“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).
Of the more expensive rooms, Giardino is a suite-like room with 1900s French daybed and original Genoese mosaic flooring; Terrazzo is the only room with a terrace, offering glorious views; Grande is the largest, as you'd expect, with double-aspect views; and Angolo ("corner") has a lovely bed and shower.
The lovely Anna serves breakfast (included) either communally at a designer blood-red glass table, or at individual tables in the garden if you prefer. Expect seasonal fruits, cereal, Italian brioche and breads, delicious locally made organic jams, freshly squeezed orange juice, teas and 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 will tell you about La Cucina di Nonna Nina and Da Paolo (all within 15 minutes' walk or drive), where you can taste perfection in the form of homemade Ligurian specialties: pansoti con salsa di noci (local pasta with walnut sauce), lasagne al pesto or focaccia al formaggio. Pesto and focaccia both come from this part of Italy, so you can indulge in several variations on the theme; and there's all manner of the freshest seafood and pasta combinations, followed by chocolate and pear or ricotta-filled torte.