to stay in your room.

As you venture into the region - you will enter the wonderful town square for amazing gelato and visit the Duomo in town - perfect place to host a ceremony.

As you sit by the terrace and feel the sunshine, swim in the floating pool that sits on the lake - and as you venture on to the lake via boat, wave at George Clooney's villa that sits next to Villa D'Este.
Everything about this site will take your breath away; it’s truly a favorite of mine!

For more information please visit our site at www.elegantoccasions.com

Please note two of these photos were taken from the brochure...

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