When you dream of the most photographic views and colorful villages of Italy, you dream of the Amalfi Coast. This gorgeous destination is abundant with spectacular look- out points, quaint towns with charming architecture, and steep, rocky hillsides. There's no denying that tourists flood this picturesque locale every summer, so Chris and I recommend visiting toward the end of September and October. Once you arrive, the pro move is to travel via boat rather than car—you’ll avoid the dangerous, windy roads and traffic jams, while enjoying views one can only fully appreciate from the water.
Belmond Hotel Caruso
It’s easy to see why Ravello, and the entire Amalfi Coast, has inspired the likes of Richard Wagner, D.H. Lawrence, and Gore Vidal. Belmond Hotel Caruso has long been a favorite of discriminating globetrotters. Just 50 guest rooms and suites make for an intimate ambience, and most of the rooms have a sea view, terrace, or private garden. Outside, the infinity-edge swimming pool sits dramatically suspended between sea and sky. Join the head gardener for a private tour of the terraced gardens and enjoy the complimentary boat cruise along the Amalfi Coast, then reserve a romantic candlelit dinner at the open-air Belvedere Restaurant.
WIT Tip: Have lunch at the poolside restaurant – the views are incredible, and the gourmet buffet bar had the most delicious fresh tomatoes and mozzarella I have ever tasted.
Hotel Santa Caterina
A secret among celebrities and discerning travelers, Hotel Santa Caterina is a superb seaside hideaway set amid an expansive estate inhabited by vibrant bougainvillea and fragrant lemon and orange groves. You’ll do well to choose one of the lavish suites, each with a sea-view bathroom and thoughtfully chosen antiques – the enchanting “Romeo and Juliet” suite is a two-story chalet set on a cliff above the sea. Outside, two elevators are available to whisk you to the swimming pool, bathing platform, and spa. Don’t miss the fine-dining Glicine Restaurant for a romantic venue.
WIT Tip: Combine Santa Caterina in Amalfi with the Tiberio in Capri by taking a private boat between the two and making a day of it.
You'll have to pinch yourself to believe you're basking in the beauty that is Le Sirenuse. As John Steinbeck once put it, “It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you're there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Many travelers have fallen in love with this family-run villa’s romantic arches, vaulted ceilings, and handmade floor tiles. Spend afternoons on the sunny terrace taking in views of Positano, Capri, and Li Galli. Enjoy an evening cocktail at Aldo’s Champagne Bar, followed by dinner in the sea-view restaurant, La Sponda. An Aveda beauty center and spa facilities provide tempting diversion.
WIT Tip: The hotel offers a range of activities and excursions, including trips on the owner’s beautiful boat, guided walks, and wine and olive oil tastings – most at no extra charge.
With its laid-back contemporary luxury and sleek stylings – highlighted by a clean white- on-white palette and stellar private art collection – Casa Angelina displays all the right cues. Its 44 rooms boast spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast, from Positano to Capri. For the most iconic stay, book the Eaudesea Experience rooms, set in old fishermen’s houses that were forged from the rock, situated down on the small La Gavitella Beach and accessible via an elevator plus about 200 stairs. There are two pools and a wellness center offering Pilates and yoga; the top-floor Un Piano Nel Cielo restaurant serves sky-high Campanian cuisine.
WIT Tip: Book a sunset tour on our Boat and cruise along the Amalfi Coast – the ultimate romantic hideaway. Stop in at one of the inlets or caves for a dip and then enjoy an onboard dinner curated by the chef.
Palazzo Avino, formerly known as Palazzo Sasso, is a stunning, deluxe five-star hotel on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast. A 12th-century villa originally built for an esteemed Italian noble family, the property has been tastefully refurbished to the highest standards while retaining its medieval and baroque features. Accommodations are sumptuous and comprise 32 guest rooms and 11 suites. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a magnificent rooftop sun terrace with hydromassage plunge pool. The hotel boasts a
private beach club exclusively for hotel guests, offering full sea access, a casual restaurant, and a small swimming pool.
WIT Tip: From May to October, take the complimentary shuttle to the Clubhouse by the Sea beach club and dine at its casual restaurant.
The best way to take in all the Amalfi Coast has to offer is by foot, so be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. For to-die-for cuisine, you must try Soul & Fish in Sorrento and La Strada in Praiano--neither will disappoint! And lastly, for the most memorable experience, we recommend sailing along the coastline at sunset.
WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.
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