Executive Chef Michele Zambanini has devised a series of very special menus for the Christmas period, and the Veranda restaurant with its wide windows and dreamy lake views begs you to put on your glad rags and really sparkle. Christmas Eve dinner offers fish as per Italian tradition while for Christmas Day lunch there are truffles along with lobster, squash-filled ‘plin’ pasta, confit goose with chestnuts, finishing up with home-made panettone. The seven-course New Year’s Eve feast includes king crab with caviar, white truffle risotto, lobster and foie gras, beef Wellington and a host of sweet treats along with Dom Perignon 2013 and other superlative vintages from Italy and France. The gala evening will be crowned by a fabulous firework display over the lake and dancing into the small hours. Still hungry? A restorative New Year’s Day buffet brunch with countless seasonal specialties is the final flourish.
But it’s not all about eating and drinking. Weather permitting, you can explore the lake in one of the hotel’s vintage boats or spend an afternoon shopping for silk and cashmere bargains in Como. For rainy days, you can learn how to make a Christmas garland, to decorate a festive table or to bake Christmas biscuits. The Sporting Club has a large heated pool, Turkish bath and sauna plus a gym to help offload the extra calories, and massages can be booked in-room. WEBSITE