The narrow coastline stretching from the border of Tuscany to France is known as the Italian Riviera. It is also sometimes called the Ligurian Riviera because the whole stretch of coastline is in the Italian region of Liguria.
The sun, beach, warm water, colorful houses and amazing food epitomize what the Italian Riviera is all about. These hotels capture the spirit of the area.
La Meridiana Hotel in Garlenda: This luxury hotel is rated five stars, with 27 rooms and suites. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden, 18-hole golf course and a large swimming pool. The proprietors make you feel at home and also extend this courtesy to your pets. With their two restaurants, you can sample Ligurian cuisines prepared by their chefs, with wines carefully selected by the proprietor.
Villa della Pergola in Alassio: If you want complete relaxation, surround yourself with an outstanding five-acre oasis of rare and exotic plants with easy access to the beach. This luxury five-star hotel is housed in a 19th-century villa, with 13 beautifully designed suites. It also boasts a small pool for relaxation and picturesque views of the town and the sea.
Hotel Punta Est in Finale Ligure: Make dining an unforgettable experience by eating on the terrace overlooking breathtaking views of a castle and the sea. Be sure to visit the spa set in a natural grotto. This four-star hotel has 40 rooms and suites, and a restaurant that serves local Ligurian dishes prepared by their chefs.
Palazzo Vescoville in Noli: Serving as the residential palace for the local bishop from the 13th to the 19th century, this building was remodeled with modern amenities but retains its original characteristics, including old frescoes in some of the rooms. Dining on the Ligurian cuisine prepared by their Michelin-starred chef is an experience not to be missed, especially on the terrace overlooking the sea. Taking the private elevator and sky-car to reach the lobby from the parking lot saves you a strenuous uphill walk.
Palazzo Fieschi in Savignone: This is a 19th-century villa set in a small town away from the commotion of the beach. With a large garden where you can relax, it's a place for people who seek serenity and calm. The on-site restaurant offers the best in traditional regional dishes.
Relais Il Casale in Bardino Vecchio: This hotel-spa stand right in the middle of olive groves and fruit orchards, a few minutes away from the beaches. Specializing in wellness experiences, massages and beauty treatments, this four-star hotel will pamper you and send you home refreshed and relaxed.
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