My love of Italy reached new heights in 2018, when we travelled here to explore a part of the country we’d yet to visit – the Amalfi Coast. It’s a bounty of palazzos, infinity pools, Michelin-starred restaurants, and sublime hotels and villas, all perched perilously on the clifftops of the rugged coastline. Then there are the tiny beaches dotted along the coast, hidden away and hardly touched by tourists.
Positano is a glamorous and fashionable gem, shining brightly at the heart of the Amalfi Coast. Approaching this photogenic town from the water, I instantly fell in love with the sun-bleached peach and blush-coloured buildings cascading down the cliff edge, seemingly right to the sea and almost into the waters below. Its wisteria-filled, winding streets are home to countless cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. Throw in glistening summer sunshine, a glass of fine Italian wine, and you’re soon fully immersed in la dolce vita.
This picture postcard setting attracts a fashionable crowd who arrive in their droves. In the summer months it can feel crowded, particularly at the 300-metre long Spiaggia Grande beach. With this in mind, I wanted to shy away from the town’s vast array of high-end hotels, in favour of somewhere with supreme privacy, outstanding service, and the ultimate wow factor.