Epic Europe


Lugano - Lago Ceresio

A distinguished palace from the late 19th century in a magnificent location on the waterfront that offers spectacular views of the beautiful landscape

Dating back to 1887, this boutique property facing Lake Lugano within walking distance from the town center, was originally known as the Hotel Splendide; the ‘Royal’ was only added in 1924 as a nod to the many royal guests, including Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, and Maria Queen of Romania. Today, the hotel retains a regal air in the marble lobby and the Presidential suite, complete with stunning frescoes, a Murano chandelier, and views to the Alps, and yet offers all the contemporary amenities one expects from a luxury hotel.

A state-of-the-art personalized service is provided by the well-trained, skilled staff who quietly ensure the guests experience through courtesy, dedication, and attention to detail.



La Veranda Restaurant: The Restaurant La Veranda with its spectacular view over Lake Ceresio, serves light Italian cuisine where nature and the lake are a constant and inspiring presence. During the summer months, guests can enjoy outside dining on the terrace overlooking the lake. 

The Emerald Bar breathes the cozy ambiance, perfect for a drink with live music.


Set in a privileged location on Lugano’s promenade, the Splendide Royal ensures spectacular views over the lake and the Alps, while being just a few minutes’ walk from the city center and the famous Via Nassa shopping street.



  • Historic & luxury 5 star hotel
  • Prime position overlooking Lake Lugano (Ceresio)
  • Dating back to 1887, the Splendide Royal has a long tradition of fine hospitality
  • Lake-side: Swimming, stand-up paddling, jogging, biking, boat trips
  • Mountain-side: Hiking, biking, paragliding
  • Walking distance to the city center: Shopping, concerts, nightlife, art exhibitions, museums
  • Unique location for business or private events
Hotel Splendide Royal 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. 

  • "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
  • "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
  • “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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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


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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