Italy, Borgomaro

Relais del Maro, Albergo Diffuso

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Relais del Maro, Albergo Diffuso

Via Ambrogio Guglieri 1
Imperia, Liguria
Borgomaro 18021, Italy
Direct to the Hotel
Once upon a time... fairy tales often begin this way, words which go so well with this little town of Borgomaro.


The fashionable beaches of the Ligurian Sea and the French Riviera are just a few kilometres away, yet it is a perfect place to relax. The eco friendly Hotel Relais del Maro is an Albergo Difffuso located right in the middle of the village; extending across 3 historic buildings, it includes 14 rooms and suites. Each room is unique, designed with maximum attention to detail, the furniture has been handmade by skilled artisans in Tuscany, and it is finished in natural and relaxing colors. The garden with the pool is a place to unwind. The guests start their day with the smile of the friendly waiters and an outstanding assortment of sweet and savoury dishes: champagne breakfast, smoked salmon, local cheeses, eggs, and cold cuts, followed by homemade sweets, various types of fruit juices, honey, chocolate spread, and organic yogurt, as well as fresh and dried fruit, pâté, and crudités.


  • Albergo Diffuso; means the hotel is not in a single house, but converted out of various historic buildings in a small community
  • Romantic garden and swimming pool with Jacuzzi together with a beautiful terrace, perfect for a drink
  • Outstanding assortment of sweet and savoury dishes for breakfast, all local food 
  • The perfect place to unwind


  • environmental protection
  • being local - authentic experiences
  • giving back
  • cultural commitment

Not only Eco-words but also Eco-facts, all Eco-gestures, starting from the beginning of the project 



14 rooms and suites

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, and hair dryer.

The furniture has been handmade by skilled artisans in Tuscany, and it is finished in natural and relaxing colours.

Romantic garden with a wonderful terrace and the incredibly pleasant pool with spa located in the main building, together with the reception area and the dining room.


Incredible breakfast with regional products and lunch 


Free afternoon tea/coffee and cake 


Yoga on request available at hotel


Massage on request available at hotel 

The Story of Relais del Maro

Once upon a time a family with antique Ligurian roots lived in a small village in the hinterland of Imperia/Borgomaro, Italy. The members of the family worked as shoemakers, innkeepers or butchers and were well known in the village. However, time had left marks. Resulting from the need and the wish to preserve important historical family property, the family decided to renovate the houses and to convert them into a hotel. In 2012 the hotel Relais del Maro arouse. Considering tradition and culture the premises were renovated tastefully. The property has many stories to offer. Especially Elena and "la Mamma" have experienced many wonderful moments of their life in the walls of these houses and can tell secrets and anecdotes to every room and corner. Since the opening many guests have come and as once there ancestors had accommodated wanderers in their guesthouse, the family now welcomes guests from all over the world. Though times changes, their principles of hospitality do not: „There will never be absence of a smile, attention or a tasty hot meal.“

Relais del Maro Green Initiatives

To demonstrate real belief in an idea, it has also to be put into practice: it is precisely for this reason that from the onset of the project maximum attention to bio-building and eco-sustainability topics has been paid.

Consulting Casa Clima

Casa Clima in Bolzano is a public authority for energy and environment certification of buildings, both new and renovated, and training of operators in the building sector. Relais del Maro worked together with them on energy efficiency in the building sphere.


  • Termoplaster

It has been used for internal-external insulation. This product is based on crushed earthenware, natural hydraulic lime, hydrated lime and carbonate-based inert materials. This type of plaster combines excellent thermal insulation with excellent transpiration, thanks to the materials used - such as natural hydraulic lime and baked clay (crushed earthenware).

  • Foam Glass Insulator

This insulate is made of micro-spheres of recycled glass, essentially vehicle windscreens. It contains no propellent gases harmful to the environment and does not contain eco-toxic elements.

  • Acoustic Insulator

The insulate used comprises a resilient, ecological, multi-layer sound-proofing panel suitable for acoustic insulation for the noise of aeroplanes and treading feet, comprising a layer of recycled high density natural and synthetic elements

  • Roof Insulator

In fir wood of certified origin and pure resins, it is an optimal thermal insulate for roofs since it ensures excellent protection against summer heat and winter cold, as well as good acoustic insulation. An excellent humidity regulator, it allows good diffusion of water vapour

  • Fittings in Lamellar Wood

First choice fir wood from forests managed with programmed replanting. These fittings have thermal transmittance of 1.2 W/mqK (certified value).

  • Floors in “cotto”

The tiles have been made still by hand, one by one, using ancient craftsmanship methods

  • Parquet Floors

In sawn oak, with laminates dried and seasoned for at least 24 months fitted on a floating and sound-absorbing base

  • Walls paint

Made using an ancient application method of hydraulic lime and pigments. The same technique was used by the Romans to finish water cisterns that can still be seen today in several buildings in Pompeii.

  • Furniture

In antique wood, recuperated or of certified origin

  • Paints

Ecological and natural

  • Stones for exteriors

From quarries in Piedmont no further than 150 km from Borgomaro 

Energy Consumption

  • Bio Electricity Switch

Every room has a switch that, if activated, prevents the flow of current in the cables thereby creating an area with limited electro-magnetic waves for even more comfort while sleeping

  • Cooling and Heating

High efficiency heat pumps and total integration of conditioning plant, as well as production of sanitary hot water using solar thermal and photovoltaic systems

  • Appliances

All choosen with a high energy efficiency class

  • Domotic

Control over an internal network of all functions of the property to optimise energy saving

Lighting: Lighting is 100% with LEDs 

Photovoltaic Panels; High yield models 

Water Consumption

  • Water Saving

Water for irrigation and swimming pool, is taken from an artesian well and then treated

  • Solar-Thermal Panels

With heat recovery for swimming pool water 

Contribution to safeguarding the environment

Preserving the environment through attentive management and large and small daily actions.

  • Electrical Scooters

Electrical scooters have been purchased for personnel movements and especially excursions by our clients

  • Ecological & Recycled Paper

Relais only uses ecological or recycled paper

  • Differential Waste Collection

Personnel and clients alike are informed about waste recycling methods. All rooms have a waste-basket for differential collection, while old batteries may be left at the reception

  • Breakfast

Every effort is made to find products by local and organic companies: most products in the breakfast buffet come from Liguria and lower part of Piedmont.

  • Detergent

The detergents used inside the Relais for routine cleaning are all ecological and more than 95% biodegradable

  • Courtesy Set

The courtesy set is very minimal to avoid using too much packaging: every shower and every sink are fitted with soap dosing units to allow the use of bulk products. All the courtesy line product chosen are Made in Italy and based on olive oil without parabens.