This might be the point where those with slightly dodgy knees stop reading… but then if you're thinking of coming to the Amalfi coast, you'll have to learn to love the steps. Villa Mary is not in the town itself – it's a ten- to fifteen-minute walk down to the beach – but there is a local bus. That said, Tiziana has hosted couples with small children, and a surprisingly high number of honeymooners (who are treated very well too).
There are only three rooms and each is generously sized with its own terrace and spectacular views of Positano (one advantage of not staying in the town itself). Venere, the junior suite, has recently been renovated with the Mediterranean palette that the rest of the place enjoys and, along with Diana (the suite with a lovely big bathroom) and Minerva (the standard), has lovely parquet flooring, elegant furniture, big beds, linen sheets and even a fridge (and satellite TV). Bathrooms are clean, tiled and equipped with a basket of little essentials including, incredibly for a b&b, robes and slippers.
WiFi is everywhere and free.
Eating and drinking
You'll more than likely wake up to the smell of Tiziana's freshly-baked pastries that will be served on your own terrace. Villa Mary also has an arrangement with a few local restaurants that offer a favourable price to guests.
Tiziana and Antonio are wonderful hosts: a welcome drink (coffee, juice, cocktail and snacks, depending on your arrival time); a little gift when you leave (a postcard of Positano to remind you of your stay); and in between every help you might need, such as a map, list of restaurants and local attractions (including tips on finding a quieter beach). Trips to Pompeii, Capri and elsewhere can be arranged, as well as a pick up from Naples airport.
Parking is difficult in Positano but if you're driving, you can drop off at Villa Mary and your car will be parked and then brought to you at the b&b whenever you need it. If you're coming by boat, there is a baggage service at the port so that you can wander up on your own and find your bags waiting for you when you arrive.
Who stays there
Those with good knees. Seriously, it is a bit of a schlep to get to, but there is a bus service and the reward is the wonderful views of Positano from all the rooms.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Great views
- Stylish rooms
- Extraordinarily high standard of service
- The steps to get there!