Palazzo Rainis, originally a private coastal villa built around 1900 for the pharmacist Giovanni Rainis, has been transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel by Atellior. The brief was to convert the existing historic building to a heritage hotel, enhancing the space with two new annexes, while conserving all of its rich architectural values.

Atellior has reinterpreted the Palazzo’s Neo-classical and Viennese motifs in its contemporary design for the two annexes, which comprise three suites and six premium rooms with views of the pool. The central building now consists of four rooms and two suites with a private elevator, a gym, SPA and wellness facilities and a bar and restaurant leading to an outdoor terrace.

The colour palette of greens and earthy tones has been carefully chosen to complement the natural surroundings of the villa. High quality finishes are evident throughout, from the oak chevron parquet flooring to the solid wood headboards, which have been further embellished with rattan and upholstered in a luxury linen-look fabric. Gilt mirrors, classically inspired light fittings and decorative mouldings add to the calm and sophisticated ambience of the guest rooms. The elegance continues in the public areas. The restaurant features further refined detailing in the green Alpi Verdi marble topped tables, sleek lighting and black metal and brass finishes, while the spa is a haven of tranquillity, showcasing a glamorous metallic wallcovering depicting birds in flight against a stylised sunset.

A curated selection of artworks displayed in the hotel incorporate ceramic apothecary urns and botanical motif prints which pay tribute to the profession of the villa’s original owner and are further playfully referenced in the ‘Potions’ bar and ‘Chemistry’ restaurant. Atellior’s sympathetic and respectful refurbishment has succeeded in an exclusive, distinctive and characterful experience for its guests. Palazzo Rainis has been much lauded by international media and has deservedly joined the collection of Small Luxury Hotels of The World.

Photography by Adam Lynk and Robert Pichler.