Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Giardino Ascona Ascona

The five-star Hotel Giardino Ascona sits between parkland and Lake Maggiore in Locarno's peaceful neighbouring town. With luxurious rooms, a choice between casual and fine-dining, and a Roman-esque spa, this is an indulgent hotel deserving of its five star status. Spend a few nights at the Hotel Giardino Ascona while you explore the province of Ticino, visiting Lugano, Locarno, Bellinzona, and perhaps crossing over the border into the northern Italian villages.
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 Giardino, Ascona

Hotel Giardino Ascona is a boutique 5-star deluxe. Award winning cuisine, superb spa facilities and stunning grounds make it a secluded retreat with tranquil grounds and a blend of classical and modern styles.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5 deluxe

Location The hotel overlooks Ascona's main golf course as well as the waters of Lake Maggior

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is under 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

Mediterranean Garden, Hide & Seek Casual-dining Restaurant, Ecco Ascona Fine-Dining Restaurant, Hotel Bar, Poolside Bar, Breakfast Buffet, Daily Wine Tasting, Dino Kids' Club, Bicycle Hire, and Dipiu Spa with Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Fitness Area, Relaxation Area, Massages and Beauty Treatments, and Hair Salon.

Chargeable watersports

Swimming, Stand Up Paddling and Boat Trips on Lago Maggiore.

Land sports

Hiking, Jogging and Biking.

Out and about nearby

Next door to Locarno, recognised for having the warmest climate in Switzerland, a stay in Ascona 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

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Jogging, and Paragliding. Waters Sports on Lake Maggiore including Swimming, Stand-up Paddling, and Boat Trips.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1967

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Giardino, Ascona

The five star Giardino Ascona is nestled between a lush golf course and the banks of Lake Maggiore. The tall trees and lawns of the Mediterranean Garden create a picturesque and secluded oasis that remains popular with those looking to escape the bustle of the city, but remain within easy reach of the cultural sites of Ascona and Locarno. Lavender, mimosa, and lemon and olive trees surround the outdoor pool, adding a soothing fragrance to the air befitting of the Giardino Ascona's status as a 'soul retreat.' In the relaxed Hide & Seek Restaurant, guests can dine on the terrace beside the pond, which, in the evenings, is beautifully lit. The tables and chairs are simply dressed in light colours, while exuberant pink flowers in mottled gold vases frame the room. The food, though evidently influenced by traditional Swiss flavours, is thoroughly modern, with refined ingredients and presentation. The Ecco Ascona Restaurant is a truly authentic fine-dining experience. In the grand dining room, styled in a sophisticated colour scheme, gourmet dishes of the highest quality are served on carefully arranged table-tops. Before or after dinner, curl up beside the fire in the Hotel Bar under the vast glass domed ceiling that lets you see up to the stars, or out beside the pool on a lounger or under a parasol. In the Spa, guests are transported back to Roman times in the elegant indoor pool, lined with pillars, sun loungers, and elegantly painted walls and ceilings. Ayurveda spa treatments are on offer in the atmospherically lit treatment rooms, in addition to a sauna and relaxation rooms that continue the regal Roman baths theme. Luxurious guestrooms are impeccably appointed and furnished with designer pieces that channel earthy tones and the occasional bright feature colour. Their spaciousness compliments the sublime grandeur of the hotel's surrounding scenery, welcoming in the light, views, and fresh mountain air. Outdoor terraces are framed by simple topiary and fully-furnished balconies look out over the gardens. Vividness of colour is key to both the rooms and the gardens at this hotel. The Giardino Ascona aims to reflect the modern lifestyles of its clients, while offering them somewhere to escape the everyday and totally unwind. This convenient and idyllic location is a valuable addition to any touring holiday around Switzerland, offering aspects of cosmopolitan, historic, and rural Switzerland.

Room descriptions

Hotel Giardino Ascona has 72 rooms and suites with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, bathtub and shower, wifi, flat screen television, telephone, and modern amenities. All rooms have views over the Mediterranean Garden or the Ticino mountains.

Double Room Morning Sun
Double Room South
Junior Suite Morning Sun with large living area
Junior Suite South with large living area
Suite Morning Sun with separate lounge
Suite South with separate lounge

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1967

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Giardino, Ascona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Giardino Ascona, our clients usually arrive by train as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland. The hotel is a few minutes by taxi from Ascona station. If Ascona is your first or only stop on your holiday and you are flying, then fly to Zurich airport and then the train journey to Ascona is about 3 hours and 10 minutes with changes at Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Bellinzona and Locarno. Alternatively, you can fly to Milan Malpensa, take a taxi or the bus to Milan Centrale, and then the train journey to Ascona is about 2 hours and 50 minutes with changes at Bellinzona and Locarno.

Additional information

Children: The Dino Club offers a range of activities for children. Children under the age of 12 stay for free in their parents' room. The spa has an extra children's pool.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1967

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Giardino, 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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