Stepping up the cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Positano has been a holiday destination for millennia. From Roman Emperors to sixties rock stars, Positano has always attracted the rich and famous with its dazzling beach, its lush gardens, and its exotic rooms above quiet cobbled squares, where old men play endless games of backgammon and sip Limoncello. With accommodation ranging from five star hotels to intimate B&Bs, where white wrought iron furniture sits on perfect balconies overlooking the town, Positano provides a stellar set of options for every budget.
From the terracotta-tiled terrace of your luxury hotel you can watch the cloud shadows play over the billowing hills behind Positano, or swim in a pool seemingly suspended in thin air. The town’s streets switch-back down through the rows of pastel-painted houses to its tiny strip of beach where white and yellow fishing boats are drawn up on the sand. Its restaurants are perfectly placed to watch the sun setting over the wine-dark sea every evening.
Check out our selection of Positano hotels and holiday like a rock star…or a Roman, on the Amalfi Coast.
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Le Sirenuse is a luxury hotel with a unique history. It’s still owned by the family of its founder from Naples. An ancestor of theirs was an archbishop there in the 18th century and almost became pope. Another relative became mayor of nearby Positano in 1944 with the family opening the hotel in 1951.
The hotel’s design matches this eclectic history. A family member spent 30 years perusing auction catalogues to find antique furniture or art for Le Sirenuse. Some items are local 17th and 18th century Italian. Others come from the North African Moors and some of the rugs come from central Asia.
Each night, the hotel staff spend an hour lighting the many candles as the Mediterranean light fades. The La Sponda Restaurant offers seasonal food and spellbinding views of the Amalfi homes nestled into the cliffs. There’s also a cocktail bar and seafood grill out on the terrace.
North, on the way to Naples, you can find Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Vesuvius two thousand years ago. If you’re keen on photography, then there’s a reason you can find a million photos of the Amalfi coast. Or you could head inland to the Monti Picentini Regional Park.
Hotel Villa Franca has incredible views over the Mediterranean. This luxury hotel was founded in the traditional fishing village Positano in the early 1940s by Giuseppe Rosso. It continues the tradition of holidaying here begun by two Roman emperors, Augustus and Tiberius, about two thousand years ago.
Giuseppe’s children, Mario and Franca, had Hotel Villa Franca refurbished in Mediterranean and Persian styles, but with contemporary art and design. Mario and Franca’s aim is to use these local styles to make guests feel as welcome in their hotel as they would feel in their local home.
The pool, Gold Sky Terrace champagne bar and grill, and O’ro Sky Terrace and cocktail bar are great places to relax and enjoy the view. A multi-Michelin star chef ensures that the Li Galli Restaurant offers the best contemporary food blended with Campanian tradition. You can always head to the hotel’s gym tomorrow.
Hotel Villa Franca offers guided trips of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii along with a range of other experiences. But if you want to roam by yourself, the concierges are a great source of local knowledge. They can offer advice on renting a yacht or travelling by land down the Amalfi coast and beyond.
Hotel Le Agavi is nestled into the cliffs of a mountain (The Monti Lattari range) to offer guests of this luxury hotel incredible, panoramic views of the bay and the Mediterranean. This area was once a holiday retreat for Roman emperors, so you’re following in fine tradition.
Spread out over five levels and built using local stone, Hotel Le Agavi offers a clean and thoroughly modern design. The hotel’s attractive rooms are presented in a traditional Mediterranean colour scheme of white and blue. Each room is also tastefully complemented by a combination of 19th century and contemporary pieces.
There are meeting rooms if you need to work. Once work is done, you can enjoy food prepared by a local chef. You can also pamper yourself in the spa or walk down to the private beach and take a swim in the Mediterranean.
No matter whether you’re taking a walk in the mountains or enjoying a relaxing drive, this is the perfect place from which to explore the Amalfi coast. You could even rent one of the hotel’s boats to enjoy the Mediterranean. Naples is within driving distance north, past Pompeii and Vesuvius. Salerno is within driving distance east.
Once you’ve booked your luxury hotel in Positano, it’s time to plan your relaxing Italian break in this picturesque cliffside village. As a well-known holiday destination on the Amalfi Coast, you won’t be short of things to do and see in Positano. Here are eight highlights of this colourful beach town.
1. Stroll through the charming streets
Upon arriving in Positano, familiarise yourself with the seaside village by taking a wander around. The long winding roads lined with colourful houses make Positano the perfect walking city, and there are cute boutique stores, ceramic shops, and art galleries around every turn. Plus, as some of the streets are pretty steep, taking a morning stroll is an excellent way to build up your appetite for all that delicious Italian food to come!
2. Explore The Emerald Grotto
The Emerald Grotto is one of the most magnificent nature spots along the Amalfi Coast. It’s a naturally-formed cave full of seawater and is just a 20-minute drive from Positano. When the sunlight seeps through, the water glistens an Emerald colour, and the light spreads magical reflections up the walls of the cave.
You can drive to the cave or book a private charter to take you there via sea. However, once you arrive at the entrance, you’ll have to board one of the small rowboats there to go inside.
3. Sip your way around the vineyards of the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is home to many beautiful vineyards and wineries offering tours, tastings, and lunch. Marisa Cuomo in Furore is one of the most famous ones and is just a 50-minute drive from Positano in a unique cliffside location. Here you can try their renowned Fior d’Uva, the only white wine in the region fermented in wooden barrels.
Alternatively, Tramonti is a mountain town located about 90 minutes from Positano. There are several vineyards and vineyards here, making for the perfect vineyard-hopping day.
4. Walk The Path Of The Gods
Positano has one of the best coastal walks in Italy, thanks to the 4-mile long Path Of The Gods. This coastal trail gives splendid views over the coast and as far out as Capri island. And don’t worry, it’s a gentle and easy-to-follow trail that ends in Nocelle. Here, you can catch a taxi or public bus back to your luxury hotel in Positano to rest your sore feet.
5. Hire a private yacht and sail to Capri
For an unforgettable experience, book a private charter yacht from Positano to sail you around the Amalfi Coast in total comfort and privacy. Then, stop off at the chic island of Capri. Here you can visit the Villa San Michele and have lunch in Piazzetta di Capri. Don’t leave without a shopping spree in Via Camerelle, where you’ll find top designer labels, such as Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
6. Indulge in Italian delights at La Tagliata
Positano is full of incredible restaurants but for the most authentic dishes in a breathtaking hilltop setting, head to La Tagliata. This traditional, rugged-style restaurant has three terraces that give expansive views of the ocean and the islands of Galli and Capri.
7. Spend an evening at Rada
Rada is one of Positano’s most high-end establishments, consisting of a restaurant, rooftop bar, and nightclub. Rada restaurant is built into the cliffside, so you feel like you’re eating on the sea. The prestigious rooftop bar is above, and the club is deep inside the cave below. This hip venue is ideal for a romantic dinner, sophisticated sunset cocktails, dancing the night away in a quirky cave-like club, or all three of the above!