The Amalfi Coast is one of those magical places with incredible views, delicious food and quaint streets to roam. So, it’s no wonder it’s a hot spot for celebrities, models and other VIPs. But now there’s another reason you might want to book a trip there: the first new luxury hotel to be built on the Amalfi Coast in 15 years just opened, and it’s suspended 295 feet above sea level.
Yes, Borgo Santandrea recently opened its doors following several years of meticulous construction along the cliffs. The result of the hard work is a 45-room hotel with jaw-dropping views of the sea and the small fishermen’s village of Conca dei Marini (home to Jackie O’s favorite local restaurant, La Tonnarella, as well as Sophia Loren’s longtime villa).
While all the rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows -- you can take in the vistas from bed -- some of the premium suites feel as if you’re floating on the ocean below. And the Premium Pool Suite has a private infinity pool that’s built into the cliff. (Guests will truly feel suspended.) Other standout design details include a blue clawfoot soaking tub, 31 different geometric handmade and hand-painted tiles (a nod to Gio Ponti), local pattern traditions and bespoke Italian furniture.
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“For me, the standout design is the collection of 31 different types of handmade geometric tiles that are scattered throughout the hotel,” says Maurizio Orlacchio, the general manager and co-owner of the property. “This part of the project took us over two years and was done in partnership with four different local artisans. They created geometric patterns inspired by Pompeii and the works of great Italian architects of the '50s and '60s.”
If that wasn’t enough to attract guests, then the amenities certainly will. The property has a private beach, jetty, beach club and three restaurants serving Mediterranean food with varying modern twists, all overseen by a Michelin-starred chef. In addition, the property is connected via a series of enchanting walkways and staircases surrounded by gardens filled with native Amalfi plants, including Myrtus communis dating back 150 years onsite.
Orlacchio adds, “Simply put, we want our guests to feel like they are staying at a typical Italian home.”