Wind your way up through endless olive groves to this organic working estate. Through the gate… to find child-free seclusion and spa-like calm. Manicured lawns give way to a fine terrace, and breathtaking bougainvillea-framed views over village-studded hills to the glinting sea (even better appreciated from the stunning infinity pool!). Rooms, all with their own private outdoor space, are savvy and sophisticated yet simple: open brickwork, marble basins, cream iron beds and sofas, bare wooden floors, beautiful country antiques. Relaxation is what San Damian is about. Bring a book or browse the library, slip into the pool, feel time go slow-mo to the serenade of the cicadas. Local osteria dining tips are readily provided by serene hosts Pamela and Roberto; breakfast – an abundant buffet of homemade breads and cakes, fresh fruit, cheeses and cured meats served under portico’d arches – should under no circumstances be slept through. Should you stray from the garden and grounds, the surrounding hills promise superb hiking – and the lavish Ligurian coast is the shortest drive.