Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
Intimate retreat; just 12 rooms with private patios surrounding a tree-shaded pool
Private beach club within a protected marine reserve with hammocks over the sea
What To Know
Free WiFi and parking
The property is around 10 miles from Crotone Airport or a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Naples
There's a small spa that specializes in holistic massage treatments
A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Parking on site
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Secluded 12-room retreat in southern Italy, with a rustic restaurant, local artwork and beach hammocks
On the Ionian Coast in southern Italy, the Praia Art Resort sits between the mountains and the sea. The intimate 12-room retreat spills out from a tree-shaded pool, and the decor is a collaboration between local artists and specialist craftsmen. Flower-lined paths lead from the white wood reception area to the brightly colored low-rise cottages, alfresco restaurant, central pool and lounge bar, and on to the pine woods that lead down to the sandy beach. Local stone, wood, irregular clay bricks and painted tiles have been used to create a natural, shabby-chic look.
Bed and Bath
Thick brush strokes of white and off-white paint shade the guest room walls, and the palette extends to the bathrooms, which feature twin glass sinks and rain showers. Molton Brown toiletries, plush bathrobes and beach flip-flops come standard. The resort's signature painted clay tiles decorate the floors, wall trim and showers. Each room is individually styled; some have carved furniture, small porthole windows or cute alcoves, but all showcase works by local artists.
Meals are served in different locations depending on the weather and the preference of the chef. Breakfast is typically served poolside, and lunch may be a BBQ with Mediterranean salads dished up in the pine woods surrounding the resort. The gorgeous Pietramare dining room has stone walls and is topped with a bamboo roof, and it overlooks the herb gardens. You can peer into the glass-walled kitchen from communal tables and dine on rustic dishes from the Calabria region, flavored with hot peppers, extra virgin olive oil and wild chicory. Seafood features heavily; the local marine reserve guarantees the largest variety of uncontaminated fish in Italy. The sandy beach is steps from the resort, and beach hammocks sway above the shallow waters.
In the Area
Known for its unpopulated fine sandy beaches and clear seas, the Ionian coast in southern Italy lures those who have traversed Tuscany and uncovered Umbria. The port village of Le Castella, with its traditional trattorias and magnificent "floating" fortress dating from the Aragonese period, is a few miles away and is one of the region’s main tourist attractions. The area has ancient Greek origins dating to the Magna Graecia period; visit the famed Capo Colonna, a solitary column that was once part of a seaside temple. A little farther away you'll find the monumental castle of Santa Severina, complete with encircling walls and moat, known as “the stone ship” for its rocky position above the sea.
Praia Art Resort
Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Italy
How to Get There
Flights are available to Crotone Airport (CRV) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from CRV, about 10 miles away, are approximately $79, round-trip, for a shuttle for up to six people and can be arranged through the property.