Grand Hotel Miramare
Grand Hotel Miramare stands in a wonderful position in an attractive park that looks out over the Tigullio Gulf. The distinctive, white, liberty-style façade is decorated with frescoes and overlooks the promenade that leads in to Santa Margherita Ligure. Located in the heart of Italy’s Riviera, the Grand Hotel Miramare owned for seventy years by the Fustinoni family, the hotel has a gleaming white façade painted with trompe l’oeil frescoes reminiscent of the early 1900’s, a Leonardo’s fresco technique, reproducing the original drawing dating back to the beginning of the century. The Miramare is a symbol of the Italian Riviera since 1903, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations, offering an impeccable service to its customers in an environment rich in atmosphere and equipped with all modern comforts. The Miramare was built in 1903 by Giacomo Costa, who entrusted its management to Lina Kuoni Stoppani, widow of the founder of the famous Swiss travel agency. It was one of the first Grand Hotels on the Riviera, rapidly becoming a must for the international jet set of the time.
The Miramare has 84 rooms, suites and junior suites, some with balconies overlooking the Golfo del Tigullio or the Mediterranean park. Pale pastel tones prevail: azure, green and pink. Recently restored stucco work and wooden flooring recreate the splendour of the original interiors. An art nouveau atmosphere enhanced by the comforts of a more contemporary lifestyle. Rooms are furnished in different styles, such as Colonial style or French style, while the wall décors have frames “in gesso”with different colours, wooden floors and high quality furniture. Mediterranean Fragrance is a line of natural bath products available to guests at the Grand Hotel Miramare. It was created exclusively for the Grand Hotel Miramare by the poet of perfumes Lorenzo Villoresi.
A stay at the Grand Hotel Miramare is also an opportunity to explore the gastronomic world of the Les Bougainvillées Restaurant, the attractions of the Hotel’s bars and its richly evocative interiors and outdoor space, which are also open to non-residents. The elegant Les Bougainvillées Restaurant with it’s panoramic view, serves delicious traditional Ligurian and international cuisine. During Summer season dinner will be served on Marconi terrace. Situated on the premises of the Miramare, the Barracuda Piano Bar and Le Colonne American Bar provide a relaxed atmosphere for cocktails of after-dinner drinks. A new dining option is offered with Vistamare, a panoramic restaurant for an informal lunch or elegant candle-lit dinner. An elegant iron made veranda, in libery style, allows Guests to use the terrazza from May to October. A pool bar for barbecue lunches and a swimming pool surrounded by sunloungers are set in the beautiful gardens and during the months of June to middle of September, the public beach at Bagni Miramare provides an additional area for relaxation and sun worship.
The e’SPAce wellness centre of Grand Hotel Miramare offers a range of exclusive beauty treatments in a peaceful setting for a new dimension of relaxation. Massages, invigorating showers, natural fragrances and sounds, plays of light are some of the treatments available for her and for him and also for together. An exploration of the wellbeing of the body and mind through the five senses. For guests wanting some more activity, local sports facilities include an 18 hole golf course, tennis and horse riding. The Grand Hotel Miramare is also a dog friendly hotel where all pets are welcome to stay with their family.
The Grand Hotel Miramare is in Santa Margherita Ligure, panoramically situated between Rapallo and Portofino. Easily reached by all means of transport, the Miramare is the ideal base from which to explore the coast and the Tigullio area, which includes enchanting Portofino and the natural treausers of the Nature Park and Protected Marine Area, the fascinating coastal towns on the Golfo Paradiso and the Cinque Terre an Unesco World Heritage.
The 13 single rooms overlooking the sea or the Mediterranean park. Some of them have a panoramic balcony. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a phone with a direct outgoing line, free Wi.Fi., a safe and a hairdryer.
Superior or Deluxe Double Room
The 62 double rooms overlooking the sea or the Mediterranean park. Some of them have a panoramic balcony. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a phone with a direct outgoing line, free Wi.Fi., a safe and a hairdryer.
The Grand Hotel Miramare has five classic suites: four with a panoramic balcony overlooking the Golfo del Tigullio and one with a balcony overlooking the park. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a phone with a direct outgoing line, free Wi.Fi., a safe and a hairdryer.
The Grand Hotel Miramare has four deluxe suites, three are on the 5th floor and offer splendid views out over the Golfo del Tigullio from the terrace or from both the terrace and balconies. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a phone with a direct outgoing line, free Wi.Fi., a safe and a hairdryer. One of the suites is the famous Room 105, where Guglielmo Marconi stayed in 1933. This suite, the only one on the 1st floor of the hotel, has a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio.
There’s always an intimate atmosphere in the Hotel’s lounge. And it’s created by each Guest through the tinkle of coffee spoons, the turning of pages, whispers, subdued laughter, glances free as breezes over the Gulf. At Grand Hotel Miramare the lounge area is much more than its period furniture and prestige carpets but is a place where a bit of each guest homes come on holiday with them.
The e’SPAce centre unites beauty care and sensory relaxation, in a harmonious combination and with effective results. Through the senses each Guest can rediscover the feeling of wellbeing both physically and mentally. Personalized recovery plans are prepared on request. In the heart of the Mediterranean park, deep in the green and surrounded by the scent of flowers and aromatic herbs cultivated all year, a small gazebo for outdoor massages is waiting to give to each Guest natural sensations of wellbeing.
The Grand Hotel Miramare Congress Centre has been a benchmark for congress tourism in Italy since 1970. As the traditional venue of Confindustria’s annual meeting of Young Industrialists, the Grand Hotel Miramare’s Congress Centre is in great demand thanks to its high prestige and the excellence of its facilities. The congress centre has eight facilities. The main one, Sala Portofino, can seat up to 380. Versatile modular units provide practical and elegant solutions for exhibitions, conventions, banquets and cocktail parties. Direct, independent access from the street enables cars to be exhibited. The Sala Shangri-là was originally a famous night club, with its 190 square metre, has a maximum seating capacity of 180 in its all open configuration. The meeting facility was renovated using the colours and décor of the original art nouveau design. Ideal for parties, meetings and exhibitions. The 70 square metre Veranda Marconi can seat up to 70. It’s a small conference room but has great style and charm. It’s in a panoramic position, in fact, overlooking the swimming pool nestling in the colourful Mediterranean gardens, characteristics that also make it ideal for cocktail parties.
The Mediterranean Garden
The enchanting Mediterranean Garden, with its pergola and swimming pool, offers a view of the Gulf, bracing sea air and the fragrance of flowers.
The hotel offers an open air sea water pool. Sunbed, umbrella, towel and a hundred other kindnesses from staff always at disposal to each Guest.
The beach club across the road is not managed by the Grand Hotel Miramare, but space permitting they’ll be happy to book for each Guest a complimentary spot on a same-day basis. It is also free of charge for Hotel’s Guests the use of the Kids Club on the beach.
“Winner of the Excellence Award 2014” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“4th Best Hotel in Italy 2014” – awarded by Conde’ Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
“13th Best Hotel in Europe 2014” – awarded by Conde’ Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
“Winner of the Excellence Award 2013” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“Best property in Liguria 2013” – awarded by Trivago Hotel Award
“Maximum Standards of Cleanliness 2013” – awarded by Venere.com
The history of the Grand Hotel Miramare:
It was in 1903 that Mr. Giacomo Costa inaugurated the Miramare, entrusting its management to Kuoni-Stoppani, founders of the renowned Swiss travel agency: it was in this way that one of the first Grand Hotels on the Portofino Coast came about. From the very beginning the hotel was the scene of some important historical events. At the start of the century, in its lounge, a very well known civil lawyer from Milan, named Claretto, gave the introductory speech during the ceremony for the opening of the new road between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino.
In 1933, from the panoramic terrace of the Miramare and for the first time in history, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted telegraphic radio and telephonic radio signals to a distance of 150 Km, thanks to microwaves of 60 cm. The hotel became the scientist’s headquarters where he lodged in suite number 105. Marconi experiments are only one of several events which have characterized the Miramare’s seasons; particularly notable is the International Conference for the “Pool of Coal and Steel” presided over by De Gasperi and by the French First Minister Plevin, from which the European Economic Community was eventually formed. It took place at the Miramare in February 1951.
Moreover, in 1971, the Emperor of Ethiopia, Hailé Seilassié, made one of his two stops at the hotel during his official visit to Italy. Since 1945, the hotel has belonged to the Fustinoni family, who have always keenly sought to satisfy the needs of their international customers, as they did for Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, for whom they especially created a honeymoon suite. Among others Miramare celebrities: King Hussein of Jordan, King Constantine of Greece, Prince and Princess Ranieri di Monaco and Sophia Loren.
When to go:
A popular vacation destination for the rich and famous for more than 200 years, travel to the Italian Riviera, a slender region in Italy nestled between the Ligurian Sea and the Maritime Alps, for both its over-the-top glamour as well as its local, laid-back charm. The region is more or less divided into two sections, to the west is the Riviera di Ponente, which translates to “the coast of the setting sun,” and to the east is the Riviera di Levante, which translates to “the coast of the rising sun”.
The region is known for its mild climate, so make your Italian Riviera travel plans at your leisure. However, keep in mind that while the temperatures are rarely uncomfortably hot or cold, autumn tends to be relatively rainy. In addition, because summer is the region’s tourist season, prices tend to peak then, so vacationers traveling on a budget are advised visit the Italian Riviera during the spring or winter. The weather here is very pleasant with mild winters. From April to Mid-June the temperatures are usually in the 15° C and 21° C, with night time temperatures in the 10° C and 15° C. From July to August the weather is hot with temperatures in the 26° C and 32° C.
A restaurant decorated with stucco work and frescoes restored to their original splendour. Cuisine in which Ligurian traditions marry with the most sophisticated contemporary trends. Viviano Panzetta has been chef at the Grand Hotel Miramare since 1990. He rules not only in the kitchen but also in the Hotel’s kitchen garden. Care, passionate dedication and team spirit are the ingredients of an art he exercises daily for the delight of guests and everyone else who attends his courses to become as capable as him.
Since 2010 a new way of servicing delicious Mediterranean dishes is on the Vistamare Restaurant with its panoramic terrace. The restaurant is opened from May to September, according to weather conditions. The buffet breakfast is also served on the terrace.
Bar Le Colonne
Sun, sea and the scent of flowers. At the Bar Le Colonne each Guest can enjoy a cocktail, have a snack, a light lunch because the menu and cocktail anthology are enticing to say the least. The Bar Le Colonne is a perfect place where to enjoy the summer. There are 25 Bond Bars in Italy, the Bar Le Colonne (Roger Moore was a great habitué) is a member of this exclusive club. The Bond Bars are prestige locations linked to the 007 legend.
Barracuda Piano Bar
Warm, cosy and relaxing. The Barracuda is the essence of the modern piano bar, an ambience in which everything is subdued, voices become whispers, music a discreet accompaniment, and gestures acquire a ritual solemnity: the ideal place for an aperitif, a wine tasting or after dinner drinks with friends.
A Summer bar with an enchanting pergola on the pool-side area. From midday to 10.30 pm, there’s all the time in the world for temptingly generous salads, traditional trofie al pesto or spectacular cocktails. In short, lunches and dinners and happy hours in perfect Grand Hotel Miramare style.
A beautiful old resort town favored by well-to-do Italians, Santa Margherita Ligure has everything a Riviera playground should have, with plenty of palm trees and attractive hotels, cafés, and a marina packed with yachts. Some of the older buildings here are still decorated on the outside with the trompe-l’oeil frescoes typical of this part of the Riviera. This is a pleasant, convenient base, which for many represents a perfect balance on the Italian Riviera: more spacious than the Cinque Terre; less glitzy than Sanremo; more relaxing than Genoa and environs; and ideally situated for day trips, such as an excursion to Portofino.
Cookery courses – “At table with the Chef, from kitchen to cellar.” This is the title of the food & wine course held every season by chef Viviano Panzetta and sommelier Davide Romagnolo.
Visit Villa Durazzo – At Santa Margherita Ligure, there’s the 17th century Villa Durazzo, with its sumptuous interior décor, its stucco work and marble, statues and paintings and its spectacular park. It’s a venue for musical and literary events and it also offers guided tours.
Visit Abbazia della Cervara – Not to far from the Grand Hotel Miramare, the Abbazia di San Girolamo at Monte di Portofino, known as the Abbazia della Cervara, is another treasury of art, culture and nature, and is ranked among the 76 Grandi Giardini d’Italia. In its 700 or so years of history, it has welcomed saints, poets, kings, men of religion and science.
Visit Abbazia di San Fruttuoso – Not far from the Grand Hotel Miramare is the Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, one of the marvels of the Ligurian coastline. It can be reached by boat or along the beautiful paths crossing Monte di Portofino. Now the Abbazia with is a part of FAI, Fondo Ambiente Italiano.
Golf & Tennis – The Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo is open to hotel residents. The 18-hole course is considered one of the most spectacular in Italy. It winds through century old trees and the remains of the Valle Christi Cistercian monastery. The Circolo Golf di Rapallo is also certified to receive disabled players.
Sailing – The Circolo Velico Santa Margherita Ligure, on the Calata del Porto by the Casa del Mare, has been organizing regattas of national and international resonance since 1952. The main calendar events are the Regata Pirelli, the Tigullio Championship (Dinghy + Laser classes), and the classic Her & Him and Grandfather & Grandson races, in a more amateur spirit.
Diving – In Santa Margherita Ligure and neighbouring districts there are various diving clubs offering courses and guided tours of the marvellous seabed of the Portofino Protected Marine Nature Reserve. Exploration of these places is only possible if accompanied by authorized personnel, in the interests of both visitors and the marine flora and fauna.
Trekking – The Portofino Regional Nature Park is a great favourite amongst all lovers of walking. Every year, trekkers from all over the world come to enjoy the dense network of paths crossing the breathtaking promontory. 700 botanical species and 20 endemic fauna species are just some of the treasures to discover as you ramble.
Running – Santa Margherita Ligure has been on the calendar for Italian and European runners and trailers for some years now. The “Two Pearls” International Half Marathon in February and the Portofino Trail in November are unmissable for lovers of running in beautiful surroundings.
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The beauty of the landscape all round the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure, includes the Christ of the Abyss, a bronze statue placed in 1954 on the bottom of the bay of San Fruttuoso, inside Portofino’s Protected Natural Marine Area, 15 meters deep.
The statue was born from an idea by Duilio Marcante following the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the pioneers of scuba diving, during a dive in 1950. Duilio pushed for the installation of a statue of Christ on the seabed; on 22 August 1954 the statue of the Christ of the Abyss was placed in the bay in front of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, near the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. The statue, about 2.50 meters high and built by sculptor Guido Galletti, was placed by the Italian Navy about 15 meters deep, with the help of many divers. The hands of Christ, addressed to the surface or heaven are in a sign of peace.
The statue was cast with campaign and commemorative medals, parts of ships even American submarine propellers donated by the U.S. Navy and bells. Due to increasing amounts of corrosion, the statue was removed from the water and restored in 2003. A hand, found by the diver Enea Marrone, that had been detached by an anchor was also replaced. […]
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Venice – Italy
The city of quiet canals and music is our choice for the best city in Europe for canoodling. What is more romantic than gliding through Venice’s canals while being serenaded by a handsome gondolier? And another reason to love Venice (picture above), you can dance under the stars by candlelight in St. Mark’s square.
Where to stay: Ca Maria Adele. This 5-star hotel in Venice is perfect for luxury-lovers thanks the fusion of diverse decorative styles combining the typical style of the fabrics called “damaschi” with the linearity of the african wood furnishing which give an unexpectedly harmonious effect. It has 12 rooms and suites, all delightfully decorated with subtle tones, beautiful dark-wood furniture and marble bathrooms.
Portofino – Italy
This former fishing village tucked into a small cove on the Italian Riviera is cosy, glamorous and oh so romantic. Hike to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of the Mediterranean…there’s no better place to steal a kiss. With few cars on the narrow, stone streets, this romantic village port is a strollers delight. Loved by artists and visitors of all stripes, Portofino will surely love you back.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Miramare. Nearby Portofino (just 4 km far away), it stands in a wonderful position in an attractive park that looks out over the Tigullio Gulf. The distinctive, white, liberty-style façade is decorated with frescoes and overlooks the promenade that leads in to Santa Margherita Ligure. The Miramare has 84 rooms, suites and junior suites, some with balconies overlooking the Gulf or the Mediterranean park. Recently restored stucco work and wooden flooring recreate the splendour of the original interiors. An art nouveau atmosphere enhanced by the comforts of a more contemporary lifestyle. […]