Belmond Hotel Caruso, sitting proudly atop the hill top town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast, was once a large palazzo (palace) dating back to the 11th century and much of its grandeur still remains today.
Entering the hotel for the first time is like walking into a modern art gallery; the signature white walls and minimalist design serve to bring the sea views into primary focus. The beauty of this hotel lies in the level of care and attention given to its design and service. In the rooms and suites, comfort and calmness are key and only the highest quality linens and chic modern furniture and lighting are used. In this respect, it's the only one of its kind on the coast and, being an adult-only property, it's ideal for a special or romantic getaway.
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Rooms and suites are bright and full of natural light; the white walls and simple design create a fresh, clean interior with all the comforts and luxuries of a five star hotel. No effort has been spared; rooms are finished with soft linens, fresh flowers, hand-picked pieces of furniture and state-of-the-art technology. The bathrooms are spacious, with separate bathtubs and showers, all filled with L’Occitane beauty products. All rooms have balconies, French windows, or terraces, offering either frontal views of the sea or lateral views of the sea and coast.
Casa Angelina is near the small town of Praiano. Positano is only a ten minute drive away or you can drive to Ravello in approximately 35 minutes. Close to the hotel is La Gavitella Beach Club with direct sea access and reserved sunloungers. You'll need to take the elevator down to sea level and then it’s 200 steps to the club.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants at Casa Angelina and both serve exceptional dishes made from fresh, home-grown produce. The first, Un Piano Nel Cielo, translates as ‘A Floor in the Sky’ and has a panoramic rooftop terrace with indoor and outdoor seating. Try the breakfast here: it’s one of the best on the coast. For a light lunch, visit Taste, the hotel’s poolside restaurant.
Facilities and activities
The indoor heated swimming pool is located within the gym and fitness area. Here, you can hire a personal trainer or enjoy a relaxing sauna. An outdoor swimming pool is also available or, if you prefer to swim in the sea, there are reserved sunloungers at La Gavitella Beach club. Alternatively, book the private boat for a tour of the coastline.
We were impressed by Casa Angelina; it's modern and chic while also being warm and welcoming. Designed as a romantic retreat, it's ideal for those who want peace while still being within easy reach of the coast, the nightlife, and the sea.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located right on the beach, Hotel Buca di Bacco is conveniently central. It has a friendly atmosphere and a delicious restaurant alongside wonderful sea views that have been the inspiration for many famous authors since 1916, when it first opened.
The Covo dei Saraceni dates back to the 19th century and balances elegance, an unrivaled seafront location, and first rate service. It is the result of one family’s dedication to maintaining the beauty of their town and home.
Once a large convent built into the rock just above Amalfi town, this 13th-century structure still has an intact cloister and church which, along with its spectacular infinity pool, are its most impressive features.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Hotel Luna Convento’s most beautiful feature is the sunlit cloister around which the hotel is built. Although simple, the property is steeped in history and charm, with an idyllic swimming pool overlooking the sea.
A landmark hotel on the Amalfi coast and just a short drive from Positano, Il San Pietro has everything from a private beach to tennis courts and a Michelin star restaurant, not to mention excellent service and impressive views.
This ancient palazzo (palace) is known throughout Positano for its heritage and elegance. Once a grand private villa, Le Sirenuse was transformed into a first rate hotel in 1951 and has been the town’s premier historic hotel ever since.
Once a 17th-century monastery, perched high up on the Amalfi coast, the Monastero Santa Rosa has been expertly renovated to five star standards without losing any of its original features. It’s an exceptional property with sea views, a spa, and an infinity pool.
Ancient Palazzo Murat, in central Positano, radiates a classic Mediterranean romanticism. Steeped in history, it tastefully flaunts its original antique doors, artwork, heavy stone balconies, and its peaceful swimming pool with sea views.
The Punta Regina is a charming hotel with an authentic family atmosphere. Located near the top of the hill, but still within the heart of Positano, it has the height for those spectacular sea views and a convenient location for exploring.
Villa Cimbrone is a 12th-century masterpiece, once owned by Lord Beckett who painstakingly restored it and its famous gardens to their current magnificence. It has since played host to an array of historic icons, most notably Virginia Wolf, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.
Villa Franca is definitively boutique. Using the whites and blues of the region, this hotel is a refreshing and tranquil refuge that overlooks the town below and the sea beyond. It’s artistic, fun and exceptionally chic.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, preserved by six meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD.
Experience a half day cooking class at a local family home. You will learn the secret recipes of the D’Antonio family, from making homemade pasta to fileting the catch of the day.
Discover the role that lemons play in traditional life on the Amalfi Coast with this half-day tour. You’ll take a guided walk through the lemon groves and tour a local limoncello distillery, as well as sitting down to a seaside lunch.