Lake Como, Italy

MAY 28MAY 2017

MAY0 3 JUNE 2017

Join ESCAPE TO SHAPE on an exclusive & magical journey to majestic Lake Como- long considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Home to breathtaking historical villas, lush botanical gardens, charming streets and magnificent natural beauty- from the deep blue of the lake to the vibrant green on the surrounding alpines, the unparalleled beauty of this location is sure to inspire our yoga classes, outdoor circuit training classes and hikes. Join us and experience the magnificent charm of this unique region, which has inspired writers such as Hemingway, Twain and Dostoevsky throughout the ages: a combination of a glorious lake, mountains, Italian history & food, charming lakeside villages and breathtaking natural beauty. Along with the cultural and natural wonders of the region, cooking classes, shopping & cultural surprises all compliment this unique getaway.


While at Lake Como, ESCAPE TO SHAPE offer guests the rare opportunity to stay in an exclusive 19th century villa set on five acres of private extensive gardens- complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of majestic Lake Como, as well as the beautiful mountains just across the lake- truly inspiring views for twice daily physique 57 classes!

The interior of the villa is spacious, with shining floors and a sweeping staircase. Recently restored, our ‘home away from home’ in Lake Como maintains its traditional elegant, grand atmosphere- full of family antiques, expansive dining tables & lots of natural light.

Each bedroom is unique, decorated in a traditional style, with en suite modern bathrooms, air conditioning, luxurious linens and amenities.

Ideally located on Lake Como, minutes away from the charming town of Menaggio, perfectly situated for hiking, private boat trips to explore the beauty & charm of Lake Como, shopping and unique dining experiences. A stay in this private villa is an experience in and of itself.

Please note that this is a villa, and not a hotel, therefore some rooms are more spacious than others, and likewise some rooms have better views than others. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. All rooms are comfortable and well appointed, decorated in a traditional Old Italian style.


Share: $4500 per person based on two people sharing a room. We can pair you with a roommate if traveling solo.

Private: $6000 for a private room

A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1500 is required to confirm your reservation. By submitting your credit card information you authorize Escape To Shape to charge your credit card for this amount.

The balance of your payment is required to be paid in full 6 (six) weeks prior to the start date of the Escape/Detox you are registering for, unless alternative arrangements have been previously discussed. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the due date. The balance due is non-refundable upon payment. Cancellations less than six weeks prior to arrival are non refundable, but Escape to Shape & Physique 57 will do their best to apply the balance of your payment, after the initial non-refundable deposit, towards future travel on a Physique 57 Escape, provided that, among other things, we can find a replacement or substitute for you and/or your group.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which will come in handy should you encounter any unforeseen medical issues prior to traveling or while traveling, last minute flight cancellations or personal issues that effect your trip. Many of our clients have found great rates and policies through the following site:

Please refer to the POLICIES page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.


  • 6 nights luxury accommodations (please note this is a villa so all rooms are unique & different. Some rooms are more spacious than others or have more dramatic vies of the lake, so rooms will be assigned on a first come-first assigned basis). Each room is unique- decorated in a traditional style with an in-suite bathroom, air conditioning & amenities.
  • 3 delicious & healthy meals & snacks reflective of the region & the season provided daily. Meals will be enjoyed in the private villa & in some of Lake Como’s best restaurants.
  • A combination of daily yoga & circuit training classes
  • Multiple hikes to experience the magnificent natural beauty of the area.
  • Morning Power Walks
  • Private Boat Tour to explore the natural beauty, culture & architecture of this magical region
  • Visit to Villa Carlotta- enjoy the botanical gardens & art masterpieces of this breathtaking Private villa turned museum
  • Shopping tour in charming Bellagio
  • Cooking lessons focusing on healthy ways to enjoy the traditional foods of the region at home
  • Free time to relax poolside, play tennis on our private court or enjoy the luxurious private villa
  • Additional cultural surprises
  • Round trip ground transportation from the Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP) to the villa (1.5 hour drive)
  • Tax

WELLNESS ACTIVITIES: Yoga, circuit training & hiking



I went to Cartagena last fall with Escape to Shape and loved it. It was a great vacation that allowed me to have fun, keep in shape and relax in an incredible place. The best part of the trip was the amazing villa that we got to stay in. It truly made me feel like one of those people on Vh1’s “The fabulous life of the rich and famous”. I was in a huge villa in the center of the walled in city with a staff that catered to my every need. The best part of this all- inclusive vacation was that I could choose how to spend my time. They offered a wide array of activities but didn’t pressure or require you to take part in any of them. If you wanted to do yoga you could but if instead you wanted to sit on the terrace sunbathing or take a dip in the pool or hot tub you could. The owners have a great understanding of what it means to be on vacation and it leads to everyone having a great time.DCtravelman August 2012

I just returned from the Cartagena escape over Thanksgiving week and it was everything I expected and more! Erica and staff were extremely professional and so gracious. They were always asking me if I needed anything and if I was enjoying myself. They offered to help walk me to shops and ATM when I didn’t know where it was and just went above and beyond. Everything from the meals to activities were perfectly planned and flawlessly executed and I didn’t have to worry about a thing.
The private villa was just to die for and granted, I have stayed in a number of very nice houses before. The courtyard with pool, waterfall, and fountain was just beautiful. It was huge and if you just wanted to find a quiet spot to relax you could. Definitely made a perfect choice here.
The food was healthy yet delicious but portion sizes were definitely smaller than what I was used to but it ended up being ok. I think most Americans are used to too large portion sizes and I found that it was actually enough to fill me up without overstuffing. This was the first vacation where I didn’t go home feeling like I gained weight but rather left feeling more toned and healthy.
I love how laid back it is and there is no pressure to participate in anything you don’t want to, unlike some other retreats I looked into who don’t like guests to use phones or computers and have mandatory activities. I also liked how there is not only yoga but also walks and sculpting classes. The whole vibe is more luxurious and relaxing than new age/hippie, which was exactly what I was looking for.
I would recommend this especially if you are travelling by yourself and don’t want to deal with the stress and hassles. Being a young solo woman who doesn’t speak any Spanish I would never have travelled to Columbia by myself but Escape to Shape allowed me to do it. It would also be great with a girlfriend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be planning another trip with them!
Ceasar52 November 2009

I traveled with Escape to Shape last March and it was one of the most unique and wonderful vacations of my lifetime. I was a little bit worried about traveling to a foreign county alone, but decided to go for it. What a decision? Escape to Shape was everything it advertised and more. The mansion we stayed at was amazing. The rooms were spacious and had an at home feel. The staff and owners were very friendly and accommodating. The yoga and Pilates classes were very challenging and adequate to each individuals needs. The food was splendid and very healthy. The city of Cartagena was equally charming and beautiful. The highlight of the trip was the boat ride to the Rosario Islands. The white sand beaches and crystal clear water was unlike any place I could go to in the states. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested. Whether you are traveling alone or coming along with friends Escape to Shape keeps you busy and plans a trip where you leave with many new friends and get to see a county the way the natives see it.KAPRAN July 2013