Five-star Palazzo Avino is a luxurious hotel in what was once a 12th-century private villa built high up on the Amalfi coast overlooking pretty fishing villages, the famous rugged coastline and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding village of Ravello is a medieval gem of ancient churches, landscaped gardens and leafy squares.
Relax and unwind in the beautiful spa at Palazzo Avino, set within the manicured gardens and overlooking the ocean. There’s a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam bath and treatment rooms where you can get massages and indulgent anti-ageing facials.
Rooms and suites at Palazzo Avino have either mountain or sea views and a lavish yet elegant feel, with antique rugs and furniture, heavy drapes and Frette linens. The larger rooms have Jacuzzis and balcony or terrace, and all accommodation has satellite TV and iPod docking stations.
The concierge at Palazzo Avino can arrange a multitude of trips and excursions, including tours of the nearby ancient clifftop town of Positano and the fascinating archaeological remains at Pompeii. You can also walk the surrounding trails and treks, snorkel and dive at Palazzo Avino's 'Clubhouse by the Sea' or charter a private yacht out to the glitzy playground-island of Capri.
Michelin-starred chef Michele Deleo creates contemporary and innovative Italian dishes at Rossellinis fine-dining restaurant, or try Terrazza Belvedere for relaxed pasta, meats and fish on a terracotta-tiled terrace overlooking the ocean. The evenings-only Lobster & Martini bar teams just-caught lobster with Italian prosecco or a choice of 65 different Martinis – all served as the sun sinks into the Med.
Via San Giovanni del Toro 2884010 RavelloAmalfi CoastItaly