“A delightful cliffside boutique hotel perched above Sorrento's harbour, with 13 immaculate and artful rooms”
From the hotel’s rooftop entrance, glide down to the 13 sea-facing bedrooms where walls of windows maximise the views - those on the left look to the Gulf of Naples, those on the right to Sorrento.
The sole Junior Suite is decked out in teal, turquoise and lemon, with a balcony, a sitting area and a Jacuzzi tub.
Most Superior Rooms have views from the centre of the building, but two hang on each corner, with superb panoramas from dual windows. One faces Sorrento, but our favourite is all sea, with the pale peak of Vesuvius breaking the scene (and a sliver of neighbouring hotels visible, so be mindful of when to close the blinds).
The Deluxe Rooms also sit in the middle, with glimpses of Sorrento's marina grande (vertigo sufferers should keep the swivel-panes closed) and plenty of colour combos to choose from – ours had cool white walls and navy accents.
Perfect for couples, the Junior Studio offers a balcony and added privacy in exchange for a smaller bathroom and limited views. It’s accessed via exterior steps and is therefore only available during high season.
All rooms have been lavished with exquisite attention to detail: Balinese Buddha heads and Grecian model boats mingle with Philippe Starck lamps and top-notch fittings. Bathrooms enjoy vivid striped tiling, piles of fluffy towels and an array of luxury toiletries.
A healthy, beautifully presented and daily-changing breakfast buffet is laid out on the kitchen table. Every bowl of oranges, pot of lemon jam and tray of sugar-dusted cornetti is as delicious on the eye as on the stomach. Cakes and pastries are fresh from the hotel manager's bakery and you might find jugs of fresh orange or pear juice, soft cheeses or slivers of prosciutto. Cooked eggs and American-style pancakes are always on offer. In summer, take your cerulean-glazed plate out to the parasolled terrace and sit facing the rising sun, the endless sea and the cone of Vesuvius.
For lunch and dinner, wander down the hotel's zig-zagging path to the marina grande for fresh fish at one of the waterside restaurants: try relaxed Da Emilia or Delfino, where we enjoyed an amazing seafood risotto.
Alternatively, take a 10-minute stroll into town for a wider choice of eateries. For a special occasion, splash out on Michelin-starred Il Buco’s fantastic seafood, steaks and wine list. If you have a car, staff recommend Don Alfonso in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi (10km), where father-and-son chefs Alfonso and Ernesto turn out impeccable, largely home-grown Italian fare.
All ages are welcome, but La Minervetta is best suited to children over 8. Any younger and you'd be worried about the steep paths, cliffside drops and fragile artworks. It might also work for families with a baby.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms and suites can hold a baby cot or extra bed; the Junior Studio has space for a baby cot only. Note that the number of spares available is quite limited, so request early and get written confirmation from the hotel.
Some Deluxe Rooms can interconnect with Superior Rooms or Junior Suites (ask for a special price if booking these in low season).
The setting is somewhat perilous for younger children.