Grandiose style reigns supreme in Lake Como, but if you’re looking for something more contemporary, Il Sereno fits the bill. Lauded designer Patricia Urquiola created the interiors, which favor natural materials and neutral colors to really let those views take center stage. The all-suite hotel has a private beach and its own custom-built boat. The Penthouse Suite is 2,150 sq ft with a master bedroom, outdoor terrace with hot tub, two bathrooms, dining room, living room, wet bar and multimedia room. If you can drag yourself away from the exceptional views, book a table at Berton Al Lago, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and watch yachts sail by from the centuries-old stone archways.
From $4,500 per night. Contact Valentina Paggi, hotel manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, +39 031 547 7800, serenohotels.com