Belmond Splendido MareBELMOND SPLENDIDO MARE, PORTOFINOWhile big sister the Splendido towers cinematically above pretty Portofino, the Mare has bobbed along quietly on the sleepy village’s waterfront, low-key and lovely with just 14 bedrooms. Flower-clad balconies frame views of the harbour, and the understated facelift has been faithful to the hotel’s roots as a fishermen’s guesthouse while adding mid-century touches. Since launching in 1900, the belle-époque hotel and its sun-soaked gardens have hosted illustrious guests including Sophia Loren. Address: Villa Igiea, Salita Belmonte, 43, 90142 Palermo PA, ItalyPrice: Doubles from about £430BOOK YOUR STAYAdvertisementMandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid EyesWideOpen /Getty ImagesMANDARIN ORIENTAL RITZ, MADRIDHaving been passed on from Belmond like a precious heirloom, this grande dame is one of the year’s most anticipated reveals. Address: Cheval Blanc, 2 Rue de Lagny, 77600 Jossigny, FrancePrice: Doubles from about £980BOOK YOUR STAYLike this?