We've been back for a few weeks now and I'm still dreaming of Villa Santa Maria. We were a group of 8 Canadian friends (4 couples) ranging in age from 41 to 63. From the moment we opened the gate to this amazing property, we were staggered, by the views, the property and the sheer magnitude of this amazing villa. Cristina, the owner was spectacular - her attention to customer service would match that found at any five star hotel. The property in and of itself is a destination. It was difficult to leave to go anywhere else, the beauty so breathtaking! Day trips to Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ravello were all easy as the SITA bus stop was at the top of the stairs. Don't forget to purchase your bus tickets before you get to the villa if you can. They can be obtained at any Tobacco shop. And, speaking of stairs, there are many but don't let that dissuade you. Every one of them is a worthwhile climb when it comes to this place. We made use of the order ahead provisions option for our arrival so we'd have groceries on hand for our first weekend. At 30 Euros (plus the cost of food) it is well worth it. We would highly recommend taking advantage of this service. There were two restaurants within walking distance up the road. We went to the one of the right hand side a couple of times (sorry, I can't remember the name but it's super easy to find). The food was excellent, the cost a good value and the hospitality warm and friendly. We even ran into the owner with her children one evening so it must have been good. We hired a car transfer from the Naples airport with a private driver by the name of Francesco Marrapese. We also hired Francesco for a full day of touring - he arranged a private visit with guide to Pompeii and an exceptional tour of a vineyard with lunch. We would whole heartedly recommend Francesco's services. Highly knowledgable, excellent English, superb customer service and a sense of humour that will keep you laughing during your travels. Here's his website: www.francescomarrapese.com.
But back to this property - if you're contemplating a villa rental on the Amalfi Coast, do not miss Villa Santa Maria. The photos don't do it justice. It is even more staggering in person. Can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Santa Maria is a special luxury home just a short distance from Amalfi, the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The property was built in a huge garden with a sea view and is accessed along the 130 steps that divide the Villa from the road.Outside you can enjoy the swimming pool Jacuzzi, private beach or sun deck directly on the beach where it is possible to dock small boats, also you can enjoy some relaxing time in the garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Santa Maria Hotel Amalfi