Executive Chef: Corrado Corti – following cookery school he worked on a seasonal basis in prestigious kitchens in Courmayeur, Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Costa Smeralda and on the Princess cruise ships. He worked on the French Riviera at the Hotel Belrose in Saint Tropez and started is career at Hotel Splendido in 1999.
Visit: 24 & 25 June 2019, and 26 June at the Pool Grill, dinner for two.
Belmond (Belmond.com) is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most celebrated destinations. Established over 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, its unique and distinctive portfolio now embraces 47 hotel, rail and river cruise experiences.
From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, seven luxury tourist trains, including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and river cruises. Belmond also operates ’21’ Club, one of New York’s most renowned restaurants.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH.PA), the world’s leading luxury group, and Belmond have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for LVMH to acquire Belmond. This acquisition is underway, and I hope that the fabulous collection of hotels goes from strength to strength with LVMH investment.
Belmond Splendido Hotel
Belmond own and operate some of the most luxurious, iconic hotels in the world. The Splendido Hotel is a jewel in their crown. It is located in a 16th-century monastery building with fabulous views overlooking Portofino and the Gulf of Tigallio, on Italy’s beautiful Ligurian coast.
Many stars have visited the hotel: Orson Welles, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Liz Taylor were frequent guests.
The accommodation, service and food are all outstanding. Dinner at the Terrazza restaurant, with its stupendous view and fabulous food, is an experience not to be missed. This is a hotel and restaurant experience I can highly recommend. Everything was exceptional.
During and after dinner, the very talented in-house pianist, Vladi Gatto, dressed in a different coloured sequined jacket each evening, provides superb entertainment in the restaurant and bar.
The view from the bar:
View of the pool from the restaurant:
La Terrazza Restaurant:
The view from the restaurant at night:
Review: Everything about this hotel and restaurant leaves a lasting impression of high quality and luxury.
The food in the restaurant showcases high-quality local produce. The dishes in the Terrazza Restaurant are not overly complex, with fresh fish, superb meat dishes and subtle sauce combinations. The menu also includes some classic pasta dishes that are popular with guests. All of the dishes we tried were superb. I could quite easily work my way through the whole menu and try a different dish each night of my holiday!
The wine list was very extensive and includes a wide selection of quality Italian wines, and others from around the world. The grappa selection in the bar is extensive, and I would need a few weeks to work my way through them.
The Pool Grill restaurant serves simple grilled fresh fish, meat and pizzas, and all are very well cooked.
The staff in both restaurants are all very friendly and extremely well trained. They really know their trade and make great efforts to provide very high-quality service.
The restaurant setting is breath-taking. Sitting outside on a warm Italian evening on the Splendido terrace, overlooking the Gulf, sipping fine wine and eating the best Italian food…..what more can you ask for!