AS SEEN BY CHRIS RHODES
Behind The Scenes of Portofino’s Radiant Stage
Chris Rhodes’ work is rich with a spirit of irreverence and effortless luxury. Join the British photographer as he explores the beauty of Splendido, A Belmond Hotel.
Step into Chris Rhodes’ world and the first element you’ll notice is the underlying poetry in his photography. His first book, Hotel Mermaid Club (2019), is an ode to daily life filtered through the mundane — cups of espressos evoke a melancholic charm, while a close-up shot of a crystal door handle refracts light, alluding to an ethereal presence. In his work for Jil Sander, Supreme or Burberry, this playful spirit still shines through, with what he calls “the beauty within the everyday.”
He follows this philosophy in his quest to capture fleeting moments at Splendido, our storied hotel in Portofino. Originally constructed in the 16th century, the hotel blends its saintly past — it was built by a group of Benedictine monks, seeking to elevate a residence as close to the sky as possible — with the conviviality of modern living. Steeped in history, Splendido’s walls now welcome discerning guests eager to create cherished memories while enjoying the local culture from a prized vantage point.
Perched atop a hill overlooking the gulf of Tigullio, Splendido offers breathtaking views that inspire a sense of the infinite. In Rhodes’ series, radiant shades of blue and green are met with white boats sprinkled across the water. From the distinctive architectural details of the façade to the exquisite works of art that grace each room and suite, his lens deftly explores the hotel’s decor — the considered details and historic charm of this place channelled through his singular vision.
One shot at a time, Rhodes draws back the curtain. Soon, unique characters start to emerge — he captures the hotel staff in moments of unstaged action, their smiling warmth true to the hotel’s spirited personality and sense of ease. In the crisp Ligurian light and with saltiness in the air, a group of friends bask in the warm sun, surrounded by greenery. They await as effortless afternoons at the pool turn into elegant drinks at sunset.
The allure of Chris Rhodes’ photography is its exquisite simplicity. Be it some fruit dotted on a pristine breakfast table or enigmatic scenes of a deserted tennis court, he injects a sense of playful modernity into every image. From his world, he invites us into a radiant residence, an appeal to create splendid moments in our daily life — keeping things simple, but lyrical.
Meet moreBelmond Legends
CarusoAs seen by Letizia Le Fur
Letizia Le Fur's mastery of light and color at Caruso in Ravello captures the hotel's unique character and atmosphere. Her rich and transcendent colors provide a unique way to see and feel the Amalfi Coast, showcasing an ethereal graphic aesthetic and authentic moments of serenity and tenderness.
Hotel CiprianiAs seen by Chris Rhodes
At the Cipriani in Venice, Chris Rhodes' lens transports us to a world of timeless glamour and bold energy, where the world's most fascinating people come together to indulge in life's pleasures.
La ResidenciaAs seen by François Halard
At La Residencia, François Halard’s images capture the hotel's organic energy, sensuous sentiment, and true celebration of light, marrying his own lens with this enclave’s long-celebrated artistic spirit.
Villa San MicheleAs seen by François Halard
Renowned photographer François Halard's expertise in architecture and interior design shines through in his photographic work. At Villa San Michele, Halard's images evoke the Renaissance cradle and cinematic majesty of this dreamlike destination.
Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressAs seen by Coco Capitán
Coco Capitán's photographic journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express captures the intimate and decadent experience of slow travel with friends. Her playful style showcases the opulence and adventure of this legendary train, renowned for its mystical journey through Europe.