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Giardino Ascona - Luxury holidays to Ticino

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  • About this holiday

    The five star Giardino Ascona sits between parkland and Lake Maggiore in Locarno’s peaceful neighbouring town. As the name suggests, the hotel is very much a garden oasis; removed from the streets of Ascona. With luxurious rooms, a choice between casual and fine-dining, and a Roman-esque spa, this is an indulgent hotel deserving of its five star status. Spend a few nights at the Giardino Ascona while you explore the province of Ticino, visiting Lugano, Locarno, Bellinzona, and perhaps crossing over the border into the northern Italian villages.

    The journey and how you get there

    The Giardino Ascona in Ascona can be visited in its own right as a fly-drive, self-drive or rail holiday. It can be visited on its own or combined with one or more other hotels in Switzerland.
    This hotel is featured as a hotel to stay at on our suggested touring holidays of Switzerland by rail. The hotel is located 15 minutes from the railway station by taxi.


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes bed and breakfast at the Giardino Ascona in Ascona. Your holiday price will also include travel arrangements depending on the method of travel you have chosen: flights or rail travel.

    Holiday prices

    This hotel is usually included as part of a rail touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    This five star hotel is a peaceful, secluded retreat with tranquil grounds and a blend of classical and modern styles.

    Hotel description

    The five star Giardino Ascona is nestled between a lush golf course and the banks of Lake Maggiore. The tall trees and lawns of the Mediterranean Garden create a picturesque and secluded oasis that remains popular with those looking to escape the bustle of the city, but remain within easy reach of the cultural sites of Ascona and Locarno. Lavender, mimosa, and lemon and olive trees surround the outdoor pool, adding a soothing fragrance to the air befitting of the Giardino Ascona’s status as a ‘soul retreat.’ In the relaxed Hide & Seek Restaurant, guests can dine on the terrace beside the pond, which, in the evenings, is beautifully lit. The tables and chairs are simply dressed in light colours, while exuberant pink flowers in mottled gold vases frame the room. The food, though evidently influenced by traditional Swiss flavours, is thoroughly modern, with refined ingredients and presentation. The Ecco Ascona Restaurant is a truly authentic fine-dining experience. In the grand dining room, styled in a sophisticated colour scheme, gourmet dishes of the highest quality are served on carefully arranged table-tops. Before or after dinner, curl up beside the fire in the Hotel Bar under the vast glass domed ceiling that lets you see up to the stars, or out beside the pool on a lounger or under a parasol. In the Spa, guests are transported back to Roman times in the elegant indoor pool, lined with pillars, sun loungers, and elegantly painted walls and ceilings. Ayurveda spa treatments are on offer in the atmospherically lit treatment rooms, in addition to a sauna and relaxation rooms that continue the regal Roman baths theme. Luxurious guestrooms are impeccably appointed and furnished with designer pieces that channel earthy tones and the occasional bright feature colour. Their spaciousness compliments the sublime grandeur of the hotel’s surrounding scenery, welcoming in the light, views, and fresh mountain air. Outdoor terraces are framed by simple topiary and fully-furnished balconies look out over the gardens. Vividness of colour is key to both the rooms and the gardens at this hotel. The Giardino Ascona aims to reflect the modern lifestyles of its clients, while offering them somewhere to escape the everyday and totally unwind. This convenient and idyllic location is a valuable addition to any touring holiday around Switzerland, offering aspects of cosmopolitan, historic, and rural Switzerland.


    Overlooking Ascona’s main golf course as well as the waters of Lake Maggiore.

    Official star rating

    5 deluxe

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    136 miles

    Closest airport

    Zurich Airport

    Room types

    72 rooms and suites with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, bathtub and shower, wifi, flat screen television, telephone, and modern amenities. All rooms have views over the Mediterranean Garden or the Ticino mountains.
    Double Room Morning Sun
    Double Room South
    Junior Suite Morning Sun with large living area
    Junior Suite South with large living area
    Suite Morning Sun with separate lounge
    Suite South with separate lounge

    Hotel facilities and services

    Mediterranean Garden, Hide & Seek Casual-dining Restaurant, Ecco Ascona Fine-Dining Restaurant, Hotel Bar, Poolside Bar, Breakfast buffet, Daily wine tasting, Dino Kids' Club, Bicycle hire, and Dipiu Spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness area, relaxation area, massages and beauty treatments, and hair salon.

    Water sports

    Swimming, stand up paddling and boat trips on Lago Maggiore.

    Land sports

    Hiking, jogging and biking.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Next door to Locarno, recognised for having the warmest climate in Switzerland, a stay in Ascona is a more tranquil option for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine on the lakeside or in a quaint pavement café. Spend an afternoon in Locarno, visiting the important religious and cultural sites, including the 17th century Church of St Anthony, the 16th century Church of San Francesco, the mid-17th century New Church, and the late 15th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso. Ensure you have time to visit the brooding Visconti Castle, which hosts a permanent exhibition of Roman glass. Venture out into the surrounding landscape to climb the Cardada Cimetta to witness both the highest and lowest parts of Switzerland in one sweeping gaze: Lake Maggiore and the Valais High Alps. Perhaps weave your way through the Magic Valley or the Verzasca Valley, where the water has a distinctive rich green-turquoise colour. Lake Maggiore is the perfect place to enjoy a serene lake cruise or partake in some thrilling water sports.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, hiking, cycling, jogging, and paragliding; waters sports on Lake Maggiore including swimming, stand-up paddling, and boat trips.


    The Dino Club offers a range of activities for children. Children under the age of 12 stay for free in their parents’ room. The spa has an extra children’s pool.

    Minimum stays

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