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Belmond Hotel Splendido and Belmond Splendido Mare Portofino, Liguria, Italy


Breathtaking views of the Portofino cove
Days aboard the private motorboat
Family activities—yoga, cooking classes, and nature walks



A scenic, cliff-hugging drive alongside the Ligurian Riviera leads directly to the Belmond Hotel Splendido and Belmond Splendido Mare, twin hillside properties overlooking the postcard-perfect Portofino harbor. Today it's a veritable exercise in luxury, though it wasn't always so—the towering walls of yesteryear held a Benedictine monastery, before finding new life as a sun-soaked getaway in 1901.

Queen rooms start at $754

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Guests with the most polished of pets will appreciate canine-friendly spa treatments and even dedicated room service.


  • Vibe and atmosphere

    European aristocrats take in the sights over aperitifs along the seafront at Chuflay Bar; limber parents and their kin practice their downward dog stance during family yoga sessions; and sporty types take to the water on kayak tours around the riviera.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    Most of the Mediterranean-centric rooms at Belmond Hotel Splendido and Belmond Splendido Mare come with balconies—and some allow you to absorb the complete Portofino cove in one gaze.
  • Service style

    Hands-on beauty therapists at the Wellness Center revitalize complexions by way of micro-needling and rose facials; fitness trainers personalize private sessions to suit any wellness needs; and guests are encouraged to rent the hotel's private motorboat—along with its friendly captain—for full-day excursions.
  • Preferred room type

    Corner rooms are prime real estate—even the bathrooms have balcony access—and Room 221 in particular boasts breathtaking views of historic Castello Brown.
  • Unique property features

    The hotel manager proudly keeps "The Golden Book"—signatures of who's who in the entertainment industry—at the front desk. Previous frequenters of Belmond Hotel Splendido and Belmond Splendido Mare include Bogart & Bacall, Burton & Taylor, Bono and the rest of U2, Clark Gable, Billy Joel (who may have taken a one-night-only gig as the Piano Man in the hotel's piano bar), and Ava Gardner (who has an exclusive suite named after her).