The best soul retreat

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit. It might not be as big as most of your destinations but it is packed with loads of sights, sounds, and activities…If you are still planning on planning a trip, you’re in luck. Switzerland offers an assortment.

The  Alps, blue lakes, mountain-fresh air – Switzerland is an adventurer’s dream. The entire country is a playground for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush amidst breathtaking scenery. And, despite its relatively small size, there is no lack of options for a thrill seeker visiting Switzerland.


It was my first time in Switzerland, and I was already familiar with the taste of Swiss chocolate. I’ve longed for their endless selection of cheese. And I was just about dying to see the Alps up close.


Ascona was the first place I visited in Switzerland. After staying for a long time in Russia (it was really cold and rainy in Saint-Petersburg that time), we moved to lake view instead. More of a summer view of Switzerland with calm lake water and green mountains on the background.

We were staying in Giardino Ascona Hotel for one day (we were supposed to live there for 2 days, but we were late). It is comfortable, friendly and in a superb spot sandwiched between the town and a golf course.


Honestly, Giardino Ascona Hotel has become one of my favorite among other mainly because… because of EVERYTHING.

First things first, the location is perfect. It’s two minutes from the Lake Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. So, we enjoyed our evenings walking by the lake.

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Second things second,  It is extremely beautiful from the architectural point of view. You can say that you have the Italian beauty and savoir-faire jointly with the Swiss quality being the result very impressive.


Third things third, it combines a laid-back ambiance, a high-level of service and a charismatic design to a place of Mediterranean savoir-vivre. Breath, relax, stroll, chill, move, marvel or enjoy – this Soul Retreat provides undiluted relaxation with a character in the Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland.


We arrived at the Hotel very late, and I could barely keep my eyes open after all of my flights, that I was expected to sleep at least two days (and of course, to stay in our room). But a miracle happened – 5 hours was enough for me to sleep off. I slept like a rock there! I’m sure fresh air played the role.

Our morning started with a perfect breakfast. I must admit that I forgot about my diet and chose to try all Swiss dishes at the restaurant.


We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, where we were given ice-cold towels to refresh. It was fantastic!


To sum up, the Giardino Hotel is just fabulous in every aspect. The staff is extraordinary and super nice, food is great quality and just generally everything there screams taste, quality, and tranquility.


It was just a day trip but it is clear to me that I need to visit again and spend some more time.


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Your Darya Yakovleva