Dreamy Lakeside Retreats


There’s something about sitting by the side of a calm lake, glittering in the sunshine and surrounded by magnificent scenery, that is simply magical. Nothing says blissfully peaceful like watching the wind cause the surface of the lake to ripple, listening to the chirping of birds overhead and bathing in the sunlight of a distant land whilst sipping on a delicious drink. Sounds like perfection right? We think so too.

That’s why here at HIP Hotels we have put together some of our most beautiful lakeside hotels, so that you can experience the ultimate peaceful getaway destination surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring scenery the world has to offer. Hiding away by a lake also means plenty of opportunities for adventure; whether that be beautiful pathways to wander, bike trails to explore or boat rides to take, there is something for everyone at our lakeside getaways. They might sound like something out of a dream but we promise you they’re real. And with incredible spas and wellness centres, what more could you possibly need?! So embark on the ultimate escape and discover some of our dreamy lakeside hotels this autumn...

Hotel Cortisen Am See - Lake Wolfgang, Austria

Needing a blissful escape where there will be no interruptions from your children or anyone else’s children? Let us introduce you to Hotel Cortisen Am See, one of our newest members and an adults-only retreat. Perched on the edge of Austria’s stunning Lake Wolfgang, Cortisen Am See offers the opportunity for both rest and play. The surrounding landscape offers plenty of activities for adventure-loving adults; whether you’d like to hike or mountain bike around the lake’s perimeter and surrounding area, or take a trip on a rowboat or the hotel’s very own motorboat complete with a picnic to eat whilst you enjoy the awe-inspiring views, there is something for you.

After your adventures, find yourself amazed by choice when looking for a beautiful spot in which to rest. Lakeside? Poolside? On your terrace? Yes, each room comes with its own private terrace, for you to enjoy in intimate luxury. The interior of the rooms at this lakeside hotel are modern, elegant, stylish spaces, designed to make you feel right at home. With bold colours, eclectic patterns, quirky designs and sophisticated finishings, you’ll never see another hotel room as exquisitely designed, and that’s what makes them so inviting! Culminating in the Boat Shed Suite that overhangs the lake, these rooms were made to make you feel like lakeside royalty, and the staff will too; which is nothing less than the treatment you deserve.

Hotel Cortisen Am See, Lake Wolfgang and the outstanding natural beauty of the lake’s surroundings are mesmerizingly beautiful, calm, rejuvenating and child-free… What more would you possibly desire?

Palazzo Radomiri - Boka Kotorska Bay, Montenegro

Ever wanted to stay in a waterside palace? Palazzo Radomiri in the elusive Montenegro is ready and waiting to make you feel like royalty, as you look out over the glittering waters of Boka Bay. This eighteenth-century mansion was once a home to shipowners and famous captains and has since been restored to its original grandeur and architectural brilliance! Although not technically on the edge of a lake, Palazzo Radomiri sits along the coast of Boka Kotorska Bay, a lake-like section of the Adriatic Sea joined to the ocean by only a small opening of land.

With ten gorgeous bedrooms filled with antique furnishings, exposed stone walls and baroque detailings, you’ll have stunning views of the Adriatic Sea no matter which room you stay in, because that’s the minimum that royalty deserves! Guests are invited to indulge in the benefits of the breathtaking landscapes that surround them; explore the nearby ancient walls of Kotor, enjoy beautiful dishes out on the jetty, soak up the sun on the poolside loungers and take part in as many of the daily yoga classes that look out over the glittering bay as you’d like!

With Palazzo Radomiri offering a truly revitalising atmosphere alongside a sprinkling of history and glistening waters, you’ll be living in rejuvenating decadence during your stay at this enchanting waterfront hideaway.

Seehotel Ambach - Lake Caldaro, Italy

If you love the idea of staying in a gorgeous lakeside hotel but can’t tear yourself away from your love of the mountains, Seehotel Ambach is the perfect place for you. Nestled within the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomite mountains in Italy’s South Tyrol, this architectural masterpiece, designed by Othmar Barth in the 1970s, is situated on the northeastern edge of Lake Caldaro and perfectly stands out from its natural surroundings whilst complimenting nature at its finest. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites offer spectacular views and plenty of ways to explore and see them up close, so make sure to pack your hiking boots!

Magnificently crafted to blur the line between nature and man-made design, the implementation of twenty first-century comforts makes this hotel the perfect place for a blissful lakeside retreat in the mountains. Seehotel Ambach was originally crafted to resemble a beached ship, and has since been renovated whilst remaining true to the original heart and soul of the property by the owners. With unique furniture alongside modern Italian design and views over the stunning Lake Caldaro, every room has been designed with the experience of guests at the highest priority. Two private bathing jetties, lakeside dining with freshly caught and picked produce, 11,000 square metres of lush Mediterranean gardens and the new 250-square-metre bathhouse spa, are just some of the things that you can indulge in at this beautifully chic retreat.

Combining lakes and mountains in the most awe-inspiring way, the Dolomites in South Tyrol are not to be missed, and Seehotel Ambach is the serene oasis that will help you make it the trip of a lifetime.

casaFantini / lake time - Lake Orta, Italy

Harmonious, tranquil and secluded, casaFantini / lake time is the epitome of a dreamy escape. Tucked away from the busyness of everyday life, this exclusive lakeside property is nestled in the magically secluded Pella, a small town of only 1000 residents on the shores of Lake Orta. Designed specifically with blissful relaxation in mind by owner Daniela Fantini, this getaway is modest yet inviting, with simple and stylish interiors emphasising the mystic aura of the lake, and peaceful activities to take part in alone or with a loved one. Heated infinity pool at sunset in the blissfully quiet and serene evening air anyone?

The incredibly elegant rooms are host to a combination of warm wood tones, modern splashes of colours that echo the lake, and chrome and glass accents, to create a harmonious tranquil environment in which to relax and unwind. The floor-to-ceiling windows that inhabit each bedroom overlook the beautiful garden filled with Mediterranean flora and fauna, the glittering Lake Orta and the Saint Giulio Island, charming each and every guest with the mesmerising panoramic views from their private balcony or terrace. Be sure not to miss out on a private boat ride complete with a delicious picnic of traditional Italian cuisine and delicious wine, and discover the secret pockets and the magic of Lake Orta in this heavenly romantic experience.

What are you waiting for? Run away from the hustle and bustle, stresses and worries of daily life and stay in the dreamland of casaFantini / lake time.

EALA My Lakeside Dream - Lake Garda, Italy

Needing some lakeside relaxation vacation dreams to come true? EALA My Lakeside Dream resonates with the spirit, beauty and bliss of the Celtic Royal Swan Eala, its namesake, to create a sanctuary of peace and serenity on the edge of one of Italy’s most incredible lakes, Lake Garda. EALA My Lakeside Dream is a snippet of luxury aimed purely at adults, for the ultimate lakeside escape – think mesmerising panoramic views of the glittering Lake Garda, a 1500 square metres spa, outdoor infinity pool, two stunning restaurants with mouth-watering food prepared by Michelin recognised chef Alfio Ghezzi Bistrot and sleek, stylish bedrooms filled will all the modern comforts that you could possibly need.

The family behind this stunning five star escape built this hotel in 1960 after falling in love with the area’s lemon groves, fine olive oil and breath-taking scenery. Having renovated it multiple times since its opening, EALA My Lakeside Dream is now a fully zero-emissions hotel, to reduce the impact of the industry on the ecosystem. Using the latest geothermal technologies the Risatti family were able to prove that luxury does not need to come at the expense of the planet. The elegant shapes and rich colour palette of the interiors calm the senses, as you sit back and look out over the awe-inspiring Lake Garda. Imagine having your morning shower on your very own private terrace whilst looking at that view, or soaking your worries away in the gorgeous bathtubs whilst surrounded by decadent marble… What more could you possibly dream of?!

Decompress and escape into your dreams here at the stunning EALA My Lakeside Dream and believe us when we say, you won’t regret it.

Lake House - Lake Daylesford, Australia

Sitting lakeside with a glass of local wine… tasting food grown on the land you’re exploring… looking out over awe-inspiring scenery that seems like it came out of a fantasy novel you read as a child – these are just some of the tantalising delights that await you at the incredible Lake House. Nestled on the edge of Lake Daylesford in Victoria, Australia, within the breath-taking landscapes of the Wombat State Forest, this oasis of blissful calm was created by husband and wife team Alla and Allan Wolf-Tasker, who wanted to craft a venue that was “worthy of journey”… not only is Lake House worthy of a journey but staying there is a beautiful journey in its own right.

The hotel boasts 33 uniquely curated waterfront suites, designed for anyone seeking to escape to a land in which time exists at a much slower pace. With sophisticated colours, enchanting patterns, stunning accent pieces and beautiful artwork, the suites are the epitome of laidback luxury. Effortlessly merging together the rustic elements of rural life with exquisite scenery, Lake House could not be better suited to its awe-inspiring surrounding landscapes of crystal clear lakes, magnificent waterfalls and lush forest. With full tennis courts, a Spa with signature treatments that are made using locally grown herbs and plants, a glistening infinity pool, a restaurant with sustainably grown farm-to-table food that will tantalise your tastebuds, an in-house bakery, immersive wine tours and the opportunity to watch an artist at work in his studio, there really is no other place like Lake House.

Book your stay now and get lost in the beauty of Australia’s true nature at an enchanting lakeside retreat that will calm all your senses whilst making you feel like part of the family… you’ll never want to leave!

Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga - Lake Garda, Italy

We already know that life is better by a lake… but an intimate escape to the lakeside with your partner, in the enchantingly romantic Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga will be sure to make the experience a hundred times better. Situated atop a hill within 99 acres of meticulously manicured gardens full of local flora and fauna, the villa has some of the most mesmerising panoramic views that Lake Garda has to offer. The boutique villa itself was once the summer residence of Count Giuseppe Feltrinelli and it has definitely inherited a decadent but subtle air of charming aristocracy. Relax together in the Clarabella Lounge or Liberty Hall with a book and get lost in the soaring views of crystal blue skies and the sparkling lake below.

Once a nineteenth-century hunting lodge, Villa Sostaga has definitely increased its romantic enchantment! Each of the 19 rooms are elegant, chic spaces, with gorgeous draping fabrics, intricate details and private terraces that allow for romantic evenings (and mornings!) overlooking Lake Garda – not all of the rooms overlook the lake so make sure you opt for one with a lake view for the ultimate romantic getaway. No couples retreat is complete without a meal together, and the gourmet restaurant at Villa Sostaga has delicious food as well as a wine cellar with one of the best collections of wine in the region; with over 400 vintages from Italy and abroad, you’ll be spoiled for choice when deciding which bottle to share with your partner in blissful celebration of your trip!

Just a few miles from Gargnano, one of the lake’s most charming locations, be prepared to be enchanted into blissful serenity as you explore this beautiful region hand in hand with the one you love here at Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga.

Art Hotel Riposo - Lake Maggiore, Switzerland

If you’re a fan of unique eclecticism but also adore the calm that a lakeside stay brings, we invite you to be enchanted by the beautiful Art Hotel Riposo. Tucked away on the edge of Switzerland’s mystic Lake Maggiore, discover the small town of Ascona, a quaint, pretty place home to hearty Swiss food that every visitor should try! Surrounded by mesmerising views of the encompassing mountains and lakes, the chocolate-box-delight of Art Hotel Riposo somehow manages to blend in whilst also capturing the vibrant energy of the land in the beautiful interior design. A family-run hotel, the family’s love for art and nature is found entwined and interwoven throughout the various spaces within the hotel, creating a quirky yet calm and comforting environment in which to unwind.

Each of the rooms and suites are uniquely decorated, so that each guest has a truly individual stay; with each room having their own colour palettes, pieces of artwork and chic, elegant furnishings, a stay at Art Hotel Riposo is a bold yet sophisticated dive into the beauty and culture of the region. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Cortile dei Beati, is an elegantly enchanting place to enjoy a romantic meal. You can choose from an array of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, but whatever you choose, be sure to try the heavenly Swiss cheese and wine from local vineyards for a truly authentic Swiss dining experience. Against a backdrop of candlelight and sunsets, and panoramic vistas that will leave you wondering if you’re dreaming, this open air dining experience will be one that will be hard to forget. Oh and they also host live Jazz musicians a few times a week!

So what are you waiting for? One of the best views in the world is waiting for you!

recommended HIP Hotels

Explore Art Hotel Riposo Ascona
Explore casaFantini / lake time Lake Orta
Explore Palazzo Radomiri Dobrota
Explore Seehotel Ambach South Tyrol
Explore Lake House Daylesford
Explore Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga Lake Garda
Explore EALA My Lakeside Dream Lake Garda
Explore Hotel Cortisen am See St Wolfgang