I came to the Santa Caterina in July 2012 with my fiance. We had been traveling for over a week when we arrived in Amalfi (Rome, Florence, Tuscany) so we were ready for some rest and relaxation and that is what we got.
I must say that everyone told me that when you come to the Amalfi coast you *have* to stay in Positano and I didn't know if we were missing out on anything. The Santa Caterina turned out to be EXACTLY what we were looking for.
1) THE POOL
The pool area is unlike anything I have ever seen. The hotel is built into the side of an enormous cliff and a glass elevator take you down to the "pool" area which built right into the rocks at the ocean level. They have an area where you can jump right off the rocks into the water. The lunch and dinner restaurants are on different levels of the cliff and both look out over the ocean. It is magical.
2) The SERVICE
This is truly a Five Star hotel. We had booked the lowest level room and were upgraded for free upon checkin to the next level up. We were treated like we had booked the honeymoon suite despite having booked the cheapest room possible. The concierge, Matteo, was incredibly helpful in recommending restaurants and places to go out and party on nights we felt like having some drinks and letting loose a bit. The hotel was great at arranging transportation and giving us a wide range of options for places to eat and things to do.
We did end up taking the ferry (I think it was only 8 Euros) to Positano one day which was a great day and well worth the trip for the views from the ferry alone. We walked around all the shops and had lunch at La Cambusa and we walked up to the Sirenuse and asked if we could walk through the lobby and stand on the deck and see the view which they were very nice about letting us do. The view was different and also magical in it's own way but we really wanted to enjoy the ocean and The Santa Caterina was the right choice for us because of this.
I had a massage one day at the spa which was, in my opinion, only okay. The guy who walked out of his massage as I was walking in said it was the best massage he ever had- so it may be a matter of personal taste. I felt like my "deep tissue" massage wasn't hard enough and the masseuse was a little unfriendly/cold. To be fair- I should have told her to use more pressure but I have a hard time speaking up in those situations.
Overall- we were blown away and this hotel far exceeded our expectations.
This is the perfect choice for a romantic trip.
If you are contemplating staying here- go for it. You won't be disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Caterina Amalfi
- Hotel Santa Caterina