A view from the wooden terrace of L'Albereta's bistro, with green vineyard and the blue Lake Iseo in the distance

Mini-moon review: L’Albereta, The Italian Lakes

With fabulous food and drink, beautiful accommodation and a must-try spa, this blissful hotel near the shores of Lake Iseo is the perfect setting for a romantic break - and the scenery is pretty spectacular, too


Visitors to the Italian lakes may flock to the more famous Lake Como and Lake Garda, but lesser-known Lake Iseo is the smart choice for mini-mooners. You get all of the beauty but far fewer tourists, so a boat trip here is a serenely romantic experience. Relais & Château hotel L’Albereta is a short drive away from the Lakes, in a picturesque country setting surrounded by vineyards.

A view of the vine-covered exterior of L'Albereta, seen from a vineyard

The resort

This former 19th-century residence is a charming combination of period features, boho-inflected elegance and natural beauty – a walk around the glorious gardens is a romantic experience, particularly at sunset. In terms of accommodation, each bedroom is individually designed. The most famous is the Cabriolet Suite, which has a roof that rolls back at the touch of a button.

Tuscany, Italy

Our room may have had a motionless roof, but it was still delightful, with a comfortable bed, spacious bathroom and views across the verdant gardens and countryside – if you’re dreaming of a romantic Italian honeymoon, it doesn’t get better than this.

The Cabriolet Suite, a hotel room that has a roof you can open to see the sky
The Cabriolet Suite at L’Albereta


The Spa Espace Chenot plays a leading role here. In its ultra-modern space it offers treatments and programmes aimed at improving and maintaining wellness. In case you or your partner is a gym addict, there’s a fitness centre, and an indoor pool. On the beauty and wellbeing side, go for a facial for radiant-looking skin, and to feel enlivened, treat yourself to a Chenot Energetic Massage, which definitely lived up to the name. For ultimate relaxation, a Hydro-Aromatherapy session is a must. This is basically a cutting-edge bath with jets that massage you, as you lie back in water infused with essential oils.

Woman relaxing in a hydrotherapy bath, holding a cup of tea
Sit back and relax in the Spa Espace Chenot

Food & drink

This place is pretty much made for foodie couples. Be sure to secure a table on VistaLago Bistrò’s terrace for lunch – we enjoyed incredible pasta and fish dishes with the most stunning views down to Lake Iseo. We also loved the pizzas at La Filiale – there’s nothing like pizza fresh from a wood-fired oven – which has a menu designed by Italian pizza legend Franco Pepe. For fine dining, Restaurant LeoneFelice is an elegant spot for a romantic supper, with mouthwatering Italian delicacies created from local ingredients.

The fine dining restaurant at L'Albereta, with contemporary round lighting and views of the Italian countryside
Fine dining restaurant LeonFelice

Go there

L’Albereta (www.albereta.it / tel +39 030 7760550) offers double rooms from €260 per night based on two adults sharing.

Where to honeymoon in August: Amsterdam