We needed a very relaxing break with fantastic food and a variety of things to do. We were away from our two very small children for just one week and it was our first holiday in 5 years. This is exactly what we wanted. Our room was clean and comfortable with a balcony and a terrace looking over the sea. We were half board apart from two nights during which we went to a restaurant recommended by Nicola which was fantastic in the nearby town of Atrani. On the other nights we ate at the hotel and the food started off average, and finished being very good. It seemed to get better each night. The pasta starter was generally the best coarse, and the pudding not very exciting but by that time we were so full it didn't matter. The wine was absolutely delicious and the staff very friendly, professional and helpful. Breakfast was simply bread and croissants and I did miss fruit, yoghurt or something healthy but all I needed to do was pop up to the shop opposite the hotel where I could get these things and there was a fridge in our room we could keep things in. Also we got wine and wonderfully fresh olives at the shop before dinner. We'd sit at a table looking over the sea surrounded by flowers and lemons.
Having got a picnic of mozzarella and parma ham ciabatta rolls from the shop, we hired a boat for a day and loved it so much that we did it again for a half day, despite the euro being a nightmare at the time. The boat was delivered to the hotel. It felt luxurious, decadent and such fun. We drove the boat to Capri, not our cup of tea on the island but going around it was beautiful. We stopped in Positano where we got the taxi boat from our boat to the town which was 10 euro there and back inclusive which we thought was very expensive but it is the same price whether there for an hour or a day. Positano was lively and pretty with fantastic shopping. Going back to the hotel was a wonderful very peaceful hideaway, like escaping to our own little bit of luxury away from the crowds.
We swam in the sea and snorkelled (watch out for jelly fish - my husband got stung on our first night!), sunbathed, explored Amalfi and Atrani, both a walk away and took the car we hired up to Ravello which is beautiful, particulary Villa Crimbone which is a must.
We enjoyed the freedom having a car gave us and explored all over the Amalfi Coast. Our conclusion: we had picked the best spot!
Apart from being able to hear fellow guests walking around and shutting doors, we have nothing negative to say. Even the noise of the guests never was that bad because there are only 12 rooms and it is not the kind of place you go for a big party.
We arrived home well rested, well fed and wanting to go back one day definitely. Highly recommended.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa San Michele Hotel Ravello
- Hotel San Michele
- San Michele Hotel