Giardino Ascona

Ascona, Switzerland

The name that now unites all Giardino retreats and resorts was born here. Nestled between the picturesque Alps and the idyllic shores of Lago Maggiore, Giardino Ascona exudes the true definition of “la dolce vita”, offering casual luxury and outstanding hospitality. Lavender, mimosa, lemon and olive trees thrive in the garden, which is the green heart of this well-established retreat. Pools, bars, lounges, daybeds and sun loungers blend in with the scenery, inviting guests to contemplate and unwind. A world of its own – private retreats around the water lily pond help guests relax from the moment they arrive.

The 54 rooms and 18 suites, with sizes between 25 and 70 m2, have a modern, Mediterranean feel with summery shades, dark real wood parquet flooring and high-quality fabrics and furnishings. The balconies and patios appear to be natural extensions of the wonderful green landscape. And for anyone wanting a little extra support: the preventative health programme Ayurveda by Giardino gently balances body and mind. This is more than a luxury for the senses. It’s five stars for the soul.

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Things to know

  • 5* superior
  • 54 rooms and 18 suites
  • 2 restaurants
  • Ecco Ascona restaurant with 2 Michelin stars
  • 2 bars
  • Pool
  • 2 meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 80 people
  • Dipiú Spa
  • Ayurveda by Giardino

Travelling by car or train

  • Lugano Airport 40 min by car, 1 h 45 by train
  • Milan Airport 1 h 30 by car, 3 h 25 by train
  • Zurich main station 2 h 20 by car, 3 h by train
  • Zurich Airport 2 h 40 by car, 3 h 25 by train

Meetings & events

Work and leisure time don’t usually go hand in hand. They move at different paces, have different objectives and most notably place different demands on us. In the right conditions, however, a surprisingly harmonious relationship can be struck up between the two – all you need is a Giardino hotel, a corporate team and the Ticino sunshine, and you will be sure to have an experience that brings results. This means team members are happily productive and relaxed enough to be creative and can enjoy the modern facilities to take a moment to de-stress. It’s great for your team and even better for your profit margins.

Giardino Mountain has 2 meeting rooms:

  • Small Aphrodite  – an event hall for up to 80 people
  • Anterroom Ecco  – a meeting and banquet room for up to 80 people

The latest in electronic and audio-visual equipment is available.

Catering service for business lunches and dinners, private cocktail receptions, coffee breaks, buffets, company lunches, special celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays and weddings.

Things to do

  • Lakeside: swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, jogging, biking, boat trips
  • Mountainside: hiking, biking, paragliding
  • Cityside: shopping, concerts, nightlife, art exhibitions, museums
  • Play on the nearby golf courses (Ascona and Losone)
  • Enjoy a wine tasting with an Opera Singer Sommelier
  • Explore James Bond backdrop movies locations
  • Cycle from Giardino Ascona to Giardino Lago to enjoy a nice lunch in the restaurant
  • Get married on the small island of Bri
  • dipiù Spa – indoor and outdoor pool, sauna zone, Jacuzzi, fitness and relaxation area, massages and beauty treatments, signature dipiù Cosmetics line complemented with Aveda and !QMS products, hair salon
  • Ayurveda by Giardino – using modern cures and treatments, Ayurveda by Giardino seeks to restore our power, mindfulness and tranquillity. The therapeutic and non-medical health programme offers guests holistic well-being for body and mind.
  • Football Ground Ascona is a 5-minute cycle trip away and you can reach Football Ground Centro Sportivo in Tenero by coach. When the German national football team were preparing for Euro 2016 they stayed at Giardino Ascona

Food & beverage

Hide & Seek

Inspired by the principles of Ayurveda and revels in taking inspiration from Mediterranean, Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Modern, international and surprisingly out of the ordinary. Hide & Seek draws its inspiration both from contemporary sources and from Ayurveda. Each dish incorporates salty, sweet, bitter, sour, spicy and tart components in harmonious unison, tantalising your taste buds and nourishing your body. Local herbs and invigorating spices ensure that your meal is easily digested, while the different flavours and textures offer a rich sensual experience. Enjoy food that simply does you good – without having to look too hard.

Restaurant Ecco

The Ecco restaurant already has a reputation for offering unique culinary virtuosity blended with a purist approach to taste – and has two Michelin stars and 17 Gault Millau points to prove it. With his food concept, Ecco founder Rolf Fliegauf artfully combines the natural flavours of seasonal ingredients to create the unmistakable Ecco cuisine: distinctive, intense, unexpected. The culinary success story began in Ascona and has meanwhile extended to two other locations in St. Moritz and Zürich, which have also won two stars. Ecco!

Pool Side

Where people meet in the relaxed atmosphere of the garden, nibble on Mediterranean antipasti and salad from the buffet, debate whether to have grilled fish or meat and ultimately settle on both and round off a relaxed stay with fresh fruit, a fruit juice or some Italian ice cream. And for those not wanting to move a muscle, everything can be served directly to the sun loungers.

The Lago restaurant in Minusio

No-limits dining. The creations of the Lago restaurant are as fresh and light as the hotel itself, influenced by the close proximity to Italy but entirely in tune with modern trends. Andreas Marquardt, Executive Chef at the Lago restaurant, caters exclusively to the needs of his guests – offering a refreshing new take on traditional cuisine for meat eaters and passionate vegetarians. The restaurant is flooded with light and blends seamlessly into the large lakeside terrace. The cosmopolitan Roof Lounge with its stunning vistas. Guests won’t be able to get enough of the view.

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