03 Mar Our Kipling & Clark/Lynch Family Amalfi Coast Luxury Hotel Reviews
It is difficult for us to choose among the noteworthy 5-Star luxury hotels of Caruso, Il San Pietro Positano and Le Sirenuse. All offer high-touch, hands-on service, coupled with dramatic settings within unique historic properties. Please enjoy reading our fun overview!
– Randy Lynch
Belmond Hotel Caruso (Ravello)
The 50 room Caruso was conceived as an aesthetically pleasing compound of various buildings, including an 11th century palazzo, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno (1,000 ft. below!). Similar to the nearby Il San Pietro and Le Sirenuse luxury hotels, the Caruso features whitewashed walls, hand-painted tiles and modern, up-dated bathrooms. If you enjoy “dressing-up” for dinner, the property’s Belvedere restaurant offers a lovely terraced setting and innovative dishes inspired by traditional Italian specialties. Caruso’s horizon infinity pool is among the most impressive in all of the Amalfi Coast (the bar patio is a great place to visit/chat). There’s also a fitness center with a wide range of equipment as well as personal trainers available. During our last visit here we were most impressed with the hotel’s lush, green terraced gardens overlooking the gulf – truly heavenly!
Il San Pietro (Positano)
Carved into a cliff on the outskirts of Positano, the Il San Pietro may offer the most dramatic setting among the Amalfi luxury properties listed. Set among tiers of gardens, the hotel’s 59 rooms each feature unique hand-painted doors and scenic private terraces. The white-washed public areas include tasteful vaulted ceilings, surrounded by bright bougainvillea and manicured gardens. San Pietro has its own grotto for swimming, along with a beach cove and lunch pavilion (reached by a cleverly-built elevator that descends from the center of the cliff!) The adjacent tennis court is quite striking, set between the rock face and the Mediterranean. Other amenities include a spa (transformed from a former farming shelter), gym, Turkish bath, small cliff-top pool, and private yacht. We are big fans of the hotels larger, “Special Rooms,” category: some with a large private terrace and others offering panoramic bathrooms.
Note: No children under 10 allowed.
Le Sirenuse (Positano)
Built around an 18th century villa, this glitzy family-owned 58-room luxury hotel has a commanding location, overlooking Positano’s colorful harbor. We feel the best rooms here are on the higher floors, nearly 230 feet above the sea. Many of the rooms here have vaulted ceilings, beautifully hand-painted tile floors, and contemporary, as well as antique furnishings from Europe and Asia. The only rooms without balconies at Le Sirenuse are the standard rooms. Brightly lit with over 400 candles at night, the hotel’s Michelin star, La Sponda restaurant is a truly enchanting place to enjoy your evening dinner. Although the property’s pool is quite small/narrow, the lemon trees surrounding the property and its picturesque views do not fail to impress.
The Le Sirenuse officially opened in 1951, when the four Marchesi siblings turned their summer house in Positano to the iconic hotel it is today. Marina, daughter of Paolo Marchesi, created the Le Sirenuse fragrance and skin care brand, Eau d’Italie, along with her husband, Sebastian Alvarez Marena.