The Villa San Michele is like a dream. It has a magical quality that takes you over very quickly and made it very very hard to leave. The hotel is small and very familial which adds to the charm, nothing is too much trouble for Nicola and his team. This is not a hotel where you are invisible and the staff are impersonal, instead, everyone was so friendly and made you feel welcome and as if part of their family. All the guests staying there during our stay (6-15 September) got on really well too and it was a great atmosphere.
The location of the hotel is just sublime, standing alone on the rocks overlooking the sea. Terraced gardens lead down to a lovely platform for swimming and sunbathing so you feel like you have the sea all to yourself. The gardens are lit up at night which adds to the romance and magic of the place and there are seats on another terraced level all candle lit by night from where you can have an apero or simply look down to the sea below.
We were unsure of the half board as we usually like to explore a local village by night and eat there however, the food was wonderful (cooked by Rosa) and varied, and it made a nice change in fact to simply wander up to the restaurant in the evening and chat with the other guests. To change a bit we ate lunch in the restaurant and wandered down to nearby Atrani to eat in the square.
The Villa San Michele is really really special. We have stayed in many lovely places throughout Italy, but this felt really different and unique. It has a simplicity which is refreshing and completely charming.
The rooms could do with an update that is true, but this does not take away from the wonderful atmosphere, food, company, and location of this really special place.
Hello to the lovely Denis and Jose, two lovely people whom we met on this trip :)
- Also Known As:
- Villa San Michele Hotel
- Villa San Michele Hotel Ravello
- Hotel San Michele
- San Michele Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa San Michele on Amalfi Coast is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing holiday relishing the sea the sun and the views of the Amalfi Coast. A charming refuge from which the most attractive towns such as Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento can be easily reached. The hotel built upon the rocks is in perfect harmony with nature situated in beautiful garden from here to the sea takes only a moment following a private route. The air and the eyes are filled with the fragrances and colours of the lemons and bouganville creating the right atmosphere for a romantic stay. ... more less
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