Remember when we planned a trip around a flight? Crazy, but true. Our hotel ended up being the Villa Orselina in Orselina, Switzerland. We were looking for a Hyatt stay and found a Small Luxury Hotel we could get to easily from Milan. Here is our Villa Orselina Switzerland review.
From Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy, we arranged a taxi shuttle to the hotel. The driver told us it would be about a 75-minute drive. We arrived at our hotel almost two hours later (we think he underestimated the drive time). It overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore and is quite reminiscent of being on Lake Como.
Villa Orselina is a Category 8 hotel and part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand. Almost all of these hotels that I’ve stayed in have been phenomenal. Currently, you can book this hotel through Hyatt for 40K points/night (standard rate) or 35K points/night (off-peak).
We got a room upgrade to a large room with beautiful views of the lake and free breakfast each morning. The breakfast included a made-to-order section and a nice buffet. We really enjoyed eating outside with views of the lake.
We knew the service at this hotel would be outstanding when we got a call from the hotel about an hour before we arrived. They wanted to ensure we wanted dinner because it was almost nine, and the restaurant closed at ten. When we arrived, a waiter was in the lobby to take our order and was so hospitable despite our late arrival.
After dinner, we were given a tour of the spa, fitness center, and indoor/outdoor pools, then were taken to our room. They offered to make massage appointments for the next day for us and were genuinely helpful and friendly. Honestly, the entire hotel went out of its way to acknowledge our presence and be kind throughout our stay. In our room, there was fresh fruit and a note welcoming us.
Orselina is just a tiny village, and Locarno, the nearest village to it, was not large either. Serene was the word I kept saying throughout our stay. I felt completely relaxed and enjoyed unwinding.
On the first day, we had the very best massages by Filomena—truly incredible. We then went to the funicular and rode a gondola up to the Cardada and Cimetta. The views from these locations were amazing, and there were many hiking trails available there, a children’s playground, and a few restaurants. We also spent a little time sitting by the outdoor pool and enjoying the lake views.
On the second day, we went to the local church, the Madonna del Sasso, walked around Locarno, rode the funicular back, and had another massage! Filomena was just too good to pass up!
Although the main purpose of our trip was the flight home on Emirates first-class, we enjoyed our stay at Villa Orselina in Switzerland immensely. If a serene and gorgeous getaway to a quiet location is just what you need, consider visiting there instead of the busier Lake Como.
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