Monday, May 7, 2012
7:26 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
A spritz and a view at the Sky Bar.
Let's take a closer look at one of the aperitivo spots mentioned in this post, the Sky Bar on the rooftop at Hotel La Palma. I had heard a rumor at the end of last summer that La Palma had done a large reconstruction and opened a rooftop bar the likes of which had never before been seen in Stresa. One morning, after a run along the lake, I found myself in front of the hotel, and on a whim and still in jogging cloths, I stopped it to inquire. Despite my unannounced and somewhat sweaty visit, the owner of the hotel, a beautiful and elegant woman, offered to take me upstairs and show me the bar. We traveled up the elevator to the top floor, and when the doors opened, all I can say is, "WOW." It pretty much took my breath away. I'm not in Stresa anymore, I thought ... I'm in South Beach, Miami. My next surprise was to learn that Miami rooftop terraces had indeed been the inspiration for this one; the owner's son had traveled there and loved the concept.
The entire Sky Bar is covered in cool neutral travertine. The metal wire globe-like sculpture is actually a light, a recurring theme up here, which at night glow beautifully.
Eating, gazing, and relaxing.
All of this is open to the public. On the other side of the roof, however, is an area available only to guests of La Palma. A small infinity pool, and a row of private cabanas, private little white tents with chaise loungers facing the lake and mountain. Can it get much better than that? I'm not sure how...
Wall? What wall? Chaise loungers near the infinity pool.
Infinity pool and private cabanas.
Even at the gym you won't miss a minute of viewing the view.
This is the salt room in the new spa. How cool is this?!
Very impressive.. but back to the terrace... Later that evening, no longer sweaty, I returned and ordered a Prosecco. And was the experience as good as the rooftops in Miami? Nope ... even better...
Here's the Hotel La Palma site.
Here is Aperitivo In Stresa
photos here are courtesy of hotels.com or my own.
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