Disclaimer....this was by far the best experience I've had in a hotel and as a result this review may sound too good to be true. I thought the same thing before my visit to the Don Alfonso. I'm now a believer.
This hotel ranks among the best in the world. You will be greeted by the most welcoming and warm member of staff when you come through the gates. We were offered chilled house made sparkling lemonade and a sweet while the details of check in were handled flawlessly.
Our room was the Salvia suite located on the top floor of the main lodge. It had a perfect terrace with a view over the Bay of Naples along with the gardens and the pool. The bed was perfectly made with crisp linens and the bath was done in charming tones of purple and yellow with modern fixtures, full sized toiletries and every amenity one could imagine. The room also features free wifi, fresh cut hydrangeas from the gardens and little daily treats of dried fruit, sweets, fruit from the family farms and large bottles of mineral water.
Breakfast each day was heavenly, served in the gardens among the roses and lavender, with ample choices of both hot dishes and freshly baked pastries, jams, honey from the family farm, fresh juices and perfectly prepared espresso or coffee drinks. The service provided by Giuseppe and Rafaele each morning was flawless and it felt as if we were being cared for by the best of family friends.
The location in San Agata is perfect for visiting all the Amalfi coast highlights while at the same time enjoying quiet and seclusion each evening only broken by lovely church bells tolling in the town square.
The cooking school is a must do, especially when the classes are led by Niccolo. We had a private class where we learned to prepare fresh pastas, bread, clams and vegetables in a kitchen that reminds one of a Food Network episode of Iron Chef.
Finally, dinner in the restaurant is a once in a life time experience. You'll be cared for by a most professional staff and wowed with delicacies that come from local purveyors and/or the families own farm located a few miles away on the shore of the peninsula. Your dinner will be paired with a most amazing selection of wines by the expert sommelier, Maurizio, from the family cellar that contains thousands of appellations deserving of the title "Best in Europe".
Special thanks to Mario, Ernesto, Fortunato and the entire team at Don Alfonso. If you are looking for a superlative experience in a picturesque setting chose Relais Don Alfonso. You will be in good hands!
We will be back, hopefully soon.
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