Villa Làrio Launches the First Suspended Bar Over the Lake

Sustainability, zero waste and experiences are at the centre of the philosophy of the luxury property in Pognana Lario.

  • May 11, 2023

Among the many exciting developments following the reopening of Villa Làrio, one of the most anticipated novelties is introducing the captivating “Botanical Bar” project, led by renowned mixologist Raffaele Albanese. Unlike your typical lounge bar, this unique establishment takes the concept to new heights—literally—with its innovative ‘suspended lounge bar’ on the lake, offering visitors an extraordinary experience.

Imagine lounging in suspended hammocks, reminiscent of a tropical paradise, as you indulge in a sunset aperitif and bask in the mesmerizing beauty of Lake Como. Carved into the rock by the lake, this space boasts comfortable seating, tables, and the opportunity to recline in the suspended hammocks, creating a truly enchanting and memorable “emotional experience” on Lake Como.

Villa Lario Sunset Lake Como
Villa Làrio, Lake Como. Photo credit: Emily Santifer

At the heart of the “BOTANICAL GARDEN TO GLASS” project lies a special drink menu that revolves around the herbs and botanicals sourced from Villa Làrio’s very own garden. This visionary initiative focuses on sustainability and local produce, promoting a “no waste mixing” approach that minimizes waste while showcasing the region’s natural elements. Each beverage has been thoughtfully crafted to highlight the unique flavours and characteristics of the botanicals.

Throughout the season, guests can also look forward to music-filled moments with international DJ sets held on Villa Làrio’s private jetty at sunset. Visitors arriving by boat can partake in this enchanting experience by reserving an Aperitivo Pic-Nic Basket”, allowing them to enjoy the music while relishing a delectable spread.

DJ Villa Lario Lake Como
Nebat Drums DJ, Villa Làrio

Both the “BOTANICAL GARDEN TO GLASS” concept and the restaurant at Villa Làrio warmly welcome outside visitors by reservation. This openness allows guests to immerse themselves in the exceptional offerings of Villa Làrio and enjoy the seamless blend of natural beauty, mixology innovation, and culinary excellence.

Villa Làrio’s new “Garden-to-Glass” concept marks a unique twist on the popular “Farm-to-Table” philosophy. Nestled within two hectares of private lakefront gardens, the property has dedicated an area to cultivating aromatic plants, aiming to create a sustainable, low-waste drinks menu. The ‘no waste’ ethos extends beyond the bar concept and is deeply ingrained in the research and development efforts of the talented mixologist, who crafts homemade batches, liqueurs, and cordials.

Mixologist Raffaele Albanese draws inspiration from the lush garden of aromatic and wild herbs, infusing his inventive ‘botanical cocktails’ with a perfect blend of innovation and Italian flair. Expect to delight your senses with ingredients like lacto-fermented lemon vodka, green tea kombucha, cocoa bean, and wild fennel vermouth.

Villa Lario Rafaele Albanese
Rafaele Albanese, Villa Làrio. Photo credit: NewsEventicomo PR Divisione Fotografia

Whether you choose to savour your cocktail in the cedar garden, on the terrace of Il Palazzo, or in the new “suspended bar” by the lake, Villa Làrio guarantees an unparalleled experience. The combination of exquisite beverages, breathtaking surroundings, and the essence of the “Bel Paese” will undoubtedly create an unforgettable celebration for guests.

Villa Làrio is an exclusive boutique property located in Pognana Lario on Lake Como. With its breathtaking views from every suite, this spacious 19th-century estate, formerly owned by the renowned Lombardi family, offers an intimate and discreet ambience with the convenience of a five-star hotel. It is the perfect destination for a lakeside retreat and moments of pure relaxation amidst natural beauty.
One of the highlights of Villa Làrio is its position on the eastern shore, offering the unique advantage of sunset views, best enjoyed with the traditional “Aperitivo La Dolce Vita” on the terrace of Il Palazzo or in the charming park surrounded by centuries-old cedar trees.

Villa Lario boat party
Villa Làrio, Lake Como

The property comprises 18 suites in four different buildings: Il Palazzo, Villa Bianca, the Pavilion, and the Garden Suite, all set within two hectares of private gardens. Each suite provides a unique experience and has been designed by the renowned Italian design brand Castagna 1939, led by Pietro Castagna, an important interior designer of Lake Como.

The restaurant at Villa Làrio is led by the talented young chef Alex Visconti. The seasonal menus focus on five key Italian ingredients sourced from selected small farms. The culinary experience at Villa Làrio revolves around using premium ingredients carefully selected to craft dishes that are bursting with flavour, vibrancy, and enticing aromas. These delectable creations perfectly complement the serene and peaceful ambience throughout the Villa, enhancing the overall dining experience for guests.

In addition, guests can enjoy a 20-meter infinity pool with a 360-degree view, free daily yoga sessions under the centuries-old cedar trees, and various peaceful spots for reading and relaxation. Furthermore, the Villa Làrio has direct access to the lake and the private jetty for lake activities and water sports like water skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

 Address: Villa Làrio, Via Matteotti 27, Pognana Lario

On reservation only: or +390315375064

Photo credits: Emily Santifer and NewsEventicomo PR Divisione Fotografia.

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