It is in the splendid alpine landscape of northern Italy that we discover this beautiful Relais et Chateaux property, full of charm and surprises, nestled near Lake Orta.


It all began with a man’s dream…  In 1879, Christoforo Benigno Crespi, pioneer of the cotton industry, commissioned the construction of this magnificent Moorish style villa, immersed in the greenery of a park with breathtaking views of the lake renowned as one of the most romantic in the world.

The work will last 30 years and the result is an eclectic Moorish masterpiece, unique in its kind, where stuccoes and inlays of Arabic style predominate; a marvel that is still full of life today.

Upon your arrival, you will be surprised by a magnificent hall decorated with ornate cross-arched domes, a Florentine mosaic floor, marble columns with the elegance of the minarets of Baghdad and Damascus… and many other wonders worthy of Arabian Nights.

Linked by the same passion for hospitality and gastronomy, today Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo manage the 5-star hotel and its two Michelin-starred restaurant.

A tiny Moorish Oasis

A must-see destination for lovers of excellence, the villa has 14 rooms and suites, spread over three floors and whose Arab charm will enchant you. They are all decorated with period furniture, precious marble bathrooms and many other details, such as the solid oak floors from the 19th century.

The restaurant has a veranda and three slightly redesigned interior dining rooms. These areas, along with the lounge bar, create a magical atmosphere inside Villa Crespi, framed by the century-old park and the natural beauty of a small lake, which awaits your discovery.

Beyond the luxury hotel and gastronomy service, the wellness experience is guaranteed in the suite located on the third floor of the Relais, where guests can choose from one of the various spa packages related to the Ayurveda philosophy * (* traditional medicine from India); massages and treatments creating an emotional experience guided by the professionalism and care of expert therapists.

And as a bonus to finish off this trip and the approach of Christmas, here is an original gift idea: give yourself and / or your partner, the “Pampering and Relaxation” package. It includes the South to Northern Italy Route tasting menu and accompanying wines which unite in a cooking class with the Michelin-starred chef that will take place the next morning. You will also enjoy a pure relaxation experience inside the Chandra Deva Wellness Suite with a Shirodhara or Rasayana massage. Finally, you will benefit from Denise’s knowledge of Ayurvedic science. She will prepare you a personalized herbal tea according to your “Dosha”, which you can enjoy comfortably installed in your room. The charm of an Italian breakfast will be served directly in your room.

* A private limousine transportation service from Turin, Milan Malpensa or Linate airports is possible on request.

Villa Crespi
Relais & Chateaux
Orta San Giulio (Novara)
Ph: +39 0322 911902