Relais Blu Belvedere

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Reviewed by Liz Simpson
A seriously stylish, ravishingly romantic hotel perched on the tip of the Amalfi Coast
Set in lush cliff-top gardens of mature olive, agave and scented pine, this cool white hotel combines sugar-cube modernism and dazzling Mediterranean colour with panoramic sea views and a near-perfect location. Secluded without being isolated, it sits at the very tip of the Sorrentine peninsula, a short drive from Sorrento itself, looking out over the blue Bay of Naples and the craggy isle of Capri. Naples, Amalfi and Pompeii are all within day-tripping distance.

But why go anywhere? Popular with honeymooners, loved-up couples and escapists, this place is built for indulgence and you won’t want to leave in a hurry - we certainly didn't. The 11 white-blue rooms are fresh and contemporary, opening onto private terraces where you can enjoy the views from café-style tables or white cubist sofas, shaded by pale aqua umbrellas. There’s a small but beautifully positioned pool on a terrace above the hotel and a gourmet restaurant serving fabulous food. In other words, all the ingredients for an unforgettable stay.


  • The views are awesome, and the entire hotel is designed to make the most of them. The main terrace has a jaw-dropping panoramic; we spent hours just staring
  • Refreshingly sleek and stylish decor for this part of the world
  • Delicious, fresh food. We spent 10 days in Italy and the food here was the best we ate
  • Owner-managers Antonino and his sister Bianca are very hands-on, and the rest of the staff incredibly helpful and friendly
  • A network of lanes and coastal footpaths winds through olive groves to crowd-free coves and crags


  • With the nearest shop 3km away and little public transport, you'll need a car - but the roads can get extremely congested during the summer
  • Fully lit, the dining room is quite bright and at times you feel on show. We felt candlelight would work better
  • Being so popular with couples, it could feel a bit cheesy for single travellers and groups of friends
  • Music is piped through the communal areas at all times - a bit intrusive if you don't like the tunes

Best time to go

The shoulder summer months (April, May, late September, October) are probably the nicest time to visit the Amalfi coast. We went in early May and it was perfect: sunny enough to lie out, but not so hot that we couldn’t bring ourselves to go for walks. The other advantage of going at this time is that it’s far less crowded. In peak season the coastal road is heaving, and often has long tailbacks, and the beaches, restaurants and tourist attractions are full to the brim. In May we managed to find a small cove that we had all to ourselves for a day.

Our top tips

We stayed for 2 nights, and wished we were staying for a week. It's a beautiful hotel and the staff and owners couldn't be more lovely.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Restaurant + bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome.
  • Closed: 31 Oct 2016 - 5 Apr 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service


The hotel’s 11 rooms are pared down white canvases streaked with colour: aqua cushions, a vivid emerald and turquoise striped headboard, a royal blue armchair or a terracotta urn on the floor. Wall-to-wall windows make the most of those gob-stopping coastal views; some rooms also have glassed sun-rooms and/or private terraces with white-cube sofas. Bright, uncluttered and immaculately clean, it's the perfect environment to chill out and focus on the sea, the sun, the silence and each other.

There is a choice of Superior Rooms, Junior Suites and Special Rooms (king-size everything with superior views and intricate artistic detail such as veined parquet floors, baskets of lemons, bowls of fruits or sea shells). As each offers a spectacular view, we'd have been happy in any of them, though we did love that the Junior Suites and Special Rooms have balconies. All rooms have air-con, jetted bath-tub, drench shower, flat-screen TV (with Sky, for heaven's sake)... even a personal workstation with free high-speed internet connection. If you want our advice, don't even switch it on.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi


If you’re a foodie, you'll be in heaven. German chef Christoph Bob serves up excellent modern-Italian dishes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. We indulged fully, so as to be able to report on it all...

Grab a table out on the terrace, laid with crisp white and aquamarine linen, and sip a glass of Prosecco as the sun sets over Capri.

On Monday nights, the restaurant serves typically Neopolitan cuisine, and it is absolutely delicious and well worth trying. You have choices for each course. We opted for traditional potato pasta with ham followed by blue fish wrapped in courgettes. Dessert was either homemade tiramisu or a strawberry cake. Don't do as we did and get heavily stuck into the homemade bread beforehand, even though it's that perfect mix of crispy yet light.

On our second night, we ate from the a la carte menu, which was wonderfully eclectic. Starters included amberjack carpaccio with sea urchins and veal tartare with quails eggs. Our hearty secondi course consisted of grouper with escargot and almonds, pork ribs with wild fennel and honey sauce, lamb served any way you like it. It sounds far-fetched but it really was all cooked perfectly.

A relaxing Italian breakfast (eggs to order, fresh fruit, pastries, homemade breads, cakes, juices, coffee) was served until 11.30am so it means you can have a lie-in and treat it as brunch/lunch. However, if you're hearty of appetite, the open-air Bar Azul serves light lunches, snacks and drinks on the main terrace all day: think smoked salmon or parma ham and cheese sandwiches, seafood or ceasar salads, pasta dishes.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Keep it local: chill out by the pool, or drive to nearby beaches at Giardino Romantico and Nerano. From just below Nerano you can wander round to a beautiful secluded bay - we'd certainly recommend it as we were the only people there!
  • Explore the stunning terrain - the hotel can suggest a series of walking itineraries
  • If you can tear yourself away, take a day-trip to Pompeii, climb Mount Vesuvius, bags a bar-seat or a beach-bed at glamorous Positano (30 minutes by car), or explore the cathedral and cloisters of bustling Amalfi (an hour's drive on a good day)
  • Drive (or take a taxi) into Sorrento - it’s only 10km, but it takes 20-30 minutes on winding country roads; this elegant seaside resort town offers ferry services to Naples, Positano, Amalfi, Capri and other islands (Ischia and Procida)
  • For true romantics, Antonino and Bianca can organise a private boat to seek out your own patch of perfect seaside; there are some wonderfully secluded coves (most with volcanic pebbles rather than sand) and hidden sea-caves
  • Explore the Punta Campanella Marine Park: beneath that blue-blue sea is world of protected underwater life. The hotel can arrange guided diving and snorkelling trips

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing


Children can be accommodated, but this is not the ideal place to bring children; Relais Blu can provide for them but there's nothing for them to do.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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