Sun-kissed elegance on the Amalfi Coast

29 July 2020

Extending from Sorrento in the west to Salerno in the East, the legendary Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy embraces a kaleidoscope of terraced towns and antiquated villages along its steep-sided cliffs. Interspersed throughout this dramatic landscape, you’ll find a collection of vineyards and verdant woodland which meld into the manmade features to create a classically Italian experience.

The Amalfi Coast has drawn in visitors for centuries with its natural allure, and over time these visitors have settled to create the rich tapestry of culture that we see there today. Coastal towns such as Positano, Amalfi and Ravello teeter precariously on the seafront looking down on the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean below, admiring the daily passing of extravagant superyachts.

Positano

Towards the western end of the coast, the seductive town of Positano is one of the first stops for visitors on the Amalfi Drive. Awash with shades of lemon, amber and rose, Positano is home to boutique shops and authentic restaurants serving up traditional Neapolitan Pizza with views out over the beach. To get out of the streets, head out on a boat trip to snorkel in the crystalline waters around the Siren’s Rocks where, according to mythology, the Sirens attempted to lure Odysseus.

“This coastline is beautiful and well worth a day trip. Our first stop was the beautiful Positano where we explored this amazing village with its steep narrow streets – I would love to return here.”

Bruce, Travel Counsellor

Where to stay: Le Sirenuse

Breath in the fresh invigorating scent of lemon trees as you enter the family-owned Le Sirenuse. Considered one of Italy’s foremost luxury seaside hotels, the property has still managed to retain its intimate atmosphere that makes guests feel at ease from the moment they arrive. The family’s passion for art and the Amalfi Coast lifestyle shines through across Le Sirenuse from the carefully selected paintings that hang on its walls to the elegant clothing available in their store.

Amalfi

Named for the stretch of coastline it sits upon, the town of Amalfi is the proud owner of a seafaring history which brought tremendous riches to the area. Away from the main tourist traps, you can still find echoes of this glorious past if you’re willing to wander the narrow streets in search of your own hidden gems.

Very much on the tourist trail but well-deserving of a visit, the Duomo di Amalfi is a Medieval Roman Cathedral with striking golden and black exteriors complemented by baroque features.

Where to stay: Hotel Santa Caterina

From its grand entrance to its sea-level pool, the Hotel Santa Caterina exudes luxury from its cliffside setting in Amalfi. The elegant seaside property is surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea and fruit orchards, with light and airy accommodations featuring hand-painted floors and balconies affording views out to sea or over the lush gardens. The hotel’s special suites each feature outdoor space to take a dip with one having a sunken jacuzzi pool and the other its own private pool.

Ravello

Ravello is the hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast. Away from the crowds that sometimes congregate along other coastal spots, its enchanting mountain top setting, network of beautiful gardens and relaxed pace of life make for a serene environment. Any visitor would be amiss to visit Ravello without sampling the locally produced wines, created from grapes, the origin of which can be traced back to ancient Rome. We recommend a visit to Cantina Episcopio, a vineyard that has been passed down through four generations and specialises in utilizing local grape varieties.

“Ravello is ideal if you love peace and tranquillity away from the crowds. If you get chance and have time visit villa Rufolo, the entrance is just a few steps away from the main square.”

Joanne, Travel Counsellor

Where to stay: Belmond Hotel Caruso

A former 11th-century palace, the Belmond Hotel Caruso sits on a cliff edge some 1,000ft above sea level, boasting all the luxurious features that one would expect from such a grand residence. Each of the stylish suites is exquisitely furnished with lavish marble bathrooms, featuring oversized baths, and inspiring views.

 

Speak to your Travel Counsellor today to book your Amalfi Coast getaway and take advantage of full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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