Only that we could not stay longer.
This was truly fabulous. We spent 4 wonderful days there and constantly thought about returning for a longer stay. When I planned our trip I had a hard time deciding between Lago Maggiore or Lago Orta, between staying in Orta S. Giulio or outside of it. I opted for the latter because we wanted direct access to the water. And indeed, having looked at the other options in the area I am convinced we had the best hotel for what we wanted. Other hotels on the shore have very small unpleasant beaches, or none, as in the case of those in town.
At Approdo we walked out in our bathing suits and swam in a stunning setting surrounded by typical mountains+towns views of Italian lake resorts.
The hotel has extensive beautiful grounds unlike the cramped outdoor space of others; not a lush flower garden, though, but quite varied, with lawn, a big pool and surrounding terrace, restaurant terrace, garden kiosk, all by the lake as well as tennis courts in the back.
Our room was very spacious and bright and, being on the ground floor had a nice patio, and it felt the whole lawn was ours.
The decor was very tasteful 70s which I like a lot but some might find old-fashioned.
The restaurant has a lot of outdoor seating and great food and the breakfast (served in a different setting) was also extensive and good. The dinner that comes with the demi-pension does not have an antipasto buffet as our hotels in Aosta had.
Must add that there are nice public areas, like a sitting room between the lobby and the garden, with comfy armchairs and a library.
There were many families with kids and it was nice that they could eat their own food on the outdoor tables in the garden.