Italian Lakes: Holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort, Lake Maggiore

Peace and tranquillity are not words often used to describe staying on a holiday resort. Though, not all holiday resorts have the benefit of fronting the beautiful scenery of the Italian Lakes.

The Golfo Gabella Resort sits along Lake Maggiore, one of the most tranquil of the Italian Lakes. Whilst, perhaps a little less known than Lake Garda and Lake Como, Lake Maggiore is, in fact, the second largest of the Italian Lakes.

Picturesque pool and mountain views on holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore Italy

Holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore Italy

Observing the lull of the water, mountains and greenery, peppered here and there with a golden autumn glow; it’s easy to unwind and appreciate the beauty of the resort’s surroundings.

Golfo Gabella Resort overlooking Lake Maggiore Italy

Autumn vibes in Lake Maggiore Italian Lakes

Though, this quiet and authentic area of Lake Maggiore is far from boring for those looking for a more active break, as I soon discovered…

A holiday at the Golfo Gabella Resort is as relaxing or active as you want it to be.

The Golfo Gabella Resort boasts a large swimming pool, hot tub and a small kids pool, all overlooking the picturesque lakefront; offering a peaceful setting for the ultimate relaxation time. Books are also available if you forget to bring your own.

sunset over the pool on holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

hot tub holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore Italy

Free to use electric bikes and kayaks enable an active stay, as well as the chance to explore the scenery nearby.

For those looking to venture a little further afield, boat hire is available along the waterfront enabling you to take a boat out at your own pace to visit pretty towns such as Cannobio. A water taxi stand is located opposite the hotel front to take guests to the popular Cannobio Sunday Market.

bobbing boats on lake maggiore golfo gabella resort

The apartments at Golfo Gabella all provide a large space to relax with an open-plan kitchen area, dining area and additional outside terrace. Handy features such as free WiFi/air-conditioning, kettle, dishwasher, full-length mirror and heating make the stay that much more comfortable. The hair-dryer in the room made getting ready that much easier, as well as saved valuable space in my hand-luggage (click here to read my Italian Lakes Autumn Packing Guide.)

Terrace with mountain views at Golfo Gabella Lake Resort

Apartments views to the pool at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

One of the things I like most about the resort is the variety of apartments available to suit various budgets. From a more simplistic stay to sleek modern apartments, to suit both couples and groups of families; there are apartments available to suit all needs.

Golfo Gabella Apartments Lake Maggiore

You can’t help but be wowed by not only the views but also the design of some of the apartments. The trendy apartment shown below has a mirrored tv, additional foldaway beds and kitchen area as well as cubby WC with lakeside views!

Lake and mountain views on holiday at golfo gabella resort lake maggiore

Dine with a view in this apartment at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

I bet some deep thinking goes on whilst sitting on this toilet! 

Loo Lakeside views in Lake Maggiore

Before you think this apartment looks far too exposed for your liking, you will be glad to know blinds can be drawn to shield the bathroom area and windows!

It’s adaptable spaces such as these that really enable guests to enjoy a holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort, as they have the freedom to alter their living space to their own requirements. 

adaptable apartment living space at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

For peace of mind, the Golfo Gabella Resort is gated with access granted via a resort key and on arrival, you are allocated a car parking space in the secure underground parking area. Great features for those travelling with a young family, or who like me, get paranoid about the wellbeing of the hire car!

secure car park Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

Make like the Italians and enjoy a coffee and a croissant for breakfast in the onsite cafe bar or on warmer days out on the terrace. And why not, Italians are known for having the best coffee in the world!

I can verify the chocolate croissants are very tasty too! 

Golfo Gabella Cafe Lake Maggiore

And for the evenings, especially after long days of exploring you will be glad to know the onsite restaurant has a fantastic menu. 

In fact, Adam and I dined twice at Ottone, the sleek onsite restaurant during our five-night stay. The restaurant is modern (check out the light-up taps) but also has a rustic feel with alcoves and exposed stone walls.

Italian food at Ottone Restaurant Golfo Gabella Lake Maggiore

We enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Grigio on both nights we dined, as well as enjoyed some classic Italian dishes; pizza (for Adam) and seafood ragu pasta for me. I particularly loved the grilled picagna with spicy baked potato and chocolate cake with a melting heart, berries and pistachio ice cream.

grilled picagna with spicy baked potato

Adam and I shared this pudding on our first visit but I had to have one to myself on our second visit!

Chocolate cake with a melting heart, berries and pistachio ice cream

The small town of Maccagno is under five minutes walking distance from the Golfo Gabella Resort, where you will find a supermarket as well as a smattering of cafes and restaurants. We enjoyed a cappuccino and a cake or two at Cerinotti Cafe and a pizza at Bar Ristorante Italia during our stay. We even used the local takeaway restaurant one night after a long day exploring.

Italian Lakes exploring pretty lakeside town of Maccagno Lake Maggiore

Our host’s Bookings For You kindly arranged a cooking masterclass with local chef Alessio, who owns intimate mountain restaurant Osteria D’Alberto. You can read about this cooking experience by clicking here.

Holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort

All in all, a holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort gave us a haven on the pretty Italian Lakes where we enjoyed peace and tranquillity, within an easy distance to explore all Lake Maggiore has to offer as a tourist destination. 

pretty manicured grounds of Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

We hired a car, which we picked up from the airport and took us around 1 hour 30 mins to drive. A car hire enabled us to really explore the area, though it is possible to get the train from the airport to the resort.

If basking in the enchanting lakeside views doesn’t quite quench your appetite, and like us, you want to explore more of the area; adventures await nearby. The stunning Borromean Islands are a drive and short boat ride away as well as the daring mountain bucket lifts. To our delight, the Swiss Border is only a 45-minute drive along Lake Maggiore, where we enjoyed a splash park, cable car ride and a hair-raising mountaintop rollercoaster.

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Loving my Italian Lakes holiday at Golfo Gabella Resort Lake Maggiore

Special thanks to the Golfo Gabella Resort for my stay on their picturesque complex and to Bookings For You for giving me the opportunity to explore yet another wonderful area of Italy.

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Have you visited Lake Maggiore or one of the other Italian Lakes? Let me know below.




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    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      16/10/2018 / 7:37 pm

      It really is a beautiful resort, Vanessa 🙂 The fabulous food was a very welcome addition too! I would definitely recommend visiting if you go to the Italian Lakes.

  1. thelifeofasocialbutterfly
    16/10/2018 / 7:41 pm

    Ah, Shireen! It was so lovely to visit The Italian Lakes, it’s such a picturesque part of Italy & good food too! 🙂

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      16/10/2018 / 10:58 pm

      It really is 🤗 Wish I could have stayed a while longer but so glad to finally see the Italian Lakes for myself x

  2. 17/10/2018 / 12:39 pm

    I have been to the Italian lakes several times, but the last visit was several years ago. The Resort looks like the perfect place to fall in love with that area again.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      27/10/2018 / 11:38 pm

      Aww, most definitely! It is a beautiful area and I didn’t realise there is so much to do too! Where did you stay on your last trips to the Italian Lakes? Any recommendations? X

  3. 21/10/2018 / 12:11 am

    Looks like such a lovely place to stay! The scenery is beautiful 🙂 Your leopard print dress is so cute on you too 🙂

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂 We went to our friends wedding yesterday so that was fun 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      27/10/2018 / 11:13 pm

      I can’t tell you how nice it was to have some sunny autumn weather to be able to wear the dress! The lakeside scenery around the hotel is so pretty and make for some beautiful photos. Hope you’re having a good weekend Mica x

  4. sue rushworth
    12/11/2018 / 12:45 pm

    fantastic location

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      16/11/2018 / 6:11 pm

      It really is a beautiful spot in Lake Maggiore, such a picturesque area. Thanks for reading 🙂

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