Sant'Agnello is a little way out of Sorrento – a 15-minute walk – but the hotel provides a shuttle service that will take you into town.
Blue and white dominate, from the individual Ponti-designed floor tiles to the bed covers. Every room is a paean to modernism, full of simple shapes and lines; expect seamless storage, Anglepoise light fittings, modular tables and chairs. And beyond your white-walled room, perfectly chiming with Ponti's colour scheme, the sea. I'm a big fan of this period but, thanks to all the cleverly-hidden storage, the rooms may be too spartan for some tastes.
The hotel has had the most sensitive of revamps so it retains all the cool and chic of Ponti's vision while facilities have been updated to suit a 21st-century traveller.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is a basic buffet affair but made all the more enjoyable thanks to that spectacular view. The hotel also has a decent restaurant and there is a little eaterie down on the beach.
The salt-water pool, with its original diving platform, is absolutely beautiful and open from May to September. There is also a botanic garden and a Wellness centre (mini-gym, hot tub, massage rooms) as well as a private beach (accessible by lift) that is open from June to September (all towels, sunbeds and umbrellas provided free of charge). The hotel also has a boat that can be booked for days out.
Staff are friendly and professional.
Who stays there
Style-mavens, singles, couples and all those looking for a bit of peace and quiet, as well as, rumour has it, Anjelica Huston while filming The Life Aquatic. Note that children under 10 are not allowed at the hotel.
Parking costs 15 euros per day.
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Wonderful views
- Designer's dream of a hotel
- All that tiling can make it a bit noisy
- The pared-back style might not be to everyone's taste
- A little out of the way