Work and Play

A working holiday in Italy alongside Lake Garda, The largest lake in Italy,  located at the foot hills of the Alps, at a luxury resort spa. Not a bad proposal. I jumped at the chance. Why not?  I did not know much about the region.  A chance to visit.  The lakeside village of Bordolino dates back to the 10th century. Offering not only striking sunsets, but an enjoy the moment atmosphere. 

Sunset on Lake Garda 

Working in a Relaxed Space

The Black and Paper collaboration with the Aqualux Hotel Spa in Bardolino started as a casual conversationon how to work together. With eight pools on the property, naturally, swimwear came to mind.

Team Black and Paper “working” at the Aqualux Hotel 

Assembling a team from  Milan:  Model Elia Cometti from Elite Models. Photographer Ivan Siggillino, Make Up Artist/Hair Artist Lorena Palmieri,  and Photographer Assistant Simone Toson. The Black and Paper team shot menswear swimsuit looks over 2 days.

 The Aqualux Hotel is a modern interpretation of a classic Roman Resort Villa. There are spaces for capturing light and keeping cool. The interior gardens and pools offer relaxation while shielding guests from the outside world. Sadly, due to the fact I was working on the production. I did not have as much of an opportunity to enjoy the hotel.

However, I delighted  with other offerings, especially the resturant and dinning setting. To say nothing of a breakfast buffet with an omelet chef, my favourite, then an outdoor dinner buffet. All of this while sitting alongside canals, waterfalls, and small pools.


Designed to showcase eight pools, Aqualux Hotel features four indoor pools with four outdoor pools. The indoor pools are enclosed inside a glass atrium. The first floor jacuzzi overlooks the pools and outside courtyard. Outdoors, the large main pool in the center of the hotel is the hub for swimming or chilling out under the sun. The patio areas are designed for tranquility.

The all suite rooms have Internet access with terraces facing the courtyard or outward with mountain views. 

Finnally, The service was impeccable. The staff was professional and accommodating during our stay.  They knew us as if we were worked at the hotel. As a guest, experience the casual luxury of the Aqualux Hotel, Team Black and Paper recommends it.  We had a great time shooting the production.

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