The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Italy
If you long for a slow-paced vacation filled with incredible food, awe-inspiring scenery, and relaxation, a slow-paced Italian getaway is for you. really want to. After exploring the bustling and bustling city of Rome, consider booking into a luxury hotel to indulge in the Italian concept of sweet idleness, the sweetness of doing nothing. Whether it’s sipping an espresso and watching the world go by, enjoying a long lunch in good company, or soaking up the sun followed by a gun (a siesta), the concept of dolce far niente is rooted in Italian culture. And what better way to try it yourself than at one of Italy’s many luxury hotels?
From the pristine shores of Lake Como to the jaw-dropping cliffs of Amalfi and Taormina, Italy is full of breathtaking natural landscapes and five-star resorts and hotels that offer the most lavish settings in which to take in the views.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
Located on the western shore of Lake Como, in vast, lush grounds, is the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Built in 1910, this historic hotel has elegantly retained its Art Nouveau features and Belle Époque style in its breathtaking lobbies and dining rooms. During the summer months, guests can take a dip in one of the hotel’s three impressive pools or simply bask in the Italian sun with a cocktail in hand.
Presenting a luxurious Lake Como experience, the hotel also offers a private walkway to the waters of the lake with limousines docked at the hotel’s marina, waiting to take you to the hidden nooks and crannies of the lake.
Exuding regal glamor and capturing impeccable views from Bellagio to Punta Balbianello, the hotel’s Lake View Prestige Room is the epitome of opulence. Deluxe room prices are around AU$2,030 per night.
Santa Caterina Hotel, Amalfi
Originally built in 1880 by Giuseppe Gambardella, Hotel Santa Caterina has long been a favorite on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian on the hotel’s list of notable guests. Etched into the coastline, the hotel enjoys breathtaking views of Amalfi, all framed by citrus groves and lush gardens.
In terms of amenities, the hotel offers two sea-view restaurants, the Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant Glicine and the more casual Al Mare restaurant. You can soak up the sun, lounge by the ocean and swim in the pool at Hotel Santa Caterina’s idyllic beach club.
The ultimate honeymoon suite, Chalet Giulietta and Romeo offers stunning ocean views. Spread over two levels, the suite includes a king-size bedroom, a bathroom, a living room and a second bathroom, not to mention a private garden with a heated swimming pool.
Prices for a Deluxe Double Sea View Suite are around AU$685 per night, while a Special Suite with Direct Sea View can cost around AU$1,500 per night.
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri
Located in the charming little town of Anacapri, the Caesar Augustus hotel enjoys breathtaking views from its privileged location on the slopes of Monte Solaro, 300 meters above the sea. Boasting an infinity pool on two levels, an outdoor wellness area and a restaurant serving local Italian dishes, this lavish cliffside hotel is an oasis of luxury dating back to the 1800s.
Comprising just 49 rooms and six exquisite suites, the former villa-turned-five-star hotel has hosted celebrities, princes and kings over the decades. If you are looking for the most sumptuous and exclusive Capri experience, the Caesar Master Suite with its 180 degree view of the sea, its sumptuous decor, its living room, its Jacuzzi and its direct access to the infinity pool.
Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano
Carved into the side of a cliff, Il San Pietro di Positano presents a little piece of paradise framed by breathtaking views of the coastline and the Mediterranean Sea. Dating back to 1962, the beautiful Il San Pietro estate features lemon groves, a beach club, tennis court, gym and two restaurants, including the Michelin-starred restaurant Zass run by chef Alois Vanlangenaeker.
When it comes to accommodations, guests can expect understated luxury, unique design, and impeccable ocean views. Designed by Fausta Gaetani, each of Il San Pietro’s Prestige rooms is unique and has a king-size bed and a spacious terrace with sun loungers and a table with chairs, so you can sit and admire the seen. Rates for a Prestige room are around AU$6,945 per night.
Le Sirenuse, Positano
Bursting with color, Le Sirenuse in the beautiful cliffside village of Positano is unlike most five-star hotels on the glittering Amalfi Coast. Originally known as Villa Giulietta, the hotel has remained in the Sersale family for three generations and offers a unique and personalized atmosphere with its variety of works of art, contemporary decoration, antiques and ceramics .
After guests are done relaxing by the pool, Sirenuse’s lavish spa with its sauna, granite steam room, and ice room provides a quiet space to rest and relax. On the dining side, the hotel offers two restaurants and two bars, all framed by impeccable views.
A deluxe sea view room with balcony and large queen bed at Sirenuse costs approximately AUD 3044 per night.
Villa d’Este, Lake Como
The charming Villa d’Este has been welcoming guests to its breathtaking 16th-century estate since 1873. Located in Cernobbio, on the southwestern shore of Lake Como, the hotel features elegant Renaissance architecture and offers a total of 152 rooms in its Cardinal building. and the Queen’s Pavilion.
Surrounded by a lush private park of 10 hectares, Villa d’Este is immersed in a beautiful natural landscape and has four 19th century villas available for rent during your visit to Lake Como. During your stay, you can pamper yourself at the hotel’s spa or dine at Il Platano, Villa d’Este’s lakeside restaurant which offers simple and refined cuisine.
Transporting guests to an opulent bygone era, Villa d’Este’s sumptuous rooms and suites are draped in silks and velvets, each with its own style and color palette. Rates for a luxurious Deluxe Double Room with a magnificent lake view start at around AU$1,600 per night.
Casole Castle, Tuscany
Dating back to the 10th century, the Castello di Casole is a hotel steeped in history. Within the historic castle walls, contemporary luxuries including a heated swimming pool, luxury spa and fitness center guarantee a five-star Tuscan getaway.
Consisting of just 39 rooms and suites, the hotel offers an exclusive and enchanting getaway immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Before retiring to your luxurious room or suite, you can explore the area by bike or on horseback or enjoy an afternoon of golf or truffle hunting.
Decorated with local antiques and rich Italian fabrics, the Castello di Casole Suite immerses guests in traditional Italian luxury and costs around AU$4,200 per night.
San Domenico Palace, Taormina
Converted from a Dominican convent to a hotel in 1896, the San Domenico Palace is a hotel steeped in history that has hosted an illustrious list of guests including Oscar Wilde, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Lauren.
Perched above the Ionian Sea in Sicily’s idyllic Taormina, Palazzo San Domenico captures impeccable panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theater. Combining rich Italian history and tradition with modern luxury, the Four Seasons hotel offers a clifftop infinity pool, an award-winning restaurant and a lavish spa inspired by local healing traditions.
In terms of accommodation, the hotel offers a range of contemporary-style rooms and suites, including the opulent Junior Suite with a plunge pool and stunning sea views. The Junior Suite with plunge pool costs around $5,360 Aussies per night.
Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina
Hotel Villa Carlotta offers a more unique way to experience Taormina. Boasting magnificent views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, the boutique hotel rests in a unique historic setting on the beautiful island. Characterized by the dynamism, color and beauty of the landscapes, the family hotel Villa Carlotta looks “more like a sophisticated house than a hotel”.
After some time relaxing by the pool, you can enjoy a drink or two in the hotel’s boutique lounge bar, followed by authentic Sicilian food and wine in the Villa Carlotta restaurant.
In terms of accommodation, the Villa Carlotta hotel offers 29 rooms, suites, apartments and villas. A luxurious Garden Suite with a private sun terrace, living room and marble bathroom costs around AU$2,080 per night.
Villa Cora, Florence
Set in a century-old park overlooking the beautiful Boboli Gardens, Villa Cora is a garden oasis just outside the historic center of Florence. Defined by its eclectic décor and intriguing artistic styles, the historic villa offers a beautiful and exclusive setting from which to enjoy all that Florence has to offer.
Featuring a luxurious spa and wellness center, a sparkling swimming pool, breathtaking Baroque-style common areas and a panoramic rooftop terrace bar, Villa Cora offers you a Tuscan vacation ultimate.
Decorated with antiques and framed by enchanting garden views, rooms at Villa Cora exude an air of royalty. A deluxe room with a private balcony costs around AU$1,140 per night.
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