The Ligurian fishing village of Portofino is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip for most, so why restrict yourself to one spot? Belmond Hotel Splendido offer both cliffside and village-center rooms — ideal for those allergic to commitment.
As above, so below. The ancient term finds new meaning at the dualistic property of Belmond Hotel Splendido. Set in and around the old fishing village of Portofino, the hotel offers a choice: Splendido Mare, an intimate bayside grouping of rooms directly in the village center, or the larger cliffside Hotel Splendido overlooking the bay and its glamorous yachts.
A 19th-century palace overlooking the Villa Borghese gardens, Hotel Splendide Royal is elaborately decorated in ornate Baroque style. Close to the Spanish Steps and the boutiques of Via dei Condotti, this impressive hotel has one of the best restaurants in Rome.
Sumptuously decorated with marble floors, Murano glass chandeliers, gilt mirrors, oil paintings and a domed skylight in the lobby, everything here makes an immediate visual impact. Many of the rooms have terraces with sweeping city views.
Discover the delights of the Borghese Gardens, dotted with fountains and statues. Then visit the Borghese Gallery to admire the magnificent art collection including paintings by Caravaggio and Canova. Be sure to dine at the Hotel Splendide’s, Mirabelle Restaurant, with its superb views over Rome.
Hotel Splendido’s 64 rooms and suites are furnished with luxury and refinement. Guests can enjoy 24-hour room service, and the La Terrazza restaurant beckons with indoor and al fresco Italian dining. Or enjoy a casual lunch on the deck between dips in the pool.
Down in the Splendido Mare, 16 rooms and suites sit almost immediately on the village square, plugged in to the quaint-yet-vibrant energy that draws so many to the region. The Chuflay Restaurant sports a patio that almost begs to be the setting for some sweeping Italian love story. Failing that, the fresh regional food and drink should distract you from any romantic longings. And, if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, remember you’ve still got free reign over the sister property’s hillside pool, and much loved spa.
Guests can choose among La Terrazza Restaurant, where they can taste original Italian and Ligurian dishes while admiring a breathtaking view of the bay; the Pool Restaurant ideal for an alfresco buffet-style lunch or the Chuflay Restaurant situated in the world-famous Piazzetta. For an aperitif or an after-dinner guest can sit at the Cocktail and Piano Bar at the Hotel Splendido or at the Chuflay Bar at Splendido Mare. While for a refreshing drink by the pool the Pool Bar is the perfect place.
Guests can pamper themselves with a variety of beauty treatments and massages and relax doing yoga or pilates. Special treatments for mother and daughter are available.
Golf Club Garlenda, 18-hole course, can be reached by car in approximately 1 hour and a half while, at only a 20 minute drive, there is the famous Golf Club of Rapallo, one of the oldest courses in Italy.
Portofino sits on the Ligurian Sea in northwestern Italy. A popular destination for yachting, the city and harbor have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s, resulting in a charming, leisurely ambience. Vacationers enjoy fine food and wine, abundant walking excursions, and designer shopping. Travel from Genoa’s Christopher Columbus airport is just under an hour by car. The hotel can also arrange private car service or private jet/helicopter transfers for an additional fee.