Il San Pietro di Positano (Amalfi Coast, Italy)
After spending years stalking photos of the Amalfi coast on Pinterest, it was a must-see for our last trip to Italy. So after a few days exploring Tuscany and sight-seeing in Rome, we took an early-morning high speed train to Naples where a private car whisked us away to the charming town of Positano. (Side note: The real-life version of the Amalfi Coast is even better than the Pinterest photos).
We decided to splurge and stay at Il San Pietro di Positano, a luxe five-star resort carved into a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The hotel is located just outside of the town of Positano but offers a quick air-conditioned shuttle to town (24-7 on demand) or the ability to take a water taxi (for about 10 euros a person, payable in cash when you arrive) from the hotel to the main beach at the center of town. While we initially considered staying in town, when quickly realized we had made the right decision. The hotel feels worlds away from civilization: completely secluded with unobstructed ocean views.
We arrived at the hotel midday and our room was ready. Because of the price we booked a “Classic” room (i.e. the cheapest one) but were excited to have a private terrace and ocean views (apparently a feature of all rooms). The room wasn’t as large as some of other options, but I loved the blue-and-white themed style and unique décor. There were freshly-squeezed watermelon spritzers and gourmet chocolates and fruit waiting for us, which we took a minute to enjoy on our flower-covered terrace.
After polishing off our welcome goodies we decided to explore the property. While reception is located higher up, an elevator carved into the cliff carries you down several stories to the most heavenly spot: a small natural cove surrounded by crystal clear waters and the hotel’s private beach (side note: you can also take the steps… so many steps). The staff set us up on two cliffside lounge chairs and within minutes we had fruity cocktails and fresh olives to snack on. This spot was so breath-taking that I immediately regretted we were only staying two nights.
For lunch we headed to the hotel’s private restaurant, Carlino, located right next to the beach area. The restaurant is only open to hotel guests and doesn’t require reservations. We ate lunch here both days and the food was absolutely amazing (fresh seafood and pasta, of course). The hotel also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant (Zass) which is open to outside guests as well. While we didn’t have dinner here, we ate brunch here both days (included in our stay – free champagne, anyone?).
The hotel also has kayaks and boats available for guests and the option to take a (complimentary) ride on their yacht each morning. You can also reserve the hotel’s yacht (‘Joey’) for a private charter for a fee. Other amenities include a seaside tennis court, gym, pool, spa and complimentary yoga/ Pilates classes each morning.
While we had planned on spending a lot of time exploring Positano and the surrounding area, we didn’t find many reasons to leave the property and spent most of our two days here soaking up the sun and swimming. Our experience at this hotel was one of my absolute favorites of all-time and I would recommend this hotel to everyone, even if just to splurge for one night.