Luxury hotel holiday Villa Orselina Ascona

The five star Villa Orselina is a timelessly classic boutique hotel on the hillside above Swiss Lake Maggiore with an excellent spa, charming restaurant, and panoramic pool terrace. Set just above Locarno and Ascona, and not far from Lugano and Bellinzona, Villa Orselina is the perfect peaceful paradise from which to enjoy the lake and the colourful Mediterranean-style towns of Ticino.
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
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Orselina, near Ascona

Villa Orselina is a 5-star boutique hotel with beautiful lakefront views. With delicious gourmet cuisine, excellent spa facilities and beautifully stylish, luxurious accommodation it affords guests a truly luxurious, indulgent retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located in Orselina, north of Locarno in Ticino

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 10-minutes' drive from Locarno Station

Hotel facilities and services

Il Ristorante di Villa Orselina, La Pergola Restaurant (summer only), Wine Cellar and Tasting Facilities, La Spa, Finnish Sauna, Steam Bath, Laconium, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Room, and Tennis Court.

Land sports

Tennis.

Out and about nearby

Just north of Locarno, a stay in Orselina grants you the benefits of the higher altitude: more impressive panoramic views across Lake Maggiore and the mountains. Do spend, however, 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

Villa Orselina offers green fee discounts in a selection of nearby golf courses.

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 EXH1997

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 Villa Orselina, near Ascona

Room descriptions

Villa Orselina has 28 rooms with minibar, safe telephone, free WiFi, flatscreen TV, radio, slipper, bathrobe, cosmetic products, hairdryer, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine.

Classico Double Room with lake view
Style Double Room with lake view; some have balcony
Style Junior Suite with lake view, living room, and balcony
Panorama Suite with lake view, living room, kitchen, and balcony
Silvia Suite with lake view, living room, kitchen, and balcony
Two Bedroom Suite with lake view, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen, and balcony

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 EXH1997

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 Villa Orselina, near Ascona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Villa Orselina in Locarno, our clients usually arrive by train as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Locarno station. If Locarno is your first or only stop on your holiday and you are flying, then fly to Zurich airport and then the train journey to Locarno is about 3 hours with changes at Zurich Hauptbahnhof and Bellinzona. Alternatively, you can fly to Milan Malpensa, take a taxi or the bus to Milan Centrale, and then the train journey to Locarno is about 2 hours and 40 minutes with changes at Bellinzona.

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 EXH1997

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 Villa Orselina, near Ascona

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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