Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Eden Roc Ascona

The Hotel Eden Roc in Ascona, near Locarno, is a five star superior lakeside hotel. The hiking routes, vantage points, and lake activities of the Alps sit on this hotel's doorstep, with cultural cities such as Lugano, Domodossola, and Bellinzona within easy reach. Spend a few days here taking in the panoramas, exploring Italianate southern Switzerland, and enjoying the luxury facilities and striking designer rooms at the Hotel Eden Roc, before continuing on with a luxury rail touring holiday around Switzerland.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
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  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Hotel Eden Roc is a 5-star deluxe hotel in a stunning lakefront location. A variety of delicious cuisine, superb, extensive spa facilities and stunning luxury amenities afford guests a truly relaxing and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5 deluxe

Location The hotel is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Ascona

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 3-hours' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Locarno Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 15-minutes' drive from Locarno Station

Hotel facilities and services

La Brezza Restaurant, Restaurant Eden Roc, La Casetta Restaurant, Eden Roc Beach Grill, Eden Bar, Eden Roc Marina Restaurant, Room Service at Hotel Eden Roc, Kindergarten, Private Harbour, Swimming Pool, Gardens, Motorboat School, Sailing and Water Ski School, Luxury Boat Hire, Marina Mooring, Mountain and City Bikes, Free Outdoor Guest Parking, Garage Parking (for a supplement), Transfers to Locarno Train Station, Eden Roc Spa with Fitness Facilities and Fitness Program, Private Beach, Saunas, Steam Baths, Hairstylist, Massage Facilities, Resort Dine Around Program.

Chargeable watersports

Motorboat, Sailing, and Water Skiing.

Land sports

Cycling and Golf.

Out and about nearby

Next door to Locarno, recognised for having the warmest climate in Switzerland, a stay in Ascano is a more tranquil option for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine on the lakeside or in a quaint pavement cafe. Spend an afternoon in Locarno, visiting the important religious and cultural sites, including the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, and the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso. Ensure you have time to visit the brooding Visconti Castle, which hosts a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. Venture out into the surrounding landscape to climb the Cardada Cimetta to witness both the highest and lowest parts of Switzerland in one sweeping gaze: Lake Maggiore and the Valais High Alps. Perhaps weave your way through the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley, where the water has a distinctive rich green-turquoise colour. Lake Maggiore is the perfect place to enjoy a serene lake cruise or partake in some thrilling water sports.

Sports nearby

2 18-hole Golf Courses are very close by.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually included as part of a rail touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1955

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

The five star superior Hotel Eden Roc proudly sits on the banks of Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Ticino. This area of Northern Italy is known for its stunning natural beauty, as green mountains rise on either side of the deep blue waters of the Italian and Swiss Lakes, separated from the tranquil hotel swimming pool by a row of swaying palm trees. Behind the yachts and private boats of its own personal marina, the Hotel Eden Roc is a modern building with an abundance of large windows and long balconies. Divided into the Hotel Eden Roc and the Eden Roc Marina, the vast selection of room types are split across two main areas, and linked by a low-rise lobby and public area. Gardens, trees, sun loungers, and parasols extend right up to the water's edge, providing idyllic, verdant spaces in which to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Inside, a traditional grandeur is introduced in a sleek, sophisticated fashion. In the Eden Roc Marina, the dining room is decorated with intricate chandeliers, floral curtains, and vases in the centres of tables. The radiant white colour scheme, minimalist furniture designs, and double-storey windows, bring these traditional features up to date. Guests can enjoy the fresh mountain air while dining on one of the restaurant terraces, in the walled waterside courtyard at La Casetta, or in the pretty poolside garden at the Restaurant Eden Roc. During the day, guests are encouraged to indulge further at the ultra-modern Wellness Centre and Spa. The main spa rooms are lit by an ethereal blue light, with a choice between a crescent-moon-shaped dipping pool and a larger half-indoor half-outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy a range of personalised treatments, before relaxing in the spacious lounge, the sauna, or enjoying a beauty treatment. At the end of a relaxing day, retire to your room. Each guestroom has been individually appointed, with quirky, colourful features and bold artworks which inspire a themed colour scheme. All are spacious, with textured, tactile fabrics, and large windows and balconies that open up onto unbeatable views. For the ultimate Ascona experience, upgrade at the time of booking to a room with a direct lake view. The area around Ascona is perfect for day excursions, with plenty of cultural activities in neighbouring Locarno, and excellent train connections to cities such as Lugano, and Italianate Bellinzona. We would recommend including this hotel as part of a longer rail touring holiday around Switzerland, stopping off in a range of towns and cities and staying in a tailor-made collection of luxury hotels.

Room descriptions

Hotel Eden Roc has 95 rooms with balcony or terrace and views of Lake Maggiore or the mountains, air conditioning, and modern amenities including WiFi, telephone, and television. Additional beds for children or adults can be provided.

Eden Roc
Standard Room with mountain view
Deluxe Room with morning sun, lateral lake view, or direct lake view
Junior Suite with direct lake view
Suite Eden Roc
Suite with partial or direct lake view
Grand Suite with direct lake view
Eden Roc Marina
Single Room
Single Room Monte Verita
Double Room with direct lake view
Double Room Monte Verita

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually included as part of a rail touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1955

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Additional information

Children: Additional beds are available on request and are complimentary for children under 3; child-minding facilities are also available at the kindergarten.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually included as part of a rail touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1955

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

About Ticino

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Ticino allows travellers to witness the sheer diversity of Switzerland as a country. Hailed as having a Mediterranean climate, Ticino is Switzerland's most southerly region. Italianate towns, influenced by the proximity of the Italian border, provide a wholly different culture and atmosphere to the Bernese Oberland, the Saanenland, and other central and northern regions. A smattering of small lakes mark the upper boundary of Ticino, but it is Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano that dominate the south, prompting many of the long, straight valleys that lead into Italy. The River Ticino winds its way down from its source on the Ticino border, meeting dams, lakes, and trickling and tumbling waterfalls on its way. Palm trees line the lakesides, medieval Italian castles form the centre-points of towns, and colourful, higgledy-piggledy houses look out across the water or from their tiered position on the steep mountainside. Communities here seem to effortlessly blend the feel of southern coastal towns with the rural authenticity of the mountain villages of central Switzerland.

Highlights of Ticino

Two of the main cities in Ticino lie quite close together in the south of the region: Locarno and Lugano. On the banks of Lake Maggiore, Locarno is rich with cultural treasure. Visit the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, or the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso to begin your tour of Locarno's beautiful and historic sites. Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is the Visconti Castle, in which there is a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. On Thursdays a market is held in the centre of the town, which always makes for an excellent place to enjoy Locarno at its liveliest, as well as to pick up a few delicacies. Venture outside Locarno to climb the Cadada Cimetta, from the top of which you can see both the Valais High Alps and Lake Maggiore, the highest and lowest points in Switzerland. Follow the paths of the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley to witness the turquoise-green, crystal-clear waters that flow there. For a more leisurely day out, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Maggiore. As you leave Locarno and head west down the valley towards Italy, you will see the rocky gorges that prove so popular with cliff divers. Eerie tunnels and caverns have been carved out over time, providing ethereal little spots to stop off on your travels.

Cultural highlights of Ticino

East of Locarno is Bellinzona, a town remarkable in that it is the most Italianate town in Switzerland and capital of Ticino. The central medieval castle and its two neighbours are among Switzerland's best preserved, coming together to form a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts of the central castle run alongside the vineyards within, with lush grass carpeting the fortified walls. North of Locarno, you will come across Tegna, the site of some interesting prehistoric ruins. Continue along this route towards the Italian border on the Centovalli Express to discover the old wine press in the village of Cavigliano, the museum and cableway in Intragna, the cable car up to the solitary, traffic-free hamlet of Rasa from Verdasio, and finally, across the Italian border to Re, where the stunning, yet imposing, Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Blood stands on the very edge of a dramatic cliff. In eastern Ticino is Biasca, a town where a waterfall cascades down the mountainsides, under bridges and over rocks that have been smoothed by time. Towns and villages such as Airolo, Lavizzara, Acquarossa, Blenio, and Brione all offer alternative views on this beautiful region. Any visit to Ticino is incomplete without a few hours spent in Lugano. Famous for its eponymous lake, San Salvatore Mountain, and Monte Bre, Lugano is a quintessentially ‘Ticino’ town. Take the funicular railway from Casserate as high as possible up Monte Bre to witness the phenomenal panoramas and enjoy the traditional Swiss rail experience.

Festivals in Ticino

As with much of Switzerland, there is a high focus on dairy products in both the regional dishes and their self-identification. To appreciate Swiss dairy products in Ticino, head to Ambri Quinto in the Leventina Valley at the end of September to enjoy the Agriculture and Cheese Fair. The first weekend in October brings with it a celebration of autumn. In Lugano, this autumn festival focuses on local products, folkloric music, and small dramatic shows. In Ascona, the autumn festival celebrates the versatile chestnut, with jams, cakes, cheese dishes, and entertaining concerts. Ascona's unique carnival is celebrated on Mardi Gras on the lake promenade. In Muralto on the second Sunday of March there is a fish festival beside the water, involving a fishing contest, music, games, and food stalls. Beside the smooth rocks of Solduno, on St Joseph's Day in March, the streets are filled with the smell of the speciality Tortelli, a fritter whose recipe is strictly guarded.

Gastronomy in Ticino

The varied and delicious specialities of Ticino may very well be the highlight of your trip, influenced by hearty Swiss cuisine, as well as Italy's Mediterranean flavours. One particular feature of dining here are the ‘grotto' restaurants. Usually housed in picturesque stone farmhouses, with abundant flower boxes, shuttered windows, and vast terraces canopied by views on which customers eat fresh, home-cooked food. Popular so-called ‘slow foods' include farina bona flour, cicitt sausages, Zincarlin cheese and shortbread biscuits. At the heart of many dishes you may come across are polenta and Merlot wine, which can also be sampled at a local winery. Originally cooked in a large cauldron like porridge, polenta is now best served alongside braised beef. Before leaving Switzerland, ensure you sample some of the world-famous fondue.

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