Belmond Hotel Caruso, RAVELLO, Italy
This former 11th-century palace, teetering above hills of olive trees, lemon groves and grapevines is an ultra-luxe base and haven of tranquility that commands the ultimate in views.
Anyone who finds themselves driving along the eye-wateringly beautiful Amalfi Coast for the very first time may think they’ve already hit the jackpot; but once they find themselves on top of the world at Belmond Hotel Caruso they’ll think they’ve died and gone to heaven.
A former palace, it first welcomed guests in 1893 and has notable features such as a 16th-century private chapel and 18th-century frescos which are a refreshing change from a world obsessed with futuristic innovations.
Rooms and suites are really spacious, each different, all sumptuously furnished and exclusively designed, most with balconies or terraces and views to the Med.
There are two restaurants: the indoor Caruso and the outdoor Belvedere terrace, perfect for alfresco dining; the infinity pool is arguably one of the world’s greatest; and you’re perfectly-placed to explore all the gems of the Amalfi Coast from gorgeous Positano and fascinating Pompeii to super-chic Capri.