Mandarin Oriental has opened a new European property on the banks of Italys Lake Como following a major refurbishment.
The resort, formerly known as the CastaDiva Resort & Spa, is based in a renovated 19th-century villa in the village of Blevio.
The property, which reopened on April 15, has been rebranded as the Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, and is centred around the Villa Roccaruna. It features 21 rooms, 52 suites and two private standalone villas.
General manager Samuel Porreca said: “Mandarin Orientals first resort in Europe will be a welcome destination for discerning travellers looking for ultimate privacy, unparalleled views and award-winning cuisine, supported by the brands legendary service.”
Milan-based interior designer Eric Egan has overseen the refurbishment of the resorts rooms and public areas, while landscape designer Patrizia Pozzi has renovated the surrounding botanical gardens.
Executive chef Vincenzo Guarino will oversee the restaurants and bars including fine dining option LAria. Other facilities include a pool and sundeck, and spa.
To mark the opening, the resort has launched A New Lake Como Experience package, which starts from €575 per night, including a lakefront breakfast for two, a three-course lunch or dinner, and a 10% discount on spa treatments.
The hotel group has also announced it will operate a second property in Istanbul from 2022. Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul will have 158 rooms and suites plus 16 serviced apartments, and will be based in one of three towers being built close to the citys central business district. The development will also include 251 Mandarin Oriental-branded residences.