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“A touch of paradise - special mention to Cristina, the owner, to make our stay really special” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Santa Maria
Via Cappella, 10, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #13 of 32 Amalfi B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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“A touch of paradise - special mention to Cristina, the owner, to make our stay really special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Villa Santa Maria is located between Amalfi and Positano. The villa is perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi coast making it the perfect location to live the coast to the full whilst allowing you to totally get away from it all and relax.

Decor
It is a country luxury style; the rooms are minimalist but with a very warm and personalised interior design. Each room is different from the other,

Rooms
we stayed in a junior suite and it was a real dream: slightly detached from the main house, it has a patio overlooking the sea surrounded from lemon trees, a small garden with sun chairs. The room itself is quite big and its key point is the huge window with sea view which can be enjoyed from the bed as well. The room is clean and has all you need (flat TV, sitting area, etc)

Service
Raally good. Rooms were cleaned early in the morning and your needs are always met throughout the day

Breakfast
The breakfast is served outside and offers a wide choice, including home made cakes.

Aperitifs
Aperitifs: loved them - especially when enjoyed with the stunning sea view

The hotel does not have a restaurant, however there are 3 of them 5 minutes walk from the villa.

Private beach
Stairs take you to a very nice private beach; on the way to the beach there is a Jacuzzi overlooking the sea and an open air gym which are part of the villa's facilities.

Special mention to the owner/manager
Our stay was made exceptional thanks to the attention of Cristina, the owner, who is a very discrete but at the same time attentive manager, always ready to give you tips on sites to visit, restaurants and with a great capability to foresee all customer needs/requests.

We will definitely be back - October probably!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

Stay: July 15-21, 2012
Profile: married couple; aged 36,48; active life style.

First and foremost Villa Santa Maria (VSM) is absolutely refreshing. The views are breath taking, the location is stunning and the proprietors Christina and Victor are amazing!! 

Our stay at VSM was by happenstance given our decision to abandon our first hotel selection. Upon arrival we were greeted by the lovely Christina who showed us around the property. Her husband Victor is amazingly strong carried our luggage down the long stairwell and was ever so pleasant and friendly. Their daughter Victoria who I believe is between the age of 6-8 is well mannered and perfect.

The hotel is situated on a cliff, similar to that of the Amlfi Coast. So it has ample stairs, gardens and sitting areas. The property is equipped with a sauna, whirlpool, small outside gym,  private sun bathing and swimming areas (natural). The rooms are tastefully decorated and the  living room is stylishly done.

Mark and I stayed in the mini-suite which had it's own garden, filled with beautiful flowers native to the region, lemon trees and grape vines. Additionally the suite has it's own  sun bathing and dining area. An ideal spot for lovers or just good ole R&R.

Breakfast is simple, delicious and carbohydrate rich!! 

We loved this place and leaving has become one of the hardest things we've had to do. We've enjoyed lazy moments, filled with good conversation, great food, wine and endless sunshine. VSM is by far one of the best places we've stayed during our 15-day Italian holiday. So I'm certain that we'll be back* whilst we only have good experience and memories of VSM. They are however a few items to note which might be percieved as cons to others, i.e.:
Cons: 
Parking can be a bit of a hassle but it's worth it. Street parking is free. 
Food: only breakfast served, but it's ok to mix with the locals, so go outside. The trattoria up the street is amazing. 
Artwork: could do with some on the walls in the rooms, but I consider  this more of an improvement. 
Stairs: lots of them so not for non active people. But after all everything isn't for everyone...

Nonetheless VSM is a must experience whilst visiting the Amalfi Coast.

Janis

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We spent three days in May'12 in this beautiful villa. Good location between Amalfi and Positano. Very good breakfast with absolutely fantastic view.Nice clean room.But the main thing - is a private beach in a small lagoon.

Room Tip: Jacuzzi with stunning view)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

I just read all the reviews here after staying at the Villa last week and I have to say they are pretty accurate for the most part so I won't repeat them. I wish I had seen them before we went as I had rented it from a company under the name Villa Simona and didn't know this was it's actual name. Would have helped to know the name when trying to find it initially.

If you are thinking of staying there, I would definitely recommend it. It is a bit pricey, but if you can afford it, it is worth it and actually decent value given how beautiful, private and peaceful it is and the fact that it has the private sea access. And of course how expensive the Amalfi Coast is in general. I had no bad experiences with getting dinged on broken items, and in fact we did break a glass but the owner, Cristina, just shrugged it off, so I'm not sure if there were maybe other factors involved with the other people who had problems with this aspect. In fact, Cristina and all the staff were really great throughout the stay.

If you go, my advice is to spend some time outside at night with all the lights off, listening to the sea below. I didn't discover how peaceful and beautiful it is in the dark until the last night. Oh and they have random fireworks some night coming from different places which was a little extra bonus.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

The one thing i will have to say first about this hotel, is that it is not situated in the town of Amalfi, nor the town of Positano. It is sort-of in the middle at the point of Vettica. Finding this hotel is a struggle. Apparently they are not allowed to put any signs on the road which really doesnt help us tourists. We are told to call an hour ahead of arrival and the porter will meet us outside. Tricky if you dont know what you are looking for. Anyway, eventually after driving up and down we found the porter. We parked up outside the hotel (on the road- no off road parking) and the porter kindly took our luggage to guide us down the 156 steps (!). So a warning to anyone who cant manage this number of steps- not the hotel for you.

The hotel is owned and managed by a stylish young Italian lady who greeted us upon arrival. We quickly chose our room (we were a group of three. We arrived 1st so chose room 2 which is a two level style- very cute) and then took a look around. The hotel is done in a sort of modern open apartment style with the focal point being the living space. Its designed to feel like you're staying in your own apartment with TV, x-box, sound systems and books all for use. The living space also has huge floor to cieling windows to take in the view.

The outside area is cute with raffeter seating decorated in the evening with white cloth and candles. There are also sun loungers and a jacuzzi!

All in all this hotel makes a great getaway for a group of young friends but the location lets it down slightly, its neither here nor there. Perfect for renting all rooms (7) for a celebration with friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

We stayed in this lovely hotel in early June 2009 and had a wonderful experience. The couple who own and manage it are young, elegant, intelligent, friendly, and helpful. The rooms are modern & clean, the views stunning. The common areas are elegant and modern in the best of Italian tradition. Things to consider are that (like most places on Amalfi Coast) one has to navigate stairs to get to the hotel from the road and that parking is on the street. Staff helps with suitcases. For those willing to descend (and later climb) more stairs, there is a lovely private beach for a swim or a daring skinny dip. Along the way down to the water, there is a small sauna with a view and even some rec machines. As mentioned elsewhere, breakfast is very good. Owner Christina accommodated our wish to have dinner brought in from a local restaurant which was served under moonlight in the garden section where breakfast is also served. It was magical. Having had the good fortune of a fair bit of international travel to attractive destinations, we spent a good deal of time looking for the right place to celebrate a round birthday and couldn't have found a better place to stay. If tranquility and charm are what you are looking for in a central location on the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast, you found the right place.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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valencia pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Christina was the prefect hostess.Her attention to details made our daughters wedding at the Villa so perfect and beautiful.The week stay there was a perfect location for a romantic destination wedding.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Cappella, 10, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Santa Maria is a special luxury home just a short distance from Amalfi, the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The property was built in a huge garden with a sea view and is accessed along the 130 steps that divide the Villa from the road.Outside you can enjoy the swimming pool Jacuzzi, private beach or sun deck directly on the beach where it is possible to dock small boats, also you can enjoy some relaxing time in the garden. ... more   less 
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