August 26th 2013
This was my 2nd time at Casa Angelina set into the hills of the Amalfi Coast. As opposed to my first visit in November last year, this time around it was peak season and it was great to get a feel for the place at its busiest and best.
To get there you fly into Naples and then it’s around an hour and a half’s drive along the hairpin bends on the coastal road made famous by Bond (James Bond). Or I would recommend you fly to Rome for 2 or 3 nights and then travel down to the Amalfi Coast for some R&R. The area is famous for ceramics and lemon growing and is perfect for wandering the gorgeous streets of Positano or Ravello.
Casa Angelina is a contemporary boutique hotel which has art at it’s heart. The design is very stark with some of the most immaculately clean rooms I have ever seen. Everything is white which really gives the impact from the view of the Isle of Capri and a small island called Li Galli where Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg spent part of his honeymoon.
Casa Angelina run a regular complimentary transfer into Positano, which is around 15 minutes drive. In Positano, there are some nice shops and you don’t have to go far to find an authentic Italian restaurant. We ate at Caffe Positano set high up the hill overlooking the bay. It’s a casual restaurant which has a road going right through the middle, the waiters literally had to dodge buses, cars and mopeds to serve our food! Whilst eating we were also entertained by a local singer singing all the Italian favourites which really added to the atmosphere.
The gym was great too with a small indoor pool, sauna and a personal trainer on hand to help guide your workout. I made the most of the trainer and the pain I felt the next morning is testament to his effectiveness! They gym is a good size for what is a smallish hotel and the Technogym equipment is top notch….as well as the views as you run…all of which are much needed after all that pasta and pizza!
For sun worshippers, you can either relax by the pool on ground floor of the hotel or you can take a lift down to the basement and then walk down around 200 stairs to the sea where you can hang out at the Beach Club and Cafe, One Fire Beach. It takes a fair amount of energy to get back up from here but it’s well worth it and definitely made easier with the consumption of a delicious ice cream as you go! The music is chilled and you can swim in the sea to cool off after lunch.
Or why not book a Casa Angelina EAUDESEA Experience Rooms at this level which is built into the cliff. These are former fisherman’s homes and have butler service. From here you can also take a water taxi over to Positano so need to climb those stairs again!
At night, the atmosphere changes again with the use of clever lighting. You can eat in the restaurant or hang out in the bar all with amazing views out to sea.
All in all, we loved Casa Angelina as well as the area which has lots for you to see and do. Great for relaxing and enjoying La Dolce Vita!
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