There are undeniable parallels between the new age of Portofino and the glamorous evolution of Belmond Splendido Mare. You could say that the tale of Portofino is tied to the story of its most charming guest-house.
On a modest stretch of the Ligurian coastline, the land folds in on itself forming a perfect natural shelter. For centuries, this former fishing village harboured weary mariners in from the sea. They would trudge the short distance from the shore across the cobbled piazzetta, arriving at the humble guest-house with only rest and recuperation in mind. In those days, the guest-house was understated, but like Portofino, its day in the sun has arrived.
Belmond Splendido Mare remains pride of place in Portofino’s bustling piazzetta. Today our harbour-side haven is at the heart of a blossoming and rather more elevated Italian retreat. Newly redesigned, the hotel honours its humble nautical origins, while diving wholeheartedly into the village’s free-spirited glamour.
Arrive at our doorstep and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the vibrant social scene. On our terrace, you’ll discover the Chuflay restaurant and bar where stylish locals mingle with an international jet set. A rich, steaming coffee, delightful light-bite or a local Ligurian delicacy all prove the perfect compliment to the pretty harbour views. This is the place for those who love to live well.
The effortless charm of our outdoor hub is matched by a charismatic interior. You’ll find yourself drawn in, lured along the hotel’s whimsical corridors. Each unassuming turn is met by an opportunity to take joy in life’s small pleasures. A playful portrait here, a glimpse of the glittering sea there.
Our rooms and suites are adorned with heavenly hues, inspired by the Ligurian landscape. Unique, artisanal touches like the hand-crafted artwork and Loro Piana fabrics add to the spirit of stylish decadence that you’ll sense all around Portofino. But there’s nowhere quite like Belmond Splendido Mare. In a conscientious love-letter to our wonderful surrounds, the hotel’s redesign has been distinctly green-centred. It resonates from our beautiful new rooftop garden to the sustainable artworks and eco-bazaar.
If you’re looking to remind yourself of just how stunning the Ligurian region can be, hop aboard our private motor-boat and take a voyage out on the waves. After a day exploring beneath the Italian sun, returning is an equal treat. Glide in, still salty from the sea, and find sanctuary at our hideaway by the harbour. Like Portofino itself, it’s still a place of simple pleasures, but now undeniably chic.