On the Heights of Portofino

Words by Belmond Editors

On the Heights of Portofino

A female guest stands at the edge of the hilltop pool, looking over the bay to where boats huddle along the Punto del Coppo.

From the hills above Portofino Bay to the foliage surrounding the walls of our hotel and the superb infinity pool, get to know Splendido, a legend 500 years in the making.

Take a stroll along the shoreline from Portofino’s bustling bay and you’ll find a small unassuming road, bordered by lush foliage. Follow the path as it rises up the hill, and soon you’ll happen upon the glamorous pink façade of Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino.

It takes something truly special to lure you away from the picturesque harbour. This legendary residence is more than up to the task. Treading the winding path to the entrance feels like stepping into a world of timeless allure.

The hotel stands proudly within a breathtaking Mediterranean oasis. Tall palms and curling vines complement vibrant flower beds—all masterfully orchestrated into spectacular order.Still, it’s the hotel’s bold architecture that steals the show. Neat rows of high arched windows spill down the hillside. The structure appears to burst forth from the landscape, unapologetically claiming "I have arrived". If you’re staying here, you’ll feel the same.

And you’re in good company. Countless stars and legends have found sanctuary in our stylish accommodation since Portofino found favour with the Dolce Vita set. Light, spacious rooms and suites host guests in luxurious style. Each boasts gorgeous views across the Ligurian Sea.

As a former 16th century monastery, the hotel commands a certain gravitas. Its breezy grandeur is known to invoke glamorous evening parties in the piano bar that easily rival those of Hollywood’s golden age.

Nestled into the hills above the bay, the hotel enjoys an exclusive setting away from the buzz of the village. Boasting a gym, tennis courts, a wellness centre and choice of dining options, there’s no need to descend to the shore. However, for those who like a change of air, there’s a courtesy shuttle bus to sister hotel Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino on Portofino’s Piazzetta.

By day, take a dip in the salt-water infinity pool, then dry-off and dress for dinner before you pad across the sun-warmed flagstones to La Terrazza. The hotel’s elegant restaurant opens out to a terrace with views of the beautiful bay below. From the freshest local seafood to traditional Ligurian treats, the menu is brimming with irresistible dishes.

When you stay here, you still sense a whisper of old-world charm, but Splendido also glows with a trendsetting spirit. Here, you’re not just invited to become part of a shimmering scene on the Italian Riviera, you’re encouraged to form a new one.

Your stay here may be legendary, but it will always feel like a splendid secret.

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