I’m taking into consideration the area of Lake Maggiore because of its beauty, its proximity to Milan and to Malpensa Airport and because it offers peerless convention facilities. Furthermore I was born there and it’s part of my personal background…I’m just following my “inspirational” roots!
The area, including the provinces of Novara and Varese and the Canton Ticino, with its natural and artistic beauties boasts a long tradition in the meeting and convention hosting sector with many excellent venues and services, and unrivalled hospitality facilities: 394 hotels and 494 convention meeting rooms, with a total capacity of 49,551 seats. Quality, hospitality and the varied and beautiful scenery make it a perfect destination for your convention.
Talking about hotels I would suggest Hotel Splendid in Baveno, one of the hotels belonging to Zacchera family. It’s a jewel of elegance and atmosphere, the only hotel with private beach on Lake Maggiore, it has also a private pier, a fully equipped wellness area, a restaurant with panoramic terrace and a bar open on the “square”, overlooking the lake. Of course it has seven meeting rooms and it can accommodate up to 150 people. Zacchera family can offer hospitality also at Hotel Simplon, Hotel Bristol and Grand Hotel Dino, all of them in Baveno and all of them with plenty of charm.
For a luxury 5 stars choice you could consider The Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees, in Stresa that combines sumptuous elegance and tradition with the charm of the Italian luxury Grand Hotels. For you meeting you can have different kind of rooms that can accommodate up to 200 people and for your gala dinner you will have a truly unique gastronomic experience, savouring the flavours of a locally –inspired cuisine
For an informal dinner, why not considering the Lido Beach Club, in Baveno, a location directly on the beach, refined and informal at the same time. It could host up to 500 people and you use can both the lawn, the beach or the tensile structure. You can even offer to your clients entertainment with a dj set or live music.
Another venue of great charme it’s Villa Crespi. Its two Michelin stars awarded Restaurant, for sure makes your gala dinner an unforgettable experience. Villa Crespi’s incomparable atmosphere, opulent dining rooms and gorgeous gardens are the ideal setting for a formal gala-dinner. Villa Crespi enjoys the superb natural setting of Lake Orta, the most romantic of all the Italian lakes, in the heart of Piedmont, half an hour from Lake Maggiore.
Around the area you could also organize a lot of team building activities, for example rafting, sailing and water skiing.
Furthermore there are plenty of places that for sure your clients could appreciate and that really “worth a visit”. For example I would recommend a wine cellars tour on the hills surrounding Novara famous for different wines like Ghemme Docg, Nebbiolo Doc and Gattinara Docg
You cannot miss the small town of Orta San Giulio, a jewel with its narrow paths, and the island of San Giulio that you can easily reach with a private boat.
Besides, you cannot miss boat the Borromeo’s sumptuous island-palace on Isola Bella with its magnificent gardens.
Last but not least, what about a day trip with The Centovalli Railway (also known as the “Centovallina” or “Vigezzina”) that connects Locarno wth Domodossola? It represents the most attractive route between Lake Maggiore, the French part of Switzerland and the Swiss capital, Bern.
Next time I will talk about a peculiar “southern” location.