Perfect for your beach holiday in Italy, on the Ligurian Riviera dei Fiori, close to Savona and Genoa. Alassio is renowned for its fine sandy beaches and the Miss Muretto Beauty Contest, which is held at the end of summer. Tourists will also enjoy sightseeing in the historic city center, while sport lovers will have the opportunity to practice tennis, golf, and horse riding. A boat trip to the island of Gallinara or to the Passo delle Balene, where whales, dolphins, and turtles are often seen, is absolutely a must. The beachfront Beau Rivage Hotel was the former residence of English painter Richard West, author of several splendid paintings displaying Alassio and its surroundings, some of which can be admired in the Memorial Gallery, built in 1907. On-site amenities include a cozy restaurant serving delicious Italian specialties and providing room service, and a bar offering a wide range of drinks and light snacks. The hotel offers a garden equipped with tables and chairs, 2 reading rooms, an Internet point providing complimentary dial-up Internet access, and dry cleaning/laundry service. Beau Rivage also offers complimentary wireless and wired Internet access, luggage storage, multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, and secretarial services. There is limited availability for parking (surcharge). Thanks to its quality services and fine dining, the Beau Rivage is mentioned in a number of popular tourist guides, such as Viaggiare Bene del Gambero Rosso 2005 and the Michelin Guide 2005.