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.
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
The Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is a tasteful blend of 13th-century heritage and modern finishes. The traditional domed ceilings, beautiful cloister and church, and photographs of the convent in the early 20th century bring the history of the property to life. Situated high up on the hill above Amalfi town, this hotel manages to be quiet, secluded and central. The pleasant walk to town takes you down through a Cyprus, Eucalyptus and bougainvillea-lined path, past the infinity pool. All rooms face out onto the sea and port below, except for one which has beautiful views of the cloister instead.
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All the rooms have a distinct size, shape and character, such is the nature of transforming a historic building into a boutique hotel without damaging its original structures. You can expect high, vaulted ceilings and framed original Vietri tiles on the walls, a speciality of the region. The rooms are styled with simple, soft tones, plenty of sunlight, white walls and modern furniture.
A short walk from the hotel down a verdant country path leads you into the heart of Amalfi town. Here, you can find a little square for lunch or visit the Cloister of Paradise. The small marina in Amalfi town is a key connection point between the main ports on the Amalfi coast, making it easy to explore the area by boat and by car.
Food and drink
The Dei Cappuccini Restaurant Bar is located just outside the main building overlooking the sea. It offers both indoor seating and outdoor seating on the terrace underneath the bougainvillea. There’s also La Locanda, which is down by the infinity pool and open daily for lunch. The latest addition to the hotel is Kyushu, the only Japanese restaurant in Amalfi.
The Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is something special and one of the few boutique hotels which is child-friendly.
Facilities and activities
The heated infinity pool is open daily and surrounded by lemon and Cyprus trees. You can book some time in the Turkish bath or visit the small fitness suite. A complimentary shuttle service runs into town at fixed times. The last circuit is at 6pm, after which point you will need to walk back up the hill or get a taxi.
Although Amalfi town is a little touristy and not as picturesque as Positano or Ravello, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is something special and one of the few boutique hotels which is child-friendly. We were charmed by the 13th-century cloister and church, the fantastic service, idyllic pool and sunlit rooms. This hotel is a wonderful choice.
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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.
Casa Angelina is a serene, boutique property. Minimalist in style and exceptionally chic, every inch within its signature white walls and multi-level terraces is a work of art in itself.
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.
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.