One of Italy's iconic properties, Villa d'Este occupies an enviable spot on Lake Como, amid 25 acres of luxuriously landscaped park. Accommodations are divided between two historic mansions, one dating from the 16th century, the other named after a Queen of England, where each room is uniquely decorated. Exquisite details include period furnishings, silk-brocade drapes, linen sheets, and oil paintings. But what keeps the loyal clientele returning time and again is the unmatched service. The gracious staff handles requests, from appointments for squash games to a private boat tour of the lake's notable villas, with equal dedication. Guests also love the charming Beauty Center, as well as the "floating" pool that affords the most breathtaking views of Lake Como.