The Best Luxury Hotels on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italian luxury on the Amalfi Coast at Santa Caterina
Italian luxury on the Amalfi Coast at Santa Caterina | Courtesy of Santa Caterina / Expedia
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15 December 2020

The dramatic Amalfi Coast in Italy is known for its glamorous hotels that attract the rich and famous. Many are carved into cliffs overlooking the sparkling sea and come with lavish local ceramic furnishings, hilltop infinity pools and gourmet restaurants. Stay in one of these top luxury hotels on the Amalfi Coast, be it a boutique 17th-century monastery, butler-serviced cottage by the sea or five-star spa retreat near Unesco-listed towns like Positano.

Il San Pietro di Positano

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
5/5 (75 Reviews)
Il San Pietro di Positano
Il San Pietro di Positano | Courtesy of Il San Pietro di Positano / Booking.com

This acclaimed hotel, carved into a rock face near Positano, is a favourite with celebrities. Each room has a flower-covered terrace that showcases views of the Amalfi coastline and shimmering sea, as well as Italian marble and local ceramic decor. There’s a private beach accessed by a cliff elevator, as well as a solarium, tennis courts, spa and bar. Don’t miss Michelin-starred dining at Zass for fresh seafood and fine Italian wine.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
5/5 (84 Reviews)
Monastero Santa Rosa
Monastero Santa Rosa | Courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa / Hotels.com

This award-winning hotel, in a former 17th-century monastery set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, is filled with antiques and its tiered gardens tumble down the hillside to an infinity pool with 360-degree views of the Amalfi coastline. The rooms, once nuns’ cells but now named after local herbs, share these views and boast Jerusalem-stone bathrooms. Guests have access to sunrise yoga lessons, a gym, spa, dining terrace and free shuttle bus to and from Amalfi.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Santa Caterina

Hotel
4.6/5 (317 Reviews)
Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina | Courtesy of Santa Caterina / Booking.com
Just outside of Amalfi, Santa Caterina is a family-run hotel that oozes tradition. Expect crisp white interiors contrasted with ceramic tiles, Mediterranean plants and family heirlooms. Wander through terraced gardens and take a lift down to the Beach Club, where you’ll find a heated saltwater pool. The most remote rooms lie in the gardens and come with whirlpool tubs and sea-view balconies. Gorge on seafood and wood-fired pizza at the famed Glicine restaurant.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Le Sirenuse

Luxury
4.8/5 (117 Reviews)
Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse | Courtesy of Le Sirenuse / Hotels.com

Famous guests like author John Steinbeck have raved about Le Sirenuse, an Amalfi family home converted into a luxury hotel. It sits on a cliffside near the heart of Positano and is filled with antiques and Vietri tiles. Relax in the Aveda Spa or pool terrace dotted with lemon trees, before taking a sunset cruise on the hotel’s boat. Rooms and suites have views of the village and sea, plus there’s a bar, gym and Michelin-starred food, including Amalfi lobster, at La Sponda Restaurant.

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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Hotel Raito

Spa Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Luxury
4.2/5 (454 Reviews)
Hotel Raito
Hotel Raito | Courtesy of Hotel Raito / Expedia

Up in the hills of Raito, this hotel is loved for its views of the Gulf of Salerno and is set over many levels with pretty outdoor spaces. The decor features plenty of nautical blue and white, with wooden panelling, ceramic tiling and sea views from every room. There’s a daily shuttle service that will take you to the town centre – but you’ll likely spend most of your time by the panoramic pool.

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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Belmond Hotel Caruso

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
5/5 (37 Reviews)
Belmond Hotel Caruso
Belmond Hotel Caruso | Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso / Hotels.com

Historic Belmond Hotel Caruso lies in an 11th-century building complete with soaring ceilings, ancient frescoes and chandeliers. Its tiered gardens spiral down the rocks above Ravello, revealing views of the Bay of Salerno. The award-winning infinity pool is the best place to soak up the views, while the hotel also runs boat trips and has a spa and gym. Rooms come in Mediterranean colours with marble bathrooms and fluffy robes.

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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Villa Cimbrone

Villa
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Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone | Courtesy of Villa Cimbrone / Hotels.com
Lord Grimthorpe bought and refurbished this 11th-century Ravello villa in the 1900s. Today, it retains its historic splendour with frescoed ceilings, stone fireplaces and Vietri tiles. The sprawling grounds are ablaze with flowers and lead to a terrace with supreme coastal views. Enjoy a spa, gym and outdoor pool, as well as Mediterranean food al fresco overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.

Casa Angelina

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (178 Reviews)
Casa Angelina
Casa Angelina | Courtesy of Casa Angelina / Hotels.com

Honeymooners love the secluded, beachside fisherman’s cottages at Casa Angelina, which come with butler service. And it doesn’t stop there – think candlelit dinners accompanied by Italian wine at the Piano nel Cielo restaurant, which is accessed via a glass lift. The hotel is built into a cliff on the edge of Praiano village and is filled with contemporary art and minimalist decor, plus it boasts two pools, a private beach and spa.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

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  • Palazzo Avino

    Hotel
    4.9/5 (16 Reviews)
    Palazzo Avino
    Palazzo Avino | Courtesy of Palazzo Avino / Booking.com

    This hilltop, pastel-pink building was once a 12th-century villa belonging to Italian nobles. It’s been a five-star hotel since 1997 and is now known as Ravello’s most sumptuous property. Rooms and suites boast marble and fine fabrics, tiled floors and many have their own terraces decorated with flowers. Other facilities include a 20-metre (66ft) outdoor pool, sundeck with infinity hydro-pool and beach club. For dining, there’s the Lobster and Martini Bar, as well as Michelin-starred Rossellinis.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Hotel Le Agavi

    Budget Hotel, Luxury
    4.5/5 (125 Reviews)
    Hotel Le Agavi
    Hotel Le Agavi | Courtesy of Hotel Le Agavi / Hotels.com

    If you’re looking for accommodation in popular Positano, check into the five-star Hotel Le Agavi. This welcoming property has its own private beach with sundeck and bar, plus never-ending sea views. Rooms have balconies and feature a combination of modern and 19th-century design. Guests can also use the spa, dine in multiple restaurants and bars and soak up the sun in the unusual 1970s-style pool area.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Hotel Piccolo Sant Andrea

    Luxury, Boutique Hotel
    4.8/5 (65 Reviews)
    Hotel Piccolo Sant Andrea
    Hotel Piccolo Sant Andrea | Courtesy of Hotel Piccolo Sant Andrea / Hotels.com

    Hotel Piccolo enjoys a quiet, rock-face location near the small town of Praiano. Amid flashes of Amalfi blue and lemon, the five-star rooms feature Venetian art, modern Italian design and doors that open onto spacious terraces or private gardens. The most impressive have whirlpools and outdoor showers. Take a dip in the heated indoor or refreshing open-air pool, bask in the solarium or relax with a spa treatment and steam bath.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Casa Privata

    Luxury
    Map View
    Casa Privata - Ca' P'a Casa Privata. Via Rezzola, 41, 84010 Praiano
    Casa Privata | Courtesy of Casa Privata / Booking.com

    Known as Ca’ P’a, this former fisherman’s house in the Praiano has terraced gardens that lead directly down to a rocky beach. Its expat owners restored the property using local Amalfi materials and Indonesian furniture. The hotel has the feel of an exclusive villa, perfect for group stays with six rooms in the main house and one in the garden with its own terrace. Chill out in the pool area with covered terraces, have a drink on the roof deck or ask the owners about taking a cooking class.

    These recommendations were updated on December 15, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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