We have found some fabulous boutique hotels on the Amalfi Coast, personally selected by Lulu which have everything you would expect from a Chic Retreat: style, great service and individuality. If you want to stay in the centre of Salerno town, why not try one of the Amalfi Coast's smaller boutique hotels Hotel Villa Franca which overlooks the bay of Positano and has a fitness room, heated pool and romantic restaurant serving mouth-watering dishes. For a more contemporary feel book into the gorgeous Casa Angelina, right on the coast of Praiano with fantastic food, amazing service and a great little beach. We love the breakfast at Casa Angelina, it is one of the best we have come across on the Amalfi Coast with a large choice of breads, wholemeal and chocolate croissants, cupcakes, meats, cheeses, fresh mozzarella, buffalo di mozzarella yoghurts, Prosecco, juices, the list is endless. Coffee lovers will enjoy taking their time over the fragrant capuccinos and tea connoisseurs will drool over the large selection from Dammann Frères.
What to do on the Amalfi Coast
Head into Positano and stop at the Ceramiche Casola factory shop on the way for a wonderful array of handmade ceramics in all patterns and colours - they ship to anywhere so no need to worry about fitting it in your luggage. If you want to enjoy one of the most stunning settings in Positano then stop at Il San Pietro di Positano, a long established family run luxury hotel and probably the most famous on the Almalfi Coast. It sits right on the cliff edge and serves the best Bellini Lulu has ever tasted. Carlino is their barefoot chic beach restaurant and a relaxed place to come for lunch. At the pedestrians entrance to Positano head down the hill and you will come to another stunning luxury hotel, Le Sirenuse owned and run by the charming Antonio and Carla Sersale. For a romantic dinner look no further as the dining room is lit only with candles at night, the perfect place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Opposite Le Sirenuse, owner Carla, has created two magnificent shops full of everything you didn't know you wanted or needed! She has also put together her own line of stunning clothes and fragrant soaps and lotions whose packaging alone is worth having in your bathroom. Positano is famous for its linen all of which is similarly priced and easy to carry home.
Where to Eat on the Amalfi Coast
For lunch or dinner on the beach front visit Chez Black, the best beachside seafood restaurant in Positano. Do try the Octopus Salad and the speciality of the area Spaghetti con Ricci di Mare (spaghetti with sea urchins). Pizza lovers and children won't be disappointed by their thin and crispy pizzas from the traditional wood oven. The son of the owner, Gianfranco, has opened up a hat shop 'By Bob' upstairs, but only the lucky few are invited to visit.
Head to Capri for the day (or even stay a night or two at the sublime boutique hotel in Capri JK Place Capri) by a small ferry (approx cost is EUR 25) which can be taken directly from the Positano port. Casa Angelina can book your tickets for you during your stay.
For all-round luxury, privacy and romance (and just 2 hours from Naples) sail across to Ischia to stay at Mezzatore Resort and Spa, an all singing, all dancing luxury boutique hotel experience which also has a superb spa offering detox weeks throughout the year.
Without a doubt Mezzatore Resort and Spa is the best luxury boutique hotel on the island of Ischia, just 2 hours by boat from Naples. This luxurious hideaway is a great alternative to the sometimes overcrowded boutique hotels on the Amalfi Coast.
With 2 small swimming pools, a spa, restaurant and private access to the beach, Casa Angelina is one of the most luxurious small boutique hotels on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Add to that elegant rooms and excellent service and the picture is complete.
Il Cannito is a small luxury hotel located just a few km from Paestum and the Cilento seaside. These 2 ancient buildings have been restored to create a super exclusive chic hill-top hideaway with a wonderful restaurant.
Voted Best Hotel in the World 2008 by Tatler. This stunning 22-room villa is the only boutique hotel in Capri where guests can walk from the hotel to one of only 2 beaches in Capri. Relax in the spa and by the pool and enjoy the utterly charming team of staff.
La Minervetta sits in a unique position overlooking an old fishermans village, with views stretching across the ocean, just minutes from the centre of Sorrento. One of our favourite boutique hotels in the area - we advise early booking!