The storied Splendido returns to service in June

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva


Staying at the Splendido in Portofino, Italy is a little slice of heaven.

Celestial Belmond Splendido scheduled to open

Belmond Splendido

The staff makes you feel like royalty. The food is fantastic.  And it’s right in the heart of a storybook part of the country with trattorias and shops. It’s also where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor returned time and again.

Picturesque Portofino is also where cruise passengers, usually off small luxury ships.  arrive by launches.

And that’s how we first experienced the charming property. Our visit was part of a Silversea post cruise stop.

Our spectacular junior suite came with a balcony overlooking the  precious port. Meals were an Italian delight. Lunch on the patio, dinner in a gorgeous room.

We also strolled down the hill for drinks at a local bar and dinner in a tiny trattoria. I can still remember the fantastic bronzino, crispy bread, Caesar salad and buttery house Chardonnay.

Portofino perfect

So it’s wonderful to hear that Splendido is reopening following the coronavirus-pause.  Along with it, Belmond is also unlocking other hotels. These include:

  • The Belmond Charleston Place  will reopen on  June 25
  • July 1 is the start date to open Belmond Hotel Caruso and Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo.
  • On the Fourth of July the Belmond Cadogan Hotel intends to open its doors.

Luxurious train travel

Fans of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express will be happy to hear it will be back on tracks July 8. Then on July 14 Belmond will resume operations at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Belmond president/CEO report

The news of the global operation start came from Roeland Vos, Belmond’s president/CEO. It kick off with a roster of  iconic Italian properties in June. Each opening follows new protocols that continue with its 46 hotels, trains, river cruises and safari lodges. Until travel is possible again, Belmond also announced a new augmented reality (AR) filter, aptly titled Travel Dreams, on Instagram to inspire future trips with a randomizing filter that transports users through the Belmond collection.

 Challenging times

“The challenge of today’s global pandemic will not stop us from re-imagining the future of luxury travel, says Vos. “If anything, encourages us to go further and evolve faster.  Since the outbreak began, our colleagues have shown countless acts of kindness, devotion and selfless care.”

“And there have been many remarkable moments of innovation.” “i know that our guests will once again experience moments of magic, among those who matter most,” Roeland remarked.

While Belmond intends to resume operations at several properties in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. Belmond it promises to continue to closely monitoring the latest guidance and regulations from governments and world health authorities

As of this writing it isn’t clear if Italy’s borders will be open to foreign visitors. It’s a fluid revolving decision it seems. Hopefully it will.

Belmond is also promoting a new Tomorrow Time Travel Pass. This is  a travel voucher to start planning future getaways. With no expiration date and available to use across the collection, travelers-to-be will receive a bonus $100 voucher when purchasing a $500 gift card or a $200 voucher when spending over $1,000. To purchase a gift card, please visit the Belmond website here.

To book Belmond or any future tours or cruises contact Pavlus Travel agents. Pavlus offers the most affordable prices on the planet.



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