My husband and I stayed here with our families for our wedding in Ravello during the last week of May 2009. We still can't believe this amazing villa was real - the pictures just don't do it justice! We have been tempted to keep this place a secret, but that would be unfair to Cristina, the owner of this gorgeous villa. The decor is beautiful, with a very modern, sleek vibe. All of the bedrooms have sea views. The best part of the villa is the abundance of outdoor spaces to enjoy the panoramic sea views and perfect weather (it was in the mid-80s and sunny the whole week we were there). I lost count of the number of terraces with different types of lounge chairs! Outside, there is also a jacuzzi, fitness area, sauna, boat docking area, and private beach. As a note, there are many stairs to get up to the road and down to the water/beach, but they are not terribly steep and they will help you burn off all of the delicious food and wine you will consume!
We highly recommend the services you can book through the villa. We ordered groceries in advance to be delivered upon our arrival - this was a great idea. We booked a chef, waiter and bar man for our rehearsal dinner and Cristina did a wonderful job organizing an elegant and relaxed evening. We did not provide much input, yet she put together a lovely table setting. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. The villa is really the perfect place for a special meal or celebration. We also booked a wonderful hairdresser who came to the villa to do my hair for the wedding and a great masseuse for the day after the wedding.
We enjoyed both restaurants that are within walking distance (we did not have a chance to try two other nearby restaurants offering boat pickup). You can walk to SITA bus stops, but we also recommend the car services of Claudio Lucibello (www.amalficoastcarservice.it) - he offers very professional and prompt service. You can also arrange for a boat pickup from the villa for tours of the coast or Capri - this is a must do!
To sum it all up, this place is truly paradise. We really wish we could keep it a secret, but I think the secret is out, as it was booked up for the entire high season. We can't wait to return!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Santa Maria Hotel Amalfi