It is hard not to be charmed by Ravello. Its ancient winding streets, buzzing village square, astonishing views and enchanting walled gardens should appeal to those of every generation from all walks of life. That our hotel, Palazzo Avino, was equally if not more noteworthy was something that were not expecting. As you step inside from a charming narrow backstreet the cliff side drops away in front of you giving way to the most spectacular view. Needless to say the staff were beyond charming and the bedrooms - even the smallest basic one that we opted for - were very pleasant. But if you're there in the summer you're not really going to spend that much time in your room. That is why the multiple terraces, each offering something slightly different, be it pool, spa, jacuzzi, bar or restaurant are what make this hotel. Each one is staffed by charming and attendent personnel and enjoys jaw dropping coast and ocean views. Whilst it's almost impossible to tear yourself away from the hotel, you must, to take advantage of its water fronting beach facility. A shuttle bus takes a certain number of guests down the windy cliff road each day delivering you into the capable hands of the hotel's private beach club. Loungers line a small flat area of cliff and warm sea waters lap almost at your feet. Swimming is magical and staff, again notably efficient. Loungers are comfortable with special pillows provided as head rests. Lunch can be taken up on a terrace with a wood fire oven serving the most delicious pizzas. Both the hotel and beach club lose the sun in the mid afternoon so be sure to make your way back to the 4th floor of the hotel to take in the last of the rays - it also has the best view and two hot tubs. We both wish we'd booked in to this magical hotel for longer and can't wait to return one day. Oh and remember to taste from the glass jars of sugared almonds in the lobby - each a slightly different flavour - heaven!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Avino is a stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi coast. Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family, it has been rated as one of the world's finest hotels and boasts one-star Michelin dining. Tucked away in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello and perched high on the cliffs, 350 m (1,000 ft) above the sparkling Mediterranean. You can enjoy a candle light dinner served in our awarded Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Caffe dell'Arte or Terrazza Belvedere that during the evening becames Lobster & Martini Bar with more of 80 cocktails Martini. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Sasso Hotel Ravello
- Palazzo Sasso Ravello