La Tangueria

puro tango argentino since 1996



Springtime 2021 Tango Holidays at the Lago Maggiore with teachers Marisa & Oliver (B) and Patricia & Matteo (I)

Every year, we propose 2 weeks tango holidays in July/August in the Lago Maggiore area. In 2020 we organised a 3rd week in April, which filled up quickly, but unfortunately had to be cancelled last minute due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We now want to give a tango holiday at the lake in springtime  a second chance, as we are confident that by April 2021 it will be possible to travel and dance again… And we will all be in desperate need of a holiday to make up for a sad and lonely year in which we couldn’t fully enjoy our beloved tango.


We are very happy to return there, this time in the springtime, for the less hot and crowded Easter period.. when the entire lake coast is in bloom, while the surrounding mountains are still covered with fresh white snow. From every angle of the hotel you can admire the breathtaking beauty of the Lake Maggiore and the Monte Rosa.  Lagomaggiorenorthitaly

From 11th till 17th April 2021, (Easter holidays) you can have the great pleasure to join us in the luxurious Grand Hotel Majestic in Pallanza/Verbania for a springtime tango vacation, with:

    • less tourists, but more flowers
    • less heat, but often very sunny days
    • less populated, and therefore more intimate groups
    • the same multilingual teaching of the different aspects and styles of tango
    • the good atmosphere of always and the guaranteed quality of our organisation with over 15 years experience in the field.


Further to the successful experiences of the past, we will again be staying in the magnificent historic Grand Hotel Majestic**** in Pallanza/Verbania (Piedmont), where we spent 5 wonderful summer holidays from 2013 till 2018.

Located on the lakeside promenade of the picturesque town of Pallanza, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful, huge florishing gardens. From its privileged position, you have breathtaking views from almost every angle: the surrounding mountains and the Monte Rosa, the splendid Borromeo Islands in front, and the Lake itself all around.

majestic15All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi, a mini bar. About half of the rooms have a stunning lake or mountain view..

The micro climate in this region is mild and sunny in April. The temperatures here are on average around 20° during the day, but there can also be peaks of 25°. The hotel has a small private beach directly on the lake. Although sometimes people already swim in April in the (still fresh) lake water, it is anyway  possible to use the indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. The pool area has beautiful sliding glass doors to the astonishing flower garden. A fitness room with modern infrastructure is also available.

The characteristic city of Pallanza is only 1 km away; fashion capital Milan 90 km to the south, Brussels 870 km. The Majestic is easily accessible by car (free parking in front of the hotel), with the train (Verbania) and by airplane (the closest airport is Milano Malpensa, at 70 km).

Prices majestic9

Classic room to the back side 810€ pp
Supplement balcony 15€ pp per day
Supplement lake view 25€ pp per day
Supplement lake view and balcony 50€ pp per day
Supplement double room for single use 40€ pp per day
Discount 3 adults in 1 room – 30€ per room per day
Child until  12 years in adult room 50% of the price
Small pets 20€ per day

The number of rooms with lake view and balcony are limited. These are allocated at the time of booking.
> The tourist tax of 1,50€ pp per day is not included in the above prices.
> Advance payment to be paid within 4 weeks after booking to Marisa and Oliver: 300€ pp.
> Balance to be paid to the hotel at departure (credit card).

> EARLY BOOK DISCOUNT: -50€ per couple with booking and payment before December 20th, 2020.

Cancellation fees:
In case of forced cancellation of the holiday by the organisation or by the hotel (because of Covid):
– free transfer of the total amount paid for future tango vacations, or
– refund of the deposit minus 25€ pp for administrative and insurance costs.

Cancellation by participants (for health reasons or other personal circumstances):
– up to 30 days after reservation: 25€ pp.
– from 30 to 60 days after reservation: 50€ pp
– from 1 month after reservation until March 10th: 75€ pp
– after March 10th: 50% of the reserved package
– after the start of the vacation: the full amount is due, unless a last-minute replacement can still be found.


Included in the price:

  • Hotel in half board for 6 days/nights in a double room with private bathroom (bath/shower) and toilet, hair dryer, air conditioning, TV, telephone, WIFI, mini bar, safe. The participants have free access to the private beach, the swimming pool and sauna, the garden chairs, the fitness centre, the dance halls…
  • Breakfast buffet (until 10h00) and supper with typical Italian menu. Every evening in the magnificent dining room with lake view reserved for the tango group, you will enjoy a varied menu (vegetarian and not) with: first course, main course, side dishes, dessert. 1/4 L mineral water and 1/4 L wine per person are included in the price.
  • The tango workshops: for a total of 12 hours with professional tango teachers Marisa & Oliver and Patricia & Matteo.
  • Every evening milonga, and a special ball with exhibitions.

Not included: trip/shuttle to the hotel, lunches, extras (drinks, snacks…), local tourist tax to pay at the moment of departure (1,50€ pp per day).


The organisers and teachers Mariisa and Oliver will be flanked for this week by the magnificent couple of dancers and teachers Patricia and Matteo.

E2S_3227Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch
/B, Al compás del corazón/La Tangueria

After a career in the contemporary dance company Rosas, Marisa & Oliver have been working as a tango couple since 1996, giving workshops and exhibitions all over Europe as well as in the USA and Buenos Aires. They danced in different tango shows in The Netherlands and Belgium and they have trained several of today’s professional tango dancers in Belgium and abroad. They also have vast experience in teaching and organising tango holidays in Italy, France and Austria. Their tango school Al compás del corazón and their milonga in La Tangueria have become a reference for tango in Belgium and abroad.


Patricia Hilliges & Matteo Panero
Firenze/ITangoclub & Firenze Tango Festival

We met this Italian-German couple in the 90s, at the beginning of our respective careers in the tango scene. In addition to our linguistic similarities, we have much more affinity with them and our friendship and esteem have only grown over time.

Pat and Mat enrich their elegant style of tango de salón with innovative elements of fantasy and musicality. They share the culture of tango in an atmosphere of friendship and warmth created by their good mood, sense of humor and charisma.

They have worked in several international tango festivals in Italy and abroad and have choreographed and danced in many shows. Since 1999 Patricia and Matteo have been running their school Tangoclub Firenze and since 2002 they have been organizing the Florence International Tango Festival. They also have a long experience of tango vacations all over Europe.

Classes majestic18

There will be a variety of themes in the classes: tango de salón, tango fantasia, tango nuevo, vals and milonga. The classes will focus on technique, as well as on detailed refinements regarding posture, axis & balance, embrace, foot work, adornos, musicality, leading and following. Students will learn new movements, figures and sequences, but the main goal is to create a more harmonious, comfortable and enjoyable dance.

There will be 2 groups: an intermediate/advanced group for dancers who have between 2 and 5 years of tango experience, and an advanced/very advanced group for dancers who have had a minimum of 5 years of intensive classes and practice.  Each group will have the same number of lessons with each couple of teachers. The organisation reserves the right to change groups for students whose level does not correspond to that of the chosen group.

The tango workshops are taught in 2  spacious dancing room (Sala Toscanini and Sala Intra), with parquet floor and lake view. Classes will usually take place after breakfast and before dinner, and occasionally in the afternoon. Each group will have one full day without classes, to have time to explore the region.

A detailed programme of the classes will be sent to the participants about one month before the start of the holidays. The classes will be taught in English. The teachers also speak French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian…

Normally the lessons are reserved for the participants of the tango holiday. If, at the end of the registration period, there are still places available, people from outside can also take the lessons à la carte. Also Tango dancers who do not want to follow classes but only want to stay at the preferential rate in the hotel and participate in the milongas can register.


Every evening there will be a milonga in the beautiful dancing hall with sprung floor, big terrace and lake view. If Covid-19 permits it, some of the milongas will also be open for outsiders of the tango holidays (after paying entry fee). A special milonga will be organised during the week with exhibitions. Previous reservation is compulsory for non hotel guests. To make a reservation, call the following number at the latest at 15h of the day you would like to attend the milonga: +39 333 48 75 822 (Marisa).


We try to help singles to find a partner for the workshops  by bringing them into contact with each other. Once registered as a dance couple, however, it is no longer possible to change partners for the classes. So please verify that the relationship between the two dancers is good before registering as a dance couple.

Aldo for those who wish to find a room mate (eg 2 ladies or 2 men together), we can provide help by bringing singles into contact with each other, but we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable roommate for everyone.

IMG-20191025-WA0002Practical information

  • Arrival is is foreseen on Sunday 11th April before supper  (19h00). Departure on Saturday 17th April after breakfast.
  • For tango guests who want to arrive earlier or stay longer and for people who accompany dancers (spouses, children, babysitters…) we have negotiated a discount group price. Info and booking via Marisa only, subject to availability. Transmit your extra days at the moment of reservation, to benefit of the best conditions.
  • For people who want to participate in the milongas only, we have negotiated a discount group price. Info and booking via Marisa only, subject to availability. Participants who take the full package of hotel + classes + milongas have priority.

majecticmapAddress and itinerary of the Hotel

Grand Hotel Majestic Pallanza
Via V.Veneto, 32, 28922 Verbania, Italy
Tel: +39 0323 509711 – Fax: +39 0323 556379
GSM: +39 349 800 44 28
Person of contact: Massimo Scarpata


From the north (Belgium, The Netherlands, France, etc)
Go to the south to the Gotthard Tunnel (CH). Shortly (+/- 30 minutes) after the Gotthard Tunnel take exit 47 Bellinzona Sud/Locarno. Take the A13 Locarno Tenero, continue towards Ascona. Enter Italy, then subsequently follow Cannobbio, Cannero Rivera, Ghiffa, Intra, Verbania.


All hotel reservations have to be made only via Marisa. Do not contact the hotel directly if you wish to benefit of the group prices or participate in the tango activities.
To reserve your tango holidays, please send the complete details of both dancers, the chosen dates and your dancing level to Marisa (NL, FR, EN, DE, IT, ES) via
The telephone number is: +32 479 22 86 98.
NB. During the holidays themselves you can can also contact us via the Italian number:: +39 333 48 75 822.


Do you have questions or a special request? Mail to or call us at +32 (0) 479 22 86 98.



Rue A. & M. Hellinckx 64
B-1083 Brussels
+32 (0) 479 22 86 98


La Tangueria
Chaussée de Jette 239
B-1080 Brussels
Metro Simonis

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