Elevated Amalfi Coast views (best enjoyed from the outdoor swimming pool and patio), a Michelin-star restaurant and original architecture dating back to the 12th century await at the marvellous Palazzo Avino, a boutique Ravello hotel that always leaves its memorable mark.
The Palazzo Avino story begins with both the building’s history and monumental setting, proudly overlooking the pristine Amalfi Coast in the medieval village of Ravello, high up on the hill as it has been for over 800 years. The stone balconies and staircases, pillared terraces and statuettes set the scene perfectly here, backed up by details such as antique gilded furnishings and traditionally woven rugs, leaving you under no illusion that this is one of the most unique luxury hotels in Amalfi – for its heritage alone.
However, as regal and full of Italian legacy as it is, Palazzo Avino is anything but stuffy – this is the definition of a five-star summer mansion by the sea, perfectly at home in timeless Amalfi. Here, light pours into the property through huge windows, and the décor in each guestroom – as well as the the lounges, bars and restaurants – is all white marble, tiled floors, clean walls dotted with an occasional piece of either contemporary or classical art, and some surprisingly modern touches too. From iPod docks and flat-screen TVs sitting above immaculate 17th-century dressers or polished writings desks in some of the suites, to the unashamedly 21st-century Jacuzzi up on Palazzo Avino’s roof terrace and solarium, contemporary creature comforts are also part of the seamless package.
Another highlight of staying at Palazzo Avino is the onsite spa, where therapy pools, a sauna and hammam are backed up by cutting-edge massage and wellness treatments, often infused with Sorrento lemons and seasonal fruits used for their antioxidant properties – though the Mediterranean Sea views from here are often therapy enough! A small al fresco gym, great concierge team and chauffeur service complete the onsite offerings, while nearby, Palazzo Avino then has its own exclusive beach club, Clubhouse by the Sea in Marmorata, where another outdoor pool, terraces, fine food and beach access can be found.
In addition, befitting such a grand stage, your drinking and dining options at Palazzo Avino more than match it all. Michelin-star Rossellini’s Restaurant serves up world-class Italian cuisine accompanied by coastal views and a well-stocked wine cellar, while classy Caffé dell'Arte is primed for a glass of bubbly and live piano music at sunset. Rooftop Terrazza Belvedere is then ideal for lunchtime with its lighter menu, and last but not least Palazzo Avino’s aptly named Lobster & Martini Bar is a place of fresh seafood, an atmospheric setting in one of the property’s original halls and over 100 different bespoke cocktails to choose from, no less.
Palazzo Avino Facilities
The 33 guestrooms and 10 suites at Palazzo Avino each display their own character, bespoke interior design and layout, with either mountain, partial or full sea views available (except one internal double room). Most enjoy a spa bathtub and rain shower, antique-style furnishings and plenty of mod-cons, with suites featuring larger floorplans up to 1,000sq ft, balconies and terraces, outdoor Jacuzzis ,a lounge area and superior views.
Palazzo Avino lies within the medieval village of Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast near Marmorata, roughly 40 miles from Naples Airport, or a longer 185-mile drive to Rome.