“Simple B&B rooms and apartments, with tiered gardens around a Norman watchtower, and a pool overhanging the rocky coast”
From the Amalfi-Minori road, steps and paths bordered with marble busts lead down through cliff-hung terraces and verdant gardens, which burst with lemons, geraniums and palms. At the bottom is a vine-shaded breakfast terrace with majestic sea views, and a crenellated swimming pool which literally overhangs the water. The same goes for the double rooms: waves fizz below your balcony, while the sound of gurgling water lulls you to sleep.
- One of the finest settings on the coast, with sweeping views of the sea and the jagged mountains behind Minori
- A spectacularly sited swimming pool, and easy access into the sea (or into hired boats) from a private little quay
- We loved sitting in the well-groomed gardens among imperial statues and ancient stonework
- Delightful staff - and family-friendly too
- Good value in an expensive area
- Interiors, while spacious and functional, are dated (though gradually being updated and the overall look has a retro charm)
- It gets booked up early for the summer, so plan ahead
- Don't expect to stay in the watchtower - it's reserved for the owner
- Breakfast is extremely basic and although the location is superb the restaurant lacks atmosphere
- Steep and often uneven steps run between terraces and down to rooms and there is small additional charge for help with luggage
- No in-room WiFi; it's available in common areas only
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- Boutique Hotel
- 5 rooms, 6 apartments for 2-6
- Restaurant + self-catering
- All ages welcome.
- Closed: 19 Oct 2019 - 1 Apr 2020
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
There are 5 double rooms and 6 apartments for 2-6 people, spread across two newish seafront buildings and a small house near the top. All are done out in simple Italian rustic style, with cream or pastel walls, wrought iron beds, bronze faux-chandeliers and a scattering of wooden furniture (some of it antique, some of it modern). Brightly patterned fabrics and vivid Amalfi tiles add colour, but not always in the subtlest of combinations, with naïve artwork on the walls adding an occasionally erotic note. But if it's not quite the contemporary chic you might hope for (and, to be honest, few hotels on the Amalfi coast are), rest assured that it is comfortable and spacious – and the views of sea, mountain and garden are to die for.
Bathrooms, likewise, are functional, with a couple of avocado- or peach-coloured bathroom suites surviving from the 1950s furbishment (retro-kitsch?!). The rest are being gradually done up with neutral cream tiling and corner shower cabinets.
Of the apartments, the 3 in the lower Amalfi-side building (Luigi, Elena and Emanuele) are the largest, with a long sea-facing balcony and sitting-dining room, 2 rear-facing bedrooms (in Elena/Emanuele, a chunk is taken out of the sitting room to make way for a 3rd bedroom), and one bathroom apiece. Up above the prince's quarters is Ficus, with 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom in between (no kitchen).
The rooms are all double-bedded and situated in the Minori-side buildings. There are 2 secluded ones up by reception, and 3 in a lower building, with balconies and plunging views over the sea.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Satellite TV
Room prices include a continental breakfast (rolls, croissants, mini-jams, carton-juice, hot drink), which is served outside on the dining terrace, or brought to your room. There's a breakfast menu for additional items (scrambled eggs, etc).
The apartments have rather dated kitchens with gas rings, a large fridge, Ikea-style cabinets with basic cutlery and crockery but no traditional oven. Ficus has a fridge but no other kitchen facilities.
The hotel’s restaurant serves lunch, with a limited choice of salads (melon and ham, green salad, or Caponata di Amalfi – salad made with bread and tomatoes). They also offer dinner, with a more comprehensive menu of Italian pasta, meat and fish dishes. The food is underwhelming, but it’s a great place for a cold beer – and the service is charming.
Alternatively, you can either prepare something simple in your apartment, order pizzas and pasta from a nearby restaurant, or drive to Amalfi, Atrani or Minori, all within 5km.
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- In house cook
- Restaurants nearby
- Hire a private boat to collect you from the villa and take you to nearby coves (the deep inlet of Furore is spectacular), to sea caves, or to rocky islets such as Li Galli (where Nureyev had a villa). Canoes and pedalos can also be delivered to your 'front door' from Atrani
- Take a public ferry from Amalfi or Minori along the coast to Positano or the isle of Capri for some glitzy shopping and dining, plus colourful cliffside villages
- Drive or walk up to gorgeous Ravello, a handsome village set high on a spur, with plunging views over the coast (best appreciated from the stunning gardens of the Villa Cimbrone)
- The town of Amalfi has an impressive duomo (in whose crypt lie the remains of St Andrew), a small museum in the town hall (where you can see the first ever maritime law, the 16th-century Tabula Amalfitana), not to mention excellent pastry shops (try the creamy sfogliatelle of Andrea Pansa)
- Keen walkers should not miss the lovely Valle delle Ferriere, a 5-hour hike heading deep inland from Minuta or Campidoglio, to re-emerge at Pogerola above Amalfi
- Shopping / markets
Activities on site or nearby include:
Children of all ages are welcome, and this one of the few places on the Amalfi coast which genuinely suit families, although it's probably better for 6+ year olds, due to all those steep stairs. Staff can arrange English-speaking babysitters. Minori and Maiori have long, safe strands; other villages have smaller and steeper beaches
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Babysitting available by arrangement
Villa Scarpariello is just outside Amalfi in Castiglione di Ravello, 70km from Naples.
From the Airport
Fly to Naples Capodichino (70km), then take a taxi via Salerno or via Bomerano to Castiglione di Ravello (both routes are about 2 hours, the last part tortuous).
This is one part of the Amalfi coast where it makes sense to hire a car. The villa has its own parking (at extra cost) and you'll need to drive to Maiori / Minori / Amalfi / Ravello for meals (all 5-10km). For day trips, the boat service along the coast is pretty efficient; roads can get clogged in summer. See our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.
Read our guide to Getting to Italy and Getting around
- Naples - Capodichino 70.0 km NAP
- Beach 3.0 km
- Shops 3.0 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km