We stayed for a week in July 2010 and returned again in July 2011. The hotel is a five minute walk from the beautiful town of Amalfi itself, with pretty cobbled streets and enticing boutique shops. Once inside the hotel, you appreciate the true history and character of the building, particularly the Cloister which is a lovely place to sit with a glass of home-made lemonade and admire the architecture of the converted convent. Mario, the bartender, will mix any drink that you can imagine and entertain you at the same time. The rooms are not so special but attractive, clean and made up for by the sea view from every window in the hotel. Breakfasts were simply continental with a few hot options and served on the roof terrace restaurant, high up, overlooking the sea, stunning; what a way to start the day. Evening meals were of the typical and traditional Italian style and quality; delicious, surprisingly quick and plenty to choose from, all freshly cooked to order. The pool and sea are accessed by crossing the road and descending a few flights of steps, not an issue in the slightest. The pool was very clean with steps down into the sea and rocks of varying heights to jump off into the blue water; a great way to spend a few hours. Beppe, the pool attendant, was a joy to meet. He kept us supplied with towels, drinks, snorkels and anything else that we asked for. He also arranged for us to hire a powerboat for the day, for around £150 plus fuel, one of the best days we have spent as a family, cruising the ocean and crashing over the waves at thirty knots was great fun. I would definitely recommend hiring a boat, you can explore the islands and coastline, anchoring anywhere you like for a quick dip. On a quiet afternoon, Beppe took me diving for ‘Pulpa’ (small octopus). After we didn’t find any, we returned to the pool later to find he had managed to catch one after I had gone which he proceeded to prepare with lemon juice for us to try. Let’s just say that delicacies can sometimes be disappointing!! In any case, he certainly deserves a good tip at the end of your stay. It is important to bear in mind that Amalfi has no sandy beaches which saves you getting covered in sand and you can swim for miles. We visited the Isle of Capri and took the chairlift to Anacapri, recommended for its view alone but you may also enjoy an open topped taxi ride around the island. Hopefully next time we will visit the Isle of Ischia for a spa treatment or two. I would say that a week in Amalfi isn’t long enough to appreciate everything about it, definitely consider extending your holiday to ten days unless you are planning to return again soon!
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