As others have said the journey from Naples to Ravello is through the mountains and takes around an hour, the drivers both ways were excellent and helped with luggage and talked with us about the surrounding area.
The Caruso is set up on a street about a five minute walk from the centre of Ravello, which is a charming yet very small village. The Hotel Sasso is next door to the Caruso but I have to say does not look as appealing, yet I'm sure is a good Hotel too.
Our room overlooked the fabulous white rose trimmed gardens with an amazing view. Again our son was well catered for with a lovely single bed added in the room, children's slippers and dressing gown. The room was spacious and had all the amenities expected from a luxury Hotel, the bathroom toiletries were wonderful and never scrimped on!
We spent most days of our week break by the Hotel pool which was simply breath taking, we found that you could enjoy the sun in the morning, a fantastic lunch by the pool restaurant and then retire with a rossini and watch the birds dancing around the pool!
The food is without exception amazing, I think we tried most dishes but can highly recommend the tuna and any of the seafood pasta dishes we ate were amazing. The evening restaurant is set out on the terrace which again is beautiful, the second restaurant, I believe called the Belvedere Restaurant was not open during the time we stayed due to the weather being a little unpredictable at night but this did not effect our enjoyment in anyway.
The hotel has a free shutle bus to Amalfi and Positano, we visited Amalfi which we found very crowded and a little too touristy for us and soon escaped back to the calm of the Caruso. There is also a free boat trip from Amalfi to Positano and back which takes around two hours, we did this and found that we were the only three on the boat, the captain spoke perfect english and was very informative about all the sights along the coast; it was a great experience.
Finally, what make a good Hotel GREAT is the staff, I simply cannot praise each and every member of staff we encountered highly enough, from Marco and Yolanda at the pool to Tomasmo (a true gentleman and fantastic restaurant manager), Julia, Gabriella and more at the gorgeous pool restaurant, Giovanni the Restaurant Manager, Giovanni the restaurant waiter, the great lady sommelier, Nicola our breakfast man!, the housekeepers and of course not forgetting the exceptional Giovanni the Bar man who not only knows just what you want when you sit down but makes the BEST B52 cocktails in the world.......... thank you.
This is one Hotel that you have to visit in your life time, we are already planning our return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond Hotel Caruso is located in a former 11th century palace in charming Ravello, perched on a clifftop overlooking the spectacular Amalfi Coast. It boasts 50 splendidly restored rooms, of which 27 suites and 23 double rooms. Each room has its unique style and most boast a stunning sea view and private garden or terrace. Dining facilities include the Belvedere Restaurant with an elegant indoor dining room, an outdoor terrace adorned with ancient columns and an alfresco area close to the pool. It offers a superb selection of delicious Mediterranean food. The Pool Restaurant serves informal luncheons and drinks, as well as a salad buffet and original Neapolitan Pizza cooked in front of guests. Pizza-making lessons are also available. The Cocktail and Piano Bar is located on the first floor of the main building, decorated with original 18th century frescoes. Guests can swim in the incredible infinity swimming pool, seemingly suspended between sea and sky, join the Head Gardner for a special tour of the terraced gardens, relax with a signature treatment at the wellness centre or work out at the gym with a view of the coast. A complimentary shuttle service to Amalfi and Positano and a daily complimentary boat excursion along the coast during summer months are also available. ... more less
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