Luxury Lakeside Living
There’s something wonderfully romantic about holidaying on the banks of a beautiful lake, and it’s even better when you’re staying in the comfort of a luxurious hotel or villa. Here are some of the world’s most striking lakes, which attract visitors from around the globe.
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise is a stunning glacial lake set within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The waters of the lake are an enchanting emerald colour thanks to rock flour, which is carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that surround it.
The mountains around the lake are often snow-peaked and make for an incredibly dramatic backdrop against the emerald blue of the waters themselves. The whole area of Banff National Park is so naturally breath-taking it has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Visitors to Lake Louise love The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the perfect luxury mountain resort, offering guided mountain tours, skiing in winter and hiking and canoeing on the lake in summer. The hotel itself also boasts a sumptuous spa, a cosy bar and several different delicious dining options.
Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is located in the north of the country, near to Verona, Venice and Milan. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona, Brescia and Trentino, and visitors come from miles away to marvel at the gorgeous landscapes and visit the pretty towns around the lake.
Lake Garda also has five large islands and numerous small ones located within its waters. One of the prettiest towns along the coastline of the lake is Sirmione, an ancient fortified town on the southern coast. It is home to numerous restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and Terme di Sirmione – a luxurious thermal spa. The water comes from a hot spring around 20 metres below ground, which has unique properties and is said to have numerous good effects on visitors health, as well as being wonderfully relaxing.
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne is the fourth largest lake in Switzerland and is surrounded by steep mountains at various points along its coastline. This makes for some gorgeous, dramatic scenery that visitors simply adore.
There are numerous world-class 5-star hotels along the banks of Lake Lucerne. These include the Grand Hotel National, Palace Luzern, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, Hotel Villa Honegg and many more. You’ll find all the features you’d expect from a great 5-star hotel in each of these properties, including indulgent spas, gourmet restaurants, comfortable rooms with all the amenities you could require. Many of the hotels also take advantage of their lakeside locations and have rooms that offer breath-taking views out onto the natural landscape.
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