Italy’s Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site since 1997, is renowned for its preservation of incredible architecture and art dating back to the Middle Ages. This far southern region in Italy hugs the Mediterranean Sea and is marked by steep coastal cliffs. Hikes or village strolls are right out your door, the beaches are stunning, and the Aperitivo bar scene is one of the best in Italy.
Although there are many beautiful Amalfi Airbnbs to choose from hoteliers here have really stepped it up a notch. Hotels capitalise on the waterfront setting when building out their interior design, so you can wake up to beautiful vistas or maybe even see it all from bed. Here are seven design-oriented Amalfi Coast hotels in villages and the towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Praiano. All are adorned with luxe amenities such as pools, spas, darling cafes, beautiful gardens, and romantic restaurants.
1. Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
While within a former 13th Century monastery, this hotel also embraces modern amenities such as an infinity pool and spa. But if you do like the nod to earlier times, you’ve got options: the Presidential Suite was once the Capuchin monks’ refectory room, and another suite’s frescoed ceiling dates back to the 1800s. All rooms were once the monks’ sleeping quarters.
Two restaurants specialise in Italian and Mediterranean fare, with Dei Cappuccini’s terrace flaunting unobstructed views of the Amalfi Coast. It’s a brief walk into Amalfi’s centre for when you want to explore.
Where: SS163, 8, 84011 Amalfi SA
2. Le Sirenuse
In 1951 four siblings opened Le Sirenuse, weaving in their personal art collection, which has since expanded to contemporary-art installations commissioned by a London curator. The Michelin-starred La Sponda’s outdoor terrace is so romantic many couples decide to get married while dining there. For guests who crave pampering, a spa, pool, and a wellness centre are on the property. They include breakfast in their rates no matter which of the 10 room categories you book — and nearly all have ocean views.
Where: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano
3. Casa Angelina
Casa Angelina‘s design by architect Gennaro Fusco is so chic you can buy much of the lifestyle vibe and interior décor in the hotel’s shop, including hand-crafted furnishings, and cozy sweaters.
Ten room categories prove how individualised your stay can be. An outdoor plunge pool is artfully shaded by lemon trees. Farm-to-fork, wine-paired dinners at the glass-walled Un Piano Nel Cielo on the top floor showcase Campania produce, meats and fish, and its vegetarian tasting menu is a rare find.
Where: Via Gennaro Capriglione, 147, 84010 Praiano SA
4. Hotel Tramonta
Rooms at Hotel Tramonta — owned by the same family since the 1950s — are decked out in bold, fun patterns and prints against a stark-white backdrop so you feel like you’re sleeping in a modern art gallery. And with a pool on the rooftop, you’re nearly guaranteed a killer Amalfi Coast view while swimming or lying under a yellow-and-white-striped umbrella. Other wellness amenities include a sauna and Turkish bath.
Where: Via Gennaro Capriglione, 119, 84010 Praiano SA
5. Villa Magia
Located at Positano’s highest point, there isn’t a bad room at Villa Magia. All look out on either the sea or the Positano rooftops and feature a private terrace with a sunbed for lounging and a dining set. In addition to two pools (and a third if you’re lucky enough to book the suite with its private pool), the spa is also top-notch in the wellness department with a Turkish bath as well as massage treatments in a canopied four-poster bed.
Luna at Villa Magia, the on-site restaurant, specialises in tapas folding in locally sourced ingredients along with craft cocktails. As the villa owns both a luxury speedboat and a wooden gozzo boat, getting out on the water is a breeze — and it’s even stocked with Prosecco and snorkelling gear.
Where: Via S. Giovanni, 19, 84017 Positano SA
6. Hotel Eden Roc Positano
Hotel Eden Roc Positano is a true destination for wine lovers as the bar specialises in pouring local varietals. While rates do not include breakfast, a buffet is served. Each of the 12 room categories, such as a suite or an apartment, have a view of Positano and the sea (plus a Jacuzzi soaking tub in the bath) but for the ultimate splurge, book one of the two villas for your own infinity-edge pool and full kitchen.
There are also two restaurants: Adamo Ed Eva, with a terrace; and Roc Pizza & Steak in a moody, dramatic dining space. The hotel features a pool for guests, too, and a sauna and Turkish bath.
Where: Via G. Marconi, 110, 84017 Positano SA
7. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Perched on a cliff with Gulf of Salerno views and four tiers of gardens, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel also homes Michelin-star restaurant, Ristorante il Refettorio. It serves dinner only, with wines pulled from the cellar and many ingredients from the organic gardens and naturally, there’s a terrace on which to dine. Guests can unwind in the hotel’s infinity-edge pool and wake up in what was once the nuns’ quarters, paired with a sea view.
The hotel also has a well-rounded spa with features such as an ice fountain, sauna, steam room, and tepidarium for the ultimate in wellness pampering.
Where: Via Roma, 2, 84010 Conca dei Marini SA