When I was planning our 10-day trip in Italy, I was looking for a place to stop in between Cinque Terre and the Dolomites. Enter, Lake Garda. Once I decided Riva del Garda deserved more than a quick rest stop in our itinerary, Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort immediately stood out to me as the obvious choice for where to stay in Lake Garda.
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How to get to Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
Lake Garda is situated right in between Venice and Milan, so flying into either of those larger airports is a great option. Fly into Verona for an even shorter drive to Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort. Driving in this region is practically stress-free compared to Southern Italy, so don’t hesitate to rent a car. Be sure to read my tips on driving in Italy.
Luxury Stay at Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
From check in to check out, I was stuck by that old school luxury that is rare in the days of Airbnb. Du Lac et Du Parc Resort is luxury Italian hospitality at its finest. Everything was impeccable from the customer service to the gardens, not a leaf was out of place.
The various types of accommodation options at the resort is also unique. The resort is made up of several buildings all offering their own experience. From luxury suites to bungalows in the park, there’s something for everyone.
Our room was on the 6th floor of the Hotel Du Lac building and overlooked one of three pools, the lush landscape of the park and of course, Lake Garda.
Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort is also pet friendly (20 euro fee per night) and Alfie approved!
Things to do at the Resort
From swimming pools, tennis courts, full service spa and fitness facilities, there’s plenty of options offered right on the property. Plus, if you venture just a few feet out to the beach, you can rent bikes or take a boat ride to see more of Lake Garda.
Du Lac et Du Parc is a just a short, picturesque walk away from Riva del Garda, a town that reminded me more of Bavaria than Italy. Be sure to stroll into town for aperitivo, gelato and shopping.
Also read: 5 Reasons to Visit Riva del Garda
Dining at Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
I wish I could tell you I took advantage of all these above mentioned fitness opportunities, but instead I headed straight for the breakfast buffet first thing in the morning. Italian cuisine isn’t typically known for breakfast, but this impressive spread broke all my previously held notions. I think this is the first and only time I’ve seen an omelette and crepe station.
The buffet also had endless sections of cheese, meats, fruit and breakfast pastries. If you have dietary restrictions, this resort has thought of everything by offering gluten free options and various types of dairy alternative milk and yogurts.
You’ll find several other dining options outside breakfast. Aria for live cooking, Molo 44 Lounge & Bistro for Mediterranean cuisine and Capannina pool bar for a casual bite.
What started as the natural place to stop along the way ended up being one of our favorite stops. Thank you Du Lac Et Du Parc Grand Resort for hosting us and welcoming us as guests! Waking up to that view of Lake Garda was a special moment. Even Alfie won’t soon forget this sunspot.