Go back to the enewsletterMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has taken over management of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, an existing resort on Lake Como, Italy. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of facilities. It will become Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in Western Europe and will complement the Group’s Milan hotel.Located on the shores of Lake Como and surrounded by botanic parkland, the resort is a landmark of historic importance comprising 76 rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th century. Two of the villas will be bookable in their entirety giving guests their own private retreat.Villa Amina Lake ComoAlmost all accommodation has lake views from either a balcony or terrace. The resort features four restaurants and bars, including a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, a large spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the lake. There’s also a variety of social and meeting facilities in the resort’s grounds.“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.CastaDiva Resort & Spa was acquired in 2017 by funds managed by Attestor Capital LLP. According to its website, the property is currently part of the Small Luxury Hotels collection.Go back to the enewsletter
The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) recently celebrated the arrival of spring and Pasquetta. The NE/WE NSC was delighted to have the company of a group of seniors from the Blackstone Apartments in the West End, brought via a van run by Bay Cove and funded through Title 3B funds out of the Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly. The afternoon was pleasant and joyous, with seniors lingering over coffee long after the tables were cleared! Due to the chill despite it being the end of April, seniors feasted not at a picnic, but indoors on chicken parmigiana, green salad, and pasta, which was catered by Spinelli’s of East Boston and very generously sponsored by the center’s friends at Century Bank on Hanover Street. Lina Buttiri, Vice President and Branch Manager of Century Bank, organized the donation and Mr. Joseph Galvao Assistant Branch Manager II, visited the seniors and gave them canvas bags as a party favor.*Advertisement* Joseph Galvao, Century Bank Manager, hands out bags.Maria Stella Gulla, Director ABCD NE/WE NSC, greets crowd.Volunteer Susan and Case Manager Qi behind the scenes in the kitchen.Lunch sponsored by Century Bank.NSC Staff Member Julia socializes with clients.Joseph Galvao of Century Bank.North End neighbors.Maria Stella Gulla, Director ABCD NE/WE NSC; and Lee Phenner from ABCD Public Information.West End neighbors. Pasquetta is often translated to “little Easter,” and is a day to relax. It was instituted in the post-war period to create a long weekend, which allows people to have a weekend getaway, or at least a “scampagnata” (jaunt to the countryside). In Italy, picnics are common to consume the leftover foods from the Easter meal. On Pasquetta, everyone is Italian! The NE/WE NSC advertises all celebrations in advance. They invite anyone who desires a meal and companionship to call the center at 617-523-8125. In addition, weekly hot meals take place in the North End on Mondays and Friday at 12:30 p.m. One does not need to be a resident of the Villa Michelangelo Apartments to attend.