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ITALY
HOTEL SPLENDIDO & SPLENDIDO MARE
 
Set on a sloping hillside amidst four acres of tropical trees and gardens with a commanding view of the spectacular bay and small harbor of charming Portofino, 23 miles south of Genoa airport, this magnificent villa dates back to the 19th century. The 65 air-conditioned, newly renovated guest accommodations include 27 junior suites and seven full suites. 16 additional rooms and suites are located on the harbor at Splendido Mare which opened in 1998.
 
Meals are available at the more formal indoor dining room, on an adjoining protected patio overlooking the harbor, and at the indoor-outdoor restaurant at Splendido Mare. A buffet lunch is offered at the pool. Facilities include a lounge and bar, a heated salt water pool that sits on the hill surrounded by lounges and umbrellas, a tennis court, a beauty parlor, gym, sauna and massage rooms.
 
Strong Points: An elegant property with fine service and dining in a breathtaking setting.
 
 
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