When I was planning our 10-day farewell trip in Italy, I was looking for a place to stop in between Cinque Terre and Corvara in 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.
Getting There: 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. Driving in this region is practically stress-free compared to Southern Italy, so don’t hesitate to rent a car.
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Luxury at the Grand Resort
From check in to check out, I was stuck by that old school luxury that’s rare in the days of Airbnb and insta-famous hotels. Du Lac et Du Parc is luxury Italian hospitality at its finest. Everything was impeccable from the customer service to the gardens, not a leaf was out of place.
A more unique aspect of this resort is the accommodation options. Du Lac et Du Parc Grand 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 at the resort, the lush landscape of the park and of course, Lake Garda.
Activities around Lake Garda
Du Lac et Du Parc is a short picturesque walk 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.
From swimming, tennis courts, spa and fitness facilities, there’s plenty of options all offered on the property. However, if you venture just a few feet out to the beach, you can rent bikes or take boat ride to see more of Lake 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 I headed straight for breakfast in the morning. Italians aren’t known for their breakfasts, but Du Lac et Du Parc broke all my notions of Italian breakfast. I think this is the first and only time I’ve seen a 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 a modern bar, Capannina pool bar for a light snack or pizza.
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.
Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
38066 Riva Del Garda – Italy
Tel: +39 0464 566600