Via Muraccio 142 CH-6612 Ascona − Switzerland
An oasis of peace with 81 rooms providing you with a sense of space and luxurious touches. The authentic architecture of a lordly mansion, exclusive details such as the elegant Dedon lounge like arm-chairs in the hotel park and quaint inner courtyards add those special touches to an exclusive living quality. The two pavilions with the deluxe rooms and suites make your dreams come true. The wellness centre of 2'500 m2, the beauty and body treatments, as well as sports and leisure activities such as the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, the putting-green and the short distance to one of Europe's most beautiful golf courses offer you casual and relaxing sporting activities. Savour culinary delights including products from our own farmlands (150h), in our restaurants "Locanda Barbarossa" and "Tre Stagioni". Our Chef Othmar Schlegel has been awarded with 18 GaultMillau points. Experience the magic of the Orient on a clear summer night in our bar "Bassa Selim".
Let the discovery of your own personal "Castello" enchant you!
A landscape that even Monet could not have painted more beautifully. And right in the middle of it: our sun castle – your hideaway.
Castello del Sole will capture your heart immediately. And once you've been smitten by the magic of our luxury property, you will no longer be able to resist. Our secret? THE CASTELLO WAY OF LIVING. A totally unique definition of space and time in harmony with nature. A feeling about life that will lend you wings and promises to give you precisely what you want in your own free time – and even a bit more.
Authenticity and our timeless values are our hallmark: Castello del Sole is truly steeped in history and we continue writing its story together with you. But let's go back to the very beginning, to 1532, when Castello del Sole was built by Francesco Orelli and served as a hiding place for the followers of the new Protestant teachings. In 1756 it was mentioned for the first time as an "architectural gem". Around 1900 it was run as a simple osteria, a wayside inn, with six rooms for guests. In the decades thereafter it was transformed into an exclusive hotel property. The character of this incomparable complex has been preserved and supplemented with contemporary luxury.
If the kids are happy, we (and you) are too! The favourite spots for our youngest guests are the fun playground, the playroom or our donkeys Figaro-Lindoro and Rosina. Our Club Ragazzi has a line-up of fun activities in store for youngsters (starting from the age of 3 years) every day.
Live in comfortable rooms that are elegantly and stylishly furnished, inviting you to linger awhile. The balcony affords breathtaking views of the beautiful 11-hectare park.
Enjoy the comfortable, elegant rooms and your own balcony and spend relaxing hours in the wonderful feel-good atmosphere of the Comfort Double Room.
The Superior Double Room features timeless elegance and a feel-good atmosphere. The balcony affords views of the stunning 11-hectare park. Here you can relax surrounded by breathtaking nature.
Here, soothing tranquillity allows you to relax surrounded by breathtaking nature. Enjoy moments of well-being in the classic, tastefully furnished and spacious Classic Junior Suite, which has a separate living and sleeping area. The balcony overlooking nature completes the living experience.
The newly renovated Deluxe Junior Suites in the historic part of Castello del Sole are harmoniously furnished with great attention to detail. The romantic balcony with stunning views of the 11-hectare park and the modern room featuring fine materials, parquet flooring and granite exude an atmosphere of relaxation and sophistication.
A Loggia Suite in the Retreat pavilion of the hotel, overlooking the idyllic fields of the Castello del Sole's farm, the Terreni alla Maggia, and the bird sanctuary, is the perfect place to sit back and relax. The Mediterranean decor, terracotta floors, windows overlooking the magnificent nature and the large terrace meet all requirements for an unforgettable holiday.
A Loggia Master Suite in the Retreat part of the hotel, overlooking the idyllic fields of the Castello del Sole's farm, the Terreni alla Maggia, and the bird sanctuary, is the perfect place to sit back and relax. The Mediterranean decor, terracotta floors, windows overlooking the magnificent nature and the large terrace meet all requirements for an unforgettable holiday.
The sophisticated and spacious Well-being Loggia Suite with its Mediterranean furnishings, terracotta floors, window façade overlooking nature, large terrace and proximity to the Castello SPA & Beauty creates a feel-good atmosphere you'd struggle to find anywhere else.
The sophisticated and spacious Well-being Loggia Master Suite with its Mediterranean furnishings, terracotta floors, window facade overlooking nature, large terrace and proximity to the Castello SPA & Beauty creates a feel-good atmosphere you'd struggle to find anywhere else and leaves no wishes unfulfilled.
Relaxed living for the whole family: the combination of a saloon with a large glass facade looking out into nature, two bedrooms, each with a luxury "private" bathroom, and a wonderfully spacious corner terrace leaves no desire unfulfilled.
Welcome to a world of water, fragrances and vapours. A sensual world oscillating between regeneration and exercise, between active and relaxed, in search of the golden mean – and you in the midst of it all. Castello SPA & Beauty offers spa and wellness delights in 2,500 square metres of pure luxury. Immerse yourself, take a deep breath and re-energise. We are here for you – discreet, professional and excellent.
Our wellness treatments get under your skin. Exclusive facial and body treatments, massages, hot stone therapies and body peelings tailored to your skin type – these are just some of the diverse beauty and wellness treatments we offer. Castello SPA & Beauty also offers treatments with VinoAqua Therapy® based on product ingredients from the hotel's own vineyards. Our spa has its own line of Vineasole Cosmetica® cosmetics, too, which are based on grape seed oil mostly pressed from grape seeds produced in the hotel's own vineyards. We will leave you looking radiant!
If you want even greater privacy and discretion, you will love our Onsernone SPA SUITE! You can rent this 70m2 spa for two or more hours for matchless luxury. Along with a view of the park, it has a whirlpool and steam bath, a sauna and two heated lounge chairs.
The area around Lake Maggiore has become a real Mecca for golfers in recent years. And there are plenty of golf courses to choose from: perfect your game at the courses in Locarno, Ascona and Losone.
We are happy to offer you a free round of golf at Golf Locarno.
Or would you prefer a round of tennis? Game, set and match on our four outdoor and two indoor tennis courts. We'd be happy to arrange a private instructor for you on request.
From palms to glaciers – welcome to the region where Mediterranean flair meets Alpine fascination. With more than 1,400 kilometres of hiking trails in the area around the lake, hikers can explore to their heart's content – from the valleys of Locarnese and Gambarogno to the high peaks of the Ticino mountains. Enjoy impressive hikes in our valleys and stop at one of the rustic Ticino Grotti for hearty fare. Your hiking paradise!
Every kilometre brings new discoveries! From the narrow and winding city streets to the parks that give way to scenic country lanes, usually accompanied by a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore. More tips here!
Our bicycles are available to anyone wanting to explore the surrounding area. Those who prefer more arduous and exciting outings at great heights will find just what their cycling hearts desire in the varied countryside of Ticino. Find out more here and here!
We offer you eventful mountain biking or racing excursions with Oliver Zaugg, a former professional cyclist and winner of the Tour of Lombardy (aka Il Lombardia).
Adrenaline rushes and adventure guaranteed! Ticino offers virtually every kind of sport to set your pulse racing. The only question is: Do you have the nerve?
The land of cinema, music and architecture – but that's not all! Typical markets, the magic of Dimitri the Clown, plus art galleries and museums attest to the diversity of the Lake Maggiore region. The choice is yours!
Shopping is always an option in Ticino! Be it in the lanes of Ascona, the streets of Locarno, Lugano and Milano or at Fox Town, an outlet centre near the motorway. The markets in Ticino and in Italy are genuine visitor magnets, emanating their own special kind of charm.
In the summer of 2018, imposing steel structures by Zurich artist James Licini will turn the vast park of Castello del Sole in Ascona into a lakeside sculpture park. The works are part of an exhibition running from 23 March until 21 October that showcases the more recent works of the 80-year-old sculptor.
James Licini refers to himself as a "steelworker" and the term defines what his art entails: he takes industrially prefabricated components for steel construction and combines them into constructs that have their own sets of rules. Thanks to his experience as an ironworker, Licini is intimately familiar with steel as a material and creates his own pieces with great precision.
James Licini's work developed not only through his contact with the contemporary art scene, but also completely independent thereof. After gaining initial experience in the Bohemian world in Zurich in the 1950s and occasional collaborations in the studios of well-known sculptors, Licini began his own creative work in 1968. His abstract sculptures quickly made him a respected exponent of Swiss iron sculptures and attracted great attention abroad. In 1987 he created his first steelwork sculpture. Since then, James Licini has joined double T-girders and hollow sections into a variety of combinations in his studio near Dübendorf. In them, the steelworker gives unmistakable expression to his own thinking despite the radical simplification of forms.
James Licini has won widespread recognition for his work. Many of his steel structures can be seen on public and private land. What makes the exhibition in Ascona so special is the contrast between the industrial steel structures and the vast park surrounding Castello del Sole. Here and against the natural backdrop of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding Alps, James Licini's steel sculptures assert their own strong presence.
Visit Enoteca Alimentare at the Terreni alla Maggia Winery. Here you will find a wide range of products produced on site, for example Loto rice, pasta, polenta, wines and much more.
Every meter at Castello del Sole and Terreni alla Maggia brings new discoveries. Discover our property while your are running.
Swiss National Day, 1st of August
Every sunday we invite our guests to take an aperitif with the Hotel Management.
Surrendering to this magical place is not hard to do. Give in to the warm sunshine on the private beach of Castello del Sole and let your eyes and thoughts skim across the waves of Lake Maggiore. Head to Ristorante Spiaggia and happily raise a few superb toasts to good life.
Directly on the water, your feet in the sand and warm sunshine caressing your skin. A taste of La Spiaggia is a taste of pure delight!
Discover the spectacular side of Lago Maggiore from the water, aboard our elegant boat. Our skipper will easily drive you wherever your heart leads you – enjoy this unique opportunity!
Tour around the islands with a stop at Santa Caterina Del Sasso
5 hours – Enjoy an impressive 5-hour trip around the scenic islands of Lake Maggiore and discover the Roman Catholic monastery and pilgrimage site of Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso.
CHF 1,500 (diesel included, lunch not included)
Lake Maggiore tour
7 hours – Spend the entire day on Lake Maggiore. We'd be happy to give you recommendations and share some insider tips.
CHF 1,900 (diesel included, lunch not included)
Private aperitif on the water
2 hours – When evening descends, it's time for some delicious apertifs on the water. From 5 to 7 p.m. you can explore the northern side of the lake, casting anchor at your choice of Minusio, Gambarogno or the Brissago Islands.
CHF 700 (diesel included, aperitifs not included)
Tour around the islands Brissago, Cannero, Borromee
3 hours | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Three hours for three fascinating islands. This tour promises grand views as well as unforgettable memories.
Soak up the warm sunshine on the private beach of Castello del Sole. Let your eyes and thoughts skim across Lake Maggiore. Samuele and his team from La Spiaggia are sure to make your stay memorable with their impeccable service and a whole host of adventures on and in the water. One thing is already certain: you are in for an unforgettable experience.
No operating licence required. Our 8 hp motorboat can be operated without a licence. Suitable for small excursions out to Locarno, Tenero or the Brissago Islands.
Waterskiing | wakeboarding | banana boats | tubing. Our instructors Samuele and Franco are experts in water sports and in teaching people how to have fun in and on the water, including novices and children.
A unique sport that lets you excerise nearly all of your muscles while greatly improving your sense of balance. Samuele will be only too happy to show you the ropes.
From relaxing paddling to competitive regattas, with family or with friends – look forward to fun galore!
Out on a pedalo you lose all sense of time – soak up the sun and then take a refreshing dip in the lake. Perfect relaxation.
Culinary seduction awaits you at the gourment restaurant Locanda Barbarossa with 17 points GaultMillau and 1 Michelin Star. Mattias Roock, our chef de cuisine, and Sergio Bassi, our Maître, are masters of the art.
«My cuisine is imbued with Mediterranean lightness and has classic French cuisine as its foundation. I also add a pinch of flavourful adventure inspired by my culinary travels. That lends my creations their own special note».
Weather permitting, you can enjoy a light Mediterranean lunch or a romantic dinner at Cortile Leone. There is a choice of over 530 superb wines, carefully selected by our team.
Closed for lunch on monday and tuesday.
Daniele Sardella and Mattias Roock conjure up magical moments of culinary happiness for you at Ristorante Tre Stagioni. In the evening, the maestro presents you with a superbly prepared and lovingly served à la carte menu.
The morning starts with a sumptuous breakfast buffet full of every delicacy you can also enjoy on the sunny terrace.
The taste of summer! For fun outdoor lunches, Ristorante Parco Saleggi is simply the place to be with its antipasti and salad buffet, its meat and fish grills, its choice of pizzas and pastas and the always tempting dessert buffet.
Cortile Barbarossa & Bassa Selim Bar
In the refined Bassa Selim Bar or the inner courtyard of Cortile Barbarossa, make a toast to the holidays and to life with a cocktail or after-dinner drink from our chef de bar, Erwin Zeitlmeier – to the accompaniment of soft piano music.
"Spiaggia" is Italian for beach and sounds seductively like sun, sea and sand. And it tastes every exactly like that! This modern and easygoing restaurant is on the private beach of our property and pampers you with delicious finger foods. Enjoy salads, burgers, tartes flambée, fish&chips, fruits and other delicacies.
For early risers and gourmets: as the sun rises above the horizon, marking the dawn of a brand-new day, 1,000 metres above sea level at the Rustico del Sole is just the place to be. Sunrise breakfasts taste all the better with Lake Maggiore at your feet and a breathtaking view far into the distance!
If crucial decisions have to be made and strategies planned, it can definitely be advantageous to withdraw to someplace quiet and inspiring. At the Rustico del Sole, you will be distracted at most by the beauty of the location and the grand outdoors surrounding you – otherwise there is nothing to disturb you.
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The Castello del Sole is within easy driving distance from the international airports of Zurich, 2.5 hours and Milan Malpensa, 1.5 hours. The Lugano-Agno Airport which caters to flights within Europe is just a 45 minute drive. Locarno Magadino Airport for helicopters and private planes is just a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The railway station is located in Locarno and is just a 10-minute drive away.
Exit Bellinzona south
Main road direction Locarno/Ascona, exit Ascona
First circle in Ascona, first exit
Next turn left and continue straight
At the next crossing turn right into Via Ferrera
At the next crossing turn left into Via Muraccio
Follow the signs "Castello del Sole"