It is difficult for us to choose among the noteworthy 5-Star luxury hotels of the Amalfi Coast and Capri including Caruso, Il San Pietro Positano, Le Sirenuse, La Scalinatella, and J.K. Palace. All offer high-touch, hands-on service, coupled with dramatic settings within unique historic properties. Please enjoy reading our fun overview!
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.
La 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.
La Scalinatella, Capri
Opened in the 1950’s and still managed by the Morgano family, there is no secret the 30-room Scalinatella is our favorite luxury property on the island of Capri. This all-suite, villa-style hotel has an idyllic location, all having private terraces overlooking the picturesque countryside and sea. The property is set in a quiet garden off the Via Tragara promenade, a nice walk to the Town Square with many interesting shops and nice restaurants. All rooms are spacious, sunny, and colorful! Of special note are the majolica, hand-painted floor tiles, and various local accents. Amenities include two heated outside pools, tennis courts, a high-tech gym, and small spa. Though Scalinatella offers breakfast and lunch buffets, they do not serve dinner.
J.K. Place, Capri
Nice location near the Marina Grande, the boutique 22-room J.K. Place features a nice combination of glamor and Old World Italian luxury. All of the rooms have an amazing view of the Bay of Naples, with the Junior Suites including private terraces. The rooms are very stylish: white walls, smooth white wooden floors, canopied beds, and baths with white mosaic tiles. Amenities include a large heated pool, a small spa with a gym, and a dining room with a picturesque terrace serving delicious Mediterranean food.