Sunday, 21 July 2019

A place where Harmony Reigns

The Color Hotel at Bardolino Lake Garda is the perfect place for anyone who wants to nourish their spirit, body and soul. The moment you enter the hotel your shoulders relax, the tension you have accumulated throughout the year will subside. All is harmony the moment you walk in. The girls at the reception are dressed in silk jackets each one a different colour, green, violet, pink, yellow, blue. Their smiles are warm and welcoming , you feel as though you are in a friend's home.

We had a Harmony Suite which consisted of two connecting rooms. It was blue, calming and soothing. Great excitement on arrival in the room as we all examined the attention to detail, the towels folded like elephants, the books on the shelves perfect holiday reading an German, English, Dutch, Italian and French . The maid had left a card with a welcoming greeting and her name, she was nearby so we introduced ourselves and she told us that she was there to make sure we had a wonderful time.

The Color Hotel is a place to explore, to savour, to enjoy. Here you feel you can regenerate, charge your batteries or whatever you are looking for on holiday.

The breakfast is a magical experience. Each area is a different colour and you are invited to choose your mood. Orange for joy included mango, apricots, cantaloupe melons, vitamin infused fruit juice. Red for energy included strawberries, almonds, walnuts, black cherry jam. The green area was the healthy organic breakfast, green apples, organic yoghurt, apple juice. Then there was the spiritual breakfast to feed your soul, it was violet and included berries , blackcurrants and seeds nuts and raisins. There was also an incredible selection of pastries, jam tarts, mini doughnuts, pancakes.
Bread and jam, honey and  a long table of salami, ham and cheese and salad.

After breakfast take time to explore the hotel. There is a pool next to the bar area with individual jacuzzis round the edge and a Silent area covered nearby. Here the water is warm and again there are push-button whirlpools. There is a relaxation area with large comfortable divans and hammocks. Next door is the gym where you can use exercise bikes and walking machines and other equipment.

There is ample room in the garden round the pool for relaxation on sunbeds. You are given a key to enter the garden on the other side of a narrow lane and it is like entering a secret paradise. Olive trees and exotic flowers abound, again sunbeds and shady spots either under an olive trees or parasols. If you want to sit by the water's edge to keep on the children or develop your tan there are sunbeds round the pool. In the garden there are two pools, one is heated in April and May and then again in September and October.

The bar area is perfect for a light lunch or a game of table tennis. the cheerful, friendly bar staff serve drinks while you are in the pool sitting on tall pool bar stools. There is a life guard on duty all the time and you are allowed to use balls and lilos. If you want a more substantial lunch you can return to the bar area in the main hotel.

The restaurant at the Color Hotel is called 'La Veranda' and has a Michelin star. It is run by Franco and his staff and is the perfect venue for a special occasion or for a fine dining experience.

Most of the guests will go along the lake for their meal. It is a short walk to Bardolino where there is an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and pizzerias to suit everyone.
If you go back to the hotel after supper you might like to stop at the poolside bar for a drink or a coffee. This pool changes colour and is the perfect place to sit and relax before bedtime.

The staff at the Color Hotel are harmonious and friendly like the atmosphere they create. You will come away feeling joyful, calm, energized and enriched spiritually.

A very special warm thank you to Samantha and the girls, Franco and the boys from the Bars and the Restaurant La Veranda, Marta the sommelier and the Marco the life-guard at the pool, and all the staff of the Color Hotel for a really magical experience.