Hotel Rivalago

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May, 2011

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Tucked away down a narrow road ,off the main thoroughfare in Sulzano,lies an Italian gem. Hotel Rivalago has been lovingly created with flair and imagination by owners Antonella and Gianluca-two of the nicest people you will ever meet.They are proud of their achievement.And rightly so. Crisp,cool,inviting,friendly,restfull-the beautiful interior is very easy on the eye.Floral arrangements are dotted around the hotel creating a freshness and relaxing ambience.Attention to detail is truly amazing.And service has that extra special touch. Ideally positioned on the side of LAKE ISEO-the nicest of the Italian lakes.Relax in the outdoor pool which is just metres away from the lake.Sunbathe on the wood-decked terrace, with the water lapping underneath.You will not find a better view. The beautifully appointed bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and have an airy, intimate feel.Air conditioned too.The beds are huge! Some rooms overlooking the lake have a balcony.Book one and you will be rewarded with stunning views and lashings of gorgeous Italian sunshine flooding into the room especially in the afternoon and evening.Other lake view rooms are available-these don’t disappoint either. We sat in the garden every night drinking, chatting and enjoying the exquisite sunsets.-the mountains changing colour as the sun disappeared across the lake.And as day turned into night the garden and terrrace was beautifully lit with huge candle lanterns.Magical. It doesn’t get any better than this! Breakfast is a grand affair.Don’t skip it-its too good to miss. Taken either in the restaurant or on the outside terrace or in the garden it is quite simply the best we have had in any hotel in the world. And there is so much to tempt you with. Stay for a week and you could try a different fruit juice or jam or marmalade or cereal every day of your stay Organic sits happily alongside gluten-free next to diabetic alongside normal hotel fare.Fresh fruit a plenty,four types of croissant and endless supplies of tea and coffee! BLISS! The villages and towns around LAKE ISEO are linked by a comprehensive network of ferries.The area is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.Perfectly situated, the ferry point is a five minute walk away -along a winding medieval alleyway of houses and church which backs onto and skirts the lake. The HOTEL RIVALAGO COMBINES LEVELS OF COMFORT AND CHARM THAT IS SO HARD TO FIND. A refreshingly calm oasis in this highly emotionally charged hectic world.

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Dave Harcombe

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