Our Open Villa
Aqva Boutique Hotel takes two.
It is designed by an architect with an obsession for the details and managed by a software developer, so it’s always in “beta” – always updating and on-going.
What we wanted to do is renovate an old building and re-discover the spirit of the first 1930 guest house. In the process, we like to imagine this place like a raw precious stone and our task is to cut it in the best way to make it as lucent as possible.
Everything here is a selection: the books on the shelves are what we are interested in, the breakfast is how we have breakfast, the courtesy bikes are actually our bikes and the restaurants we recommend is where you can find us late in the day.
Even if a hotel is not a private club, we really like to think our guests as part of our community: a small group of people like us that comprehend the concept of this place and share the same ideas & values. The hotel is a place for recovery and relax and we choose to welcome couples & adults, if we have some restrictions we do it for the respect & comfort of our few guests.
luxury hotel with an unconventional and intimate atmosphere. Boutique hotels differ from the big hotels by providing personalized accommodations and services.
We believe that the most valuable things in the world are not things, and time for us is the most valuable one. Like precious goods has a limited supply, but no one can sell you some. Unlike gold it doesn’t shine by itself, it’s what you do with it that makes it valuable. We don’t scream luxury, we try our best to make easy for yourself to live precious time here.
This is a small intimate place and mainly an adult retreat. We conceived the hotel as an open villa for couples & friends where enjoy relaxing time for an entire holiday or to get away just for a couple of days. We choose not to work with travel agencies, our reservations come only from private individuals. Groups & Events are carefully selected and hosted in low season periods and always in a small number.
Design according to scale and common sense are our two main drivers. The first choice we made was simple: less people means more comfort, so the bar, the restaurant and the pool area are for in-house guest only. Minimalist approach set free space in your room, – there are so many things at home anyway – . Our breakfast is a fine selection of homemade deli, seasonal fresh fruit and quality coffe.
We were lucky, we have been in the best hotels in the world and what we learned is this: the most important thing in hospitality is not the modern build or the wow-setting or the fine dining. Is the nice people. We always put the human touch and personal presence first and we found very nice people along the way whether is employees, partner, even contractors that share our same vision and walk in the same direction.
We live in a wonderful part of the world and we love to share our passions. The lifestyle and the culture of the Garda are what drives people from around the world here and we want you to get familiar with the things, the places and the people we love. The hotel is our own place but there are many others in the surroundings that we feel as part of us.
When we started the renovation in November 2014 all we knew was we had 6 months to do a tough job, stay focused and not lose ourselves in nostalgia. We opened in June 2015 with a simple but challenging idea: reimagine a traditional hotel by rendering this experience authentic. It was a compelling task. We ask many times ourselves:
What’s an authentic experience in the first place?
Is it a contradiction?
Is it even possible to produce a genuine feeling?
We found out that to be true to you we had to be true to ourselves, so we took the privilege and courage to do the things in our own way.
We studied the hospitality business, market research, hotel design, consolidated frameworks, but in the end, we did what we thought was right. Yes, we could do like everyone told us, “Keep it like it is” – “Why change what works?”. We could continue the good-old business, deploy all the standard procedures, set up 4 suites on the top floor and optimize revenues in the short term. But this is not us. From the business model to the scrambled eggs, from the room layout to the jazz music, we made our own choices.
We tried from the first day to make our guests feel like living in their own Sirmione holiday house, and we do it by sharing space, time and culture together, in the same way we share the stunning view or the cool breeze in the morning, we share our lifestyle and our guests share our impressions and suggestions back with us. Every winter we take our time to rethink and refine our project, trying our best to improve and perfect your experience here whether it’s matter of comfort or service. This is an on-going thing and it will always be.
Doing things in a different way can be both a risk and a great privilege, the same thing is true for lore and tradition, both can be a great heritage and also mind-frames but what we learned so far is this: what you value you will achieve and commitment always pays off.
After less than 3 years in business we have been chosen to be on the Michelin Guide, this is not a finish fine this is just one important milestone and we are thrilled to show you what we have in store for the next years.
The right detachment is missing, but it is precisely upon this emotionality that the strength of simple and free project lies.
When detachment is not possible, when indeed it attracts ideas, opposing represents an unforgivable design error. Such strong influences, as the affective memories buried here under layers of improbable restructuring, represented for me the place and the occasion, and the mixture of these two elements gave birth to the project.
The original family home of the 1930s, the beautiful villa with clean and airy volumes of the holiday days on the shores of Lake Garda, perhaps a little bourgeois in its placid and sunny idea of privileged leisure, was buried by layers of architectural reworking, of useless decorative frills and volumes, added over time from the 1970s.
It took a little crazy courage to get rid of everything and go back to basics, give up the usual spaces and comfortable volumes, cut, remove, simplify.
Cleanliness, of concepts and volumes, to find the origins.
Impossible, indeed unforgivable, to reproduce what had been lost forever over the years, it would have been an unforgivable architectural fake, but there was very little left of the beautiful villa of the thirties, besides ideas and concepts. The new project has therefore maintained the formal rigor of the thirties, cleaned up the facades by re-aligning the openings, full and empty spaces, and the shadows, in a more respectful way of the original language.
There are three essential materials that compose the project, they emerged both by studying the blueprints of the original project and by tearing off old dusty carpets and curtains as well: travertine marble, sober and elegant, natural wood, and last but not least, light.
The need for privacy & intimacy of the spaces – on one side – and the openness of the shining light – on the other one- burst into the project everywhere, flooded the spaces more than the lake did, and represented the two great opposites that attract each other for the entire development of the project. When ideas develop almost spontaneously, without having to force them, it means that you are probably on the right path.
The volume is recomposed, compact, few changes to the original languages, just the homage to the nautical way in the overhangs and balconies, which recall the bridge of certain ferries and which project long lines of shadows on the geometric intertwining facades, and they recall the fabrics of the interiors, and the logo, and the games of our graphic spirals scattered almost everywhere that wink at the few decorative geometric Decò concessions, but only for attentive observers.
Ach. Federica Mometto
This hotel is committed to reducing the environmental impact on the planet.
We choose led lights, A+ class appliances, and smart heat pump systems.
In your room, you will find aluminum beverages, sustainable eco-label cosmetics, dispensers to reduce plastic pollution, eco-friendly toilet paper, solid conditioners, and bamboo toothbrushes. All our packaging is recycled or compostable. Straws are made out of paper as well as breakfast & boat boxes. We choose local partners and food suppliers in the region.
Our kitchen is fresh & simple, mostly plant-based but we also love salame. From our friend’s farmers and from our small countryside edible garden. Melon in late spring, Cherries in early summer, Figs in September. We believe local & seasonal food is just right, it’s here, now and it tastes better as well. Our menus follow the principles of circular cuisine to avoid waste of food.
We encourage sustainable mobility. Sirmione is a peninsula, a strip of land surrounded by water, it is an amazing place, but with too many cars. The holiday is good, but the Traffic is bad. There is a better way to enjoy your time here by the Lake. Verona Airport & Desenzano Train station = 25 to 45 minutes taxi ride, Bus Stop = 20 meters from our gate and you can use a Ferry as well, you can ship your luggage and travel light if you wish. You can rent a boat or boat service too, our hotel bikes are at your disposal, Electric bikes, scooters, and Vespas are available at request. If you would need a car just for one day/night ask us to provide you with a rental car. Delivered outside our door.
We believe fresh bed linen ensures a nice sleep for two nights, but if you prefer to have your bed linen changed every day just leave the blue card on your bed.
Thank you for your time,
Big changes come from little choices.