When you are searching for a destination that offers stunning views, an element of romance, and great food & wine – Italy is usually one of the first places that will come to mind. And while there are many amazing coastal destinations to explore throughout the boot, no place attracts more visitors than the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a postcard perfect destination, offering one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. Combine the delicious food, the unique coastline, the historic villas, and the warm hospitality, and you have the makings of a great Italian love story!
The Amalfi Coast has some of the most beautiful properties that you’ll find anywhere in the world and they continually attract the most sophisticated and refined of travelers. With so many amazing options, it can be overwhelming selecting a hotel but one of my personal favorites is Hotel Palazzo Avino. Palazzo Avino is a family-owned, five-star boutique hotel in the charming town of Ravello. Originally built in the 12th century, the property was once a private villa for an Italian noble family. Some of the original rooms still remain. It only opened as a hotel in 1997 and since that time it has been continually rated as one of the world’s best properties.
The hotel is perched high on the cliffs, 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea and it gives you the feeling that you are floating in the sky. The location is ideal because everything within the town of Ravello is a short and easy walk away including the beautiful Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Definitely carve out some time explore these historic villas and enjoy their stunning views.
There are 30 rooms and 11 suites at Palazzo Avino, all of which are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The rooms also come with all of the modern amenities that you would need.
The property has a 65-foot, heated outdoor pool that is beautifully situated within the gardens, boasting amazing views of the sea and the mountains. There is also a full-service spa located next to the pool offering a wide array of treatments. There is an outdoor gym that is also located in the gardens with great views. And, if you’re looking to end your day with a beautiful sunset and a glass of Prosecco, be sure to visit the solarium on the rooftop. There are two whirlpools and it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
For dining options, you can enjoy a candle light dinner served in their award-winning restaurant, Rossellinis or a more casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere. Both restaurants have amazing traditional Italian Food. I recommend going to the lobster & martini bar before dinner to enjoy the incredible views of the sunset.
Finally, Palazzo Avino has a beautiful Clubhouse by the Sea that is exclusive for hotel guests. It is located right on the water, a short fifteen-minute drive from the hotel and there is a complimentary shuttle to take you. The Clubhouse is the perfect spot for a relaxing day of swimming. Be sure to try the delicious pizza from their pizza oven!
Luxe Tip: When visiting the Amalfi Coast, charter a private boat to the picturesque island of Capri. A private boat is a great way to see the coastline and view the island from the water. Be sure to stop by the Blue Grotto and take a dip into the water. It’s one of the most beautiful and iconic sea caves in that area, known for it’s brilliant blue and emerald colors.
And finally, when staying at the Palazzo Avino, be sure to book one of their top suites with a balcony and sea views. Trust me, it’s worth it!
Images by: Katie Frederick with Ever After Honeymoons
Address: Via S. Giovanni del Toro, 28, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 818181
Facebook: Palazzo Avino