Belmond Hotel Caruso
What We Love
- An aperitif of champagne with a snack of house-made potato chips at the bar
- Inventive activities catered to kids, like a pizza-making experience and a video-making class taught by a professional
- The short, complimentary cruises along the coast that the hotel fishing boat runs each morning
What To Know
- Not all the rooms have sea views
- The boutique sells hand-crafted jewelry and clothes inspired by the hotel’s 18th-century frescoes
- For the ultimate arrival, the hotel can pick you up from the airport in a private helicopter
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Four words: Outdoor. Heated. Infinity. Pool. It’s massive. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Amalfi Coast. The staff will bring you an Evian vaporizer and fresh fruit while you’re in it, and remember you by name. You can have a private candlelit dinner floating on it, with a customized menu and live music. After that, does it really matter what the rest of the hotel is like? The rest is impressive, anyway. The recently refreshed property boasts glorious gardens; spacious guest rooms with mosaic floors and private outdoor spaces, Frette fabrics, and Bose sound systems; and the Belvedere restaurant serves locally fished red sea bream and Italian wines. It’s a destination hotel for sure, with its superb perch above the coast, but its spot in the village of Ravello and handy access to the water makes sightseeing easy. Or you could just stay in the pool until it’s time to check out. No judgment from us.
In the Area
Sightseeing in Ravello is easily done on foot; attractions like the 13th-century Villa Rufulo, a stunning historic building with equally impressive gardens, and the lovely Duomo are just minutes from the hotel in the elegant Piazza. Stop in afterwards at Babel, a snug café-bar that also functions as an art gallery, for a glass of local wine or an Italian craft beer. More modern architecture can be found in the Oscar Niemeyer-designed New Energy Auditorium, whose eye-catching structure is meant to imitate the swell of the ocean. The hotel runs shuttles down to the coast if you want to dip a toe into the sea you’ve been viewing from the hotel. If you’re in town during the summer, don’t miss the celebrated Ravello Festival of music, dance, and film.
How to Get There
This is a beautiful hotel in a magnificent setting. We stayed there in the last week or so before they closed down for the winter and felt perhaps everyone was tired and demotivated. The service was incredibly slow, particularly at breakfast when it took 15 minters just to get a cup of tea! The breakfast buffet was extensive but I am gluten free and when I asked for some kind of pastry or bread to toast I was shown a small table with tiny packets of Schar crostini. Even these had disappeared by the end of the week. The couple of dinners we had were also very inadequate for a 5 star hotel that should be able to make dishes that match the quality of the rest of the guests....what I was offered certainly didn’t. What a shame as it could have been so special staying in such a world famous hotel.
Words cannot describe how beautiful this hotel is! Definitely one of the best hotel I’ve ever been! The location is majestic, their infinity pool is unbelievably beautiful, the service is definitely a 5 stars and the food is absolutely delicious!
stunning views, lovely accommodations, friendly, gracious service, excellent food. Loved everything about this gem of a hotel. And the charming town of Ravello is just steps away. What a wonderful and mesmerizing place!