Water Is Way of Life in Sirmione, Hotel

SIRMIONE -- Water is such a part of life in Sirmione, a resort town on Lake Garda, that it has become the theme of one of its most upscale hotels.

The Grand Hotel Terme is a five-star property that features up-close views of the lake and the adjacent Tocca Scaligera fortress. The property also is a spa, featuring a "cure" based on the supposed healing properties of the lake's waters.

But even guests who do not choose to take to the waters can opt for massages and a host of other treatments.

Several dining options are available, including a spa menu.

There are 58 guest rooms, each with a balcony, and some have terraces.

Meeting facilities include accommodations for up to 300 people, and audiovisual equipment is available.

There is a private beach, an indoor pool with a solarium and a private dock.

Golfers can choose from three courses located nearby, and guests at the hotel receive a 20% discount on greens fees.

Families can make a day trip to the Gardaland theme park or enjoy a host of water sports on the lake.

With the help of the hotel concierge, opera lovers can take advantage of live performances in nearby Verona.

Probably the most popular pastime at the Grand Hotel, however, is lounging by the lake or sipping espresso or aperitifs under umbrellas at one of the outdoor tables.

Rates begin at about $116 per person, double, not including spa treatments.

To book Grand Hotel Terme:

E&M Associates

Phone: (800) 223-9832

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