A charming 5-star resort in the verdant hills of Franciacorta a few minutes’ drive from Lake Iseo, L’Albereta Relais & Chateaux is truly off the beaten track. The proprietor has a theory about houses, that each should have a pensatoio at the top—a place surrounded by windows where a person can pause, contemplate nature, and refresh. So L’Albereta between Brescia and Bergamo, has the Cabriolet Suite.  Atop a tower facing Lake Iseo, you are in the clutches of Northern Italian luxury—sitting on satin, damask; surrounded by vineyards; fed by the great Milanese chef Gualtiero Marchesi. Did we forget to mention the Michelin rated restaurant?   L' Albereta

The Henri Chenot Spa  has 1500sqm dedicated to the well-being of body and mind. From windsurfing or boat rides on the breathtaking Lago Iseo, weaving down the country lanes on a bicycle to explore the neighbouring villages, taking a tour of a vineyard on horseback, or hiking in the surrounding hills.  L’Albereta accommodation 57 rooms including 19 suites & junior suite. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite television, DVD (on request).

Getting to: L’Albereta: Fly to Bergamo or to Verona followed by a 45mins drive.  Excursions with a tour guide can be arranged to Brescia, Lake Garda, Verona, Bergamo, Milan. Boat trips & hiking trips available.