Fabulous Fun at Villa Orselina – Ticino

Hi Everyone,

One of the most awesome things about living in Zurich is that even with cold weather and Fall in full force in Zurich, a mere 2.5 hour drive will take you to the land of sunshine and warmth. This is exactly what we did last weekend. Two nights at  Villa Orselina. A lovely hotel set up in the hills by Locarno in the village Orselina. The break was so great we returned to Zurich on Sunday feeling as though we’d had a weeks holiday.

Keep reading to find out more about our fabulous fun at Villa Orselina. Including exclusive Baywatch coverage – haha!

Plus 2 special deals at Villa Orselina for FunkyForty readers, starting at CHF 390!


Fabulous Fun at Villa Orselina – Ticino

Arriving Friday evening to a fabulous welcome including the car door being opened for me and luggage instantly taken off my hands…What more could one want after a long journey.

We were super lucky to be given one of the panorama suites:

Complete with kitchenette and cute star lit bathroom,

View from our room.


Friday evening with Jacky Donatz

The fun began with a great dinner party cooked by star chef Jacky Donatz (15 Gault-Millau points plus more) and his team who came all the way for the occasion. Cooking us the most wonderful traditional Swiss food in a way that simply made our mouths water.

Me, Jacky Donatz and Julia Faulhaber

The mushrooms had been carefully picked earlier Friday morning!

If you would like to try some Jacky Donatz cooking too you’ll find him:

Every Sunday at Coco Grill & Bar, Zurich

16 November – 3 December 2017, Restaurant Kiosk in Zurich

25 December 2017 – 6 January 2018, Restaurant Alpenblick in Arosa

Saturday – Yoga

Nothing like starting the day with Yoga. Gabriela Ghenzi gives yoga lessons at Villa Orselini every Saturday morning from 9:00 – 10:00. Carefully leading us through the steps of Sun Salutation the sun shone really bright that morning despite forecasted rain. (nb: can’t guarantee this always happens – smile, but definitely worth a try).



Getting hungry just thinking about it… This is where I have to reiterate we were sitting outside enjoying the sun at breakfast whilst it was super cold and rainy in Zurich.

Of course in true Italian style there was plenty of sweets to choose from too… love Italian style breakfast.


Baywatch time

Unbelievable, here we are late September in Switzerland and off we go swimming. Admittedly the water is heated to a deliciously warm temperature.

To be honest I was quite happy pretending to extend my yoga lesson on a sun bed…

However after some sweet talking by Julia

You see what happens!

What do you think? Almost like the real thing, right – haha!

The making of…

Note the swan belongs to the hotel and is there for all guests. Needless to say we weren’t the only ones having fun with it that Saturday!

Pool restaurant, also with lovely view over Lago Maggiore.

Afternoon relaxation

My hubby and I went into Lugano for the afternoon. It holds a special spot in our hearts as it is where we found my wedding dress almost 20 years ago now!


Back in the hotel

Back in the hotel it was time to divide and conquer as Reto head for the fitness room:

…and I checked out the spa area,  tucked away behind this magical corridor:

Lots of treatments to choose from and a lovely indoor pool too!


Saturday dinner

Despite there being a wedding that night we decided to stay at Villa Orselina to experience one of their usual dinners. We ate in a special room that evening but you couldn’t tell at all there was a wedding as well.

Our meal:

Of course accompanied by fabulous wine from the wine cellar. The wine cellar has all sorts of secrets in it including a wine press from 1663!


Sunday – time to say goodbye!


Thank you so much for having us!

We are still dreaming of this place and are determined to come back soon!


Special Villa Orselina Packages for FunkyForty readers:

Funky Midweek Break

  • 1 Night in a Panorama Suite for CHF 390 incl. breakfast buffet
  • Valid between Sunday and Thursday, till 27. Oktober 2017
  • Garage und taxes charged separately.


Funky Super Special 

  • 2 Nights incl. breakfast buffet
  • Guaranteed  Upgrade to «Panorama»-Suite (90 m2)
  • 1 four course diner à la carte
  • Private Wein degustation in Wein cellar
  • Free public transport; 30% discount off mountain lifts
  • Free usage of «La Spa» und Tennis court
  • 10% discount off massages and cosmetic products
  • Transfers to/from train station for arrival/departure
  • Garage

Price per person:

CHF 520.– (usually CHF 830.–), Sunday – Friday

CHF 650.-  Friday – Sunday



  • Up to 5 years free
  • 6-12 years CHF 80
  • From 13 years CHF 120

Booking details:

Tel. 091 735 73 73. Please use code  «Funkyforty»

Valid till 31. Oktober 2018; with the exception of public holidays and the Festivals «Moon & Stars» und «Festival del Film».

The hotel is closed from  November 2017 till March 2018.


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. Wow, what a beautiful place! You certainly had a room with a view! I want one of those swan floats, even though I have absolutely no use for it in rainy Cheshire! Zurich is a great location for accessing the rest of Europe. When our friends in Zug told us you can get to Milan on the train in a couple of hours, and that the trains are never late, I was tempted to pack up and move there!

    Emma xxx

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