Palazzo Avino , RAVELLO, Italy
With its enviable position above the Amalfi Coast and origins dating back to the 12th century, Palazzo Avino is a show-stopper of an hotel, with a star-studded guest list to prove it.
Nestled in the hilltop village of Ravello, perched high on the cliffs 1000 feet above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Palazzo Avino abounds in ‘wow factor’, from the gothic-style windows, arches that open up to extraordinary blue vistas, skylights resembling pieces of art, a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ swimming pool with views over the sea and mountains, to the contemporary artworks lining the walls.
Rooms and suites are decorated with hand-made Vietri tiles, antique carpets and furniture from the XVIII and XIX centuries; while Frette linen, Bulgari amenities, and hi-tech gadgets complete the picture.
Superbly intimate and renowned for its attentive service, the Palazzo also boasts a rustic-yet-sleek restaurant with two Michelin stars, and the stylish bar is a perennial draw for the world's glitterati.
And in the summer months, hotel guests get complimentary access to the Clubhouse by the Sea, with its small saltwater pool, lush gardens and beautiful terraces all just perfect for sunbathing, set in the small town of Marmorata, just 15 minutes' from Ravello.