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.
Il San Pietro Positano
This Relais & Chateaux property was originally opened in 1970 by the charismatic owner, Carlino, and is now a landmark hotel on the Amalfi Coast. With views of Praiano to the left and Positano to the right, Il San Pietro sits in an enviable position, wrapped around a cliff with its own grotto and private beach. All the rooms have private terraces looking directly out on to the sea, each with its own distinct theme. It boasts the largest terrace in the area as well as a spa, gym, heated swimming pool, and open kitchen in the Michelin starred restaurant.
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Rooms are large with traditional Vietri tiles on the floor and local paintings and mosaics on the walls. All the rooms have private terraces and direct views of the sea. Traditional yet vibrant, the theme is in keeping with the shades of the landscape, furnished with all the luxuries you would expect from a five star property. Each room has its own quirk that brings it to life, from the blue and white ceramic pots, the warm glow from the chandeliers or the geometric patterns on the tiled floors.
Il San Pietro is secluded and peaceful while being a mere five minutes’ drive from Positano along the Amalfi Coast. The private beach is 540 steps down the cliff, through the terraced vegetable gardens, or just 45 seconds in the hidden elevator that has been drilled into the rock.
Food and drink
There are two excellent restaurants to choose from at the Il San Pietro. The first is Zass, the Michelin starred restaurant that overlooks the Praiano coast and offers high quality dishes with home-grown seasonal vegetables. The second is Carlino, built into the grotto on the water’s edge. This is a special choice, great for either a gourmet or simple lunch.
Facilities and activities
There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from the tennis courts to the small swimming pool with underwater music, through to the private beach or spa. Enjoy some yoga or Pilates in the open or exercise in the gym under the lemon groves. There is also a 24-hour free shuttle to Positano and back.
A real name on the Amalfi Coast, Il San Pietro is grand and sophisticated without being stuffy. It is outside of Positano but completely self-contained, giving you the option of exploring or staying put.
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.
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.
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.