Oooh I have a Sunday treat for you today, Mr and Mrs Smith have been in touch to flag up three of their favourite boutique hotels on the Amalfi Coast after we spoke about Sarah B's Amalfi honeymoon plans.
Why not while away a Sunday afternoon with dreams of a beautiful Italian escape.....
Style Italian eye candy
Setting In view of Vesuvius
Bellevue Syrene is built upon the ruins of a Roman villa, but there’s nothing ancient about its flamboyant interiors and attentive service. Sorrento’s dazzling palette sets the tone inside: grass green, sugar-sweet pastels and, inevitably, sea blue.
Rooms 50, including two suites.
Worth getting out of bed for Start with what’s in easy reach: have a treatment at the spa, bump up your tan with a bathing session on the private deck by the sea, and stake out a spot on the terrace with cocktails. Ask staff to arrange a boat trip for you, wander into Sorrento to admire the flower-laden balconies, and acquaint yourself with some of the region’s art and architecture: Roman ruins, the 15th-century Duomo and the 14th-century Church of St. Francis. Between July and August, the Ravello Music Festival attracts flocks of musicians – catch a concert if you can. It takes just half an hour by train to Pompei.
|What an amazing view, Bellevue Syrene|
|Breakfast in style, Bellevue Syrene|
Style Boho beachside bolthole
Setting Praiano’s cascading cliffs
Casa Privata hotel on the Amalfi Coast is just that – a private home, restored by an architect and run by his three children. The family has given its summer hideaway to guests lucky enough to stumble upon this lusciously landscaped rocky retreat, a hundred steps up from the sea.
Rooms Six, including two suites.
Worth getting out of bed for The hotel is happy to hook you up with boat hire and arrange day trips over to Capri. Other sea-based options include water-skiing and diving. Head north to explore the ruins at Pompei (an hour’s drive from the hotel), or to see Vesuvius (an hour and a half away). Catch a classical concert in Ravello, where there’s a festival every summer.
|Beautiful bedroom at Ca'P'a|
Style Majolica-filled manor
Setting Sant'Agnello seaside
Once the home of nobility, Villa dei D’Armiento hotel near Sorrento has had its former glory restored with Murano glass chandeliers, rare earthenware jars and Vietri majolica tiling. Arty and antique-filled, this 18th-century residence is a stroll from the sea.
Rooms Seven, including three suites.
Worth getting out of bed for Head into Sorrento to admire the shining examples of this region’s art and architecture: Roman ruins, the 15th-century Duomo and the 14th-century Church of St Francis. Between July and August, the Ravello Music Festival attracts musicians – be sure to catch a concert. Pompeii is half an hour away by train. Borrow a bike or a boat from the hotel; they can also hook you up with informative local guides.
|Not a bad spot to laze away an afternoon Villa dei D'Armiento|
|Villa dei D'Armiento|
|Pops of colour at Villa dei D'Armiento|
All images (C) Mr and Mrs Smith
What do you think peeps, don't they look amazing?