by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
May 9, 2005
We made our way through Lugano to Villa Sassa. We checked in at reception and were shown to our awesome room. This place was pure elegance for us, one of the nicest places we have ever stayed. Our room was huge, as was the terrace, and the bathroom was marble. We had to tear ourselves away from the view off our balcony to go into the town.
The hotel boasts excellent amenities. It has surrounded by 16,000 square meters of green, trees, and lush lawns with flowers. The hotel is four stars and a combination of 48 guest rooms, suites, and residences. It also has conference space, wellness club, and restaurant, Ai Giardini di Sassa, with a terrace. Parking, but not breakfast, was included in our rate.
After dinner and seeing the city, Michelle and I decided to go down to the Wellness Club. At the reception area, you put on paper slippers to go to the locker room. The pool area has a large, elegant swimming pool and hot tub. Back in the locker room area, you will find a sauna, steam bath, and a "nip dip" (okay, it is really a tub of ICE COLD water for those who want to torture themselves). We did it all: pool, hot tub, back in the pool, back in the hot tub, and so on. We then ventured into the steam bath, which let off a mint fragrance with the steam. We topped things off by taking a quick, and I do mean quick, dip into water that had to be just about freezing, which turned out to be rather refreshing., though we tried to go back into the steam room to get warm again when the receptionist came in and told us it was 5 minutes till closing.
We didn’t have breakfast or dinner at the hotel, so I cannot comment on the food. Our room was excellent, with a huge, fluffy, comfortable bed and an equally awesome shower. I highly recommend Villa Sassa if you can snag a deal like we did. I have a feeling the standard rates would be out of our price range.
From journal Laghi Italiani Romantici, Pt. 1