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.
Covo Dei Saraceni
Perched on the rock at the foot of town, and close enough to the water that you can hear the lapping of the waves from your balcony, the Covo dei Saraceni is one of two hotels in Positano with immediate beach access. The rooms are delightful, offering beautiful sea views. The beachfront restaurant and bar is a fantastic place to enjoy a meal and watch the world go by. You can explore the town on foot as all the main sights are a short walk away. Alternatively, lie by the rooftop swimming pool and enjoy the view.
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The rooms are in line with the quintessential Positano style, with whites and blues, prized local Vietri tiles and paintings of the picturesque hillside town decorating the walls. Because the building has been built into the rock, all rooms and suites have immediate views of the sea from either their balconies or private terraces. Some even have their own Jacuzzi hot tubs.
Steps from the beach, the Covo dei Saraceni has a superb location for exploring the town or catching a ferry to Capri, Sorrento or Naples. Road access stops half way up the hill, after which point it’s all pedestrianized. Shops and restaurants sit in this lower part of town so you avoid the steep climb after dinner. On arrival, the Covo provides a luggage collection service.
Food and drink
The Covo Restaurant serves delicious gourmet fare, expertly made with fresh, local produce. There’s also the rooftop restaurant and bar which is particularly good for a long lunch in the sun, offering views of the town and excellent seafood. The Brasserie is an annexed, rustic restaurant, set on the beach and serving simple lunches, pizzas and gelato.
A reliable choice with everything you would expect from a five star property. The service is fantastic, the rooms and views are exceptional and, as it is one of only two of its kind on the beach, it has become an institution in Positano, ideal for exploring the town.
Places & hotels on the map
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.
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.