Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare
Via Roma, 2, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
| +39 0185 267801
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Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido MareThe Belmond Hotel Splendido is a classic Ligurian villa that presides over the pine-covered slopes and deep blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. The hotel began as a 16th-century monastery. Repeated attacks on the picturesque, if evidently unprotected, coastline by Saracen pirates drove the monks out and left the villa in disrepair, paving the way for an industrious and wealthy Italian to turn it into a luxury hotel at the turn of the 20th century. The story might have stopped there had it not been for the Duke of Windsor and his cohorts, who descended upon Positano in the 1950s to turn it into an extension of St. Tropez. Streets were narrowed to keep car-driving locals out and yacht-owning jet-setters in.
But a luxurious mountainside retreat perched above the town wasn’t enough. Even as the Belmond Hotel Splendido attracted the international elite, its owners opened a smaller, more intimate property in the heart of the town. A dressed-up version of a fishing village pied-à-terre, the Splendido Mare overlooks the central Piazzetta and is home to one of the hottest bars and restaurants in Portofino.
Suffice it to say that Portofino wouldn’t be itself without the Splendido hotels.