Paris isn’t the most romantic place in Europe — it’s the Amalfi Coast. This gorgeous coastline between Positano and Ravello is absolutely picturesque, especially when viewed from a distance, preferably atop a yacht in the clear and calm waters. The backdrop of colourful stone houses against the cliffs is second to none, made better with the known fact that these Amalfi Coast hotels are amongst them.
Imagine throwing open your windows in the morning to the view of the ocean and the sound of waves crashing against the steep cliffs. Or even at sunset, when you’re feeling the sea breeze ruffling your hair and enjoying an aperitivo just before Italy’s famously late dinners? These Amalfi Coast hotels are the best places to experience these moments because you can simply retire to your room right after. It truly is one of the most mesmerising places to be in, made better with your loved one right beside you. Can’t wait to take that holiday already? Read on to see our picks of the most delightful Amalfi Coast hotels.
You can’t go wrong with a Belmond property, especially when it’s along the Amalfi Coast. But the Belmond Hotel Caruso is said to be in the best location in Ravello, with its high perch on the cliffs and an immaculate terraced garden where you can have breakfast with unparalleled views. The building was originally a palazzo in the 11th century. Evidence of its grandeur can still be seen today with marbled hallways, frescoes, chandeliers, and antique art pieces on its walls. But that’s where the historical part ends. The rooms have been refreshed with modern takeaways, including espresso machines and Bosé sound systems in the suites.
If you’re not one for old buildings repurposed into historical hotels, then perhaps you might appreciate Casa Angelina’s modern lines and minimalist structure. The stark white walls with a wooden terrace and white sofas will certainly entice the youngins and their penchant for clean, Instagrammable features. As is with most hotels along the Amalfi Coast, Casa Angelina is also built into the cliffside in the village of Praiano. The common area of the hotel is almost like an art gallery for the owner and his personal collection of modern art. The bedrooms also take on a similarly stark, white-on-white interior whilst looking out to the impossibly blue sea. A great contrast, if you ask us.
In 1288, this building was built as a monastery. It was then converted into a hotel in 1948. Hotel Parsifal still has ties to the monastery, but they do not manage the hotel. A blessing, because there would be many unwedded couples checking into this gorgeous hotel situated on the hilltop of Ravello. There are only 17 rooms in the hotel, and they are pretty low-frills. But we’re sure the building itself will make up for that, as the ivy-covered walls, traditional decor, and flower-filled garden will definitely make you fall in love with it.
With a location that’s within the Amalfi Coast yet situated high enough to be away from the crowds, Hotel Santa Caterina is one of those perfect locations that people love flocking to. This five-star luxury accommodation impresses all with its first-rate facilities including a spa, 66 rooms and suites, and a saltwater pool just in case you don’t feel like going into the ocean. What makes this hotel special is that it’s managed by the fourth generation of the hotel’s original owners, and they maintain the warm, old-school style of service. It’s not difficult to see, as most staff are extremely senior, having served decades in the hotel. Be sure to dine at the main terrace, which has gorgeous sweeping views of the ocean and Amalfi whilst serving up classic Italian fare.
Privacy is a luxury, and nobody knows it as well as Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel. This hotel is shielded from prying eyes of the public, and there’s even no signage to indicate its existence. But once you go through a small chapel on the road and several bends on the road, you’ll find paradise in this hotel. There’s nothing quite like sunbathing on a cliff surface (which you can get at the Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel). If you’re one of the lucky few guests in, you might even spot a celebrity or two, as they definitely favour this sort of indiscreet yet luxe hideouts.
One cannot mention chic hotels along the Amalfi Coast without including Le Sirenuse. The candlelit La Sponda restaurant is inevitably one of the most romantic ones in the area, which also boasts a Michelin-star award. The resort itself is also lovely, with 58 rooms boasting antique furniture, tiled floors, and modern marbled bathrooms. It’s altogether chic yet maintains a certain historical charm, thanks to the family’s collection of antique furniture and art.
Another repurposed monastery is the Monastero Santa Rosa, a sprawling building perched on a rocky outcrop. Naturally, the views are stunning and the location excellent. It also happens to be one of the area’s most exclusive and luxurious properties, with immaculate terrace gardens, a huge spa, and a heated swimming pool. There are only 20 rooms in the property — some fashioned out of nuns’ cells — and they all come with heated flooring. Now that is a sort of luxury people often overlook. The restaurant is also pretty good, with the chef serving up delectable coastal cuisine, fresh ricotta, and homemade pastries.