Luxury Hotels in Liguria – The Best Places to Stay in 2020

Ligurian Luxury: New Hotels on the Italian Riviera

Famous for the unrivalled splendour of the Italian Riviera, the region of Liguria is host to a grand selection of spectacular sights and three luxurious hotels that should be on your travel radar.

Liguria will make your heart sing with its turquoise coves and pastel-painted seaside towns cradled by the crescent coastline. The mighty cliffs tower over the peaceful sea, and a plethora of beautiful hotels decorate the seafront, serving as thresholds to the wondrous secrets that await you.

Excelsior Palace Hotel

Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo, Liguria.

Reopening on the 4th February 2020, the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo, Liguria, has achieved the “LEGEND” classification from Preferred Hotels and Resorts with its state-of-the-art renovation. Overlooking the Mediterranean water in Rapallo Bay to the east and facing the green headland of Portofino to the west, the Excelsior Palace Hotel is situated on the Ligurian beachfront.

Expect a grandiose greeting on arrival from the sizeable new entrance porch with eight lavish pinnacles. Inside, admire the restyle of the entrances to the wellness centre and the bathhouse. Outside, find the refurbished Eden Roc seaside restaurant, and treat your eyes to sublime views of the sea while your taste buds revel in the most delicate flavours of fresh, locally-sourced Italian cuisine.

Indulge in the Beauty Spa Health & fitness club with an indoor heated pool and a brand new gym. At the Beach Club, find two infinity pools, three jacuzzis and a gazebo for outdoor massages to pamper yourself in the warm breeze. An outdoor swimming pool is heated from the 4th February for those who can’t endure a swimless winter.

For adventurous types, Rapallo is perfect for exploration. Book a boat excursion into the azure of Rapallo Bay. Tour the closeby historic villages which embellish the natural beauty of the coast with their charm, like the world heritage site of Cinque Terre and the fishing village of Portofino. Each community is rich with culture and secrets of their own, while all exemplify the bliss of authentic Ligurian life.

Hotel Helios
Recently acquired by Excelsior Palace Hotel, Hotel Helios is set to open in April 2020. Located in the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure, Hotel Helios rests directly on the turquoise seafront, gifting you the graceful company of the Mediterranean and a close relationship with the regal Ligurian coastline.

There’s no better place to embrace these breathtaking views of the sea, harbours, and seaside villages than the balcony of your room. Sophisticated and comfortable, the suites are filled with everything you need to feel right at home.

Take advantage of the exclusive swimming area where you can bathe in the soothing sun, refresh yourself with a dip in two glorious natural seawater pools, and relax in invigorating whirlpools.

Hungry? Head to ‘La Darsena’, attached to the side of Hotel Helios. No restaurant is more highly rated among the locals, thanks to its delicious selection of traditional Italian dishes and the very best of Ligurian cuisine.

Just like Excelsior Palace, Hotel Helios’ location at Santa Margherita Ligure encourages you to explore the magical villages that populate the Ligurian coast. The sites of Portofino and Cinque Terre are less than an hour away, and the green heart of the La Spezia territory, famous for its organic produce, awaits you in the historic, eco-friendly haven of Varese Ligure.

Miramare The Palace Hotel

Exterior of the Miramare The Palace Hotel in Luguria Italy

Miramare, the Palace Hotel, returns in February 2020 for another deluxe season. Situated in the cultural hub of Sanremo, Miramare’s white palace, dating back to 1870, stands tall over the sea.

Miramare The Palace Hotel Junior Suite in Luguria Italy

Enjoy the high-life in one of its 50 opulent suites, all recently renovated and offering a large, freeing space with luxury facilities and comforting decor. For some pampering, head over to the spa which offers an assortment of treatments or chill-out by the heated outdoor freshwater pool, exclusively reserved for Miramare’s guests. Set against the backdrop of Miramare’s tropical park, the panoramic pool sits beautifully between the sky and sea. Simply sit back and admire the deepest blue vista you’ll ever see as the sky, pool and sea merge into one.

If you’re up for something a little more energetic why not play a round at the Golf Club Degli Ulivi or book a private yoga class on the beach. Or embark on the perfect bike ride along the cycle path which winds around the coast, making for the most picturesque journey you’ll ever have.

Want some history and culture? Miramare’s location in Sanremo places it at a comfortable distance from several stunning Ligurian villages. Travel to the medieval village of Apricale, a favourite among painters and artists for its ancient beauty, and discover the traditional medieval commune of Dolceacqua, known for its magnificent “donkey’s back” bridge that connects the village together.

About Liguria

The Regional Agency “in Liguria” promotes Liguria as a year-round destination. The unique geography of Liguria nestled between mountains and sea and the combination of culture, nature and history means Liguria can be appreciated for its entertainment, gastronomic heritage and opportunities for sport and outdoor life. For more information, visit

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Natasha Godbold

Creative Director / Writer

Natasha is a co-founder of Luxurious Magazine® and has undertaken the role of Creative Director. She is a keen photographer and regularly accompanies Paul on hotel and restaurant reviews. Born in Moscow, Natasha like her husband Paul has experienced living in multiple countries around the world. She is bi-lingual and has degrees in English Language and English Literature. Natasha covers all aspect of the luxury industry in her work. Her hobbies include health and fitness, culture and learning about nature and animal welfare.

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