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 [node:123872]. 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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Foodies, honeymoon couples, lovers of luxury and boutique accommodation.
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Warm and friendly atmosphere
- Great walking in the area
- This won't be the cheapest night of your life