Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà – Verona, Italy
Packed full of contemporary works of art by world-famous artists, Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà – Verona, Italy is a grand, classic Venetian-style villa sitting in a beautifully manicured five-acre garden. Inside, ultra modern design by renowned architect and designer, Alessandro Mendini, stands out in stark contrast to the historic building.
Expect statement design, a superb spa, fitness room, outdoor pool and exquisite cuisine. The newly opened OASI Relax outdoor area has two Jacuzzis and provides guests with the ultimate in outdoor relaxation.
Wander through the winding streets of Verona and discover the medieval palaces, ancient ruins, elegant churches and the spectacular Roman Arena. Piazza delle Erbe is at the heart of the city and is one of the most stunning piazzas in Italy, surrounded by medieval and Renaissance architecture. Return to Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista for a delicious lunch beside the pool. Then, spend some time at nearby Lake Garda and the medieval villages of Bardolino and Lazise. Or head for the towns of Sirmione, Gardone and Salò on the western side of the lake.
Each one of the 59 rooms in Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is individually decorated and masterfully styled with the use of vividly bright coloured fabrics and furnishings as well as original paintings. Astounding pieces of contemporary art in dizzying colours found are throughout the hotel and include works by Marc Quinn, Damien Hurst, Anish Kapoor and Vanessa Beecroft.
The main Gourmet Restaurant dedicated to the art of the great Italian cuisine. A unique experience where you soak in the atmosphere of an intimate and exclusive dining room. Experience and rediscover the pleasure of conviviality and the authentic flavors of our memories and get to the heart of the finest italian gourmet cusine, edited by our Executive Chef Marco Perez.
Our refined Chef’s proposals are a rediscovery and reinterpretation of regional and international traditional flavours and dishes. An accurate selection of rare and forgotten vegetables, that are cultivated according to organic methods in the hotel private garden, offer an even wider choice in the à la carte menu.
The Giardino d’Inverno is an ideal place where to enjoy a meal in a relaxing atmosphere.
The fifteenth century wine cellar, which has been revisited with elements of design, offers three hundred carefully selected labels and unforgettable and exclusive wine-tastings.
WELLNESS & SPA
A special venue of wellness to give yourself regenerating and relaxing moments to reach an interior harmony for a perfect well-being. Discover a place by enjoying pills of wellness with care and pleasure breaks far away from daily stress. Espace Byblos chosen as beauty partner ANMIN to indulge your needs.
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