LHP Santa Margherita Palace & Spa is located in Santa Margherita Ligure, in one of the most famous tourist destinations of the Ligurian Riviera. It is known as the "pearl of the Tigullio" and it has been a popular holiday resort since the 1960s in Italy. Santa Margherita is nestled on the promontory of Portofino and surrounded by hills and unspoilt nature of the Mediterranean vegetation (woods of sea pines, chestnuts and olive groves). Behind the bay you can find several amazing villas and gardens on the hills that perfectly melds privacy and the breathtaking view to the Coast of the Dolphins and the coastline between Santa Margherita to Portofino. Staying in a 5 star hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure is the ideal starting point for discovering the Parco di Portofino – which is one of the most visited places in the area with its important natural, historical, archaeological and architectural heritage - and it also gives easy access to several monuments and sight seeing attractions.
From your 5 star hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure you can easily have a nice walk in the garden of Villa Durazzo Centurone, a 17th century villa built in typical Genoese style as a summer residence of the Durazzo family. It is located on the top of the hill, in the center of Santa Margherita Ligure, surrounded by a beautiful old park with exotic plants, cobblestones tracks, neoclassical sculptures and plant racks. Since 1973 Villa Durazzo is property of Santa Margherita Ligure Municipality that opened it to the public. Visitors can admire the Prince’s Apartments with their original furnishings, frescoes and 17th century Genoese paintings as well as the Vittorio G. Rossi Museum, a reconstruction of the studio of this important writer from Santa Margherita. The park terraces offer a wonderful view over the town and the Tigullio Gulf.
Another must-see attraction in Santa Margherita Ligure is the Cervara Abbey, built in 1361 and dedicated to Saint Gerolamo. It is an ancient monastic complex located along the provincial road that from Santa Margherita Ligure leads to Portofino. The abbey is now characterized by a small church, a 16th century cloister, an ancient tower and a renaissance style garden. In 1912 it was declared an Italian National Monument. Today the Abbey is privately owned and, after a long restoration it has been re-opened to the public.
Santa Margherita Ligure is also known for its numerous Baroque churches, built all between the beginning of 17th and the end of 18th centuries. The Basilica of Santa Margherita di Antiochia has a beautiful facade with two bell towers and precious paintings in the inside. San Giacomo di Corte Church lies in a panoramic position, near Villa Durazzo while San Lorenzo della Costa Church is located on the hills behind the town.