SANTA CATERINA Ss Amalfitana, 9, Amalfi, Campania, Italy
Located on the famous Amalfi Coast, the elegant Hotel Santa Caterina is a superb, privately owned retreat in a stunning location.
The history of this special resort is as impressive as its surroundings. In 1880, Giuseppe Gambardella costructed the original structure and after him two generations of Gambardellas have improved the hotel, bringing the resort to its present 70 guestrooms and suites. Today Giusi and Ninni Gambardella, assisted by their children, directly manage the day-to-day operations of the hotel and take personal interest in the comfort and enjoyment of the resort guests.
The hotel is stylish and luxurious with service to match. It is situated at the summit of an extensive property, which begins along the Amalfi Drive and tumbles down to the water on a series of bougainvillea cascades, with vast lemon and orange groves covering numerous natural terraces.
Each of the luminous rooms and suites has a balcony with view on the Amalfi coast and is equipped with all comforts. Many have a large terrace or garden. They are furnished with early 20th century family pieces and decorated with Vietri multi-coloured ceramics. The rooms emphasise the atmosphere of exquisite welcome: each is different from the other and is enriched by a touch of fantasy. The Santa Caterina has two restaurants: one in the main building and the other at sea level, both offering breathtaking views over the water.