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.
Hotel Luna Convento
Situated just on the outskirts of Amalfi town, Hotel Luna Convento is quiet yet only a short walk from the middle of town. Once a 12th-century monastery, many of its original features still remain today, including the central cloister and the cells, which have been transformed and expanded into sea-facing bedrooms and suites. The restaurant is housed in a beautifully grand space, with recently painted frescoes on the domed ceiling and a sunlit terrace looking over the town and out to sea.
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Rooms are simple but full of character with high, domed, frescoed ceilings which, although not original, bring the room to life. Looking out from the windows or terraces, you are greeted with views of the sea and ships sailing past. Each room is different in size with white walls, modern amenities and tiled floors, hand painted in the famous Vietri style.
Just a short walk from the middle of Amalfi, the Luna Convento is well located for visiting the town’s Cloister of Paradise or dining in the main square. Ravello and Positano are under an hour away by car. You could also take a public boat from the main port which goes as far as Sorrento or Naples.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants at Hotel Luna Convento. The first has a yellow, domed ceiling which warms the rooms with light; breakfast is served here daily. The second is al fresco, serving fresh, traditional Amalfi dishes for lunch and dinner. For cooler nights, there’s a bar with arched ceilings and an imposing stone fireplace. Alternatively, sip an aperitivo in the courtyard of the cloister.
Facilities and activities
The swimming pool is located across the road and down approximately 80 steps towards the sea, where a beautiful secluded platform has been built into the rock. The pool is a good size, surrounded by sunloungers and with direct access to the sea below.
Although the rooms are quite simple and dated, the Hotel Luna Convento is steeped in history and charm. The cloister in the middle of the building is delightful, the views are spectacular and the swimming pool is a lovely touch.
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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 favorite 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.
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.