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“Amazing wedding experience”
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Villa Oliviero
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We got married at Villa Oliviero last Summer. I was nervous about booking a villa and our wedding online without seeing it in person, but as soon as we booked it I knew I was in excellent hands with my wedding planner and the villa. And then once we saw it in person we were blown away. The photos don't do it justice. The views are amazing. Yes there are a lot of steps to arrive but they are totally worth it! The owner is wonderful and makes you feel completely at home. We had great food prepared by their chef almost every night. Our guests had a great time relaxing by the pool and jacuzzi. Positano is such a magical place. Our wedding was planned to perfection. The food was delicious and the service top notch. I hope we can go back and stay there again for an anniversary soon.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Jill P
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I had my wedding here. We rented the villa for the entire week. I can honestly say it was the best week of my life. Alice Oliviero will make your dreams come true. I'd like to respond to some of the comments below which are factually incorrect.

First, we had a pizza party in the pizza oven. An amazing chef came to prepare something like 50 pizzas. We did this as our "rehearsal dinner" and it was an idea given to us by the staff here which was wonderful. You cannot get food poisoning from a pizza oven. The oven gets up to 800 degrees. Not to mention the pizza is fantastic.

We used the hot tub and found absolutely no problems with it.

The staff does not speak English well, but hey you're in Italy. If you want perfect English then have your wedding in the States. Don't have it here, but it's completely unfair to rate a villa in Italy on how well the staff can speak your native language.

Yes, there are charges for things. But how awesome is it to have a live-in cook who can prepare amazing food for you whenever you want? The price is comparable to dining out. It's also Positano which is not a cheap place to vacation. If you come here to this stunning place you pay for the experience. The person below clearly wanted to live the fabulous life but wasn't prepared to pay for it. Also, we had no problems keeping our own wine and food in the kitchen. The second thing that was shown to us when we got there was our own refrigerator where we were welcomed to keep anything we wanted.

In addition, we did not have any problems getting in to the villa. We had our guests coming and going at all hours of the day and night and not once had a problem getting back in! And yes there are something like 300 stairs from the main road, but that's how you get this paradise in the sky. The staff helped us with our bags and sweated through their shirts to help us with everything. In fact, I felt so close to the staff that I invited them to the dance portion of our wedding. Of course they declined, but they are the sweetest people and will no doubt bend over backwards for you.

If you are looking for a truly incredible and magical experience, especially for your wedding, come to Villa Oliviero. They treated us like royalty and even though we only had 15 people at our event, they took every detail so seriously.

Stay here and you will be able to die happy. All of my wildest dreams came true and I had the best week of my life. My new husband and I can't wait to one day bring our children here to show them this paradise in the sky. The pictures on the website don't do it justice and the view...WOW. Just wow.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Tiffany R
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

The villa and the view is amazing but our experience was spoiled with the many hidden charges for services that should be standard. My best advice would be to check into a hotel. The view may not be as nice but at least you will feel confident about the service you are getting and what you are paying for.

A few of the things that soured our experience are listed below:

1) You are not given a key but ring a doorbell to enter. I didn't mind this except after 4pm the staff mysteriously disappear and you need to rely on other guests to let you in. This is very inconvenient especially if you want to go out for dinner.

2) There is only one staff member present who speaks English and he is hard to find and leaves early. This was particularly frustrating as we had the villa booked for 5 nights and one of our guests left a day early. The staff promptly locked the room and would not open the door. We looked for the English speaking staff member to help us explain the situation but he could not be found. We wanted to use the room because my mother had the flu and did not want to share a room with my father and pass on the flu to him.

3) The staff are happy to help with your requests but will charge you for everything. The staff also tell you not to bring drinks or wine to the villa from outside, probably so you have to drink their drinks and they can overcharge you for that too. You are handed a bill at the end which almost feels like a complete fabrication - huge charges for services that are standard in any other accommodation.

4) The rooms are well maintained but the other amenities such as the spa and pizza oven. The spa water smelled like it needed to be changed and the pizza oven was filthy inside. Using the pizza oven would risk getting food poisoning, not to mention additional charges.

5) We celebrated our wedding at the villa which was a nice event, however when the wedding staff left, they took all the food and wine. This was food and wine we had paid a great deal for. This bugged me a lot as I was charged 250 euros for additional wine, which was now being consumed by someone else. The staff were insisting that they could cook more food for dinner and open another bottle of wine for us, but we would be charged for this of course.


To summarise, the villa is beautiful and you will no doubt enjoy yourself while you are there but the bill at the end will greatly sour your experience and clean out your wallet no matter how careful you are.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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16  Thank TYL_Melbourne
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Believe the gorgeous shots on the website. Killer views, beautiful terraces, and a bilingual staff that would bend over backwards to help. Plus how cool is it having your own pizza oven for your own pizza party? The pool is unheated, the rooms are perhaps a tad on the plain side, and you do need to be able to walk uphill and up steps to reach the villa. (Staff will meet you further down the hill with a great golf cart/tractor to bring up your bags if you need assistance, though.) But wow, is it worth it. Rent the whole place out for a private party, a family gathering, a seminar or retreat — but don't expect to get much work done, as your guests will be drooling over the views of the town, the beach and the bay.

Given the choice, why would you want to be in the tourist-filled crowds in town when you could be relaxing here, above it all, anyway?

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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7  Thank vincentinparis
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

Stunningly beautiful, overlooking the Mediterranean on a sunny hillside. The villa is like something out of a magazine, everything is picture perfect. Perched on a hillside in Positano, with dramatic views of the village below and the sparkling sea beyond. The villa is spacious and impeccably maintained, the staff friendly and very accomodating, the food excellent. Everything you want is available. The rooms are large and airy, some with private balconies overlooking the sea, one has a dramatic shower stall carved out of the rock hillside that you just have to see. Alice & the Oliviero family and the villa staff catered to our every whim and made us feel pampered, like family. Exapnsive patios, a large pool, hot tub, sitting room and dining area, access to the kitchen, it all feels like home--a very upscale home that is. We were served a delicous breakfast every morning on the patio, and everything was excellent. It is a long walk up from the street to the villa, but worth every step in anticipation of the paradise that awaits. The staff will haul your luggage up for you so no worries there. If Tripadvisor had six stars, Villa Oliveiro would rate it easily!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank tomcat408
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Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank nziria
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Address: Via Stefano Andres 6, 84017, Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Positano
Price Range: $291 - $296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Oliviero has been built on the rocky ridge above the sea in a residential area in the upper part of Positano. The villa is approximately 200 meters off of the main coastal road. There are approximately 180 steps from the main coastal road up to the pedestrian pathway which take you to the front gate of the Villa. Daily Continental breakfast From the villa, guests can reach the centre of town, on foot, in 10 minutes and the beach in 15 minutes. The main gate brings to the upper terrace covered with a beautiful Glicine. Water, gas, electricity, internet 6 double bedrooms are furnished with air conditioning, heating, telephone, and a nice view on connection A/C and heating the gulf of Positano. Consumptions The huge dining room with a large sofa facing an ancient fireplace will comfort you and is full of old furniture; satellite television with dvd, vcr and stereo system are at guests disposal. A personal computer and dsl wireless internet connection is available all over the property. Phone concierge assistance The Villa is based on four levels. An external staircase leads through the garden down to the terrace and swimming pool. The swimming pool (10 x 10m) lies on the lowest terrace, offering plenty of shaded areas. The outdoor lamps set throughout the garden create a very intimate atmosphere at night. ... more   less 
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