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Ligurian luxury: 3 incredible hotels to visit on the Italian Riviera

By LLM Reporters  |  February 28, 2020

Famous for the unrivalled splendour of the Italian Riviera, the region of Liguria is host to a grand selection of spectacular sights and hidden treasures. Turquoise coves and pastel-painted seaside towns are cradled by the crescent coastline, mighty cliffs tower over the peaceful sea, and a plethora of beautiful hotels decorate the seafront, serving as thresholds to the wondrous secrets that await you in Liguria. Let us introduce you to three of the very best hotels to visit in 2020.

Excelsior Palace Hotel

The Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo reopened earlier this month and has recently achieved the “LEGEND” classification from Preferred Hotels and Resorts with its state-of-the-art renovation. Overlooking the Mediterranean water in Rapallo Bay to the east and facing the green headland of Portofino to the west, the Excelsior Palace Hotel is situated on the Ligurian beachfront.

Expect a grandiose greeting on arrival from the colossal new entrance porch with eight lavish pinnacles. Inside, admire the restyle of the entrances to the wellness centre and the bathhouse. Outside, find the refurbished Eden Roc seaside restaurant, and treat your eyes to sublime views of the sea while your taste buds revel in the finest flavours of fresh, locally-sourced Italian cuisine.

Indulge in the Beauty Spa Health and Fitness club with an indoor heated pool and a brand new gym. At the Beach Club, find two infinity pools, three jacuzzis and a gazebo for outdoor massages to pamper yourself in the warm breeze. An outdoor swimming pool is now being heated for those who can’t endure a swimless winter.

For adventurous types, Rapallo is perfect for exploration. Book a boat excursion into the azure of Rapallo Bay. Tour the closeby historic villages which embellish the natural beauty of the coast with their charm, like the world heritage site of Cinque Terre and the fishing village of Portofino. Each village is rich with culture and secrets of their own, while all exemplify the bliss of authentic Ligurian life.

Hotel Helios

Recently acquired by Excelsior Palace Hotel, Hotel Helios will open its doors to the public in April. Located in the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure, Hotel Helios rests directly on the turquoise seafront, gifting you the graceful company of the Mediterranean and a close relationship with the regal Ligurian coastline.

There’s no better place to embrace these breathtaking views of the sea, harbours, and seaside villages than the balcony of your room. Sophisticated and comfortable, the suites are filled with everything you need to feel right at home.

Take advantage of the exclusive swimming area where you can bathe in the soothing sun, refresh yourself with a dip in two glorious natural seawater pools, and relax in invigorating whirlpools.

Hungry? Head to ‘La Darsena’, attached to the side of Hotel Helios. No restaurant is more highly rated among the locals, thanks to its delicious selection of traditional Italian dishes and the very best of Ligurian cuisine.

Just like Excelsior Palace, Hotel Helios’ location at Santa Margherita Ligure encourages you to explore the magical villages that populate the Ligurian coast. The sites of Portofino and Cinque Terre are less than an hour away, and the green heart of the La Spezia territory, famous for its organic produce, awaits you in the historic, eco-friendly haven of Varese Ligure.

Miramare the Palace Hotel

Miramare the Palace Hotel returns later this month for another deluxe season. Situated in the cultural hub of Sanremo, Miramare’s white palace, dating back to 1870, stands tall over the sea.

Live the high-life in one of 50 opulent suites, all recently renovated to enjoy a large, freeing space with rich facilities and comforting decor. A magical spa offers an assortment of treatments. Unwind by the heated outdoor freshwater pool, exclusively reserved for Miramare’s guests. Immersed against the backdrop of Miramare’s tropical park, the panoramic pool falls beautifully between sky and sea. Simply sit back and admire the deepest blue vista you’ll ever see as the sky, pool and sea merge into one.

Take advantage of Miramare’s supreme sporting facilities and have fun with one of the numerous activities on offer. Golf on the 18 holes found in the Golf Club degli Ulivi. Book a private yoga class on the beach. Take up a new sport with exciting tennis lessons. Or embark on the perfect bike ride along the cycle path which winds round the coast, making for the most picturesque journey you’ll ever have.

Looking to absorb some history and culture? Miramare’s location in Sanremo places it at a comfortable distance from several stunning Ligurian villages. Travel to the medieval village of Apricale, a favourite among painters and artists for its ancient beauty, and discover the traditional medieval commune of Dolceacqua, known for its magnificent “donkey’s back” bridge that connects the village together.

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