A firm favourite of the jet-set, the 'great and the good' flock to Portofino on the Italian Riviera; a picturesque, half-moon-shaped seaside village with pastel-coloured houses lining its harbour, chic shops, excellent restaurants, elegant cafés and fabulous hotels. Its crystalline green water reveals a myriad of aquatic life, while the castle sits on the hill overlooking the village. The headland is surprisingly quiet; a protected park with pine and chestnut woods, fragrant plants and flowers. There are also opportunities for hiking, diving and boating. Portofino isn't an obvious family resort, as it is most geared to style-loving couples wanting a quiet break.
Arrive at Belmond Hotel Splendido, which enjoys a prime location high on a lush hillside overlooking Portofino, the incredibly pretty, bijou fishing village whose charming exterior belies the understated glitz and exclusive persona that has made it so popular with the rich and famous for a number of years. As with the other two Belmond properties you will have stayed at during your trip, Hotel Splendido stands away from the centre of Portofino, meaning guests have the best of both worlds, in terms of being conveniently close to the village's central piazzetta, whilst being far enough away to offer an exclusive peaceful ambience within its grounds - and its elevated position only accentuates this. During your two-night stay, you can take the courtesy shuttle bus down into the village to enjoy designer shopping, people-watching, casual lunches and leisurely walks - even hire a yacht or kayak to explore the picturesque coastline.
Belmond Hotel Splendido
With beautiful guest rooms and a guestbook that reads like a celebrity ‘who’s who’, the elegant Belmond Hotel Splendido attracts visitors from far and wide. Over the years, it has acted like a magnet to a fashionable and celebrated clientele, pictures of whom grace the walls of its lobby. It offers the highest standards of international hotel keeping, whilst cleverly managing to retain a relaxed Mediterranean ambience. Pretty pathways lead down to the yacht-strewn harbour, with its indigo waters, while many of the rooms boast tiled terraces or balconies, allowing guests to take full advantage of the enviable setting. Each guest room is slightly different, although antiques and handpainted trompe l'oeils are de rigeur. Belmond Hotel Splendido is sister hotel to Belmond Splendido Mare, located on the harbourside, and a complimentary bus service operates between the two.
- Type:Luxury Hotel
- Summary:Very popular amongst its celebrity clientele
- Feature:Set on a pretty hillside overlooking Portofino harbour
- Rooms:67 rooms & suites
- Nearest airport:Genoa Airport