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Villa Arcadio, Lake Garda

Languid Lake Garda in northern Italy is beloved of the style set seeking a little R&R. Spend your days idling on the water ogling snow-capped mountains, while thanking god you booked into heavenly Villa Arcadio. A revamped monastery on a wooded hillside overlooking the lake, it's a serene sanctuary, with just 18 simple yet stylish rooms. Original features are left to shine, from terracotta floor tiles to beamed ceilings and 14th-century frescoes. Chef Walter Zanoni whips up seasonal, regional fare in the restaurant, including fresh pike plucked from the lake. In summer, dine alfresco on the enchanting lantern-lit terrace shaded by vines; in winter, sip on top-notch tipples in the snug bar area.

Villa Arcadio, Lake Garda
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