Amalfi Coast Travel Guide – Amalfi, Ravello and Capri

The Amalfi coast and its dramatic mountains dropping a thousand feet into the blue sea, epitomise a classic Mediterranean holiday.

The middle ages and the renaissance brought vast riches to the towns of the Amalfi coast, but more recent history has brought movie star glamour – the Amalfi Coast began to attract Hollywood A-listers in the 1950s and the steady flow has continued ever since.

The main gateway to the Amalfi coast is through Naples, which is 90 minutes away by car.

Romeo Hotel, Naples

The place to stay in Naples is the Romeo Hotel, which manages to add some upscale charm to the city of Naples.

Romeo Hotel in Naples

Enjoy a cocktail in the rooftop pool bar, dine at the Michelin starred restaurant with views of the port or visit the 10,000 sq.ft spa, the hotels hidden gem, which includes a Finnish sauna, infrared sauna with Himalayan pink salt walls and various Jacuzzis and treatment rooms.

The Amalfi Coast

Driving around the Amalfi coast is a memorable experience: much time is spent testing the car’s gearbox to steadily climb the wall of mountains standing between the Italian mainland and the coast.

Luxury hotels in Positano

The mountains are high enough that their peaks are generally surrounded by gently caressing clouds, which open to reveal one of the world’s most spectacular vistas.

A steep drop to the blue and brightly shimmering Mediterranean Sea, with villages dotted around the hills and terraced vineyards and citrus orchards as far as the eye can see.

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Best seen from the sea, the view of Positano with its brightly coloured buildings offers the quintessential view of the Amalfi Coast.

Gorgeous views of Positano

Il San Pietro di Positano

One of the best places to stay in Positano is Il San Pietro, which is simply beautiful thanks to its exceptional location and views.

The hotel’s pretty decor mixes modern design with magnificent antiques and elegant tilework.

Il San Pietro di Positano

The hotel has 57 rooms and 6 recently refurbished suites, which are decorated in a modern Mediterranean style.

The light and airy suites are awash with bright whites and seaside-inspired colour palettes. Every suite has its own private balcony with views overlooking the coast.

The view from Il San Pietro

Make sure you have lunch in the beach side restaurant where food is served with a backdrop of crashing waves and blue as far as the eye can see.

Il San Pietro’s location makes it a truly unique and spectacular hotel.

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Le Sirenuse, Positano

Le Sirenuse opened in 1951 when four Neapolitan brothers turned their summerhouse overlooking the bay of Positano into a hotel.

Le sirenuse hotel view

Today the charm of the 58-room property lies in the intimate atmosphere of a private home that it has managed to retain.

All 58 rooms are different from one another and are decorated with antique and contemporary furniture pieces from Europe and the East.

Le Sirenuse hotel

The rooms and suites are decorated with bright white walls and gleaming Vietri-patterned floor tiles. Almost all bedrooms have a private balcony that looks out over the pool to the sea.


Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi

Located just outside the town of Amalfi, Monastero Santa Rosa is housed in a 17th century convent that dangles on a cliff between the road and the sea.

The pool at Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi

The nuns have long since abandoned the premises, but there are reminders of the building’s past at every turn: small prayer rooms, frescos and paintings point to the religious past and the interior design has a certain simplicity to it.

Rooms are simple and on the small size, but many have terraces with mesmerising views.

Rooms at Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi

Monastero Santa Rosa’s grounds spread over several terraced levels edging closer to the sea with the focus on the sea view from every point.

Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

Just outside Amalfi, this grand hotel sits among the citrus groves and bougainvillea with a delightful position next to the sea.

The 55-room Hotel Santa Caterina is designed with family antiques, patterned tiles and bold fabrics that contrast with the white interiors.

Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

Hotel Santa Caterina is a place where warmth, character and romance abounds.


Ravello is a small town of winding stone lanes and large historic mansions that sit behind stone fences in their orchards.

Unlike the busy towns on the coast that have a frantic air of tourism and sightseeing, Ravello maintains an air of aristocratic elegance where people come to relax.

Belmond Caruso, Ravello

The Belmond Caruso is an intimate property of 50 rooms that are housed either in the main building or around the grounds towards the swimming pool.

The pool at Belmond Caruso

The pool is set to the side of the hotel, requiring a meander through the manicured and enchanting gardens of hanging wisteria, orange and lemon trees and fragrant honeysuckle.

The pool is unsurprisingly designed to focus attention on the view, with a poolside restaurant famous for its Neapolitan pizzas from its on-site wood-fired oven.

The restaurant at Belmond Caruso in Ravello

Guests are encouraged to take a nightcap after dinner in the main salon of the mansion with live piano music, creating the ambiance of a 1920s Agatha Christie novel, minus the murder.

Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Right next door to the Hotel Caruso is the Palazzo Avino, which shares the spectacular cliff side views with its neighbour.

Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Palazzo Avino was once a C12th private villa for an Italian noble family.

In 1997, it opened as a hotel and offers 32 refined rooms and 11 suites, all decorated with Vietri ceramics, antique carpets, linen fabrics, Bulgari furniture with views of the Mediterranean.

the pool deck at Palazzo Avino in Ravello

Palazzo Avino’s 2 Michelin starred restaurant, Rossellinis, offers a delicate and refined twist on the traditional Italian.


A visit to Capri requires a boat ride across the choppy channel separating the mainland from the Island of Capri. While private transfers are highly recommend (see picture below…), regular ferry services are offered throughout the day.

private transfer to Capri

The main town of Capri sits on a mountain above the port and is peppered with upscale boutiques, cafes, ceramic shops, and hotels, including the Capri Tiberio Palace.

Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri

For those wanting to be in the middle of the action, the Capri Tiberio Palace has the ideal location, offering fabulous views over the town and the sea surrounding Capri.

Capri Tiberio Palace

The hotel was recently restored in a contemporary chic style – each room is decorated in a different style, giving each room its own character and atmosphere.

The penthouse at Capri Tiberio Palace

With a half in / half out swimming pool, excellent restaurant and cute bar, Capri Tiberio Palace is the choice for those who want to be in the town of Capri.

Capri Palace Hotel

The Capri Palace Hotel is in the sleepier town of AnaCapri.

The Capri Palace was built in the 1960s and maintains a mid-century glamour where the interiors are decorated with the owner’s personal collection of art work, sculptures and quirky installations.

Capri Palace Hotel in Capri

Anacapri’s location on a hilltop means that is physically removed from the cooling waters of the Mediterranean, but the Capri Palace’s shuttle service will take you to the hotel’s Michelin starred beach club, Il Riccio.

Il Riccio restaurant at the Capri Palace Hotel in Capri

For something more formal, dine in the hotel’s main restaurant, which has 2 Michelin stars.

JK Capri

A short walk from the town of Capri is the incredibly chic JK Capri.

With a gorgeous design of a fabulously stylish townhouse, JK Capri could be on the cover of any interior design magazine as an example of exquisite design.

JK Capri bedrooms

JK Capri has a large terrace that opens up from the hotel’s living room and library, which makes is an ideal spot for a pre or post dinner drink with Capri’s busy port in full view in the distance.

The large outdoor pool is a big attraction in the summer, as is the restaurant, where lunch on the terrace to try the pasta dishes is a must!

The Amalfi Coast

With its meandering roads connecting quaint villages, its rugged sea shore, dramatic hills and ceremonious cliff edges, the Amalfi Coast is as romantic and timeless as you could ever hope for.

Amalfi coast hotels

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