I've waited for a couple of weeks to write about Villa Ketty. I wanted to find the best words and give true justice to the place and its amazing owners. But it's still not easy to come up with an accurate and convincing description of this small luxurious place on the edge of the Amalfi Coast, in short - it is truly the best!
We arrived really late at night to the small town of Vico Equense. The town has its own charms enjoyed by locals more then tourists. We parked at the Pizza by a Meter underground garage (as instructed in the email). Mario (the owner) was there to pick us up. He drives an old 60s "Beatles" minivan as it is one of the rare vehicles that can make it to the hotel located on the top of a cliff above Mediterranean sea. The streets are narrow and curvy and the drive reminded us of a "rush hour" game requiring strategic decision making about backing up and turning around. :)
Owners: The place is owned and run (hands-on) by one family and is named after its matriarch - beautiful Signora Ketty. Her husband (Mario), two daughters and son-in-law are in the villa every day: driving the guests, preparing and serving the unbelievably fresh and homey breakfast, greeting and making their guests stay as comfortable and worry-free as possible, running pottery classes for kids and sharing home-made (by Ketty) limoncello and samba.
Rooms: Family rooms are facing the sea with no direct view from windows but a huge terrace in front. There is also a main road right below but the noise subsides around mid-night and almost unnoticeable once inside. These rooms have beds on two floors, very spacious, very clean. Other rooms are located on the higher floor and are more isolated.
Beds and pillows: on the harder side (personal preference).
Bathroom: very clean, on a smaller side, narrow, with not enough space for toiletries (very minor inconvenience that can be easily solved with some additional hangers and stands).
Breakfast: amazing! Everyone here already accurately described it. It was the best in Italy (we stayed at the 5 start Rome and Venice hotels). It is fresh (fruits are from the orchard), cheeses and meats are from local farmers, juices and various fruit preserves are just made.
Location: previous reviewers have accurately described location - view of the Vesuvius, the sea, the harbor and a castle. Fruit orchards surrounding the villa. We had a fig tree right outside our room - ate the best ripest figs ever. It is a bit off-the-beaten-path but close to everything: we visited Capri (ferry from Sorrento - 20 min), drove along the coast to Positano (30 min), went to Pompeii (30 min). It is isolated from touristy places but has as much beauty and authentic charm as any other "famous" town along the coast. It is about 10-15 minutes from the main autostrada (A3 from Rome to SS145).
Hospitality: model for all other hoteliers - the owners put their heart into this place and it clearly shows.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Villa Ketty, we receive our guests into a warm and welcoming environment. The furnishings in the halls inside the villa, as well as in the outdoor spaces, demonstrate the extent to which the owners wish to merge tradition and innovation. That’s why you’ll find, in the lounges and bedrooms, classical fittings and fixtures alongside the most modern, essential, clean-cut finishings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Ketty Resort Vico Equense, Italy - Province Of Naples