The unprecedented charm of the sea and mild climate accompanied by autumn colors and evocative scenery in which to immerse oneself reveal the Piazzetta and the mountain of Portofino as a magnificent setting in which to experience a perfect autumn break at Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, a privileged refuge in which to linger while enjoying renewed views and perspectives.
DaV Mare Portofino Restaurant at Splendido Mare
Always inspired by passion and tradition, the proposal of DaV Mare, the restaurant of Splendido Mare, proposes for the season an unprecedented union of the Portofino coast with the richness of the hinterland and mountains. Flavorful combinations of barbecued octopus, artichokes and horseradish and encounters with excellences from other regions are found in dishes such as Carmagnola rabbit in cooking oil, pine nut sauce and green beans.
Alongside the great classics such as Carousel Portofino and the evergreen CondiviDaV – there is a selection of proposals designed exclusively for two or more people, so they can be shared with friends and family. Diners can now share dishes like Pasta mixed with lamb sauce, sesame eggplant and Parmigiano, the twist on the typical Cassoeula revisited with fish, pork sauce, Soft Egg with Parmigiano mousse and grilled leek. Closing the dinner are delicious offerings such as Hazelnut Millefoglie and caramel ice cream, made with Misto Chiavari hazelnuts from Val Sturla, and Montebianco.
Among other seasonal specialties, the white truffle becomes a major player: Tagliolini with egg, white truffle and roast sauce stand out among the first courses, servedwith three exclusive 3-, 5- and 6-course tasting menus with ever-changing proposals at the chef’s discretion.
“Sharing has always been in our DNA,” declares Head Chef Davide Galbiati, an idea that, in addition to the many offerings currently on the menu, will see its fullest expression in the Christmas Eve dinner, with an appetizer to be shared among all diners for an atmosphere of relaxed harmony, just like in the best Christmases spent at home.
Sharing is not only at the restaurant, but also at the bar, with weekly Saturday Mix Together events: bubbly masterclasses with the DaV Bar team to discover the great mixology classics and their respective Splendido Mare twists with local products.
Gourmand appointments not to be missed at Splendido Mare
Fall gourmet appointments not to be missed at Splendido Mare include Dec. 3 starring white truffles at the center of a dinner event to be held at the same time at all DaV and Da Vittorio restaurants, followed on Dec. 10 by the French bubbly event by Italian entrepreneur Alberto Massucco. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner and January 1 brunch events will close the season.
Also numerous are the nature experiences offered by Splendido Mare. In this season, the fishing village offers suggestions that invite contemplation and meditation; it is the ideal time to discover the many romantic paths that from the Piazzetta lead into the magnificent Portofino Park, offering fascinating overhanging views of the sea and walks surrounded by nature.
The discovery also continues at the eco-farm La Portofinese, a true “park in the park,” where Splendido Mare guests have the opportunity to learn about the autumn herbs of the Mount, indulge in precious tastings of the seasonal production at the Osteria dei Coppelli and listen to the stories of Mino Viacava, owner of the eco-farm as well as a Portofino doc for generations.
Autumn and Winter Vacations at Belmond Portofino
To experience the charms and colors of the sea even in winter, Splendido Mare guests also have the option of boat trips with a signature Veuve Clicquot picnic on board to iconic locations such as the Gulf of Portofino, San Fruttuoso Bay, Camogli, and Cinque Terre National Park.
Slowing down the pace, in full harmony with the quiescence of nature, also means indulging in precious moments to release all tensions in the intimacy and comfort of one’s room or suite.
In fact, for this season, Splendido Mare guests will be able to take advantage of a wide range of treatments such as decontracting and relaxing massages to relieve muscle tension and induce a state of calm and tranquility, aromatherapy with oils flavored with cinnamon, sweet orange, myrtle or cypress to counteract seasonal discomfort, and reflexology to restore the body’s balance.