Beautifully renovated rooms and bathrooms with nice updated touches like outlets for all different regions - loved that! Our balcony overlooking the ocean and below to Minori was such a nice little oasis....loved sitting out there with wine or champagne in the late evening...but in the morning the bees swarmed our breakfast so we moved it to our table inside. Best hotel breakfast room service INCLUDED in the rate of the room. Couldn't even believe the variety and deliciousness. I preferred getting it in the room to going to the buffet.
Now for the pool...gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the hills, the vineyards, and the ocean. Most of the poolside seating is in gardens NOT directly next to the pool...but it's peaceful nonetheless. Also compared to the picture on the website, the pool has chairs all around and gets fairly crowded...so keep that in mind when picturing the pristine pool all to yourself! The servers by the pool are SO friendly and helpful with chairs, towels, umbrellas, drinks, etc. Also the lunch at the pool restaurant is outstanding...some of the best pizza we had in Italy...but beware it is uber expensive.
The hotel is a very short walk into the Ravello town square which is lovely. We visited Villa Rufolo which was a nice thing to do in the early afternoon before rushing back to that pool!
We took the boat ride that is included in the rate one afternoon. It was just ok. Honestly it moved a little slow for my taste so you felt the movement of the sea and a poor little girl on the boat was a little seasick. It was a nice "tour" of the coastline, and we had a wonderful swim to a beach near Positano, but not the best boating experience I've ever had!
We used the spa here...not first rate. The service/massage was wonderful, but the facilities are lacking in comparison to most 5 star hotel spas that we have visited.
One complaint is there was a wedding the Saturday night that we stayed. I know there's nothing we can do to avoid that, but the decorations were set up 3 days in advance and didn't obstruct the view, but kind of took away from it. In addition on Saturday night the barbecues from the wedding sent overwhelming smoke around the property. Somewhat unpleasant.
Overall a lovely and classic hotel in a breathtaking setting. Very pricey, but worth it for a few nights of wonderful relaxation and luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond Hotel Caruso is located in a former 11th century palace in charming Ravello, perched on a clifftop overlooking the spectacular Amalfi Coast. It boasts 50 splendidly restored rooms, of which 27 suites and 23 double rooms. Each room has its unique style and most boast a stunning sea view and private garden or terrace. Dining facilities include the Belvedere Restaurant with an elegant indoor dining room, an outdoor terrace adorned with ancient columns and an alfresco area close to the pool. It offers a superb selection of delicious Mediterranean food. The Pool Restaurant serves informal luncheons and drinks, as well as a salad buffet and original Neapolitan Pizza cooked in front of guests. Pizza-making lessons are also available. The Cocktail and Piano Bar is located on the first floor of the main building, decorated with original 18th century frescoes. Guests can swim in the incredible infinity swimming pool, seemingly suspended between sea and sky, join the Head Gardner for a special tour of the terraced gardens, relax with a signature treatment at the wellness centre or work out at the gym with a view of the coast. A complimentary shuttle service to Amalfi and Positano and a daily complimentary boat excursion along the coast during summer months are also available. ... more less
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