The Amalfi Coast

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

A cliffside residence, draped in sophistication

Indulge in intricate architecture and regional delights

Propped atop a cliff, with a sweeping panorama of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, this superbly presented resort centre dates back to 1834 and is ringed by a garden, awash with lemon trees and olive groves. An extraordinarily tasteful example of Belle Epoque architecture, Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is a delightful composite of marble, plush furnishings, nude tones and arched ceilings.

Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a vintage concierge desk before being led to one of the 79 tastefully decorated rooms or suites. Interiors encompass antique furniture, oil paintings and frescoed ceilings, with expansive windows facing the garden or sea. Some include private terraces and pianos, along with original period elements and separate living spaces.

The dining collection will do more than just appease, with three restaurants to choose from, including the Michelin-starred Terrazza Bosquet, with a widespread terrace and seafood-focused menu, L’Orangerie set in an orange grove alongside the pool, serving light dishes, inspired by regional produce and Terrazza Vittoria promising Neapolitan specialities, complemented by incredible ocean views. Tipples are whipped to excellence at Vittoria Bar, positioned on a terrace, or La Pergola in a section of the garden, laden with fairy lights.

Encircled by cherry-striped loungers and a wooden deck, the hotel’s outdoor pool is a definite highlight. Right next door, guests can seek out the spa, housed in a 19th-century converted greenhouse, with three treatment cabins and a private suite for couples, featuring a Jacuzzi.

During your stay, you can opt to immerse yourself in the spectacles of Sorrento, and a lift will take you down to the harbour, where you can board a ferry to the nearby islands or wander around the cobbled streets in search of the perfect Limoncello.


79 rooms and suites

Three restaurants

Two bars

Outdoor swimming pool


Fitness centre

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como is all about style and elegance, and the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo with its impressive art nouveau façade, fits the brief perfectly. Sat on the western shores of the lake, the hotel looks out across the water to the pretty town of Bellagio and the dramatic Grigne mountains. Not to be outshone by its famous neighbour, Villa Carlotta, the hotel sits within beautifully landscaped gardens filled with rare and ancient magnolias, palm trees and flowers that explode in clouds of red, purple, pink and blue. Rooms come with large windows that look out over lake or gardens, and the views from the rooftop suites are hard to beat. It’s not just the scenery that’ll catch your eye, however, and there’s plenty to admire inside as well. The lounge is filled with brightly coloured furniture and features ornate silk hangings on the wall, while the billiards room is home to an original table from the 1800s. Guests can dine on seasonal Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant where in the warmer months, food is served on the terrace. The trattoria and wine bar is perfect for more casual dining, offering the relaxed atmosphere of an ancient wine cellar with a touch of modern elegance. Relaxing here is easy; the hotel has a secluded outdoor pool in the gardens and its own man-made beach, located just in front of the water-on-water floating pool on the lake. The indoor infinity pool and spa look out over the water and offer luxurious Santa Maria Novella products and treatments. The hotel also has its own water limos for when you want to explore and discover the lake.


Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
A little north of the historic centre, the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is an opulent oasis set within a walled 4.5 hectare (11 acre) park – the largest private garden in Florence. The hotel is split between the main building – the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca – and a 16th century former convent. Original features abound, with ornate decorative flourishes, period oil paintings and antiques at every turn. There are 116 rooms, including 44 suites, each individually finished with frescoes, friezes and hand-painted sculptures, all a symphony of silk, velvet and marble. Many enjoy Arcadian views out to the surrounding gardens while others look into the courtyard or over typically Tuscan streetscapes. Services of a typically high Four Seasons standard and 37 rooms in La Villa are even attended to by a team of butlers. The spa is also one of the finest in the city. The main restaurant, Michelin star winning Il Palagio, sits under vaulted ceilings in the main palazzo, as does the elegant Atrium bar, a spot for cocktails and delightful afternoon teas. By the pool, Al Fresco serves up lighter bites. A selection of unforgettable dining experiences can be arranged, from intimate meals in the historic chapel or out in the garden, to an utterly extravagant dinner served on a private terrace atop the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Designed by Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica this indulgent four-course affair is inspired by the boutique jewellers on the bridge and uses gold as an ingredient. Further unique experience can be arranged, including rental of a new Ferrari or classic Alfa Romeo and Mercedes – all convertible, naturally – to explore the Tuscan countryside in style.


Capri Palace
In the sedate commune of Anacapri, the Capri Palace is a deeply stylish and sleek boutique hotel. White furniture dominates, as does the art on show throughout, an ever-growing collection central to the hotel’s concept. There’s even a neighbouring space for artists in residence to create site-specific works. There are 68 rooms, including 17 suites, some of which enjoy a private pool and garden, all decorated in an unmistakable Mediterranean style with influence from and odes to various modern artists. Most of the rooms and suites boast a beautiful view of the sea and the gulf of Naples, others are facing the green hill of Monte Solaro. Diners are somewhat spoiled here. The Capri Palace’s flagship restaurant, L’Olivo, is only place on Capri to be awarded two Michelin stars, and offers modern interpretations of the region’s traditional flavours. Its Dolce Vite wine cellar holds around 10,000 bottles from around the world. Bistrot Ragù is a more casual affair with stunning sea view terrace. Down at the exclusive il Riccio Beach Club, the ideal place to spend the day in the sun and explore the Blue Grotto, the Michelin star restaurant serves artfully prepared sea food on its sea side terrace and invites guests to indulge in a room dedicated to desserts, the Temptation Room. Back up at the Palace, the Bar deli Artisti is chic and laid back, the place to admire artwork and enjoy live music every night. The Capri Palace is also home to the internationally acclaimed medical spa, the Capri Beauty Farm and specialising in beauty and medical treatments such as the famous ‘Leg School’, invented and patented by Professor Francesco Canonaco. The charming centre of Anacapri is just steps away and the hotel also operates a small fleet of luxury speedboats for private transfers and tailored excursions.