Castello del Sole, Ascona

You might have noticed that I have been very quiet on the blog during the last weeks. That is, because my private life took over. I spent all my time and energy on organising my wedding (civil and religious) and left on 2! mini moons!

Currently I am suffering from post-wedding blues and am therefore more than happy to share my last hotel and travel experiences with you.

I chose to start where I “left” you beginning of May. If you are already married, you know how emotional a wedding can be. In order to celebrate our civil wedding, my husband (I still have to get used to writing that) and I decided to leave for a weekend getaway.

We already knew the Italian villages around Lago Maggiore, but decided to stay in the Swiss part this time called Ticino. When we arrived in Ascona the holiday mood instantly took over thanks to the Italian speakers around us, but also the lake, the sunshine and the feeling of “bella vita”. The arrival at our hotel Castello del Sole was the cherry on the cake. A long driveway surrounded by rose bushes lead the way to the entrance.

Drive-way-Castello-del-Sole

Entrance-Castello-del-Sole

After a warm welcome we were brought to our room, a junior suite with a walk-in closet (I wished we would have booked for a week), a huge bathroom with shower and bathtub, a seating area in the bedroom and –the highlight- a balcony with view on the surrounding mountains.

Terrace-Junior-Suite-Castello-del-Sole

We started our romantic weekend with a dinner at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant “Locanda Barbarossa”. The 1 Michelin star chef didn’t disappoint. (I’ll tell you more about it in the restaurant section next week.)

The breakfast restaurant “Tre Stagione” welcomed us in a white and golden interior. The waiters are wearing white jackets with golden buttons giving the impression to have travelled back in time to the good old 80s. The service staff was charming as everywhere in the hotel and the buffet offered everything one needs.

I granted myself a 60-minute body massage at the spa. It was very relaxing and I would have loved to extend it! My husband was happy about the gym and in the evening we played a round of table tennis in the park.

External-view-Castello-del-Sole

After an active Saturday of sightseeing, biking (with hotel bikes) and hiking, we spent the Sunday at the hotel’s beach.
Beach-Castello-del-Sole

View-from-the-beach-Castello-del-Sole

We had the feeling that the weekend was too short to discover the entire beautiful region and to take full advantage of the hotel. That is why we will definitely be back next year!

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