The Resort Collina d’Oro covers an area of 250’000 square metres and is located in Agra, on a hilltop, at an altitude of 500 meters to the south of Lugano. An enchanting landscape surrounded by lush nature and bathed in sunlight most of the year, with breath-taking panoramic views over the lake.
This magical location, where the colours and sinuous forms of the mountains merge into the pure water of the lake, inspired many famous artists and writers such as Hermann Hesse and Erich Kästner.
From “Deutsches Haus” to Wellness Resort
Silvio Tarchini, founder of the Outlet-Centre FoxTown in Mendrisio, understood the potential of this “golden” location and acquired the property in Agra. As the old structure could not be maintained, the “Deutsches Haus” was demolished in 2009 and the luxury Resort Collina d’Oro was built. The famous architect Ettore Mocchetti, editor of the prestigious magazine Architectural Digest, was responsible for the complete reconstruction. A soon as the guest enters in the lobby, he finds a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere: the refined luxury furniture in red, black and grey invites to rest and relax and grants highly-quality living standards, valued by the warm and welcoming service provided by the Director Marcello Marcoli and his staff.
Rooms to enjoy a relaxing stay
The guests can choose among 16 double rooms and 30 suites divided into Junior, Superior and Deluxe, as well as a Camelia Suite (200 m2) and a Magnolia Suite (250 m2). Beside all the basic equipment, Junior, Superior and Deluxe Suites boast a comfortable living room with a fully equipped kitchenette. All rooms are elegantly furnished, bright and airy; the brown oak floor and the creamy Mazzaro limestone in the bathrooms convey a warm and stylish atmosphere, enriched by an enchanting panoramic view over the lake or the park.
Apartments for sale and for rent
The Resort includes also 43 luxury apartments, real architectural jewels designed by Ettore Mocchetti, with surfaces varying from130 to 400 square metres, which can be either bought or rented for short as well as long-term periods. All the apartments have direct access to the car park and some of them are on two floors. They are the ideal solution for those who need privacy without renouncing to hotel services. Big windows, loggias and private gardens recall the magnificent elements of the “Deutsches Haus”, harmonically combined with modern architectural styles and innovative technologies (lights, heating, ventilation etc. can be handled electronically, directly near the entrance door).
Real beauty comes from inside
The Resort Collina d’Oro is member of Healing Hotels of the World (HHOW), which gathers worldwide leading holistic hotels and resorts whose aim is improving guests’ lifestyle. A goal achieved in the 1’000-square-metre-big SPA&Fitness Centre of the Resort, with focus on Well-Aging, an interdisciplinary preventive medicine aimed at slowing down and preventing the aging process and age-related diseases thanks to stress management, personalized therapies and treatments, an adequate physical activity and a correct and balanced nutrition.
A team of experts follows guests with care and professionalism during the Well-Aging programs, studying personalizedtherapies according to individual needs: different massages, oxygen- and hydrotherapy, mud treatments as well as the Floating-Therapy, a one-man pool, filled with a high saturation of salt, which has excellent therapeutic and regenerative effects. The SPA&Fitness Centre also includes Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, emotional showers and Kneipp path as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Alain Mességué’s philosophy
From January 2014 the well-known French phytotherapist Alain Mességué exclusively works for the Resort Collina d’Oro. During his long career, he has being using herbs to eliminate toxins and restore the delicate balance between body and mind that people often lose in the frenetic pace of modern life. Alain Mességué’s method aims at restoring this harmony, through the synergistic use of herbal medicine, Western medicine, aesthetics and physiotherapy. Body detoxification thanks to the scientifically proven virtues of medicinal herbs, a healthy and balanced diet with fresh and local seasonal ingredients, beauty and relaxation treatments to find the way to a better physical and mental balance, far from the stress that characterizes everyday life.
Culinary delights from the Mediterranean cuisine
In an elegant and welcoming atmosphere, the Hotel Restaurant offers Mediterranean dishes inspired by a light cuisine which is both healthy and refined at the same time, enriched by the seasonal vegetables from the organic garden located in the park of the Resort and by an exclusive wine list, which also includes the red wine “Collina d’Oro” produced using the grapes of the Resort’s vineyard.
As food has a significant impact on health and is a very important aspect of the Well-Aging philosophy, the cooperation between our Chef and a professional nutritionist is particularly important in order to ensure to all our guests a balanced and correct diet.
The Honesty Bar is the ideal location for an afternoon cappuccino or a tasty drink and, during the warm season, it is even possible to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks at the Pool House Restaurant near the swimming pool, to indulge in pure relaxation lulled by the gentle sounds of nature.
The Resort Collina d’Oro offers two modern meeting rooms suitable for meetings, conventions and all kinds of events. They are ideal for groups from 10 up to 50 people, with natural light, wide windows and all the necessary technical equipment.
The Resort’s team is also at disposal to study personalized Team Building programs to meet all different needs, combining the hotel offers and activities with the different opportunities that the region can offer, from mountain biking, to wine tasting or a visit to the Hermann Hesse Museum.
In harmony with nature
Nature and ecological aspects play a fundamental role for the Resort Collina d’Oro. The whole complex covers a woodland area of 250‘000 square meters, a part of which has been retained as natural parkland. The old vineyards that surround the Resort give the property a unique charm and, to enhance the environment even more, new tree species have been planted.
Great care and attention was paid to ecological aspects even in the choice of energy supply. The Resort has a multi-source heating system based primarily on the use of geothermal sources: a technologically advanced solution achieving a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions.