Concierge.com's insider take:
D. H. Lawrence stayed here in 1912 and 1913 and deemed it "one of the most beautiful places on earth." The Liberty-style villa was built in 1892 and was converted into a 21-room hotel in 2001. It quickly moved into the top echelons as one of the world's finest hotels. Its air of exclusivity appeals to an elite clientele, as evidenced by the outrageous prices (the very cheapest rooms start around $1,200—in the off-season). All of the rooms are suites, and of the 13 in the main house, the one to book is Il Poeta, which has a breathtaking panorama of Lake Garda. The other guest quarters are scattered among four park cottages. Expect lavish antiques, frescoed ceilings, and wonderfully quirky furnishings throughout. The bathrooms are particularly delightful, often up to 500 square feet in size with enormous tubs, heated marble floors, and walk-in showers. The exquisitely maintained grounds include eight acres of olive, magnolia, and cypress trees.
Closed mid-October through mid-April.