Savoy Beach Hotel
What We Love
- A chic and modern beach resort near the ancient Paestum ruins, with optional half-boardBeing super-close to Paestum’s fascinating UNESCO-listed archaeological site
- Tucking into Mediterranean and Campania cuisine at the signature restaurant
- Individually-styled rooms and suites that stand out for their on-trend décor
What To Know
- The hotel has a private beach with complimentary sun beds and umbrellas
- You can arrange for drop off and pick up airport shuttle service
- Free WiFi throughout
Those looking to mix up beach glamour with cultural thrills in the Campania region of southern Italy have a lot to look forward to at this four-star property in the little town of Paestum. Not only will you be just a short sashay from a lovely beach, but you’ll be within easy distance of the UNESCO-listed archaeological site that pays homage to three Greek goddesses.
Each of the 42 guest rooms and suites is spacious, spoiling, and gorgeously designed; think soothing hues, on-trend soft furnishings, wooden or tiled flooring, and a décor scheme that lets you know at once that this is somewhere a bit special. All come with comfortable beds dressed with crisp white deluxe linens, bathrooms with bathtubs or showers, flatscreen TVs with satellite channels, and all the creature comforts you’re likely to need during your stay.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a palm-lined outdoor pool, tennis court, Turkish bath, and lovely gardens filled with bougainvillea and palm trees. There’s also a good-looking signature restaurant for Mediterranean cuisine and Campania specialities, a well-stocked wine cellar with over 500 Italian and international wine varieties, and a relaxed bar for anytime cocktails and cappuccinos.
How to Get There
I will start by saying yes, this is a wedding venue. It is, however, a beautiful hotel which is really well maintained with gorgeous gardens, staffed by very friendly and helpful employees, and is in a great location. As a base for our week in southern Italy it was perfect. We didn't use the pool at all because the Beach Club is such a short walk away, so just went to the beach instead to avoid all of the wedding hoo-ha. The Beach club is a great perk of this hotel and I recommend trying it. Definitely must try the restaurant downstairs, Tre Olivi, as well! It was one of the most delicious meals of my life. Also worth hiring a car if you want to do anything else other than Paestum during your stay to make travel easier and cheaper.
A nice but large, impersonal hotel more geared towards groups such as weddings than individual travellers.
Staff were as helpful as they could be, but the hotel is not aimed at individual guests.
If you want to eat at anything other than the (very nice, but quite fancy) Tre Olive restaurant, the only option is the 'Beach Club', which is a one kilometre walk along a busy road, then down a dark side road, then a dirt track. Really. It’s nice when you get there, but take a torch to get back.
The pool is very nice and away from the crowd.
Unfortunately we were only here for 1 night, but the hotel, the staff, the grounds, the location and the breakfast buffet all exceed expectations. Additionally, it was one of the better rates we paid during our Italy trip.
Room was comfortably large. Bathroom was best we've encountered for size and amenities.
Highly recommended if you are in Paestum area.
“Bringing a WOW Factor to Indian Weddings” (The Groom)
I first heard about the Savoy Beach Hotel after inquiring of every DJ and Photographer I had ever interacted with as to their favourite venues in both the UK and the abroad. Having often been designated timekeeper and supplier contact for a variety of cousins weddings and organizing the Timeless Cultural Show at LSE in 2009, I had built up a veritable list.
I was looking for a destination that had accommodation for 230 guests all within walking distance of each other. I wanted a hotel that was capable of dealing appropriately with large groups and had the diversity of event spaces available such that every function was entirely unique. I wanted sufficient access to the decision makers so I could make my vision of the wedding a reality and also use the knowledge and expertise of the wedding planners themselves to help create a truly unforgettable experience for our guests.
Thanks to Salvatore and the Pagano Family, Chiara, Simona, Matteo, Giovanni, Joffrey and Aldo we were able to make this vision a reality!
With the crescendo of a Beach Party, Welcome Lunch with live cooking stations, Mehndi Party, Wedding Ceremony, it was the Reception Dinner that truly stood out.
The evening began with canapes (including sushi, savoury ice-cream and “Gioi” – the Savoy version of pink champagne) with a live saxophonist playing by the pool side. Guests then entered back through the hotel lobby to a candle-lit room with tables of 8.
Following the entrance of my wife and I to the head table, the lights changed, our “Mr Saxobeat” wedding song filled the air and a procession of Savoy waiters in white jackets entered the room in a single line, making their way to each table in a synchronized swim fashion.
The music changed again for each of the 6 courses ending in incredible style with dessert. The tables were each laid with a large round bowl placed in the centre of each table. The lights were then switched off, with the room lit only by candles and each of the waiters simultaneously pouring dry ice into each of the bowls creating a synthetic smoke on each table. The dessert itself was beautifully presented ending the food section of the evening to perfection.
Then began the procession to the cake cutting. Each couple was handed an LED balloon and asked to make a line along the beautifully lit central pathway of the Savoy Beach Gardens. Our saxophonist then led my wife and I through the magical tunnel that was created, with our guests folding in behind us to the poolside where our three tier cake awaited us. Once the throng of guests were comfortably placed, balloons held high, the countdown from 14 began ending in a cascade of multi-coloured balloons making their way into the night sky and the song “Fly me to the moon” playing in the background.
With our wedding soundtrack “Mr Saxobeat” now being played live by our saxophone player, guests made their way to the newly refurbished Savoy Veranda where 4 tables of 230 limoncello shots lay waiting for guests to consume in waterfall fashion. After my wife and I began the wave of beverages, guests made their way into the dance area of the ballroom where a projector screen with pictures from the Mehndi night were displayed on the back wall and cocktail makers stood ready by the bar. As the “All of me” live instrumental began, smoke filled the newly refurbished marble dancefloor paving the way for our entrance and first dance. The party then carried on until 6am with a surprise pizza and mortadella in bread midnight feast welcomed by all!
No dream is too big for the Savoy.
My brother got married here last weekend and it was nothing short of a full indian fariytale. The hotel with its clean, open-plan and chic Italian decor fitted perfectly with the elegant but classical Indian style of the bride.
There was ample space for each function (and there were a LOT of functions) to be held in a different venue. No space was used twice for lunch or dinner for 5 days! My personal highlights were the Ibiza-esque beach club 93 for a pre-wedding beach welcome barbecue, the intimate and appropriately named 'love garden' for the indian ceremony and the impressive water feature at the entrance of the Savoy for the groom arrival. Look at the photos and you'll see what I mean!
The staff were commendable in their planning of the wedding - they now use words like 'mandap' as comfortably as I do. They really tried their best to embrace the whole indian wedding culture - even the chef pulled classic indian dishes like 'pau bhaji' out of the bag!
The staff found indian mehendi artists for our mehndi party, a dhol (drums) player for the groom arrival, even a DJ who mixed an indian classic with Ed Sheeran for the couple's first dance.
Thank you so much to Savoy and their team for a fantastic week of celebrations!