Corso Sant'Agata 11/13, Sant'agata Sui Due Golfi, Italy
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Food - Expert review of Don Alfonso
One of the main reasons you might find yourself in Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi (St Agatha on the Two Gulfs) is because you’ve had the good sense to have booked a table at Alfonso Iaccarino’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, and then thought you might as well book a room here too. Good plan. The rooms are gorgeous and you’ll probably have the sleep of your life after, probably, one of the finest meals too. Then you might think about coming back to take the cookery course (there's a school here).
It's a little out of the way, hence the reason for staying the night. The drive is easy enough from Naples and Sorrento, otherwise it's a taxi, or, for walkers, it's a challenging (but think how satisfying) ten kilometre walk form Sorrento.
There are four suites, four junior suites and one apartment; each has been exquisitely styled by Marco De Luca, the same designer who did such a wonderful job at his own place at La Minervetta. The rooms, with the names of plants and herbs, such as Rosmarino, Mento and Verbena, are all individual in look but combine comfort and cosiness, and the cleverly created palettes that include mauves, olives, reds, pinks and taupes are put together beautifully. Sheets are linen, pillows are handmade and the bathrooms, which all share the bright tiles of Vietri, have everything you’ll need, from fluffy robes and slippers, to own-created bath lotions and shampoos that smell divine. You're even provided with ear-plugs as the church bells ring every half an hour (I slept the sleep of the angels when I stayed here and didn't need them).
The house has several areas where you can relax. If it’s warm enough then the garden, with pool, is very restful, while the reception area, with a wonderful library of books, is charming.
Don Alfonso’s restaurant is renowned in Campania. Most of the cooking is now done by his son Ernesto while his other son, Mario, is front of house with Don Alfonso’s charming wife, Livia. This is a family concern but the cooking is stellar: a combination of old and new recipes but all cooked with care and attention and using the finest ingredients. All vegetables are seasonal and most come from Don Alfonso’s organic farm at Punta Campanella.
The charming garden area has a small pool. For those who want to take a bit of Don Alfonso home with them, there is now a cookery school, with its own kitchen, on the premises.
It really couldn’t be friendlier. Livia treats all her guests as if they are friends (and many regular diners surely are now). If you're interested enough in learning more about the restaurant (Don Alfonso told me that when he first decided to grow and cook organically he was laughed at!) you may get an invite to Don Alfonso’s organic farm at Punta Campanella, or you might be able to take a look at his cellar.
Foodies, honeymoon couples, lovers of luxury and boutique accommodation.
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- Corso Sant'Agata 11/13, Sant'agata Sui Due Golfi, Italy
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