The Amalfi Coast in Italy is considered by many to be the most beautiful stretch of coast in Europe. The towns all have great restaurants, luxury hotels, boutiques and sunset views. If you are planning a romantic getaway or a honeymoon, the following hotels all offer incredible views, attentive service and romantic dining.
1.Hotel Santa Caterina
Hotel Santa Caterina is a family owned getaway located on the Amalfi Drive, just outside the town of Amalfi, Italy. Like most of the buildings on the coast, the property is set on a cliff high above the sea and surrounded by terraced grounds with extensive gardens. There are 40 rooms and 12 luxury suites in the main building as well as 18 additional accommodations in the annex. Some rooms offer spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and a sea view, great for couples.
Honeymooners should consider reserving one of the spacious honeymoon suites. Follia Amalfitana suite is situated among lemon and orange groves and features a magnificent view of the bay. Relax in the Jacuzzi overlooking the sea, and enjoy a morning sunrise from the private veranda. Although the area offers countless opportunities for excursions and sightseeing, the property is a vacation destination in itself. Guests can access the sea pool, gym and a restaurant in an elevator that transports them to the sea level. Couples enjoy romantic walks through citrus groves and gardens which surround the property.
The open-air restaurant overlooking the sea is open during the warmer months, from mid-May to mid-October. The main dining room serves a variety of a' la carte dishes, a five-course daily lunch and dinner menu, and a varied wine list. Guests have the opportunity to sample seasonal delicacies that are specific to the Campania region. In addition to formal dining, room services is available 24 hours a day. Doubles start at Euro 230 per night. The property is open year-round, however, May through September are the warmer months during which you can enjoy outdoor dining and swimming. The getaway is approximately 90 minutes by car from Naples where you can rent a car or arrange transportation (39 089 87 10 12).
2.Le Sirenuse: Great Food and Fabulous Views in Positano
Le Sirenuse in Positano is famous for its spectacular views and comfortable ambiance. This is the perfect spot to relax, enjoy great Italian food, lounge by the pool, take in spectacular views from the pool terrace and treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the spa.
In addition to various face and body treatments using Aveda's natural products, the spa offers a Sauna, a Bio-Sauna and a Steam Bath. There is a gym with cardiovascular machines and free weights.
Dining is a delight: candles and soft mandolin music create comfortable and romantic ambiance. In the summer, tables are set outdoors and on the pool terrace. Food is light and the menu always incorporates seasonal local ingredients.
The 58 rooms and 2 suites are tastefully decorated with colorful tiles covering the floors while prints and watercolors adorn the walls. Standard rooms are smaller without a sea view or balcony. The Superior Rooms have a private French balcony and partial sea view while Deluxe Rooms enjoy a private balcony and spectacular views of the bay. A boat takes couples exploring along the Amalfi Coast and around the Islands of the Sirens.
Summer is a great time to enjoy sunbathing and outdoor dining. Positano is located 34 miles from Naples or 1 hour and 30 minutes by car. Planes land at Capodichino International Airport where you can rent a car. Alternatively, you can take a train to Positano from Naples Central Station. During the summer months, hydrofoil service is available from Naples (Mergellina), Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Salerno.
Standard Room Doubles start from € 250 during the low season, and from € 380 in the summer, including breakfast (39-089-875066).
3.Don Alfonso 1890
Don Alfonso 1890 provides a great starting pont for exploring Amalfi, Capri, Sorrento and other nearby destinations. This stylish hotel has an incredible restaurant and luxury suites decorated with original furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. From organic breakfast to Mediterranean cooking classes, the property is a unique getaway in the heart of the Sorrento peninsula. Guests can purchase products from the organic Don Alfonso farm, including olive oil, pasta, jams and honey. Rooms start at 200 Euro per night.
4.Romantic Palazzo Avino on the Amalfi Coast
Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) is one of Italy's top romantic hotels located on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The property is the perfect spot for couples wanting to spend romantic time together. The hotel is set 1,000 feet above sea level in Ravello, a small town located about 60 km south of Naples. This is a privately owned getaway which opened in July 1997 in a restored 12th century villa. The hotel offers attentive service and staff to guest ratio of 2 employees per guest room. Guests enjoy magnificent views of the Mediterranean coast from the heated outdoor pool and from the Rossellinis restaurant which serves superb Italian food. The hotel also offers several panoramic terraces and a rooftop terrace with hydromassage plunge pools.
The property offers 32 sea view and mountain view double rooms and 11 luxury suites. Each hotel room is individually decorated and exhibits furniture from the XIX century. The hotel's signature restaurant Rossellinis is open for dinner (in-season between March and November) and serves fine Italian food and wine. If you would like to enjoy amazing views while you dine, you can request a table on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Other choices include the Lobster & Martini Bar, and Caffe dell'Arte where you can have delicious Italian coffee throughout the day.
Nearby activities include tennis, horseback riding, sailing, boating, excursions and scuba diving. You can visit the island of Capri or the ruins of Pompei. Best time to go is spring, summer and fall to enjoy warm weather. The hotel is located 60 km from Naples Airport. The best way to explore the coast is by car.
Doubles from Euro 300, depending on the season (+39-089-818-181).
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Casa Angelina is a romantic hideaway with incredible views of the Adriatic Sea. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay from which to explore both Amalfi and Positano, check into this charming hotel. The hotel caters to guests over 12 which makes it an ideal quiet getaway for couples. There are 39 luxury guest rooms and suites with fantastic views of the sea. Accommodations feature contemporary decor and white furnishings which remind you of the Greek islands. Inside the rooms, you will find soft white cotton sheets, plush bathrooms and high-tech amenities. Stylish minimalist design of the guest rooms may inspire you to redecorate your own bedroom when you return home.
The Wellness Center offers relaxing massages, Pilates and yoga. The spa utilizes wholesome natural Moroccan wellness products by Nectarome. Personal trainers are available to create the best fitness program for your needs. The concierge can help you choose the best local tours, book a rental car or a boat. Rooms start at Euro 257 per night.
Located on the famous Amalfi Coast, Raito offers stylish rooms and suites with water views. Spend your getaway lounging by the pool enjoying scenic views and exploring the coast by car. There is a Wellness Center where you can book relaxing and therapeutic treatments. Choose from 50 guest rooms and suites with ocean and mountain views. The restaurant offers a diverse menu, elegant setting and beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. Rooms start from Euro 220 in high season, and from Euro 180 in low season (+39-089-763-4801).
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Amalfi Coast Travel Tips
Many of the hotels have spectacular ocean views because they are perched atop the sheer cliffs that Amalfi is famous for. Visit from May to October. May, June and September are less crowded, but August can have the best weather.
The nearest airport is Capodichino Airport in Naples. From Naples you can either drive, take the train to Salerno, or ride the bus service which connects all of the various towns in the province. Once you are settled in a hotel, you can take a day trip to the island of Capri. Be sure to check the ferry schedule carefully so you don't miss the last boat off the island. On most days, the latest ferry departs Capri at 8pm. Remember: don't pack too much. A lot of luggage can make ferry trips difficult, especially if you plan on making several stops on your vacation.
During the summer, you can take a ferry or hydrofoil between Amalfi, Capri and Positano. Co-ordinate your arrival with your hotel since they can meet you down by the water taxis, ferry or bus stop. If you prefer it, some hotels can arrange a car service to pick you up at the airport. This is by far the easiest method of travel, but it is also the most expensive. Be sure to check for specials and packages before you book.