Indulgence has a name: ARIA Retreat & SPA
The time is always right for a little indulgence at our 5-star superior hotel on Lake Lugano: Whether it’s first thing in the morning or late at night, we pamper your senses with exquisite aromas, indescribable scents, and heavenly flavours that will simply enchant you. The unique creations of our culinary team are an ode to the spectacular Renaissance masterpieces that adorn countless churches on Lake Lugano. Colours, forms, aromas, and flavours all blend together in perfect harmony on our plates. Picturesque Lake Lugano at your feet, the stunning landscape before your eyes, and a smile on your face – la vita è bella. Life really is beautiful.
The perfect start to your day
As the sun slowly rises from behind the mountains, bathing Lake Lugano in a beautiful, mystical light, the day’s first culinary highlight is on the horizon. The heavenly scent of creamy cappuccino, fresh bread, and freshly baked croissants infuses our hotel in Porlezza, waking you gently with an aromatic morning call. On request, we will serve you a rich breakfast with coffee, croissants, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juices, as well as sweet and hearty dishes in the comfort of your room. That way, you can soak up the magical atmosphere at your leisure in your luxury suite or from your loggia with a view over the lake. Of course, you can also enjoy your breakfast in one of our restaurants near Lugano, where numerous tantalising specialities await you.
Immerse yourself in culinary variety
Exclusive gourmet dishes, French-inspired classics, Mediterranean delicacies, light fish dishes, the finest grill specialities, or typical Italian cuisine – what are you longing for today? During your stay at ARIA Retreat & SPA, you can immerse yourself in culinary variety as you’ve never seen it before. Taking inspiration from the changing seasons, a range of incomparable flavour combinations are created to delight all lovers of gourmet cuisine. Inspired by nature, our culinary team creates a range of dishes that tantalise all your senses. Set sail for new culinary horizons and find today’s favourite restaurant in Parco San Marco.
There is always a good reason to pay a visit to our marvellous Dolce Vita Lounge at the heart of ARIA Retreat & SPA. Whether it’s for a frothy cappuccino in the morning, a thirst-quenching refreshment during the day, or a glass of fine wine in the evening, here, you can live the sweet life with a breathtaking view over Lake Lugano at any time of day. And why not sample some of our mini à la carte delicacies to bring this time of indulgence to a perfect close?
As another wonderful day is drawing to a close on your holiday in this natural paradise, the sun is slipping down behind the mountains, and the last rays of sunshine gleam off the water creating a magical atmosphere, it’s time for culinary indulgence. In the neighbouring Parco San Marco, from Thursday to Sunday from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m., our timeless, elegant restaurant near Lugano, La Musa Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace, opens its doors to whisk you away on an unforgettable journey of culinary discovery. Give in to temptation and sample our exclusive tasting menu featuring exquisite culinary masterpieces recommended by our head chef. These works of art take seemingly everyday dishes and reinterpret them with surprising new twists to create a symphony of flavours, complemented perfectly by a glass of fine wine. Our wine cellar is home to over 3,000 wines from around the globe.
We ask that guests wear elegant evening wear in keeping with the sophisticated ambience. We would also be delighted to welcome young guests from 12 years of age. However, we regret that dogs are not permitted in this restaurant.
In the main building of Parco San Marco is La Joie de Vivre Restaurant, which will charm you with its refined design in shades of blue and grey from the moment you set foot inside. This elegant restaurant near Lugano was named after a famous painting by Pablo Picasso, which has been lovingly recreated on the wall of the restaurant, creating an exclusive atmosphere. Your palate can look forward to being pampered with new interpretations of Italian classics. Knowing that dining is one of life’s pleasures, our head chef always has an open ear for your preferences and is happy to adapt dishes for any food allergies, intolerances, or special requests you might have.
Please wear elegant casual wear and a jacket in keeping with the ambience. We kindly ask that shorts are not worn.
Families love to come together to eat in one of the two family restaurants in the main building of Parco San Marco, La Veranda and San Marco. That’s because the head chefs know exactly what tantalises the tastebuds of guests of all ages. In the evening, you can look forward to simple yet delicious Italian fare with an international twist, while children will love special dishes created just for them. To keep the whole family smiling, our chefs will be happy to consult with you to prepare special dishes that suit your individual needs in the case of food allergies, intolerances, or particular preferences.
Restaurant San Marco is pleased to welcome children from the age of 0, while children from the age of 2 can dine at La Veranda. Dogs are not allowed in these restaurants near Lugano.
Fresh from the grill: that’s how the meat specialities are served in La Masseria Mediterranean Grill Restaurant at the heart of Parco San Marco. The historic 18th-century tuff-stone vaulted cellar of ancient Villa Girasole and the large sunbathing terrace with its fantastic view over the lake and subtropical gardens offer the perfect setting to devote yourself completely to culinary indulgence. On cooler days, two open fireplaces provide cosy warmth and create a romantic atmosphere. As well as juicy steaks procured from local farmers and exquisite grill specialities, we also serve a wide range of Italian cuisine. La Masseria Mediterranean Grill Restaurant is a member of the Italian Coeliac Association AIC and therefore also specialises in gluten-free dishes.
Small dogs may be brought into the restaurant in a dog carrier, while medium dogs are allowed on the outdoor terrace.
In the afternoon or evening, while taking a quick break between your sunbathing sessions and boat trips, you can look forward to the relaxed atmosphere in 46° Parallelo: the place to be for gourmets that want to treat their palate, whatever the time of day. Fresh fish, lobster, shrimp, and fine cuts of meat grilled before your eyes over the blazing wood of the brazier are all on the menu alongside healthy, light snacks. And the crowning glory of this culinary indulgence is the breathtakingly beautiful view over the lake and mountains.
It just wouldn’t be a holiday in Italy without pizza. In our self-service pizzeria, we serve you some of the best pizza in the area. Our secret: Our pizza is baked at a scorching 421°C, and the dough, which is left to rise for 48 hours, is made with certified 100% organic “Grani Antichi” flour from ancient grain varieties. This means our pizza is easily digestible and is also suitable for people with a gluten intolerance. The man who sets ovens and palates ablaze is Remi, who prefers his pizza thin and crispy. You can enjoy your pizza in this restaurant near Lugano or take it away to enjoy it in one of our 15 exclusive suites.
Where sky and water meet: our lounges and bars
Our Sky Lounge with its spacious terrace is a favourite rendezvous point throughout the day. While sipping a latte or a refreshing cool drink, you can enjoy an extensive view of Lake Lugano and take the chance to reflect on the important things in life. You can also indulge in delicious light bites, perfect for any time of day.
Whether you’re looking forward to quick refreshments, a light meal, somewhere to watch the football, or our weekly music and dance evenings – the modern, bright San Marco Bar is a place where guests of all ages can enjoy life to the full. Pets are not allowed inside the bar.
Our adults-only lounge San Marco is tastefully arranged with book collections and board games. Fire flickers in the open fireplace, creating a pleasant ambience that invites you to linger with a refreshing cocktail or a glass of fine wine before retiring to one of the 15 elegant suites in our luxury hotel near Lugano.