Il Sereno (Patricia Urquiola-designed abode by the lake )

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Just 50 mins from MXP is Il Sereno, a beacon of modernity on the eastern side of Lake Como. Spanish born Patricia Urquiola (we love that she is from Oviedo, the spontaneous town they fly to in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) has had a hand in designing every element here, and it shows; this is one fluid space. With only 20 of the 30 suites currently open, all with lakeside views and floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms are serene and luxe. Terraces blur the lines between indoor-outdoor, and some have wraparound views with modern sofas (made of butter soft leather) and daybeds.  Here, the pool – a 60-foot infinity pool over the lake – deserves its own category. Pull up a Granny Smith-coloured sun lounger and spend the day going from pool to lake and lake to pool.