Villa d’ Este – this was of course amazing and we found it very hard to leave. The views, the buildings, the gardens were incredible. The room was very lovely too and though it was a standard room it was huge with a separate sitting room. Good tip on the lake view, it was spectacular to wake up to that every morning! We were even treated to spectacular fireworks over the lake two nights in a row (I joked with my husband that it was part of my wedding surprise but in fact there was a wedding there at the time).
Food – the breakfast was great. We often had snacks and drinks at the Veranda restaurant which I thought was quite pricey but not unexpected. We had dinner at Le Grill each night which was just wonderful. We loved every dish we ordered.
Castadiva – this place really grew on us though it was very different to Villa d’Este. It is a gorgeous hotel with a wonderful view of the lake. The rooms were amazing and we stayed in Villa Dorabella which gave us an unblocked view of the lake. The service was impeccable and the staff were friendly and eager to please. The food was wonderful and the I also used the spa which was very good. I really liked Castadiva and it was a great place as our final destination in Italy when we just wanted to relax. Perhaps it is not the best place for people who want to sight see or go around the lake as you need to rely on the shuttle to Como which only goes a few times a day. But I cannot fault the place itself.
Thanks for recommending Lugano and Lake Como – both perfect destinations for honeymooners :)