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Hidden away in a medieval hilltop village, you can't help but be blown away by the imposing sight of Palazzo Avino. Once home to an aristocratic Italian family, the atmosphere of opulent sophistication is revived by the staff's warm and attentive welcome. A stunning five-star deluxe property perched high on the cliffs.
Setting the scene
Dating back to the Middle Ages, this gloriously renovated palazzo is a fine example of Renaissance Italy. The original family's heritage can be traced back to the founder of the Cistercian Order, San Romoaldo and remnants of this past are still very much present in today's structure. A true historic adventure, a stay at Palazzo Avino will transport you back in time as many of the rooms, including the entrance hall, are still very much in keeping with the original design. The service, however, is very much that of a five star establishment. Set upon a hilltop in a medieval village, the views are breath-taking and from this balcony you can while away many an hour gazing out across the charming rooftops of Ravello to the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea beyond. Welcome to the height of elegance at the heart of the Amalfi Coast.
Grandiose and magnificent, the interiors of the rooms & suites are in keeping with the heritage of the palace. Antiques and artefacts are on display throughout the rooms. Hand-made Vietri tiles and gold drapes are married beautifully with soft, neutral furnishings to create an opulent feel. Combined with the modern features of Satellite TV, safes, minibar, Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations, contemporary meets classic in truly spectacular fashion.
Rooms range from Classic Double to Deluxe, mostly featuring sea or mountainside views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The suites start at 40 sqm for the Junior Suite and culminate in the 100 sqm Infinito Suite, the largest and most beautiful in the hotel.
Duplex level accommodation is the perfect option for those in search of romance and privacy, with a large dining area on your private terrace; perfect for a candlelit supper under the stars, looking out on the Amalfi Coast.
It should come as no surprise that a hotel such as Palazzo Avino boasts a spectacular Michelin starred Restaurant; Rossillinis. Authentic and undeniably creative, the meticulously-designed menu is all about showcasing the best of local and seasonal ingredients. Unpretentious and romantic, the a la carte menu is a true showstopper. Diners may prefer to choose from the myriad options of the a la carte menu, or try a set tasting menu, for a sample of the finest dishes available.
For a light lunch of fresh pasta dishes and refreshing salads, head up to Terrazza Belvedere, perched on an upper terrace with quite simply the best views in the house. From 6pm this Terrazza is transformed into the Lobster & Martini Bar: the freshest lobster and finest cocktails served in a quite extraordinary setting. Sunset has never looked nor tasted so good.
Built into the hillside, the hotel boasts stunning landscaped gardens on several levels, each providing a secluded spot from which to admire the inspiring views. Occupying one of these levels is the 20 metre swimming pool with amazing views over the sea and rugged mountains along the coastline. Next to this you'll find the tranquil Spa with a hydro pool, sauna, Turkish steam bath and treatment rooms to help revitalise and revive you. Below, nestled in the gardens and affording spectacular views, work off the excesses of the extravagant dining in the fully equipped fitness gymnasium.
A short (15 minute) complimentary drive down into the small town of Marmorata, is the Palazzo Avino's Clubhouse by the Sea which provides private access for guests only to a secluded retreat set just above the sea with a small swimming pool and fabulous sun decks. Those able to tear themselves away from the luxury and glamour of the hotel, they may be rewarded with some of Italy's most astounding ancient sites. The ruins of Pompeii, the popular towns of Amalfi, Sorrento & Positano: all boast a kaleidoscopic array of colours in the cluster of houses and terraces that cascade down the mountainside. And naturally, being at the gateway to the Mediterranean, no visit would be complete without a boat trip along this rugged coastline through the azure waters.
If you're feeling intrepid, head across the Bay of Naples to the stunning and sophisticated Island of Capri, for some of the best shopping in the area. Or take to the skies and book a special helicopter tour for a birds eye view of this visually spectacular area.
Families are most welcome at Palazzo Avino. Although there are no specific children's or kids clubs available, the attentive concierge will be more than happy to advise and take care of booking activities that will suit all ages and abilities. Including pizza-making classes, horse trekking, tennis lessons and a range of water sports. They are also able to arrange babysitting services. Not forgetting Palazzos own Beach Club with a complimentary shuttle service exclusively for hotel guests!
Naples International Airport in Capodichino is a short 66 km (50 minutes) drive from the Hotel. Alternatively, you can catch a train direct from Milan, Venice, Florence or Rome to Salerno which is 25km from the hotel. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged from Naples, Rome or other major airports in Italy.
- £1290pp in low season
- £1875pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Mountain Side Double Room, including flights and transfers