Relais Blu is in the little village of Marciano in the heart of the Punta Campanella marine reserve, so there are plenty of good walks to be had around here. But if you’d rather just relax, it’s perfect for that too. This was one of the first hotels I visited on the Sorrentine coast and there are few that match it for style, luxury and friendliness. If you’d rather ‘beach it’, it’s a short a taxi ride to the lovely little beach of Marina Cantone where you can hire a boat and/or take a stroll to the lovely La Conca del Sogno in Recommone.
There are only 12 rooms here so the place never feels busy. All rooms have are wonderfully spacious but the junior suite and ‘special’ room go up to 50 and 60 square metres respectively and have sea views, with windows and balconies overlooking a view that stretches along the entire peninsula and the island of Capri. Rooms are simply styled with vast expanses of white – walls, tables, chairs – interspersed with splashes of Mediterranean turquoise, with a mix of contemporary and retro furnishings.
The restaurant is really very good indeed and it's wonderful having a candlelit dinner on the terrace. It wasn't quite ready when I visited but the garden area now has a Jacuzzi and pool.
Eating and drinking
The buffet breakfast is generous and will certainly keep you going until lunch, but if you're hanging on for dinner then don't forget to book; the cooking here is very good indeed with the chef using local ingredients and giving them a bit of a twist, such as lemon gnocchi with courgette flowers and langoustines. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. The bar is open every day.
The pool and Jacuzzi are the only leisure facilities here but, if the food served has inspired you, the hotel is now running cookery classes three times a week. It's all very civilised, starting with an apero on the terrace, cooking for a couple of hours in the kitchen with the chef, then another two hours for lunch on the terrace. Classes cost €70 and lunch (including wine) is €30. You can join the class even if you're not staying here – a supplement of €10 is charged for a round trip from Sorrento.
The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and can advise on trips, long and short, as well as advising you of the excursions that they can organise: sea trips and so forth. I had a fabulous time spending the day at Marina Cantone (a short cab ride away), taking a boat out for a couple of hours and pootling off to Positano, then taking a short walk to Recommone for lunch.
Who stays there
Honeymoon couples, those looking to celebrate (birthday, anniversary) and anyone looking for a bit of piece and quiet (perhaps to finish writing, or just reading, that novel).
Easter is considered high season but the week before (27 March to 20 April) is low season. High season runs from mid-May to mid-October.
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent walking opportunities
- Fabulous views
- Wonderful food
- Far from sightseeing/nightlife