Parco San Marco
Hotels & Beach Resort
The Resort

A special ambience
with attention to detail

Parco San Marco Hotels & Beach Resort is located directly on Lago di Lugano - only 12 km from the "jet set hideaway" of Lago di Como and the city of Lugano and 18 km away from Bellagio.
The resort includes three hotels - each with their own special features - as well as over 40,000 m² of subtropical gardens, 3,000 m² of private beach and a 200,000 m² mountain forest.
ARIA Retreat & SPA is our 5-Star Superior Luxury Hotel that is situated high up on the mountain on a perfect south-facing slope that comes with a fantastic view of the lake and the Alps.
Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort is our 4-Star Superior Hotel. Here, too, you will be pampered at the highest level and enjoy the unique south-facing slope location with lake and mountain views during your stay.
In our 4-Star Hotel Dependence del Parco you can also treat yourself to a time-out that you will remember fondly for a long time.

As a guest in our resort, you can enjoy the entire Parco San Marco holiday paradise consisting of various accommodations, the largest private beach on Lake Lugano, several gourmet restaurants and a number of wellness areas allowing you to lavish time and attention on you and for your health. Numerous water sports and leisure facilities as well as a wide range of activities complete the offer, in addition to a private tennis court, a beach volleyball court, a basketball court and a football pitch.
Everything is wonderfully embedded in the beautiful Menaggio Valley, directly on Lago di Lugano and only 12 km from Lake Como.
In the immediate proximity you will also find a golf course, riding stables and numerous excursion possibilities in the neighbouring Ticino, such as the Verzasca or Maggia valleys. The upper Italian lakes and the city of Milan are also within easy reach of the resort.

History of the Hotel

A unique

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!



We are the leading Leisure Resort and gastronomy business on Lake Lugano & Como, 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. 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 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. 


Sustainability Management Plan

Quality Policy

The main quality features for services and products are:

  • Highest Possible Customer Orientation
  • Accuracy
  • Reliability
  • Topicality
  • Prompt Performance of Tasks
  • Availability



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.


Environmental Policy

  • 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
Pet Friendly

Holiday with
your dog

Your holidays should be well-planned, especially when taking your dog with you! Small dogs are welcome at Parco San Marco.

In order to offer you a unique service that meets not only your needs but also those of your little friend, we have created a very special offer.  When making your reservation, you can inquire about the extra cost for bringing your four-legged friend with you. For guests with allergies we also have suites where dogs are not allowed. 


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


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. 

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 (Euro 35,00 per 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, blanket, medicine (if required).

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.

The dog services are bookable in addition to all our packages. Please note that only one dog per room is allowed.

What is Biodiversity?

Conservation, adaptation, ecosystem, habitat, species, and evolution: these are just a few of the key terms relating to biodiversity. These are basic concepts that, given the complexity of the subject, must be understood and assimilated by everyone. For this reason, one of the principles underpinning our approach to "creating tourism" is the respect for our surrounding environment. Lake Lugano, together with its flora and fauna, offers spectacular displays of nature on a daily basis.

art collection
Art at the Resort

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

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