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July 15, 2021

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Italy is always at the top of my travel list. In fact, I recently started the process of applying for my Italian citizenship. Let’s be honest, Italy is at the top of most people’s travel list. Italy offers such depths – for cuisine, for culture, for history, fashion, landscapes, and beauty.

And no one captures the wonders of Italy quite as Belmond does. They embody a sense of place. Their hotels are each unique and manifest the history, culture, and awe of the destination. And the experiences they offer go so beyond the ordinary.

Even if you’ve been to Italy a dozen times, with Belmond you’ll always discover more and encounter new delights.

And right now, I’m so excited to share with you that Belmond is offering a very extraordinary 7-night package. You can pick 2 or more of their luxury destinations for a guaranteed rate at your hotel of choice. And they don’t have to be consecutive nights either.

Seven Nights | Eight Wonderful Locations

You can choose from among these Belmond properties ::

  • Cipriani, Venice

  • Villa San Michele, Florence

  • Castello di Casole, Tuscany

  • Splendido and Splendido Mare, Portofino

  • Caruso, Amalfi Coast

  • Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina

  • Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina Mare

Two of their Spanish properties are also included ::

  • La Residencia, Mallorca

  • Reid’s Palace, Madeira

So you could visit Italy and one of these two stunning Spanish islands!

Whichever destination you choose, Belmond’s amazing signature experiences have been designed to enhance your stay. You can take cooking lessons with their acclaimed chef in Florence or at a Portofino farm, sample the exquisite produce of Mount Etna on its lunar-like slopes, or join the Chef’s Table on the Amalfi Coast for a gourmet journey like no other.

Or discover the hidden gems of Giudecca Island such as Venetian rowing, crab fishermen, or the historic gondola boatyard. An astronomer could teach you about constellations during some sensational stargazing in the Tuscan countryside. Read on to hear more.

And I have to add that as a member of the Bellini Club, Premier Wellness Travel can offer clients extensive and exclusive VIP benefits and extras at these palaces, villas, and hotels.

What are you waiting for?

NEW for 2021 | Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, Portofino

New for 2021, the Portofino harbor proudly presents relaxed sophistication in the completely redesigned Splendido Mare. Once a humble retreat for fishermen, today the guesthouse basks in nautical spirit.

When you’re not admiring the new, colorful corridors, consider partaking in these experiences ::

  • Eat the freshest seafood, the finest wines, and starlit cocktails.

  • Indulge in aquatic adventures and beachside lounging.

  • Partake in cobblestone strolls and cinematic escapades.

A charming gem on the Italian Riviera, this is Portofino living at its chic and breezy best. Check out the video below for a glimpse into the Splendido Mare. Looking for more? Here’s a video playlist of the redesign and renovation of Splendido Mare. It’s really cool!

Dolce Vita | Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, Portofino

Swim at Hotel Splendido’s panoramic swimming pool and take a stroll at its verdant gardens before admiring the sunset atop the building’s terraces. Or, if you want a more personalized stay, consider the hotel’s Dolce Vita Villa, where you’ll enjoy complete privacy and experience what “dolce vita” really means in this secluded haven with views of the Gulf of Portofino. Then, escape into the village so you can

  • Tour the Portofinese Eco Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture

  • Partake in a Ligurian cooking class to discover some regional dishes

  • Relax with a watercolor lesson and bring home an Italian-inspired art piece

Venetian Splendor | Cipriani, a Belmond Hotel, Venice

Hotel Cipriani connects to Palazzo Vendramin, your own personal palace overlooking St. Mark’s Square, via a flowery courtyard. Aside from its strategic location and luxury amenities, Belmond offers guests a variety of unique experiences ::

  • Concoct the hotel’s eponymous cocktail during a lesson at the Bellini Academy

  • Climb aboard the Epido Re to explore the rarely-seen parts of Venetian islands

  • Get your exercise on with private rowing lessons along the lagoons of Venice

Michelangelo | Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel, Florence

Set in the hills above Florence, Villa San Michele offers enchanting views of the city. Visitors admire the ancient frescoes, cutting-edge street art, and cherish the villa’s façade designed by Michelangelo. Then, a 15-minute private shuttle to the city center facilitates tours of the iconic museums. But if you want some exclusive Belmond experiences, consider these:

  • Dine with Leonardo da Vinci’s spirit at Belmond’s pergola in Monte Ceceri Park

  • Take a cooking class with Executive Chef Alessandro Cozzolino at La Loggia Restaurant


Renaissance | Castello di Casole, a Belmond Hotel, Tuscany

Castello di Casole, surrounded by verdant vineyards and olive groves, is a historical 10th-century castle dating back to Etruscan times. Now a beautiful resort with an infinity pool, wine bars, and a panoramic terrace, you’ll cherish your moments here. A complimentary shuttle to Florence or Siena, two of Tuscany’s greatest cities, will help you explore those cities, or you can return to the castle for:

  • Truffle hunting with a professional hunter and his Lagotto Romagnolo dogs at the estate

  • Have a picnic in the heart of the estate’s vast forest, lit with a candelabra and twinkling lights

  • Join Belmond’s gamekeeper for a safari ride across the nature reserve




Cuisine | Hotel Caruso, a Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast

Nestled in the commune of Ravello, Hotel Caruso perches on a cliff edge 1,000 feet above sea level and among groves of lemons and olive vines. Housed in an 11th-century palace, you can enjoy incomparable views of the Amalfi Coast before trying out these excursions:

  • Take a boat and sail to the island of Cetara, a fishing village with a unique pasta sauce

  • Join Executive Chef Mimmo Di Raffaele for a personalized menu and sumptuous dinner

  • Try out a Vietri ceramics workshop, and after, the hotel will ship your final creation to you




Theatre | Grand Hotel Timeo, a Belmond Hotel, Taormina

Celebrate a Sicilian vacation with your family and friends at this majestic hotel, with private access to terrace views of the city’s ancient Greek theater. Consider staying at the hotel’s Presidential Floor or adjacent Villa Flora for an exceptionally luxurious experience. Then, indulge in the culture of Taormina :: 

  • Wine and dine from a Michelin starred menu while you overlook Naxos Bay

  • Embark on an adventure to Mt. Etna’s peak and enjoy an aperitif with views

  • Jump aboard a famous Ape Calessino for a three-wheeled tour of the Sicilian city

Natural Beauty | Villa Sant’Andrea, a Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare

The executive suites at Villa Sant’Andrea offer guests breathtaking views of the bay from private balconies. These six suites feature Sicilian marble and luxury amenities to ensure your stay in Taormina exceeds your expectations and overlook an infinity pool. In addition to the experiences mentioned above provided by Grand Hotel Timeo, you can participate in:

  • A private beach that includes a complimentary cabana for up to 4 people

  • Complimentary shuttle services to/from the city of Taormina

  • Private dining and on-request barbecues along the shoreline





Italy offers countless excursions and experiences—and with Belmond we can enhance your time there through authentic and meaningful getaways infused with luxury and wellness.

As our PWT client, we’ll ensure your stay in the Italian peninsula is nothing short of magnificent!

If you feel like satiating your wanderlust and are content with following safety protocols and COVID restrictions, consider booking a trip with us to Italy. Travel measures and regulations regarding U.S. travel to Italy are dynamic, but we’re here to guide you.

Stay healthy, be well, and take care. Arrivederci!

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