Lake Garda: some R&R at the Falkensteiner Apartments
There are special stays that make a holiday even more special. I spent a balmy weekend in early summer in Moniga del Garda, at the Falkensteiner Apartments, a resort near Lake Garda with a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant.
ABOUT MONIGA DEL GARDA
Moniga, a name derived perhaps from the goddess Diana Munichia, is located in the heart of the hilly countryside surrounding Lake Garda, between Desenzano and Salò. The rolling hills are dominated by the castle and its impressive fortifications.
A local prominent figure, Senator Pompeo Molmenti was the one to promote the vinification of the “Chiaretto”, back in the 19th century. It is now a well-known wine all over Italy.
There are 92 apartments at this resort near Lake Garda. They’ve been designed with total comfort in mind and they all either have a balcony or terrace, some of them have a kitchen too.
You can learn more by watching the promotional video at the end of the post.
This is where I stayed. A 30-sqm apartment located on the ground floor, comprising of a bedroom, a small living room with a sofa and a TV, a very spacious bathroom, a kitchenette and a terrace with table and chairs.
Cleanliness, brightness and furnishings are – in my opinion – the strengths of this room.
Deluxe apartment, pool-view
This type of apartment is ideal for families or those who want to wake up in the morning and enjoy a wonderful view of the hub of the resort: the pool. Located on the first floor, these apartments come with every comfort and a spacious terrace.
Deluxe apartment, lake-side view
I loved this type of apartment! Tranquil and serene, with a beautiful view of Lake Garda that stretches up to the town of Sirmione, which, on a clear day, seems so close you can almost touch it. If I were to come back one day, I would certainly ask to stay in one of these apartments room. I can already see myself sipping a coffee on the terrace, having written the first article of the day, feeling totally at peace.
THE RESTAURANT AND THE CUISINE
Us Italians are used to all-inclusive formulas which include breakfast, lunch and dinner, beside the accommodation. In this case, however, because the management of the resort isn’t Italian and there aren’t many Italian guests, lunch isn’t a grand affair. That weekend I was the only at the resort to have lunch and ordered a salad from their à la carte menu.
Usually, German and Austrian tourists don’t have lunch but then have dinner earlier than us Italians at 6 pm.
How much does it cost? For those who haven’t opted for half board, the buffet lunch costs around €30 per person. While the food is delicious and there’s plenty to choose from, it isn’t cheap, considering that 4 people would end up paying about €120.
GUARANTEED FUN FOR CHILDREN
The swimming pool is probably the most important element at this resort by Lake Garda. Both kids and grown-ups can access the pool and there are areas with different depths (max 150 cm). Loungers and sun umbrellas can be found all around the pool and a lifeguard is ready poolside in case of emergency.
In addition to the pool, younger guests are sure to spend many happy hours at the outdoor playground, Falky-Land with a soft play area and kid entertainers. And in the company of Falky (the mascot of the resort), everything will be all right!
One of the aspects that I value the most at a hotel is the politeness of the staff.
In this case, the entire staff, from the owner and the front desk to the cleaning crew, was incredibly courteous, making this one of the strengths of this lake Garda resort.
This Lake Garda resort strikes the right balance between sightseeing and relax. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside but only 10 km away from the shores of Lake Garda and the beautiful Sirmione. Highly recommended for those who want to get some R&R!