At first glance, our inspector thought that the 60-year-old Villa Magliasina was a golf club, thanks to the private sign on the gravel drive and the 18-hole course at the back. Certainly, the theme is golf, with old prints of Scotland on the walls and even a grass-green carpet in the entrance. Special golf weeks allow enthusiasts to play some of the 15 courses in the area, transported by the hotel minibus. Not all guests, however, are golf fans. Some bicycle along the lakeside, others hike; Lugano is just a 20-minute ride on the local metro, while the lazy sunbathe by the heated swimming pool.
Five bedrooms open straight on to the garden, while those upstairs have balconies, such as Hybisnis which overlooks a huge camelia. These flower rooms, recently-decorated in soft turquoise, grey and pink, make the others look rather boring by comparison. There is also simpler, and cheaper, accommodation in the annexe. Overall, the quiet, even staid atmosphere, suits couples more than families with small children who might not, for example, appreciate the series of Sunday classical music concerts.