If you are adventurous enough, you can follow the ancient mule routes that connect the towns of the Amalfi Coast, south of the Sorrento Peninsula across Positano, Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Scala, Minori, Maiori, Tramonti, and Cetara, to finally reach Vietri sul Mare. The stunning panoramas between sea and sky on this coast, which has worthly gained the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will take your breath away. In this guide, find the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast fit for a luxurious and relaxing stay.
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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento
Owned by the Fiorentino Family since 1834, it has been chosen as a set for many movies and through the centuries has welcomed VIP Guests like Wagner, Enrico Caruso, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Luciano Pavarotti, Sophia Loren and Lucio Dalla. Standing on a tuff cliff dominating the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, and right in the historical center of Sorrento, you can’t beat for day tripping to the Costiera and for visiting the town.
This hotel offers 84 rooms and suites, all different from one another, immersed in a huge park growing lemons, oranges and olives. Great food and drinks from breakfast to dinner on the breathtaking terrace restaurants or by the pool. Impeccable service is often given for granted, but the sense of pride you feel from the whole staff is part of the magic that makes you want to return.
Le Sirenuse, Positano
In 1951, four Neapolitan brothers turned their summer house in Positano into an outstanding hotel. Despite the 58 rooms, guests here can still feel the atmosphere of a private home. Located in the center of the village of Positano, this romantic place offers an incomparable oasis of tranquility with a spectacular view.
Attention to detail is everywhere. The hotel boasts an amazing design spa; you can even visit the hotel just for a massage, and the experience will transform your trip into a tranquil escape. The helpfulness of the concierge staff surpasses expectations in securing boat trips, dinner reservations and anything else to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
Le Sirenuse, Positano Mare Collection, is also a line of beachwear and womenswear inspired by Positano and sold at the Emporio Sirenuse boutique along with Le Sirenuse’ s fragrance and skincare line Eau d’Italie, all created by the family members.
Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano
Il San Pietro looks like it’s carved out of the cliff overlooking the sea, and inside is pure Italian style. All rooms have their own private terraces and are decorated with hand-painted tiles. Far from the crowds, though well-connected through the hotel van, Il San Pietro offers a private beach and yacht. The gardens are a delight to the senses. You can spend all the time on property, starting with yoga and pilates lessons by the beach in the morning, following with a private boat tour and lunch at the seaside restaurant Carlino. Take advantage of beauty treatments at the spa in the afternoon and take a stroll in the gardens with aperitifs at the Terrace Bar at sunset. To top the day off, a dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant Zass will delight you with sophisticated dishes.
Monastera Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Conca de Marini
Originally a 17th-century monastery patroned by Sister Rosa Pandolfi, this exclusive boutique hotel offers 20 bedrooms and suites that still reflect the heritage of serene monastic life, though offering superb comfort and all modern conveniences.
You would not expect that such a boutique resort could boast a fully equipped spa missing none of the features of larger hotels, including thermal bathing and crushed ice fountain, aromatic steam room, tranquil shower, hydro pool, tepidarium and beauty treatments, all under the original vaulted ceilings or in the Treatment garden, immersed in the enchanting fragrances by Farmacia Santa Maria Novella.
The kitchen at the Michelin Star restaurant Il Refettorio is based on local ingredients and ancient recipes, including heavenly cream-filled pastries like those baked by the nuns, the traditional sfogliatelle.
Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
A 15-minute walk from this hotel lies Amalfi, the pearl of the coast, or by hotel van it will take 5 minutes. The location is perfect for day tripping to the villages of the Amalfi Coast and to Capri, but once you get there, you may not wish to leave the hotel for a second.
Highlights of the property include the Beach Club, where you can simply dive into the Tyrrhenian Sea, enjoy grilled fish at the Restaurant Al Mare or indulge in the heated pool filled with sea water. Enjoy wellness and beauty treatments offered at the Spa – a vast range of sophisticated body and face treatments of any kind. The hotel’s wine cellar with offers a prestigious selection of all the major regional, Italian and international wines, to accompany the Chef’s specialties or to bring home as a souvenir from the Amalfi Coast.