If you love really sleek, modern hotel rooms, then this probably isn’t the place for you, however if you love traditional Italian décor with charm in spades, then you’ll be in for a treat. All of the rooms have traditional furnishings, multi-coloured ceramic tiles and a balcony or a terrace with views of the Amalfi Coast and most rooms have a Jacuzzi bath. Prices start at £336 per night (including breakfast, based on two sharing). If you really want to splurge, book the Romeo and Juliet suite, a two-story chalet perched on the cliff above the sea with a terrace that boasts its own swimming pool and solarium.
As you meander to the pool, about halfway down the descent you’ll see the lush garden – the perfect oasis to relax in the shade with a cool drink should the Italian sun prove too much. A stylish mosaic bench and leafy parasols provide the perfect photo opportunities.
The first thing that strikes you is the spectacular setting of this cliff-side pool with its wavy edges and rocky cliff walls, which serve as a striking natural backdrop making it a unique place to take a dip.
Santa Caterina Restaurant
The hotel has two on-site restaurants serving delicious Italian food or for guests who are feeling really lazy, room service is also available.
For a more formal dinner, there is the Santa Caterina Restaurant, with its blue marble floors and crisp white table cloths, which affords guests with breath-taking views of Amalfi and the Meditteranean Sea. At night, the pianist Bruno plays relaxing music and the dining room is lit by candlelight, creating a romantic atmosphere.
For a more casual affair during the summer months (early May - late October), guests can enjoy fresh fish, pasta or oven baked pizzas at the Al Mare restaurant at the beach club, which overlooks the swimming pool.
No 5-star hotel is complete without a spa and the Darphin spa is the perfect place to treat yourself to a variety of treatments from facials to massages. Amalfi is famous for its lemons, so why not try the ‘Amalfi Gold’ massage (120.00 euros), which features a stimulating lemon balm. Or if your legs are tired after strolling around Amalfi, go for the ‘Detox Legs’ massage (95.00 euros), which will make heavy legs and tired feet feel revived.
The staff at the hotel are all friendly and accommodating and seem to be able to guess your needs before you have a chance to voice them. Whether you’re at the pool, dining in the restaurant or relaxing on the terrace, you’ll be well looked after.
If you're visiting Amalfi and want to stay in a luxurious location while being treated like royalty, there's no other place to go.
Traveling further afield
The hotel is perfectly located for taking day trips to Positano, Ravello, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii and Naples. You can organise trips to these locations from the tour providers located in Amalfi.
The nearest airports are Rome or Naples Capodichino International Airport (located 1.5 hours from the hotel).
Hotel Santa Caterina
S.S Amalfitana, 9
To book your stay, visit www.hotelsantacaterina.it or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ridiculously gorgeous views of Amalfi as you step outside on your balcony. We also liked that the sun loungers, parasols and beach towels at the pool were provide for no additional charge.
Some of the furnishings are beginning to look a bit dated.
Our experience overall
Staff attentiveness / friendliness: ★★★★★
*During my stay I was hosted by the lovely team at Hotel Santa Carolina. All views, opinions and photographs are my own.