The top 5 high-level restaurants in Western Liguria

The top 5 high-level restaurants in Western Liguria

To finally celebrate the reopening of public places after this period of forced stop, we want to introduce you to some of the restaurants of the Western Ligurian Riviera you really should not miss.
I would like to point out that for this post I asked advice to our very expert: here is our top five of the best haute cuisine restaurants in Western Liguria, compiled by no-less-than her, the only, inimitable, the Countess of the Foodies County, Elena Scalambrin
As you will have learned by now if you know us a little or if you have already visited us, Elena has a great passion for good food and good wine. Whenever a customer is in doubt about the restaurant to choose for dinner, she can find every time a new place and, of course, always of outstanding quality.
Here are the five winners: five restaurants of unquestionable quality located on the Riviera which, without a doubt, will gift you a magical evening of pampering and attention; but above all, they will enchant you with the high quality of the food and products used…and yes, well of course also of the wine…we are talking about Elena’s choice after all!

Sarri Restaurant in Imperia –

You never change a winning team! Today famous to the most also thanks to the Michelin  starred chef Andrea Sarri, this restaurant near the picturesque Borgo Prino in Imperia definitely has a special place in our heart. Offering a nice glimpse of the sea, exquisite refinement of the spaces and gastronomic proposals, accurate and alert service: at Sarri you will spend a very special evening.
Andrea’s style undoubtedly has its roots in the choice of local products but with a twist thanks to his original reinterpretation made of unusual combinations.

Elena’s advice: if you don’t know what to order, go for the “Lasciatemi fare” (“Let me do it”) tasting menu proposed by the chef. A short dream experience that, once you get to dessert, you will hardly be able to forget.
Price: 60€ – 80€

Salvo Cacciatori Restaurant in Imperia –

The one who best represents the history of Imperia’s restaurant panorama: since 1905 the Salvo family has been carrying on what, born as a tavern for traders and hunters – hence the name “Cacciatori” – today continues to be a central place in the gastronomy of our city and one of its higher level restaurants. Here we are really talking about a historical enterprise: 115 years of activity carried out by the same family is certainly something unique, especially when it comes to restaurants, a field where today the keyword is “change”.
This restaurant had been feature in the Michelin Guide for thirty years, but in recent periods the quality of the dishes and style has undergone a surge thanks also to the expert hands of the new chefs, guided by Enrico’s charismatic management skills. The atmosphere you breathe is warm, enveloping and reminds us of our roots: the restaurant was in fact created through the architectural recovery of the materials of the historic restaurant and with them, it preserved intact also the values ​​that the Salvo family transmits from about a century in their kitchen.

Elena’s advice: we all know that you are either a first plate or a second plate lover. For example, I hardly give up pasta (Italian DNA, what can you do about it) but here the latter, which are meat or fish, are real masterpieces.
Price: 60€ – 80€

3. U Titti Restaurant in Lingueglietta – Da Riccardo & Chiara –

The first thing that wins you over? The breathtaking view on a hill that allows the location to make even the hardest of hearts fall in love! If we add that the owners are a couple of blinding tenderness, I would say that we have found the ideal place for the most romantic dinner of your life. I am not exaggerating, and if you have the opportunity to enjoy a meal with Chiara and Riccardo you will surely find that my words need even a bit more honey.
A graceful and delicate environment just like the touch of chef Riccardo in his delicious dishes and Chiara’s gracefulness in serving you a good bottle of Vermentino at the table. The proposal is bold, innovative and tasty, certainly the most advanced of our Riviera: you will hardly find something similar and in fact, the U Titti restaurant has managed to earn a place in the well-known television challenge “4 Ristoranti” conducted by chef Alessandro Borghese, ranking first.

Elena’s advice: leave some room for dessert, it’s a must here!
Price: 50€ – 70€

4. Il Gallo della Checca Restaurant in Ranzo –

In Liguria, you will find yourself loving not just the riviera, but also the enchanting inland. Especially since it offers goodies like this restaurant! The cooking style is between Liguria and Piedmont: difficult to say where the balance is inclined but the beauty is right here, in not having to choose. If you love meat, truffles and good wine, you can definitely get in your car straight away to here, since at Gallo you will be able to experiment with recipes made to perfection thanks to the selection of excellent ingredients. “What to add more?” you are wondering. Well, then there’s the fact that oil, wine and truffles are not at km0 – surprised, aren’t you? – but at cm0, because they are entirely produced right there, next to the restaurant. To know a little more, run to read the post about their truffle ground HERE!

Elena’s advice: no doubt about it, order the risotto with truffle: Elena’s favourite dish since she was a child
Price: 40€ – 60€

5. Il Pirata Restaurant in Laigueglia –
Don’t be confused by the wide choice of places on the riviera: there is only one Pirata!
The restaurant has been recently renovated but has maintained a simple and well-kept environment. Luca wants to distinguish himself from the others by keeping his feet on the ground while giving excellent quality dishes, also thanks to the ingredients he chooses personally. Here you will find a little bit of everything: spectacular first courses, fresh fish, a good dose of tradition and…even pizzas!

Elena’s advice: cod fritters? Yes, yes and yes! Also, check out their wine list to lose your head!
Price: 40€ – 60€

if you are ready to start your gastronomic trip in Liguria, give a look also to our new offer, created to celebrate the opening of the new restaurant of our friends in Imperia ( restaurant that is not featured on this list just because it is still not open :)) Click HERE for more informations

That’s Amore! Surprise your partner with one of our romantic services

That’s Amore! Surprise your partner with one of our romantic services

This period of quarantine didn’t spare couple life: some have children at home all day, some have spent it far away from their partner, while some were too close. To make it right again, when all this will be over in our opinion will be important to take a few days completely dedicated to your loved one.

An evening spent in front of the TV, a picnic on the beach, a dinner by the sea or a small romantic getaway in the countryside are the perfect ingredients to liven up the atmosphere!

At Relais del Maro we have thought of everything: you can take advantage of a comfortable transfer service with private driver for you and your better half, so that you do not have to give up the pleasure of a toast during your romantic candlelit dinner

Or surprise your significant other on arrival by making them find candles, flowers, bubbles and strawberries in her room!

Are you looking for something more original? From this year you can also choose two fantastic new experiences that will make your stay at the Relais unforgettable: the Two Hearts and One Blanket service, to receive everything you need for a romantic picnic among the olive trees or by the sea!

But if you’re a Netflix & Chill guy, why not try our Movie Night kit? A selection of films, popcorn, candies and drinks to accompany a very special evening.

And if you really couldn’t leave the children at home, don’t worry, there’s always our baby-sitting service available.

Take a look at the package that the Relais family has designed for couples, you can find it HERE

One, two, three…fourth star

One, two, three…fourth star

Okay, how many times we heard you say: impossible that you only have three stars! You wanted to praise us, and we went with it!

After a path made of races and chases, and of bureaucratic issues that sometimes seemed impossible to overcome, we finally succeeded: we were awarded our fourth star and today we are a four-star hotel!

The classification of a hotel is considered one of the most direct evaluation parameters regarding its quality. However, a more careful analysis shows that that’s not always true that a higher number of stars corresponds to a higher level of quality: for example it happens – and not infrequently – that a hotel which was classified as “luxury” fifty years ago still maintains today the same wording only because no one over the years has actually verified whether it maintained the standards required over time. For us, on the other hand, it was the opposite: we wanted to give our best from the beginning of the project from all points of view, starting from the renovation carried out using high-level materials and furniture, to the services, arriving to the ingredients used to prepare the delicacies for our customers.

We really did our best and it is right that our commitment should also be recognized by the authorities. And here we are: we are happy, therefore, to have reached this fourth star without having to change, without blurring ourselves to return to empty and impersonal parameters. We remained what we are, with all our strengths and weaknesses, we proposed for what we are worth, trying to show our potential to others, and a magical thing happened: even the bureaucracy understood it, that a Albergo Diffuso can never be judged on the same line as a normal hotel because it has innate characteristics in the type of hospitality that make it unique and special.

And then let’s say it: we are not really ordinary! When the message is strong, there are no deaf people: believe in yourself regardless of who is in front of you to judge, because when the passion is great, you feel it! Are we proud of this milestone? How not to be!!! And to celebrate we have already uncorked one: cheers!

Canyoning only few kilometers from Borgomaro

Canyoning only few kilometers from Borgomaro

In this period of isolation, we have often thought to what we would like to do once we will be free: I am sure that one of my first day out will be a trip in the beautiful nature around Borgomaro.

We have always pointed out how Liguria is a region with a unique variety of landscapes. This narrow land, between mountains and sea gives you the possibility to enjoy the beach and the snow in the same day. Between sea and mountains you will find plenty of clear creeks , green fields, deep valleys, lively seaside town and peaceful villages  which are the frame of many activities in the nature.

Today we want to talk about Movimento & Natura: they are an association that organize days of canyoning not far from us in Liguria and to explain who they are I would start with a quote taken from their website

The river taught me how to listen, from the river you too will learn how. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths”

This company offers outdoor activities since quite a few years and it is designed both for children and grown up. You can be a pro or you can be at your first experience, does not matter… they will find the right trail for you. You just have to enjoy the slides and the refreshing waters on your face… but remember to laugh with a close mouth, otherwise you will drink a lot of water!!!

The creek is the Rio Santa Lucia in Ponti di Pornassio ( ca 30 minutes from Borgomaro) and the favourite trails are two:

Santa Lucia base, 2 hours – medium difficulty, ca 40 euro

Santa Lucia full, 4 hours – medium-high difficulty, ca 60 euro

It would  nice to take off the pajamas right now and live this experience? Now we cannot do that because we need to stay home; but you know what you can do anyway?  Start planning your next adventures and if you need help just send us an email

The Relais is pet-friendly!

The Relais is pet-friendly!

Sometimes it happens that customers, before booking, send us requests asking us if it is possible to stay at the Relais bringing their four-legged friends with them. But hear this: in a place of peace and love like ours, how could we ever deny access to your faithful companions? Cats, dogs, parrots, rabbits… all pets are welcome at ours!

At the Relais we are equipped with a special set for your furry friends: a comfortable pillow for sleeping, two bowls and last but not least a delicious bag of biscuits for a sweet welcome!

We believe in the common sense of our customers and we expect that peaceful coexistence can be shared without breaking the Zen balance that hovers in our magical place.

So don’t hesitate to bring your friends with you! Aside from jumping into the pool, your animals can do (almost) everything: access the restaurant, stroll around the garden or even crouch under the sofa legs at the reception to keep us company. I repeat “under” otherwise you will hear Piera!

The top 5 family activities in western Liguria

The top 5 family activities in western Liguria

Are your kids wild? Going to the beach is fun, but sometimes, during a vacation, even children expect to try new stimuli or to embark on new adventures. Below you will find the 5 most fun activities to do together with your family during a stay at the Relais del Maro!


Predictable? Never! The Aquarium of Genoa is the largest in Europe and has 70 exhibition tanks and 200 acclimatization tanks! I’ve been there three times and the last one, as an adult, was even more exciting. The colours and variety of the species enchant anyone, young and old. Super-fav: the jellyfish, in dark tubs, illuminated with light effects. Simply hypnotic. Small tip: go there by train, it will save you from the pains from parking!
Duration (recommended): one day.


Get ready for the open sea! This now-traditional activity in our city has made us all dream! Bring a nice cap, a sandwich, two tablets for seasickness (if you suffer from it) and leave for the big blue, aboard the boat of WHALEWATCHING! The stretch of sea that bathes the French Riviera-Liguria-Tuscany-Sardinia is in fact known as “the Cetacean Sanctuary” thanks to its chemical-physical characteristics and will allow you to venture out in search of whales and dolphins!
Duration: 6 hours.


A real dip in prehistory, to admire the largest cemetery of ancient Caves Bears but above all the power of nature. These caves have a karst origin and are rich in stalactites and stalagmites that reach up to eight meters and small lakes where, even today, a tiny prehistoric crustacean, the Niphargus, lives. The route is very simple, but adequate footwear is a must.
Duration: one hour.


Immersed in the greenery of the Ligurian Alps, the structure managed by the Pro Loco of Mendatica offers children (3+), kids and adults the thrill of adventure in complete safety! Bridges, walkways, nets and tunnels suspended up to 8 meters in height will give you the right amount of adrenaline. The paths are equipped with a safety rope and each participant will have suitable equipment. Obviously, the staff has been carefully trained to provide any necessary instructions; if you are unsure, ask for Ludovico! I have known him for almost twenty years and he is a real professional! Duration: one day.


I placed this fifth only for the sake of impartiality, but inside me, I feel the eleven-year-old Martina screaming: BUT HOW?!?! I swear, believe me: the Le Caravelle water park was a regular stop of mine every summer until I was 18 if I’m not mistaken. Slides, currents, waves, raftsa real land of water amusement! Eighty thousand square meters of pure fun, without stopping, not even for the famous tomato sandwich! Free Baby Club, cloakroom, deck chairs, sunbeds, cafè. A full day in the midst of comfort for the adult ones and entertainment for the little ones. Do you think you are brave? Climb the Kamikaze slide, and then come to the reception to tell me about it.
Duration: (for me) a day + the infinite.


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