Location: As if suspended between sun and sky, this former 11th-century palace, located on the highest cliff top in Ravello, overlooking the breathtaking bay of Salerno, is one of Amalfi’s most romantic boltholes. Piazza del Duomo is a gentle few minutes’ saunter away from Belmond Hotel Caruso and transport runs regularly down to the glittering coast and back up again
All rooms are prepped for your arrival with fresh fruit, mineral water and tea and coffee. You’ll also be able to help yourself to fluffy robes and slippers and endless Bulgari and Penhaligon’s luxury bath treats.
The Caruso oozes splendour. With marble hallways, sweeping arches, vaulted ceilings, frescoes and chandeliers, it’s grand in every sense of the word. Precious antiques and paintings adorn the walls, and almost all of the beautifully appointed rooms have a sea view. Once frequented by members of the Bloomsbury group, it has also been the a favourite of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Jackie Kennedy and many more luminaries.
Spectacular panoramas can be savoured from the terrace at the Belvedere restaurant, which serves creatively concocted meals utilising fresh local produce in a colonnaded garden setting. There’s the option to enjoy the unforgettable setting from the dining room, or even within the rose-bush-fringed pool area, while absorbing the enticing accents reflective of time-honoured traditions from Naples and southern Italy.
At breakfast, options include smoked tuna and swordfish, locally-produced mozzarella, freshly squeezed juice and bacon and eggs made to your preferences — for true indulgence, treat yourself to a champagne breakfast including smoked salmon caviar and half a bottle of bubbly.
You’ll also find a piano bar serving exquisite cocktails and a poolside bar where light snacks and meals are served throughout the day.
Services & facilities:
There are facilities in abundance at the Caruso, beginning with the renowned infinity pool, often listed as one of the best in the world. There are several restaurants and bars, a spa and a fitness room, boat trips along the coast and a transport service down to Positano and Amalfi. The service is excellent: think old school and attentive. Staff successfully remember guests’ names and love to interact, ensuring your stay is a memorable one.
The hotel offers a handful of unique excursions — take a guided tour of the fragrant gardens with the hotel’s head gardener, hop onto a boat tour to explore the Amalfi Coast or book a private helicopter and enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
The Caruso is a versatile hotel, not only an unforgettable experience for couples and honeymooners, but a perfect escape for families, too. Child-sized robes and slippers are available, toys are placed on children’s beds and a dedicated team will dream up day activities for young ones, including painting with a local artist, pizza making and video-making.
Wifi covers the entire property.
The Caruso is an oasis of calm, renowned for the streams of illustrious guests that have frequented it. Luxury spa treatments, its 48 deluxe rooms, a world-famous infinity pool and panoramic views of the Amalfi Bay and Gulf of Salerno are all notable features.