“Super-stylised Ligurian palazzo with pool set above the achingly beautiful fishing village of Camogli”
There are 6 very individual rooms - Angolo, Giardino, Grande, Piscina, Palma, and Terrazzo - named according to their position and aspect within the 3 floors of the villa. They're characterised by bold artistic works and furniture, including a marvellous neo-medieval bronze and wood bed in Angolo. All rooms have queen- or kingsize beds with beautiful white linen. Floors are a lovely tan resin, luxurious to walk on, continuing through to ensuite bathrooms tiled in Saint-Hubert natural stone and featuring vast basins carved from Carrara marble, ample shelving and heated towel rails. For extra special showers, book Terrazzo (spectacular view!) or Angolo (well-designed space and large showerhead).
We stayed in Terrazzo, the only room with a terrace, and loved it's glorious views. Giardino is a suite-like room with 1900s French daybed and original Genoese mosaic flooring. Grande is the largest, as you'd expect, with double-aspect views; Angolo ("corner") has a lovely bed and shower.
Breakfast is a sophisticated affair, taken at individual tables in the garden and beautifully presented. Mario is passionate about food and serves what he likes himself (which guarantees quality). We particularly enjoyed the homemade muesli, fresh fruit, Italian brioche and warm pastries, as well as the locally made organic jams, freshly squeezed orange juice and aromatic coffees. Lunch is also available on request during summer.
Other than that, and perhaps an evening aperitivo, no meals are served at the villa - despite its rather beautiful, state-of-the-art kitchen. However, this is more than compensated by the fantastic choice of excellent local (and untouristy) restaurants. Mario’s restaurant recommendations are excellent. We tried Ristorante CUCU, where the catch of the day was fresh off the boat in Camogli itself.
Pesto and focaccia both come from this part of Italy, so you it’s worth indulging while you’re here.