Mandarin Oriental seems to have understood the hospitality and tourism potential of Lake Como and its surroundings pretty well. After launching a Ferrari self-drive and a three-hour boat ride experience around the shores of Lake Como last year, the marquee now prepares to take over management of the CastaDiva- a five-star lakeside resort located in the pretty village of Blevio near it.
Touted to be called the Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como, the resort will house nine refurbished villas from the 19th century, out of which two will be made available for exclusive rentals. Other facilities at the resort will include a spa, an indoor swimming pool and outdoor floating pool on the lake, and four restaurants and bars, including an al fresco terrace overlooking the lake. The property will further retain yards of lush parklands that currently surround it.
Commenting on the take-over, James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said, “We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties.” Currently under renovation, the Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como is slated to open doors by the spring of 2019.