- Style Modern-art mansion
- Setting Portofino Peninsula village
Two stylish Milanesi hosts provide a warm welcome at Villa Rosmarino hotel, an art-filled retreat on the pastel-hued Portofino Peninsula. This pink mansion is home to cool, calm bedrooms with a modern slant where you could easily lose yourselves for the day, but don't forget to sip prosecco poolside or at least step out onto the terrace to watch the sunset.
Need to know
- Rooms Six.
- Rates Double rooms from $199.35 (€145), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Library, gardens and free parking. In rooms: free WiFi, Comfort Zone bath products and not a TV in sight.
- Poolside The infinity pool is surrounded by sun-bleached teak decking, sweet-smelling geraniums in dusky pots and elegant wooden sunloungers.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Over-eights can stay, but only in the Garden Room, which can have an extra bed added for €50 a night.
- Hotel closed One month annually, usually November.
- Also During high season (April to October) and at weekends, a two-night minimum stay usually applies. In-room spa treatments can be arranged.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms What the top-floor Terrace Room lacks in size, in makes up for in views – spectacular ocean panoramas from both its eponymous terrace and the shower. The room names give the game away: if you want somewhere large, it’s got to be the Large Room; this light, airy suite has the most space (but no sea view, sadly). The shady Garden Room is on the ground floor, with marble mosaics, stripy velvet chairs and a polished wooden day-bed.
- Packing tips Coastal-cruising gear: over-size sunglasses, chic headscarves and driving gloves.
- Also Ask Mario and Fulvio to take you out on the hotel’s gozzo, a traditional teak boat, between 10.30pm and 2.30pm daily.
Food and drink at Villa Rosmarino
- Hotel restaurant None, but guests can catch up with their hosts over an expertly made espresso in the communal kitchen. The grey stone space spans an entire floor, and leads out to a sunny breakfast terrace. The long table inside is scattered with books, maps and interiors mags, and the room features a low leather BB Italia sofa, a pair of powder blue Marco Zanuso ‘Lady’ chairs, a vintage Castiglioni lamp and Murano glassware set on an antique kilim. Breakfast is a spread of pastries, yoghurt and fresh fruits, with amazing juices.
- Dress code You’re up against a super-stylish host couple from Milan, so get those labels out.
- Top table Poolside for prosecco, and out on the terrace along the side of the house for breakfast. Slip away upstairs for a refined ristretto in the decadent library.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8.30am until 10.30am, and you can always help yourself to a glass of wine.
- Room service None.
- Hotel bar Nothing formal, just a houseboy-tended honesty bar of wines, spirits and juices in the kitchen.