At the bottom of an easy walk down the bougainvillaea-adorned hillside from the Hotel Splendido, lies the fishing village of Portofino. This tiny village is now a mecca for designer labels mixed with local, charming shops. Located in prime position on the cobblestoned Piazza, is Splendido’s ‘little sister’ hotel, Splendido Mare.
Rooms and suites here are elegantly tranquil, with incredible views over the marina and pretty harbour - the perfect position to watch the passing parade and view the pretty, pastel coloured terraces.
You feel as though you’re truly a part of the action. Front and centre on the Piazza is their restaurant, The Chuflay Bar, where local and regional specialities are served all day.
Here, great food is mixed with service with a smile – literally! The waiter’s sense of humour is evident when he says I won’t be able to resist their famous Tiramisu and brings me silver salad servers - essentially, a giant set of cutlery!
A romantic sunset Champagne cruise on the hotel’s private boat provides a fitting finale to the glamour of the Italian coast.