Villa Gelsomino – Enchanting Hideaway Overlooking Portofino | Black Platinum Gold

Where European nobility once gathered and holidayed, the five-bedroom Villa Gelsomino is now an incredibly charming hideaway for anyone looking for a private, authentically Italian break away overlooking one of the country’s prettiest scenes: the Gulf of Portofino.

Built in 1874 accordingly to the traditional style of that time, today it still perfectly preserves frescoed ceilings, Genoese marble grit floors and antique furnishings that blend with touches of elegance and comfort for its guests.

700 mq of Mediterranean garden with secular palm trees surround the Villa. There’s also a lateral garden with solarium areas, Jacuzzi, Gazebo with roses, table and chairs for a good cup of teas, and a vegetables garden to prepare km 0 smoothies. 

The villa is run and managed by a team of professionals whose commitment to sustainable tourism has resulted in a plastic-free and carbon neutral environment.


Villa Gelsomino has two floors and hosts four Double king size Rooms with sea view and one Family suite for four. Every room is provided with private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, Nespresso machine, kettle, tea and herbal tea station. In all the rooms you can admire the typical Genoese floors and the frescoes on the original ceilings by 1874. 

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The villa is also available for exclusive use and can host weddings. Book the extra-large Portofino Suite with balcony facing Portofino for an extra special stay!


There is no restaurant at Villa Gelsomino, however, artisanal breakfasts prepared by Miss Maya showcase the region’s finest ingredients each morning – fruit and vegetables from the villa’s garden too – and a personal chef by prior arrangement can prepare dinners made from typical Ligurian produce.


Villa Gelsomino is located at 300 metres from the centre of Santa Margherita Ligure and from the train station. 

Many tailored experiences can be arranged, from in-room massages to excursions by e-cycle, boat tours to San Fruttuoso Abbey and Cinque Terre, plus golfing in Rapallo.

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