The Santa Caterina in Amalfi, Italy is an amazing hotel with the most impeccable service we have ever experienced. From the moment we walked into the hotel, after a stressful drive along the Amalfi Coast, a weight was lifted as they catered to our every need with sincere kindness.
The pool and private bathing area is 80 meters down by glass elevator which puts you on the Mediterranean Sea, where you can swim in the sea and/or pool as you overlook the town of Amalfi and the jagged cliffs.
They even have a complimentary shuttle to take you 2km into Amalfi, a nice bonus. Also, when we asked the concierge for romantic restaurant recommendations, they supplied four choices with no push toward one or the other. We happened to pick Ristorante Eolo, which coincidentally is owned by the same family that runs the hotel. They certainly could have pointed us in that direction, but they allowed us to make our own decision - class act. By the way, Ristorante Eolo overlooks the beautiful town of Amalfi and the Mediterranean Sea and was a wonderful dining experience. And, make sure to go just before sunset and request one of three coveted tables on the balcony. Awesome!
We booked a partial ocean view, king room, which was amazingly large, and it included a Jacuzzi tub. It also included a balcony overlooking the garden, lemon groves and the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel is very clean and the smell of lemons is everywhere!
We paid 400 Euros per night, and it was worth every penny, even with the USD/Euro conversation rate. The rate included a wonderful (big selection) breakfast on the terrace with spectacular views. Or if we pleased, they offered room service; truly fitting their motto "with great pleasure, no problem at all". As a side note, every other hotel charged us for the little things. Santa Caterina did NOT - free internet access in the living room (with computer you can use), bottled water in the fitness center and in your room every night, cookies/treats in your room, free parking, etc... The spa was also tremendous and the fitness center has all the right equipment.
I cannot recommend Santa Caterina enough as we stayed at luxury (and more expensive) properties all over Italy - this hotel was clearly the BEST.
In closing, if you are a neat freak or obsessive-compulsive about cleanliness, this is the property for you! Enjoy the views and service!
Let me know if you want photos of the property, I'd love to share!