Award-winning dining, world-class art, sumptuous spa and luxury shopping add to the symphony that is Bellagio.
It’s impossible not to be smitten by Bellagio’s waterfront of bobbing boats, its maze of steep stone staircases, red-roofed and green-shuttered buildings, dark cypress groves and rhododendron-filled gardens. Like the prow of a beautiful vessel, it sits at the crux of the inverted Y that is Lake Como; the Como and Lecco arms of the lake wash off to port and starboard. Wander out of the old town centre to Punta Spartivento and gaze north up the third arm towards the Alps. In Roman times, Pliny had one of his favourite villas here.
Bellagio is hardly a secret. On summer weekends, foreign tourists are overwhelmed by hordes of day trippers up from Milan. Try to come midweek if you want a modicum of peace. It makes a nice base for ferry trips to other locations on the lake, in particular Varenna, on Lake Como’s east shore.
Inspired by the villages of Europe, AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue lake with fountains performing a magnificent ballet. Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano’s Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family. The resort’s retail promenade, Via Bellagio, includes the luxury shops of Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Harry Winston, Chanel, Dior, Fendi and Bottega Veneta.
A world-class art gallery, exquisite Conservatory, Cirque du Soleil’s stunning performance of “O”, sumptuous spa and salon and elegant casino add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.
DINING: HARVEST BY ROY ELLAMAR
This restaurant pays homage to the origin of food, with farm-fresh ingredients and naturally raised products. Enjoy extensive charcuterie selections, house made breads, a range of vegetarian dishes, sustainable seafood cooked in a special stone oven and “Snack Wagons” that travel from table to table.
WELLNESS & SPA
Specially-trained therapists and an array of innovative treatments provide the ultimate indulgent experience at Spa Bellagio, where the menu incorporates a fusion of treatments discovered around the world and perfected at the resort. Some of the more distinctive services include Watsu, Thai yoga massage, aquatic therapy, journey massage therapy and the Ashiatsu massage. For guests focused on maintaining their fitness regimen when traveling, Spa Bellagio offers a 6,000-square-foot fitness center overlooking the pool and Mediterranean-style gardens. The Bamboo Studio, a 1,000-square-foot exercise room with bamboo flooring, is designed for classes ranging from Pilates and Body Blast to yoga and boxing.
Guests staying at Bellagio Towers have access to the legendary 18-hole Shadow Creek Golf Course. A limousine transports golfers to and from the course, and a personal caddie is assigned to every player. The course is designed by renowned course-architect Tom Fazio and includes creeks, towering waterfalls and lush gardens, all framed by the mountains. The par five, over 500-yard 18th hole incorporates every aspect of the course into one challenging hole.