We can stop dreaming about Italy and start living the dream again as some of our favorite hotels reopen! From Portofino to Positano, not only do they beckon us with their welcoming luxury, comfort and style, but they delight our hearts and rejuvenate our souls with their incomparable vistas. Here are a few of our best-loved properties that are about to open their doors—and windows—to unforgettable views of beautiful Italy! (Note that opening dates may be subject to change).
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Estimated opening: July 1, 2020
Everything about the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo embodies luxury and serenity. Perched on a hill in Taormina, next to the famous Greek Theater, the hotel offers uniquely spectacular views of gently erupting Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos glistening below. One of the grandest hotels in Italy, its refined rooms with marble bathrooms are decorated in elegant Sicilian-style. Along with its stunning views of the bay, the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is situated in a six-acre park with magnificent gardens to stroll through for reflection and quiet times. It also offers a lovely outdoor pool, a luxurious spa, a Michelin-star restaurant, and a private beach.
Belmond Hotel Splendido
Estimated opening: June 19, 2020
What could be more enchanting than a view of Portofino Bay from the windows and balconies of this classic hotel? The Belmond Hotel Splendido sits in a serene and secluded location in the verdant hillside of Portofino with a birds-eye view of the legendary bay. Steeped in history and glamor, the hotel has come a long way from its humble origins as a Benedictine monastery! Rooms are elegant and airy with terraces and balconies all affording enchanting views of the Ligurian sea. You can also indulge in the heated saltwater pool and wonderful spa. Its sister property, the Splendido Mare, will remain closed for the season.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Opens: June 26, 2020
Open your window to the unparalleled vistas of Lake Como, Bellagio, the Grigne mountains or the flowering greenery of the garden! The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, an art nouveau masterpiece on the western shores of Lake Como, near the famous Villa Carlotta gardens, speaks of sumptuous accommodations and impeccable service. Swim in a private beach on the lake or in three lakeside swimming pools (including one that floats on the lake!), indulge in the spa, and wander through the five acres of its lush Mediterranean park. Also delight in the haute cuisine of one of Italy’s most celebrated chefs, Gualtiero Marchesi, in the lovely La Terrazza restaurant or in one of its five elegant dining venues.
Franciacorta, Lake Iseo
Opens: June 19, 2020
Nestled among the rolling hills and vineyards of Franciacorta, situated close to Lake Iseo, the idyllic L’Albereta Relais & Châteaux offers marvelous views of the lake and surrounding countryside. This boutique property has been wonderfully modernized while maintaining the charming patina of its heritage. Each room is unique, decorated in a breezy, rustic style, such as the Cabriolet Suite shown here, whose roof opens at the touch of a button to reveal the sky! Each evening, dine at one of the property’s stylish restaurants. And enjoy total serenity and relaxation in the hotel’s ravishingly beautiful, centuries-old botanical garden.
Estimated opening: July 2, 2020
If you have been dreaming of the Amalfi Coast, then Le Sirenuse is the answer to your dreams! With its gorgeous views of the Bay of Positano and the pastel buildings cascading down the hills, this is one of our favorite properties, right in the heart of Positano. This intimate hotel, which has the feeling of a private home, was, in fact, the home of its owners, transformed into a romantic jewel. Classy but not stuffy, Le Sirenuse boasts handmade floor tiles and elegant design, a spa and a champagne and oyster bar. For a taste of refined coastal cuisine, enjoy an exquisite meal at La Sponda, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Luxuriate in the inviting pool with its spectacular views of the sea and sunny lemon groves, and drink in the quintessence of peace, beauty, and southern warmth.
Opens: June 26, 2020
Breathtaking is the only word to describe Punta Tragara! Set high on the hills of Capri, with all of the island’s dazzling beauties ranged below, from the Faraglioni rocks to Marina Piccola, Punta Tragara embodies the romantic essence of the Island of Dreams. The views are indescribably beautiful from every part of the hotel! Housed in an elegant 1920s villa, with welcoming décor, the hotel has long been a destination for celebrities and artists—and no wonder! It’s a blissful oasis, apart from the hustle and bustle of Capri, but just a peaceful walk to its center. Guests can delight in the attentive service, the great restaurants and bars, and the hotel’s exceptional spa.
Masseria Torre Maizza (Rocco Forte)
Opens: June 19, 2020
The perfect base for your visit to Puglia, the most glamorous destination on the Adriatic, Masseria Torre Maizza offers sensational, sweeping views of the Puglian countryside. Set among shimmering olive groves, the hotel features the white-washed arches of a 16th-century barn brought to contemporary perfection. The interiors are striking and modern—country chic with touches of local color. Its four upscale restaurants serve up inspired cuisine. Not to mention an enchanting private beach, swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and a luxury spa. And a gorgeous garden to walk in for lovely moments of peace and tranquility!