The Top 5 Luxury Hotels on the Amalfi Coast
Contributed by Tia Meredith
An Amalfi Coast vacation brings a scenic escape on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Comprised of many towns such as Sorrento, Ravello, Amalfi and Positano, it is a popular tourist destination. The area is known for its production of limoncello (a lemon-based liqueur) and as an overall cultivator of lemons as witnessed by the many lemon trees sprinkled within its natural scenery. However, its dramatic cliffs, intoxicating sea views and local islands to visit are what have added the popularity of an Amalfi Coast honeymoon for tourists in recent years. No matter whether vacationing or honeymooning to this stunning destination, no trip is complete without considering first what accommodations best suit your needs. So, during your travel down this scenic coastline, consider some of these 5 star hotels in the Amalfi Coast.
1. Hotel Caruso, Ravello
Overlooking the Azure Sea, the five-star Hotel Caruso in Ravello is a haven of tranquility from the luxuriant cliff top on which it rests. A fantastic addition to any Italy vacation, the hotel features an infinity pool which adds to the serene atmosphere of the hotel while the wellness center offers massages to ensure complete relaxation. The Hotel Caruso’s suites range from Superior to Exclusive but all offer guests outstanding customer service. When staying in a Superior suite, guests can expect to see beautiful design, lush furnishings and elegant décor. Each suite has expansive windows which provide stellar views of the Amalfi Coast, the Mediterranean and the mountains from the room. In addition, most rooms have a balcony in which to dine or just enjoy time on the coast. However, for the very best views of the hotel, the Exclusive suites offer decadence with their private garden, panoramic view from the terrace, and separate outdoor dining area. Each luxury found within these suites offer guests an unforgettable stay while in Ravello and showcases why Hotel Caruso has earned the ranking among luxury hotels of the Amalfi.
2. Santa Caterina in Amalfi
An elegant 5 star seaside residence, this late 19th century liberty style villa provides the beautiful scenery the Amalfi Coast is known for to its guests. Surrounded in the blue of the Mediterranean Sea, olive groves and fruit orchards, the Hotel Santa Caterina provides its guests the finest in Italian hospitality. The main building of this luxury establishment is comprised of 36 Standard, Superior and Deluxe bedrooms while also hosting 13 Junior, Executive Junior Suites and Suites. For those seeking more privacy, this hotel offers secluded Garden Suites with more suites available in the Villa Santa Caterina and Villa II Rosso. All of the rooms in the hotel are spacious, light filled and expertly decorated with antique-hand painted majolica flooring. Additionally, all rooms have a view of either the sea of Amalfi or the garden. A special treat for this hotel is its private Beach Club. Here, guests enjoy exclusivity while swimming in the heated sea-filled pool water or for a fresh water experience they can access this hotel’s private beach through its elevators carved into the rock face. After a long day on this exclusive beach, guests can enjoy the Restaurant Al Mare’s selection of fresh fish while enjoying the overall privacy and luxury featured in this hotel.
3. Il Convento di Amalfi in Amalfi
Also known as the Grand Hotel Convento, this spectacular 5 star luxury hotel is situated in a 12th century monastery. Perched atop a cliff, the hotel provides spectacular views of the Amalfi and the Mediterranean but within a few steps from the historical city center and the harbor of Amalfi. This hotel, completely refurbished, seems suspended in mid-air and offers a panoramic restaurant, an open-air infinity swimming pool, wellness center for face and body treatments and a hammam (Turkish bath). There is also an offsite beach accessible for visitors to the hotel.
Guests will think they have stumbled upon one of the Amalfi Coast tours while gazing at the “Cappuccini Convent in Amalfi”, one of the most important monuments on coast. The beauty of the place, the flight of steps, the natural cave, the entrance, the cloister, the lemon gardens, “Passeggiata dei Monaci”-the monks’ walk, have been inspiration for artists, painters, photographers around the world. The hotel offers 36 Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms as well as 17 Junior Suites and Suites. All rooms are contemporary in design and showcase local artisans work. Also, all of the rooms have views of the sea though some offer balconies and terraces which provide additional views of the coast and the “PassaggiatadeiMonaci.” With every detail, historic element and view to be enjoyed guests will know why The Grand Hotel Convento is considered one of the luxury hotels in Italy.
4. Le Sirenuse in Positano
Opened in 1951, Le Sirenuse was once a summer home that has been re-designed into a hotel. Located at the center of the village of Positano, the rooms and terraces floating above the sea are an oasis of peace and silence. This charming hotel overlooking the bay of Positano has 58 rooms furnished in luxury but providing guests the feeling of staying in a private home. Each room is decorated in its own style with antique and contemporary furniture coming from Europe and the East, following the eclectic style which is so characteristic of their charm. The rooms white-washed walls, vaulted ceilings and hand-made tiles on the floors, will make guests will feel at home among some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Almost all rooms, suites and junior suites look out over the bay with most having a private terrace or balcony. The hotel offers a pool terrace beautifully designed with lemon trees and flowers surrounding the water. Additionally, Le Sirenuse offers their guests access to the Sant’Antonio, a 12-person boat available for daily excursions along the coast guaranteeing a fantastic experience for them while in Positano.
5. La Minervetta in Sorrento
Pictures speak a thousand words and that is how to best explain La Minervetta in Sorrento. A boutique-style property, The Hotel La Minervetta was built in the 1950s as a home for the Sorrentine family. Guests will notice it is filled with family furnishings of the family, collections and memories of their trips. The property is decorated in art, Veitri poetry (locally designed in Sorrento) and provides a feeling of being in a home away from home. Perched on the ridge overlooking the sea, it has wonderful views and yet is a short walk to the historic center of Sorrento. There is also a private staircase on the property leading to Marina Grande, a fishing village. Guests will experience the quaint touches of Mediterranean Gardens carved along the rocks, greenery and views of Vesuvius as they tour the property. When resting in the living area of the hotel the large terrace provides views of Sorrento and the gulf. Each room is tasteful decorated with a view of the sea and the Marina Grande. A unique vacation experience, this hotel has been featured in magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Elle and Elle Décor making it one of the best hotels of the Amalfi Coast.
When on travel to Amalfi Coast, visitors are offered a variety of scenery to experience. Each area of the Amalfi has its own characteristics, scenic elements and activities to enjoy. Still, Amalfi Coast hotels are a fundamental part of anyone’s travels and the luxury found on this southern coast should not be missed. Whether your hotel design preference is for contemporary, modern or boutique-style, Travel2Italy can help select the best accommodations in addition to transfers, excursions and all other vacation details ensuring you are completely relaxed and enjoy the time spent in Italy to its fullest.