Ava Gardner Suite

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Classical Hollywood glamour by the harbour

Live and breathe the breezy spirit of Portofino from the best seat in the house. The Ava Gardner Suite, named for our famed past guest and redolent of her glamour, stretches the entire length of our top floor. Feel time slow down as you savour your personal views of the harbour, promontory and Castello Brown on your 35m2 terrace, adorned with a dramatic lemon tree.

Part of our Signature Suites collection, the Ava Gardner Suite promises an exceptional level of elevated service—so step inside and discover a space appointed with every indulgence that’s exclusively yours.

Ava Gardner Suite

In this Signature Suite, we channel the effortless charm of previous resident Ava Gardner. Watch life pass by in Portofino harbour from your private, landscaped terrace, before retreating into your Italian marble bathroom for a deliciously lazy soak in your tub. Admire the mid-century furnishings and salty sea breeze, safe in the knowledge that your vantage point is the best in all of Splendido Mare.

For maximum space, the suite can be connected to a junior suite to occupy a whole floor. A sliding fence on the terrace enlarges the outdoor space yet further, making it ideal for scene-stealing dinners and cocktail parties.

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A Historic Dwelling

The Ava Gardner Suite is named in honour of the smouldering Hollywood siren, who visited the building now housing Splendido Mare when she was filming the iconic 1954 movie The Barefoot Contessa. Affording the kind of absolute privacy of which Ava would have approved, the suite is a space to feel and breathe Portofino’s authentic roots.

The décor embraces nautical and artisanal heritage, with Murano glass lamps, understated Loro Piana and Rubelli fabrics and vintage furniture by Gio Ponti and Paolo Buffa. A striking artwork by Gabriele Cappelli, a London-based Italian artist, conceals the TV set. Books and pictures featuring Ava Gardner are a reminder of Hollywood’s glamorous heyday.

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The Pinnacle of Luxury

Experience the next level of excellence with Belmond’s selection of Signature Suites and Villas. Our most opulent accommodation around the globe promises a truly indulgent getaway⁠—where every pristine detail is taken care of.

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