Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino Italy
Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino
Via Roma 2, 16034 Portofino, Genoa, Italy
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Michela Nicosia started her career in the UK, then worked in other luxury properties in Germany, the Caribbean and Colorado, USA. In June 1998 she managed the very first opening of the Splendido Mare and now she will be the guardian of this completely re-imagined hotel, after a brilliant career of 20 years as Assistant Manager of Hotel Splendido & Area Director of Reservations and Revenue Management.
With this renovation works we wanted to bring the outside inside by creating a strong bond with the elements of the destination.
Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino
History & Story
The Mare’s journey towards its current incarnation began when the owners, two local brothers, decided to split the property. One half stayed as a hotel and the other was offered for sale. Seeing its potential, Belmond (formerly Orient-Express Hotels) purchased it in 1997.
When Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino launched a year later, it served as an extension to the celebrated Hotel Splendido on the hillside above Portofino. It gained rapt reviews from the start: bon vivant Michael Winner exhorted, « Go there, you won’t regret it ».
In 2021, following Belmond’s acquisition by luxury group LVMH, the Mare reopened. Shining with a strong and independent new personality, the stylish social hub still echoes the nautical spirit and relaxed refinement of its roots.
2021 – A complete renovation of this property was led by the contemporary Parisian designer studio Festen, known for a drawing on tradition and retaining a historic essence and stylish charm, while embracing the strong geometries of contemporary design. Festen’s inclusion of authentic mid-century antiques from such iconic designers as Gio Ponti and Paolo Buffa speak to the highpointof Italian design that feels both casual yet considered.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
• Privileged location right in the heart of the Piazzetta overlooking the harbour
• Private sun loungers and umbrellas at nearby beach of Paraggi
• Courtesy shuttle service to Paraggi and to sister property Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino with access to all its services including a heated salt-water swimming pool
• Traditional wooden gozzo for signature coastal excursions
• Signature experiences for an unforgettable stay
Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino is located right in the heart of Portofino’s Piazzetta with views over the charming harbour and Castello Brown.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Take to the water on the hotel’s wooden boat for exciting sailing along the promontory to discover San Fruttuoso Abbey.
• Head to the Mount of Portofino for a walk, or electric bicycle ride, along the Natural Park’s trails. Explore the eco farm at La Portofinese and learn about olive oil production at their new olive mill.
Acclaimed Jack Savoretti, young acoustic singer of Italian descent, wanted to seal his special bond with Portofino at the Splendido Mare with a very exclusive concert staged in the beloved Piazzetta.
Our hotel is perfect for family adventures or relaxing stays with your little ones. We offer children’s bathrobes, slippers and bottle warmers in your room. An extra bed and baby cots can be supplied in Junior Suites and Suites. Find tasty children’s menus and highchairs in the restaurants and dedicated spa treatments at Hotel Splendido’s wellness centre. Enjoy ice-cream tastings at Gelateria San Giorgio or pizza-making classes with the chef at Hotel Splendido. Also at our sister hotel is a fun, supervised Smile Club for children aged 4-12.
• Number of suites: 11
2 VILLAGE VIEW JUNIOR SUITES – average size: 37-41 sq m (398-441 sq ft) – These junior suites boast a view over the vibrant village, two also featuring a beautiful terrace. King-size or twin beds available. The bathrooms have bathtubs or showers, and one Junior Suite can be connected to a Double Room.
5 SEA VIEW AND BALCONY JUNIOR SUITES – average size: 31-37 sq m (333-398 sq ft) – The terrace or balcony brings you closer to the vistas over Portofino’s bustling Piazzetta and harbour. The fresh, airy spaces feature either king or twin beds. Bathrooms have a bathtub and separate shower.
3 SEA VIEW AND BALCONY SUITES – average size: 38-51 sq m (409-549 sq ft) – With wonderful views overlooking the magnificent harbour and towards Castello Brown, these delightful suites feature a balcony or terrace. King or twin beds available. The stylish bathroom offers a shower and in two suites a bathtub.
1 AVA GARDNER SUITE – 50 sq m (538 sq ft), plus terrace of 35 sq m (376 sq ft) – Stretching the length of the entire top floor, this magnificent suite has the largest terrace in the hotel. An incomparable view of the harbour, promontory and Castello Brown is visible from the bedroom and sitting room – which features an almost wall-to-wall glass window that, when open, joins with the terrace to create an half-indoor, half- outdoor space. The main bathroom offers a bathtub and separate shower and there is a second, smaller bathroom. King-size or twin beds available.
• Number of Luxury rooms: 3
1 VILLAGE VIEW DOUBLE ROOM – size: 23 sq m (247 sq ft) – The room has a king-size or twin beds and enjoys a village view from its windows. The bathroom features a separate shower.
2 VILLAGE VIEW SUPERIOR ROOMS – average size: 29-31 sq m (312-333 sq ft) – Views over the colourful houses of Portofino can be enjoyed from the windows or balcony of these rooms, which feature either a king-size or twin beds. Bathrooms feature a walk-in shower. One room can be connected with a Junior Suite.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 14
Restaurants & Bars
An authentic Ligurian experience awaits at our new restaurant in the heart of the Piazzetta. Savour traditional local dishes, a wide array of seasonal delicacies from the generous terroir, skillfully cooked by our Executive Chef Roberto Villa and paired with local and Italian excellent wines.
For a sweet break, our Gelateria San Giorgio it’s the perfect place to pause for a treat on a sun-splashed afternoon, or to order a “paciugo” (tub) and savour it as you stroll.
Guests are welcome to use the complimentary shuttle to our sister property, Hotel Splendido, to make use of a saltwater heated swimming pool, a relaxing wellness centre, a panoramic fitness centre and a tennis court.
Corporate & Celebration Events
You can privatise the whole hotel with its 14 rooms and suites to stage an intimate, yet truly magnificent occasion. Our private terraces overlooking the Piazzetta lend themselves perfectly to special moments and four of them can be connected for extra space.
Ideal for stylish family celebrations, elopements and intimate dinners. Host your special event on the top floor of the Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino, enjoying enchanting panoramas of the marina, promontory and Castello Brown. Maximum 10 people.
Extra Notable Features
TRADITIONAL WOODEN BOAT – Hop aboard a beautiful wooden gozzo, the traditional local fishing boat, for a complimentary two-hour excursion around the Ligurian Coast.
YOUR SPOT ON THE BEACH – Take our courtesy shuttle to the secluded Bay of Paraggi, a few minutes from the hotel, where a comfortable private lounger waits for you on the warm sands.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
N/A as the identity of this property has been reimagined completely.
Number of employees