Monday, May 15, 2017

ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD AT BELMOND CARUSO


Belmond Hotel Caruso. You come here for views to break your heart, pampered serenity and utmost romance.  Below lies Ravello, one of the prettiest villages in Italy with cute cafes and boutiques, and lemon groves plunging into dazzling sea.


Plunging views from Belmond Hotel Caruso




One of Italy’s most romantic spots is beside the iconic infinity pool that seems to float to the edge of the world.  Lunch is served close by, starting with a beautiful salad buffet followed by a la carte menu. Pizza is highly recommended! You can even arrange to dine on the very edge.



Sip a cocktail, munch pizza, dine in divine style or simply dream on the edge of the world

Lunch in the gardens above the Mediterranean blue
The Belvedere restaurant also adds magnificent views to the experience of the authentic Italian cuisine – especially in summer on the open terrace. 



Open terrace in summer

But we recommend that you eat out more than once as there is a big choice of cafes and restaurants and some hidden gems in the village of Ravello.


Glittering private dinner at Caruso

It is fun to explore Amalfi by foot seeking culinary and other treasures.


In the village - a real Italian atmosphere




Another must is to jump aboard the traditional wooden boat Ercole and see the gems of the Amalfi Coast with a complimentary boat tour.  You can also do daytrips to Amalfi and Positano.


View of Positano from the boat
Perfect for a romantic getaway. To avoid the crowds and traffic go during spring or autumn (May/April and September)  


OUR ASSESSMENT

Perfect for a romantic getaway, in a setting of fabulous gardens, with amazing 360 degree panoramic views, and closeness to picturesque Ravello. Enjoy great housekeeping and spacious rooms. 






But be aware this is not easy terrain for driving around – with steep and winding roads. Nor is it ideal for wheelchairs or people who find trouble walking on stairs and slopes.  If you like duvets – you need to order them as the norm is blankets. The spa is limited to one treatment room.

The rooms are a bit of a “jungle” in the sense that price may bring greater size but does not necessarily bring a better view and/or a balcony. We can help our clients choose the best rooms with the best views.

Herb garden to add to the Mediterranean flavours

Many steps

TIP

Order breakfast in the room to enjoy your private view – no extra charge..

QUICK FACTS

Lemon country

No of rooms: 50  



Ravello is in the region of Campania within the province of Salerno (SA) in Southern Italy. The “Amalfi Drive” stretches over 50 km from Sorrento to Salerno, passing Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, Maiori, Cetara and Vietri Sul Mare.

The nearest airport is  Naples. Distance from airport to Ravello is 59 km and it will take c. 60 min by car to the hotel. Rental car is a challenge, and NOT recommended in Ravello, as the roads are narrow and curved and parking is very limited, especially in the high season. It’s also possible to reach the hotel by bus but best solution is a transfer by the hotel.

The small town of Ravello is easily explored on foot. SITA buses run frequently between Ravello and Amalfi (which is the main bus terminal on the Amalfi Coast for connections) and taxis are available near the main bus stop in Ravello 

Distance from nearest town/shops/restaurants: 0 meters (Ravello). 

Distance from Ravello to Amalfi: 7 km - Taxi costs around EUR 45 one way.

This post was based on a group report by a team of Select Collection travel advisors after a recent visit: Ilse Nyman (Finland), Laila Ă…nestad (Norway), Astrid Solvik (Norway), Collette O'Connor (UK), Louise Lundius (Sweden), Magdalena Sundberg (Sweden) .

For more, visit Select Collection website HERE

Images by Belmond and Select Collection.

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