The Santa Caterina was recommended to me by a colleague. Even so, she hadn't been there in a long time and since it was so expensive, the question really was....was it worth it! Yes!! From the moment we arrived until we left (long after we checked out), the staff could not do enough to make our stay a great experience.
As the pictures tell, the hotel is absolutely beautiful. There is also an intimacy that photos cannot capture. We truly felt like honored guests in their home. Gennero, who was wonderful, showed us to our room. To our surprise, both our rooms were upgraded to full sea view from a side sea view!! Spacious is an understatement. The terraces had an amazing view and we were lucky enough to have weather that allowed us to keep the doors open and fully enjoy it. We had daily turn down service which included a delicious chocolate treat. Our room had a bath and a half, which was really convenient at times.
The buffet breakfast was varied....cheeses, fresh fruit ripened to perfection, freshly baked pastries and breads, an omelet station, bacon, sausage, a wide selection of cereals, etc. The waiter served us freshly squeezed orange juice , coffee and tea. The view from the breakfast room was priceless.
The pool area was as 'good as it gets'. When we arrived to the pool area....late on our first day....the attendant did his best to find 4 chairs to our liking. The gulf was just steps away, easily accessed by ladders attached to the rocks. The pool was the perfect temperature. Because of the location, you 'lose' the sun at 4-4:30. My sister-in-law was sitting at the pool and began to chat with a man whose little girl was delightful. As it turned out, his father owned the hotel and he was visiting his family. The hotel has been in the family for over a 100 years!! I think this is a key difference between this hotel and other 5 stars. There is a personal touch that can only be achieved by people that are proud of the special attention they can give guests.
There is a shuttle that runs every 20-30 mins into Amalfi. We walked in a few times and after dinner took a taxi that cost 10 Euro (crazy amount for such a short distance) one time and walked off all the calories the other time. We enjoyed the town...there was a special festival when we were there and there was free entertainment in the main piazza just for us ;)
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