A low-key, luxury boutique hotel on Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast
Set along towering rock cliffs, terraced gardens and lemon groves, Casa Privata is a low-key design hotel that feels miles away from the busy streets, posh restaurants and designer boutiques of close-by Positano. A perfect base to explore the Amalfi Coast with fewer crowds and lower prices.
The owning family from Austria has been coming to the Amalfi Coast for decades. While sailing down the coast they spotted an abandoned fishermen’s house; Casa Privata. First turned into a family home, later on, the property became the luxury boutique hotel it still is today.
With Casa Privata being tucked halfway down the cliff, a steep set of steps leads down to the sea and a private rocky beach with elegant white sunbeds. German-speaking books and magazines from the fields of art, architecture, design, travel, fashion originating from the extensive family library can be found in every corner of the hotel and the sun-filled rooms. The hotel and the entire property are perfectly secluded and feel more like a private villa than an actual hotel. A refreshingly low-key boutique hotel with soothing, neutral colors among a colorful and sometimes glitzy coastline.
Location: On Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, in the quieter town of Praiano between Positano and Amalfi. Built into the cliffs, only reachable by stairs.
Rooms: 7 rooms, top-floor rooms have a private terrace overlooking the gardens & the sea
Highlights: Private rocky seafront with elegant white sunbeds. Gardens spreading over 5,000 square meters, designed by the Belgian landscape artist Jacques Wirtz.
The feel: A low-key, luxury hideout, more of a private villa feel than an actual hotel (with all the amenities and services of a hotel)
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