Epic Europe


Ascona - Lake Maggiore

The luxury hotel Giardino Ascona combines a laid-back ambiance, a high-level of service and a charismatic design to a place of Mediterranean savoir-vivre. Breath, relax, stroll, chill, move, marvel or enjoy – this Soul Retreat provides undiluted relaxation with character in the Ticino, the Italian Canton of Switzerland. The 72 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites are spacious, feel-good escapes. Exclusive designer furnishings and decorative touches in warm, earthy tones reflect the modern lifestyle of the guests and their desire for contemporary luxury and relaxation.


FOOD & DRINK: The culinary highlight is undoubtedly the 2-Michelin Star Restaurant Ecco Ascona. It's excellent aromatic cuisine and puristic simplicity is restaged daily by executive chef Rolf Fliegauf and his team. The more casual restaurant Hide & Seek Ascona spoils guests with ayurvedic inspired cuisine.


SPA: The dipiù Spa in Ascona promises a world full of vitality, beauty, well-being and balance. It offers plenty of space to find inner peace and to strengthen body and mind. Be it in the products or spa treatments; dipiù stands for authenticity, quality and sustainability.


LOCATION: The hotel is nestled in lush parkland close to Lago Maggiore in Ascona.


  • Luxury 5 star hotel & spa Ascona
  • Exceptional, aromatic, multi-award- winning cuisine (2 Michelin stars, 17 Gault Millau points)
  • Spa: Indoor and outdoor pool, sauna zone, Jacuzzi, fitness and relaxation area, massages and beauty treatments
  • Lakeside: Swimming, stand-up paddling, jogging, biking, boat trips
  • Mountainside: Hiking, biking, paragliding
  • Cityside: Shopping, concerts, nightlife, art exhibitions, museums
  • Unique location for business or private events
Giardino Ascona 5*


Destination: lugano-ticino
Experience options in: Lugano-Ticino


Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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