ITALIAN RIVIERA

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EXCELSIOR PALACE RAPALLO
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GOLF CLUB RAPALLO
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Italian Riviera has 300 days of sunshine per year

The Italian Riviera is the narrow coastal strip between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Maritime Alps and the Apennines mountain chain. Longitudinally it extends from the French Riviera across the border to eastwards up to the regional border between Liguria and Tuscany. Many villages and towns in the area are internationally known, such as Cinque Terre, PortofinoRapalloand Sanremo.

The Italian Riviera benefits from over 300 days of sunshine per year and is known for its beaches, colourfully painted towns, natural environment, food, and luxury villas and hotels, as well as for its popular resort facilities, major yachting and cruising areas with several marinas, golf courses, and scenic views. It is also famous for its splendid gardens and flower culture, especially on the Riviera dei Fiori, e.g. Sanremo, which delivers flowers worldwide.

With our Stay & Play Golf Package, you can experience the Italian Riviera with spectacular golf on three different golf courses, staying in three luxury hotels enjoying three local experiences. Extraordinary excursions are available to choose from your personal preferences.

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CINQUE TERRE

Stretching 15 km along the eastern Ligurian coast between Levanto and La Spezia, the jagged, steep coastal landscape has, over centuries, been intensively developed with stone-walled terraces for the growing of vines and olive trees. The area is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"The Ligurian coastal region from Cinque Terre to Portovenere is an outstanding example of the landscape where the layout and disposition of small towns, historically stratified to the sea, and the shaping of the surrounding terraces that overcame the disadvantages of steep, uneven terrain, encapsulates the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium."

"Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) is a remarkable cultural landscape created by human endeavour over a millennium in a rugged and dramatic natural environment. It represents the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality."

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Excelsior Palace &
Golf Club Rapallo

Located in the most sheltered area of the Tigullio Gulf, Rapallo is the oldest town in the area. Its vocation to tourism dates back to the second half of the 19th century, thanks to its mild climate and the quality of service.

The 18-hole Golf Club Rapallo, founded in 1931, is located within the city in a green area of 45 hectares where the course winds through maritime pines and ancient trees. Technically the PAR 70 course does not have a significant length, but this is amply rewarded by the small greens well protected by the numerous bunkers. The narrow fairways and the thick and tall planting that runs along all the roughs make it particularly treacherous right from the tee-shot and extremely fascinating.

The Excelsior Palace Hotel 5*Deluxe overlooks the Tigullio Gulf offering a unique and enchanting view of the bay and Mount of Portofino. This exclusive ambience comprises 128 rooms, two restaurants, a Health & Fitness Club with a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and gym with sea view, and a Beauty Farm. The beautiful Beach Club, features an external panoramic swimming pool, two Jacuzzis on the terrace and a floating pool.

Excelsior Palace is a Legend Hotel, Preferred Hotel & Resorts, and a Virtuoso Hotel.

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Portofino

An exclusive destination attracting international tourism, its atmosphere still offers a taste of bygone days with the timeless traditions connected to the sea and the painstaking artisan crafts which embody the colours and scents of Liguria.

Views of spectacular nature drenched in Mediterranean sunshine offer delightful sensations.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

Over the years Santa Margherita Ligure has been transformed from an old fishing village into an international resort. Its beauty is exalted in the elegance of the typical houses, prestigious villas and grand hotels encircling the Gulf. Villa Durazzo, set in the middle of a splendid park by the sea, and enchanting Cervara Abbey brim with history.

La Meridiana Garlenda &
Golf Club Garlenda 

A short walk from La Meridiana Hotel, Garlenda Golf Club offers an 18-hole course of 6.085m, designed by the British designers John Morrison and John Harris. The golf club was founded in 1964 in a paradise for golf lovers - the Lerrone Valley - one of the most beautiful and picturesque valleys of the Ligurian hinterland with ancient olive groves and pine forests. From the highest holes, players can admire an amazing view of the hills sloping down towards the sea.

La Meridiana Hotel & Golf offers twenty-six charming rooms, all different, making each stay unique and exclusive. After a long day on the golf course, you can refresh with a plunge in the swimming pool, a sauna or a relaxing massage.

La Meridiana Hotel Garlenda is a Relais & Chateaux, Travellermade, and a Virtuoso hotel.

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Helicopter Tour

A unique experience and an opportunity to admire the landscape and the sea from above. The abundance of beauty almost overwhelms your senses. This is an experience you will never forget.

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Pesto Sauce & Focaccia

Learn how to prepare from scratch two typical Ligurian recipes. When you know how to do it, it is easy. Back home you will surprise the guests with a tasty and authentic Italian kitchen.

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Royal Hotel Sanremo & Golf Club Sanremo

Sanremo's protection by the mountainous ridge creates a climate that is by far the mildest among those in northern Italy. Similar conditions are found only in the lower latitudes of the city of Rome.

From mid 19th century, the city began to grow as a winter tourism location: in 1864 the Tsarina Maria Aleksandrovna was the first to choose Sanremo to "spend the winter", paving the way for the elite tourism of the Russian nobility,  even the Empress Sissi (Empress of Austria) visited Sanremo several times. In that period, admirable buildings and villas were built, mainly in Art Nouveau style, for the European aristocracy who became semi-permanent in the town. It is still today home to one of the three casinos in Italy.

Golf Club Sanremo was inaugurated in 1932, one year after the famous show-competition between its designers, the two English gentlemen, Peter Gannon and Major BlanfordThe course is a PAR 69 18-holes. Indeed beautiful but treacherous. It punishes the too daring on the narrow and long holes. The key game is a careful, measured play.

Royal Hotel Sanremo 5*L opened in 1872 in impressive natural scenery. Still today, its breathtaking views over the sea and the hill offer a genuine pleasure in an atmosphere of refinement, intimacy, and care of details.

All rooms have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, TV, on-demand HD entertainment, radio, safe, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service, twice-a-day housekeeping service.

A modern spa, fitness centre, outside pool and a private beach complete the services.

Royal Hotel Sanremo is a Leading Hotels of the World, Signature, and a Virtuoso hotel.

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Luxury Outlet Shopping

The Mall Sanremo goes far beyond the traditional outlet concept to offer an intriguing experience, inspired by beauty in all its forms. The Mall Sanremo is the perfect destination for fashion lovers and all those who appreciate beauty and luxury. It is a new shopping experience at very special prices. The perfect place to discover the most important fashion brands and explore a contemporary vision of style. A unique mix of fashion and elegance.

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Hanbury Gardens

Thomas Hanbury founded the Hanbury Botanical Gardens, currently managed by the University of Genoa, in 1867 with a dream of creating an acclimatization garden. They extend on the cape over an area of ​​about 18 hectares.

An ensemble grandiose and unequalled in Europe was created both from the botanical and landscape point of view, with the 5800 species of ornamental, Officinalis and fruit plants. 

There are important collections of succulent plants, roses, bamboo, acacias, citrus plants and sages with elegant architectural elements. The Gardens offer beautiful blooms even in winter.