Perched on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region, between Portofino and Chiavari, Rapallo enjoys a gorgeous location. It also has a long history dating back to the pre-medieval era and one of the few sandy beaches to be found on the country’s east coast. A popular pilgrimage site, many come here to visit the high Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro; others to climb the same hill and admire the sea views — there’s a cable car if you’d rather glide to the top in seconds. Book a stay in Rapallo and enjoy la Dolce Vita awhile.
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
Named Best Luxury Destination Hotel by the World Luxury Awards in 2022, this Grande Dame is set in a turn-of-the-20th-century building with views of the Gulf of Tigullio. 80 bedrooms and suites have features such as picture windows, wrought-iron balconies and jacuzzi baths. The Erre Spa offers multisensory wellness paths, with treatments using Esthederm and 5 monde products. And guests can experience Ligurian cuisine in the romantic Le Cupole Restaurant on the rooftop and at La Veranda Bistrot, while drinks are served at the Vie della Seta Bar and at the poolside bar.