Up in the hills between the beautiful, almost Cinque Terre, beach town of Levanto and Monterosso, La Sosta di Ottone III is a lovely hideaway that's also in prime position for striking out to Cinque Terre by foot or car. The owners have revitalised a village house with extreme attention to detail that also feels effortless.
Six rooms all have delicious hill and sea views but each is different. Four have rich painterly tones and beams, two are airy and minimal. Everything here is hyper-local, from the beautiful patchwork curtains in the lobby made of local damask and the Chiavari chairs to other antiques and even the marble used in the stylish, sexy bathrooms. You can eat here too – there's a perfectly sited small restaurant that serves simple but carefully prepared Ligurian classics.