Renowned for its breathtaking landscape, nestled against the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como has established itself as a preferred destination for the affluent and prominent. Situated amidst the verdant foliage of a botanical park on the southeastern shores of the lake, the Villa Roccabruna, a 19th-century architectural masterpiece boasting striking neoclassical features, embodies the essence of the region’s romantic allure. Its significance is further elevated by its association with Giuditta Pasta, one of Italy’s most revered opera singers, who once called it home.
In more recent days, the property was transformed into a hotel under the management of the Mandarin Oriental group. The hotel boasts an impressive range of accommodation, including 21 rooms, 52 suites, two independent villas, and is complemented by two exceptional dining options. In addition, the hotel boasts a renowned underground spa, meticulously designed by the esteemed Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
The latest addition, also designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is a floating pool that blends perfectly with the surrounding waters when viewed from the lake, while offering an unobstructed view of the historic vaulted colonnade. The pool measures an impressive 40 metres in length and is finished with locally sourced Cardoso sandstone, which faithfully reproduces the colours of the lake. A deep sundeck, bordered by wooden boards, is located on the Villa side of the pool, while a long infinity edge facing the lake creates a striking visual effect, with the surface of the pool seeming to merge with that of Lake Como.
The pool’s prefabricated steel structure has been clad in a glossy deep green colour, reflecting the continuous movement of the water. The pool is designed with a catamaran shape to minimise the impact of waves and is hermetically sealed to the lake bottom. It is connected to the new bar and dining area of the colonnade by a ramp. To achieve this, the former gymnasium and other interior areas were carefully removed and the historic vaults were opened and activated.
The bar and dining room feature recessed vaulted wood cladding and a wooden terrace, creating a warm and natural atmosphere that pays homage to the region’s nautical traditions. The area is open from day to night, offering guests a comfortable and inviting space to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake.