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The Hotel

The Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort is situated directly on the charming Lake Lugano, just 12 km away from the "jet set hideaway" Lake Como and the city of Lugano. It offers a mountain forest of 200.000 m², a vast subtropical park of 30.000 m² which hosts 111 Suites and Apartments with breathtaking lake views. Numerous awards are valid proof of this.

A unique holiday spent in a family-friendly environment. At your disposal are almost 3.000 m² of private beach, our Relax Pool, our Fun Pool, childcare in our Club Bim Bam Bino, playgrounds for the children, our SPA San Marco with wellness centre, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, bio-sauna, steam room, massage showers and aroma cabin, cosmetic treatments, therapy and massage treatments, meditation pavilion, fitness room, beach volley, football and basketball court, a climbing wall, sports including water sport activities also for children and finally four à la Carte restaurants offering Mediterranean cuisine. 

Take advantage, like George Clooney, of playing in one of "Europe's most beautiful golf courses" in Menaggio on Lake Como, or discover the nearby Switzerland by going on an excursion, for example to the Verzasca or Maggia Valley in the upper Ticino or visit the northern Italian lakes. 

A major overview is provided by our resort brochure

History & Philosophie

History of the Hotel

The promoters and investors of this beautiful Resort are Eva and Hartmut Schwenn, who searched the whole of Tessin and Northern Italy until 1971 for the perfect piece of land where to make their dream come true: open a unique holiday site. They discovered and fell in love with the untouched land of Porlezza and found an free land of approx. 30'000 qm for their ambitious project. 

The first phase of construction, which lasted until 1976, 32 comfortable holiday apartments were built. The apartments were rented with great success. Reinforced in their ideas, Eva and Hartmut Schwenn decided in 1980 to go ahead with their project of a unique holiday site.

Then started the administrative constraints. The negotiations went on for years and the building rules became tough. In 1992 the building authorization was nearly granted, but at the last minute some more studies, researches and new plans were required. Again time was going by; in order to test whether the project was respecting the severe environmental regulations, Eva and Hartmut Schwenn had to have 3 sample houses built in 1994. On the base of this 1:1 presentation the construction permit was finally acquired on 13th June 1996 with, nevertheless, the additional paragraph: "Vedi Autorizzazioni del Servizio Beni Ambientali della Regione Lombardia ..." which means, that the strict environmental regulations must still be followed carefully. 

On 6th October 1997 the construction of this technically challenging project could finally start and already on 30th July 1999 everything was completed with no incidents. The strenght of 150 professionals was needed to fulfill this demanding project. 

During the second construction stage, 81 new studios and suites were built as well as the reception, a bar, three restaurants, two banquet and conference rooms, a wellness area, a sport area, the park and an underground parking for 120 cars. 

Today 111 elegant suites and apartements are available for overnight stay.


Come as Guests, leave as Friends!

Just as unique as our hotel and area that surrounds it, the mountains and at the charming Lake Lugano, as unique should be your holiday. From arrival till departure, we will make it a unique experience, anticipate your desires and wishes to give you a memorable stay. 

What we do is not as important as WHO we do it for. If our guests are satisfied, we may be happy. Consequently work becomes an enjoyment which can transpire to our guests. 

Often, simple little things make the difference. Attention for details, unique style, cordiality, and passionate care. A pleasant conversation, personal interaction, being sensible and creative, enjoying working as hosts is important to us. 

An holiday in our Resort is as unique as our guests are!


We are the leading holiday hotel and gastronomy business on Lago di Lugano, working in an economically successful and independent way.


The Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort embodies great experiences and hospitality in an informal ambiance, aiming to a wide range of generations, regardless of age and lifestyle.


Our goal is to fullfil the leisure, and wellness requirements of a modern resort through a wide range of innovative offers, as well as to live up to our motto "… simply unique...". Thus, it is our task in the long run to work seeking profits, in order to be able to make the investments required to a successful future. High quality is ensured by investments in our infrastructure as well as by our flexible, creative, and competent employees. At the Parco San Marco, driven people will feel gratified with their job and obtain professional achievements.

The career of such employees is very important to the Management and is an integral part of the leadership principles. Also paramount to us it´s sustainability: the Resort perfectly blends in the mouintain and lake frame is set in, preserving its enchanting beauty and adopting cutting-edge measures in respect of nature.

Quality & Environmental Policy

Quality Policy

The hotel Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort offers the epitome of high quality experiences and hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere for a wide range of generations.

The aim of the hotel Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort is to offer our guests the greatest possible sense of wellbeing. 

The quality policy aim is to reach the highest quality possible in our performance of tasks. For this, the following quality features regarding services, products and workflow must be observed and, if necessary,must be adjusted to new demands. The main quality features for services and products are:

  1. Highest Possible Customer Orientation
  2. Accuracy
  3. Reliability
  4. Topicality
  5. Prompt Performance of Tasks
  6. Availability

Environmental Policy

An intact environment forms the basis of our hotel complex. Therefore, we are interested in an harmonious symbiosis of nature and environment, in which we operate commercially. Only an intact environment and a biodiversity of flora and fauna will help our guests to relax, recuperate and enjoy unforgettable experiences.

We see the protection of the environment as a joint task, to which each employee must contribute according to his/her responsibility, knowledge and ability. Furthermore, we also aim to motivate our guests and suppliers to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

We aim to:

  • Protect the natural resources and use them efficiently.
  • Reduce waste and use eco-friendly methods of disposal.
  • Promote a sense of responsibility for the environment in all employees through training courses and information in all departments.
  • Foster an open and objective dialogue with all authorities and suppliers as well as with the public.
  • Give our guests continuous and detailed information about the environmental aspects of our work.
  • Not only comply with all provisions of environmental law, but also maintain our responsibility to continuously improve our environmental standards.
  • For a zero emission world, we offer to our guests an e-car recharge.

Artists at Parco San Marco

Every year, guests are able to admire works of art at the Parco San Marco, as renowned artist are invited to exhibit their masterpieces in the resort's subtropical park.


Artists of previous years

Artist Description
Carlo Baldessari and Claudio Lugli (2018) "IRON&GLASS fusion": an exposition of various works based on the principle of recycled raw materials. The works of art of the artists coming from the region of Emilia Romagna are made of the usual but at the same time precious materials metal and glass.
Joint Exhibition (2017) Five artists, five careers and five different styles are brought together in an eclectic collection based on heavy metals such as bronze and iron, amorphous materials such as glass and metamorphic rocks such as marble. Giuliano Ottaviani, Amerigo Dorel, Jucci Ugolotti, Luigi Aricò and Italo Duranti.
Giovanni Mason (2016) Giovanni Mason, originally from Veneto, focuses his production on the materials of the great tradition as wood, stone and bronze. His research seeks to simplify forms and takes into consideration the internal relations between figures as well as their interaction with the surrounding space. His master pieces have the purpose to involve the public in his work and empathize with it, thanks to warm and embracing character.
Naturarte (2015) The group originates from the artistic and intellectual alliance between Monica Scalco and Daniel Pozzoli, two Swiss artists working in Malcantone (Ticino). Both artists base their work on a very strong ecological awareness that starts from a deep love of the forest, and takes the form of artistic actions, carried out with complete respect and harmony, to promote the revaluation of all natural and traditional forms of life.
Rosy Maccaronio (2014) Marble craft gives her a sense of spirituality and perfection. About herself she says: “every time my hands touch marble and transform it, I feel growing deep in my heart an immense sensation of unity, enclosed in an instant of ecstasy. During this moments of transformation full of poetry, I perceive an authentic sensation of wholeness. While my hands smooth the marble, I feel its life flowing fully into mine.”
Carlo Baldessari und Raffaelle Morini (2013) With their works, the Italian artists want to convey intense feelings and emotions in a natural purity. The sculptures and light installations of Murano glass are designed with great love and attention to detailand with a sense of the used materials and a great deal of imagination.
Maurizio Perron (2012) The artist, born in Turin, came first into touch with the art of sculpting at the young age of 8 years. In the form of expressive sculptures, he manages to develop individuality in various substances. Inspired by nature and life itself he uses wood, stone, metal, snow and ice and give each material its own personal touch.
Elvino Motti (2011) The famous Italian artist Elvino Motti creates by his talent not only stylish art, but hearouses the interior, "the soul of the material" and forms expressive sculptures of methacrylate. His most famous work, the "Esplosione Cosmica" was on display in 2011 in the lobby of the hotel.
Housi Knecht (2010) The Swiss iron sculptor Housi Knecht displays his water-light-arts all around the world in many public spaces. Many celebrities such as Jack Welch, Udo Jürgens, Adolf Ogi and many other famous characters from business, politics, sports and media are already thrilled by his artistic talent.
Gianfranco Scappatura (2009) For the first time in 2009, Gianfranco Scappatura ("gingo") presented his imaginative ceramics, partly mounted on metal racks, at the Parco San Marco.
Hubert Rieber (2008) The wood and metal sculptures of Hubert Rieber resemble monuments. They remind without detours to the human being, his disappearance and ultimately his mortality.
Michael Willnauer (2007) His works impress with striking bright colours - mostly oil paint, which gives the objects an unique vitality.
Ottmar Hörl (2006) The sculptor and conceptual artist Ottmar Hörl attracts a lot of attention since the 90s with spectacular art projects. In these he presents industrially produced plastic figures, e. g. rabbits, bears, ravens and garden dwarfs in public spaces.
Bertrand Thomassin (2005) The "Art from the Sea" exhibition of the French artist Bertrand Thomassin was hold for the first time in 2005. There he combined driftwood and metal in amazing ways and decorated them with colour and light. They appeared as ironic and human sculptures which expressed aambiguity and also a sensitive perception.
Rudolf Tschudin (2005) “Volume of rough metal” was the theme of Swiss artist Rudolf Tschudin in 2005. With rough metal he processed elongated head shapes of absolute creative rigor, balls of crushed or straight welded pipe sticks.
Thomas Guth (2004) Fascinating wooden sculptures by the Swiss artist Thomas Guth were exhibited in 2004 in park of the hotel. On certain days, interested people , guests of the Parco San Marco, were able to look over the shoulder of the artist and watch him working on his art.
Jürgen Knubben (2003) A sculptor of a quiet and thoughtful manner. Ironic installations, games with the geometry, tangible and conscious simplicity of structural steel. His art was displayed in the hotel park in 2003.
Herman Hesse (2002) In cooperation with the Hermann Hesse foundation in Montagnola, the hotel presented an exhibition and number of versatile events that brought the visitors closer to his life and his thoughts as a poet, writer and painter.
Roberto Bricalli (2001) The Carrara marble created faces at the entrance to resort or the bronze statue at the entrance to the reception are probably the most impressive sculptures created by the Italian artist.

Holiday with your dog

Simply unique holidays with your dog

Your holidays should be well-planned, especially when taking your dog with you! Small dogs are welcome at Parco San Marco, which according to the website is one of the most pet-friendly hotels!

Are looking forward to your well deserved days-off and your quadrupet friend is very excited too? 


Many luxury hotels and hotel groups still don't allow guests to bring their dogs. The Hotel Parco San Marco does.

Feedback from our international guests and visitors has shown that the Hotel Parco San Marco, with its stunning surroundings on the Lago di Lugano, is becoming increasingly important as a holiday destination for guests who like to travel with their dog.

For this reason, we decided to create new, exclusive services, in order to turn a stay at our hotel into an unforgettable experience.

What is the advantage of Parco San Marco when compared to other destinations? What makes it an ideal holiday destination?

The proximity to Switzerland (Lugano 15 km), Austria (3 hours) and Germany (3 hours) is already an important incentive for guests, especially those travelling by car.

When arriving at the Parco San Marco, you immediately get fascinated by the natural surroundings of Lago di Lugano with its breathtaking mountain scenery. A morning or evening walk with your pet friend with such scenary, will inspire you both and create an unforgettable experience.

We care about your dog's wellbeing:

  • A small welcoming gift will be awaiting you and your dog´s arrival.
  • Upon request, suites can be especially equipped with dog bowls and cosy sleeping accommodations.
  • Upon request, some of our rooms have direct garden access.
  • On resort grounds, you will find dog poo bag dispensers, to allow you to dispose of excrements right away.

A special service

Dog sitting: You would like to spend some time without your dog, playing a round of golf or relaxing in the SPA perhaps having a massage? Upon request, we will organise a dog sitter who can take care of your quadruped for you (€20/hour). 

To ensure a smooth procedure, we kindly ask you to book the dog sitting in advance when booking your hotel room. On-site registration for the dog sitting is possible at our reception until one day in advance at the latest. 

Should you opt for a dog sitter, please bring the following:

  • Vaccination card
  • Leashes
  • Medicine (if required)
  • Blanket

Of course there are also areas in the hotel where dogs are not allowed. These include the restaurants, for example, in which dogs are forbidden by Italian law. Thank you for your understanding.

For your dog's overnight stay we charge extra €25/day. The dog services are bookable in addition to all our packages. Please note that only one dog per room is allowed.

Please note: there are also "dog-free rooms" for guests suffering from allergies.

We are looking forward to your visit!