The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful Italian areas. Located in the Campania region, the land of Sirens, as it is called after the the story of Odysseus who had all his crew plug their ears with wax and then tie him to the mast of the ship so that he could hear the song without being lured by the sirens, is a preferred destination for many luxury travelers, celebrities, millionaires and fashion designers who often enjoy yachting in the area.
This spectacular area is actually a small peninsula that ends with the breathtakingly beautiful island of Capri with the famous Blue Grotto.
The South side of the peninsula is home to Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Ravello and other small charming villages by the sea.
The North side is where you find the town of Sorrento, and smaller villages such as Meta, Massa Lubrense and Vico Equense.
Both sides of the coast are breathtakingly beautiful and offer the traveler a unique scenery with dramatic views and crystal clear waters to swim in the Mediterranean. The area is also known for its old craftsmanship traditions in inlaid wood, ceramics and leather sandals production. An area of natural excellence, the Amalfi Coast produces great food and wine: high quality DOP extra virgin olive oil, juicy lemons and oranges, fresh local cheese and fine local wines are widely available in the area. And finally, for the demanding traveler, the Amalfi Coast enjoys the concentrated presence of some of the finest luxury hotels in Italy together with Michelin starred restaurants. This could easily be named paradise on hearth.
Here are some of the best choices to enjoy a wonderful vacation on the Amalfi Coast.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria – this is considered “la grande dame” of luxury hostels in the whole area. A family owned hotel since 1834, it is located on the North side of the coast in the charming town of Sorrento.
The hotel sits on the cliffs right above the sea and is characterized by an elegant, and well kept, fin de siècle architecture with period frescoes and authentic antique furnitures. The Excelsior Vittoria public spaces and rooms have a very unique charme and atmosphere that you will instantly fall in love with.
The location is just perfect and the hotel enjoys the most spectacular views over the bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. At the end of the day, the Vittoria terrace is the most romantic place to enjoy a glass of Franciacorta while admiring the sunset.
The hotel is immersed in a lush private private park with beautiful plants and flowers. a short walk in the park will bring you to the nice pool with Roman ruins and a poolside al fresco grill restaurant. Right by the pool you also find the boutique spa, perfect to relax and unwind after a long day in the sun.
The final touch to your luxury stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria should be a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Terrazza Bosquet. Book your table on this elegant terrace if you wish to savor the finest Mediterranean cuisine and Italian wines in a truly special location.
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Il San Pietro – is one of the most incredible luxury hotels on the Amalfi Coast. Perched on the cliffs on the South side of the peninsula, it overlooks the stunning Amalfi coastline.
The hotel is located in Praiano, a village close to Positano along the coast. Still owned by the founding family, Il San Pietro is partly escavated in the rocks and immersed in a floral paradise with spectacular blooms of begonias, roses, jasmines, and Mediterranean plants.
Once in this idyllic hotel it is difficult to leave. Rooms are beautifully furnished and offer great comfort and spectacular sea views.
A special charme of the San Pietro is that during your stay you will be in direct contact with the owners who will make you feel at home in the most natural way.
The private beach is just perfect to lounge by the sea and swim in crystal clear waters before heading to Positano for some shopping. Once back, just relax and enjoy a Champagne aperitivo on the Grand Terrace. Here you will have the perfect view of Positano and the coast with Capri on the horizon.
And if you really want to indulge in a purely luxurious vacation, the spa and the Michelin-starred Zass restaurant are exactly what you need to touch the sky.
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Relais Don Alfonso 1890 – a very small boutique hotel and one of the best restaurants in Italy. A success story that started with Livia and Alfonso Iaccarino in the village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, located at the top of the hills of the Sorrento Peninsula in a green scenery surrounded by citrus and olive trees.
The Don Alfonso 1890, awarded two Michelin stars, is a superb restaurant complemented by the finest wine cellar you can find in the area.
Chef Alfonso Iaccarino has been an innovator in contemporary Italian fine cuisine and a developer the Mediterranean diet. The family is entirely involved in the business. Livia and Alfonso, with sons Ernesto and Mario, run the restaurant. They also own a nearby farm where all the local ingredients are grown for the restaurant.
In 2006 the family has enlarged the premises by opening a charming boutique hotel and a cooking school. With only seven rooms, once at the hotel you feel at home in maximum comfort to enjoy the ultimate in luxury.
The relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, the courtyard, the pool and the scent from the flowers and the surrounding plants make this place a piece of heaven that you will find very hard to depart from.
We strongly recommend you to enjoy a culinary experience at the Don Alfonso 1890 and let Alfonso Iaccarino bring you through the heights of the finest Italian cuisine that he prepares in his restaurant with his talented staff. Add a few glasses of some of the best wines from the outstanding cellar and your experience will be unforgettable.
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