Tuesday, May 22, 2012

HOTEL CHECKS ITALY, part 2, Hotel Caruso

CAPRI AND THE AMALFI COAST.

For the romantic spirit or just for romance, few spots beat the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri. Italy's sunny west coast is the perfect distance away for a honeymoon or just for a break between sun, sea and sky. We have just visited some of our Collection properties in this legendary area. Capri Palace and Caesar Augustus on Capri. Hotel Caruso, Santa Caterina and Le Sirenuse on the Amalfi Coast. We include them in our hotel check series on Italy to follow.






Hotel Caruso, Ravello (Amalfi Coast)

Located in the heartbreakingly beautiful village of Ravello, perched just below the clouds overlooking the Amalfi Coast. It is probably the most picturesque village we have ever seen: cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and staircases, local (good quality) restaurants and cafes, beautiful gardens and churches…and almost everywhere you look you have a view of steep hills dotted with colourful traditional houses or clinging to cliffs with the turquoise waters below.

Hotel Caruso immediately strikes you as top of the tops  - and you feel its absolute class right until you (sadly) have to leave.


Like floating between sea and sky

On first sight the infinity pool will literally make your jaw drop open. Pictures do not do justice to how good this is. And it is heated.

 Accommodation

Our terrace - like a dream

The 50 rooms are all unique but every one is charming and boasts a great view. The opening category village views rooms offer the bliss of large garden terraces, overlook the hills opposite and have partial sea views. If you don't see a seaview room then you would be very happy to stay here. However, once you have seen a seaview room you cannot image anything less. We would strongly suggest the upgrade to a deluxe seaview. Our room was one of these and had a spacious terrace and stunning interior with double vanity marble bathroom and views straight from the bed out through the double balcony doors to the ocean. The junior suites and suites are sizeable upgrades and not essential unless you have a strong desire for a living room. If price is less of a factor then the exclusive suites are indeed quite incredible. All rooms come with Bvlgari toiletries and all the other usual accompaniments to 5* accommodation.


Meals

Breakfast is taken at the Belvedere restaurant and is the most stunning location for bfast imagineable. The sun rises opposite you so you can enjoy basking in the morning sunshine whilst looking over the coast. Your breakfast is likely to take twice as long as normal because you will be mesmerized by the views. Food itself is amazing as expected. Extensive buffet plus numerous la carte options. This is also the location for dinner which is again superb and with the sun setting behind you, this time you will see the hills and sea opposite and below you bathed in the evening sun. 



Facilities & activities

The wellness centre is very good and offers a comprehensive range of treatments.

The hotel has a series of terraced gardens cascading down the cliffs and are full of lemon trees, herbs, roses and all other plant life. As well as being a joy to walk around, they do also add to the view from your room.

Service is excellent.

The hotel runs a daily complimentary boat excursion (departs 930am ish for 2 hrs) along the Amalfi Coast which is strongly recommended. Also several daily complimentary shuttle transfers are available to and from Postiano and Amalfi. This means Caruso can be your base for a number of nights.

Offers & added values

Low season offer - Complimentary a' la carte meal for all 4 night stays (Oct 14th – Nov 4th 2012)

Select Added Value – A local welcome amenity


How to get to Hotel Caruso

1 hr 30 min drive from Naples International Airport. From Capri 50 minutes by boat to Amalfi then 30 minutes by car to Ravello.

Who to stay

Romanticists and honeymooners, or anyone seeking the very best.

Note:

our experiences of four other hotels in this wonderful area of Italy follow in the next few weeks.
Note also: The images are in blog style - snapped by a mobile phone camera.

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