A late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards. This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place to experience the finest of Italian hospitality and lasting sensations of well being.
The Hotel Santa Caterina has since transformed into one of the Amalfi Coast’s oldest grand hotels. Owned and managed by the same Gambardella family for more than four generations, the property is also a personal expression of local style. Interiors are embellished with 19th-century antiques and hand-painted ceramic tiles, and even more grand are the exteriors with centuries-old gardens and sweeping views of the Bay of Salerno.
Elevators cut into the rocks sweep guests to a private beach club complete with a large saltwater pool. The romantic setting amidst orange groves and bright-pink bougainvillea has not been lost on big names: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stayed here, as did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Classic Italian interiors, quintessentially Mediterranean architecture and the style of the villas of Amalfi: all of Hotel Santa Caterina’s rooms are spacious and filled with light, with floors in antique hand painted majolica, marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, and balconies with view over the sea of Amalfi or the garden.
Thirty six Standard, Superior and Deluxe bedrooms, thirteen Junior Suites, Executive Junior Suites and Suites are located in the main building. The secluded Garden Suites are, as the name suggests, located in the garden area of the hotel. An additional 17 accommodations between deluxe rooms, juniors suites, suites and Senior Deluxe suites are situated in the hotel’s Villa Santa Caterina and the recently acquired Villa Il Rosso.
Hotel Santa Caterina has two restaurants, one in the main building and the other on sea level. The careful selection of primary ingredients and the natural talent of the hotel’s chefs result in the most delicious of dishes. The classic recipes of the Amalfi Coast and their brilliant modern interpretation, have earned Hotel Santa Caterina its outstanding reputation on the international gastronomic scene.
Nestled in one of the most beautiful corners of the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Santa Caterina’s Beach Club is where guests relax, soaking up the Mediterranean sun and swimming in the heated pool filled with sea water. It is easy to access by way of two comfortable elevators carved in to the rock face. The swimming pool area is reserved for use by hotel guests. Sun-loungers, deck chairs, beach umbrellas, towels, changing rooms, and showers are provided.
Amalfi lies within easy reach of another well known town of the Amalfi Coast: Positano. Historic retreat of the ancient Greeks and the Roman nobility, Positano is all but divided in two by the cliff bearing the town’s Transita tower, with the peaceful beach of Fornillo on the one side, and the more busy Spiagga Grande on the other.