PORTOFINO IS PER­FEC­TION

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When we say “Ital­ian Riviera,” what comes to mind? Per­haps, old stone build­ings painted like a rainbow crouch­ing on a cliff over a curv­ing sea­port; sleek yachts and speed­boats lin­ing a small har­bor; jet set­ters wan­der­ing the sand­stone pi­azza in and out of lux­ury bou­tiques; or hours of peo­ple watch­ing while sip­ping cof­fee from a cafe al fresco? Portofino is all of th­ese things. The ul­ti­mate rea­son for vis­it­ing Portofino is that ev­ery­one is look­ing to be seen, but not make a scene in this pic­ture-per­fect des­ti­na­tion. Portofino does not have the high-volt­age dis­cos or rau­cous nightlife of other Riviera des­ti­na­tions (which is of­ten a good thing), so it is an idyl­lic ro­man­tic get­away. Be warned that the se­cret is out about Portofino so it can get crowded with tourists – if you can avoid the week­end rush, it is even bet­ter. The few ho­tels are lux­u­ri­ous, pam­per­ing and dis­creet: mak­ing them per­fect for your very own se­cluded pied-à-terre. At Bel­mond Ho­tel Splen­dido, wake up to in­cred­i­ble views of the Lig­urian Sea from your pri­vate flower-covered ter­race in this tra­di­tional lux­ury ho­tel. Built in the 1920’s, Bel­mond Ho­tel Splen­dido still possesses all of the ro­man­tic charm of the era, while also of­fer­ing ex­cep­tional mod­ern-day be­spoke ser­vices. Bello!

Portofino:

www.portofino­tourism.com Bel­mond Ho­tel Splen­dido: www.bel­mond.com www.iams­ter­dam.com

Wal­dorf As­to­ria Am­s­ter­dam: www.wal­dor­fas­to­ria3.hil­ton.com Peo­ple don't take trips, trips take peo­ple.

– John Stein­beck

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Bel­mond Ho­tel Splen­dido

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Wal­dorf As­to­ria Am­s­ter­dam

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