FAM TRIP TO THE AMALFI COAST – 8th MAY 2017
British Airways to Naples – cramped and poor service.
Naples Airport – bus service from the aircraft which always takes time.
An hour and a half to Ravello. Warn clients that the roads are narrow and windy and there may be a possibility of feeling car sick!
A very small village but does have a couple of restaurants which provide a good alternative to hotel dining. We ate at La Strada which I would recommend.
Minimalist, stylish and slightly wacky, this is a very modern property with large public areas for such a small hotel, The property also has the use of a beach club accessed by a lift and 250 steps! This consists of a platform going into the sea. It is not private to the hotel but guests are given a complimentary sun-lounger, towel and bottle of water. It is possible to walk into Praiano following a short cut avoiding the road (90 steps!). Highlight for us was the amazing breakfast with incredible views in Piano Nel Cielo Restaurant #bestbreakfastever !
I would recommend this property because of cool, modern style, location and especially for younger clientele.
This amazing town does not need explaining. It should be included on any Amalfi Coast itinerary.
Hotel Villa Franca
What a wonderful surprise – of its type, the property is excellent. On arrival, the staff were incredibly attentive. The initial impression is one of character and charm but with a modern twist. There are two buildings and I would suggest sending clients to the main one, the other is only a short walk away but doesn’t have any dining facilities or public areas except for a rather overlooked and not very exciting garden. On the roof of the main building is a lovely swimming pool, sunbathing area and bar (which serves snacks during the day). From here you get a 360 degree view of Positano – simply stunning.
The rooms are white but with splashes of colour. They are of a good size, comfortable and have all the amenities of a 5 star hotel. The bathrooms vary but are generally well appointed (apart from the lack of a shaving/make up mirror). Not all the rooms have sea views but the alternative is town view which is nearly as impressive.
The food is good although the breakfast, slightly unimaginative. A window table is a must as the views are incredible.
The Villa Franca is perched at the top of the town. It is a steep 10 minute walk down to the main shopping street and there is the option of getting a complimentary shuttle back but if Rupert and I can do the hike back up so can anyone else!
I really enjoyed staying in this hotel.