Hotel Highlights

  • Breath-stealing views of the rugged Amalfi cliffs and the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Close to fabulous Positano restaurants, but removed from the tourist trail
  • Explore the coastline’s hidden beaches by boat

Overview

Between soaring pine-covered mountains and a deep sapphire sea sits hotel Casa Angelina, perched majestically on the Amalfi Coast’s cliffs. Inside, the sleek, all-white rooms – save for the wild and whimsical colours of Murano glass sculptures dotted around communal areas – contrast dreamily with the blue sky and water outside.

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Champagne and fresh fruit on arrival, a romantic bath on the first night, and a Casa Angelina gift on departure

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

43, including four beachside apartments.

Check–out

12noon; later check-out is subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $382.93 (€277), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

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Buffet breakfast costs €25 a person.

Also

By far the best way to explore this famed stretch of coastline is by boat – perfect for spotting secluded little beaches nestled into he cliffs. Hop in the hotel's private vessel – the Master Angelina – which can be hired for half-day or full-day tours with your own personal skipper. If you'd rather curl up in the hotel's lounge, be sure to keep an eye out for some strange colourful creatures made out of Murano glass – Cuban artist Sosabravo's sculptures add a quirky touch to the serene decor.

At the hotel

Gym, beauty/massage treatments, DVD library, free WiFi throughout, shuttlebus to Positano. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Although we do love the views of Praiano from the Grand Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite 401 has to be the most reach-for-the-camera impressive, with a vast private terrace offering 180º views of Positano and Capri from the comfort of a luxurious lounger and a unique Duravit Starck bath tub. 200 steps down from the main hotel beside the private beach, Casa Angelina’s four airy apartments come with Bang and Olufsen entertainment systems and a communal honesty bar, and incorporate the natural rock of the cliff face into their whitewashed walls.

Poolside

Casa Angelina has two. Inside the hotel, a heated hydrotherapy pool bubbles away under a constellation of fibre optics on the ceilings. Out on the decked terrace, a sun-warmed counter-current pool is surrounded by white daybeds and parasols.

Packing tips

Steep steps are everywhere in these parts, so heels will need stowable back-up – pack some handbaggable flats. Pashminas and hairspray will keep your precious tresses in place while speeding along the coast by boat.

Also

Reception can arrange a personal trainer and if you have a room with a terrace you can practice your stretches and sun salutations to inspiring views, with private yoga and pilates classes.

Children

Children over 12 can stay for €130 a night. However, as the hotel's many art-topped plinths and pristine white walls signify, this is very much an adult Amalfi hideaway.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Un Piano nel Cielo (‘a floor in the sky’) is just that – a top-floor terrace with yet more amazing views of the Amalfi coast. The indoor area is fitted with wall-spanning coast-facing windows, so you can still admire the vista.

Hotel Bar

The small Moroccan-influenced bar has a terrace on the cliff-edge scattered with teak tables and umbrellas – there can be few more romantic spots on the Amalfi coast for enjoying a sundowner. The staff certainly know their way around a mojito.

Last orders

The kitchen closes at 10.20pm, but the bar stays open until 1am.

Room service

24 hours.

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Dress code

White summer wraps to blend in – or vibrant-toned sarongs to stand out. Gigantic sunglasses are de rigueur.

Top table

Ask for a spot on the edge of the terrace overlooking the ocean – dining doesn’t get more dramatic.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

A two-minute wander from Casa Angelina, La Strada is a very friendly little restaurant, offering fresh fish, good steaks and excellent Italian wines. At night, you can dine on the balcony and see the lights of Positano twinkling across the bay. Nestling in a quiet cove, a short boat ride from the hotel, Armandino, (+39 089 874087) is a family-run trattoria on the seashore with a very local flavour: recipes have been handed down the generations and local musicians frequently come to sweeten the air.

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Rugged Amalfi cliff side

Casa Angelina

Via Gennaro Capriglione 147, Praiano, Amalfi Coast, 84010

Planes

Fly with British Airways, BMI, EasyJet or Alitalia to Naples Airport, which is a 90-minute drive of spectacular coastal views from Casa Angelina. Hire a car, or take one of the public buses from the station to Sorrento, where you can hop on a ‘Sita’ bus to the hotel in Praiano. Alternatively, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service.

Trains

Take the ‘Circumvesuviana’ railway to Sorrento from either Naples or Salerno train station, then the ‘Sita’ bus to Praiano. For Smiths who plan to venture further afield, there are trains from Naples to an assortment of Italian destinations, including Palermo, Pompeii and Salerno as well as the more distant Rome and Florence.

Automobiles

It’s worth hiring a car to explore the postcard-perfect scenery of the Amalfi coastline, but watch out for coaches in high season: there are a lot of them. If you’re driving from Naples, take the A3 (Salerno–Reggio di Calabria) highway and exit at Castellammare di Stabia; then take the SS145 followed by the SS143 to Praiano. The hotel has free parking.

Other

The hotel has its own private boats for hire, or you can hop on a taxi-boat at the village dock to explore Amalfi’s secret coves and craggy cliffs from a seal’s perspective. It may also be possible to arrive at the height of nautical style, by private yacht (the hotel can arrange this).

Reviews

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Casa Angelina hotel – Amalfi Coast – Italy

Anonymous review

by Teo van den Broeke , Mag man at Arena

Too much work and winter-induced malaise means these Mr Smiths are due a holiday. An empty long weekend and some last-minute flights to the Amalfi Coast present themselves, and we pounce. We’re on that plane faster than you can say ‘Andiamo!’. The second we come soaring into the shimmering haze of Naples Bay, all work stresses dissipate, replaced by though...

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Casa Angelina

Anonymous review by Teo van den Broeke , Mag man

Too much work and winter-induced malaise means these Mr Smiths are due a holiday. An empty long weekend and some last-minute flights to the Amalfi Coast present themselves, and we pounce. We’re on that plane faster than you can say ‘Andiamo!’. The second we come soaring into the shimmering haze of Naples Bay, all work stresses dissipate, replaced by thoughts of oranges plucked from the tree, pizzas pulled from the wood-fired oven, and Campari, well, straight from the bottle.

Though we’d planned on renting a car, the prospect of tackling the coast’s notoriously zigzagging roads brings out the scaredy cat in me, and we decide to take a taxi. A little flirt with car sickness and a near miss with a giant lemon (actually a lemonade truck) aside, the journey is smooth and pleasant – thanks mostly to the eye-popping view. Panoramas of this glistening gulp of the Med and its dramatic coastline hit us from every angle as we wend our way round the Gulf of Naples down to the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Positano marks our penultimate pitstop before the tiny village of Praiano. Hanging on the craggy landscape, tiers of pale apricot abodes seem on the brink of tumbling into the crystalline sea beneath (Mr Smith goes as far as describing it as ‘impossibly sapphire’). The first thing that strikes you about this rugged corner of Amalfi is how astonishing it is that people ever came to live here: incredibly steep and impassably rocky, it is mind-boggling to think the Italians made it this far.

A whitewashed stalagmite of minimalist luxury on this rocky edge, Casa Angelina is invisible from the road, thanks to the near vertical cliff-face. To reach it, our taxi twists its way down a road that a limber mountain goat would find challenging. Before we’ve made it out of the car and passed Angelina’s swishing electric doors, we’ve had our bags prised from our dragging fists, replaced by glasses of fresh almond milk straight from an ice-bucket.

On initial inspection, Casa Angelina is how I would imagine Rupert Everett’s house to have looked in the 1990s: all whitewashed walls, clean lines and busts of beautiful women. And this is no bad thing: the Nineties’ look is back, after all (and I imagine Everett’s got impeccable taste). Our celestial casa is an art hotel, and colourful contemporary paintings and sculptures by Tim Cotterill, Gina Nahle Bauer and Sergio Bustamante are bright and intriguing. These fantasy-world bronzes, Murano glass sculptures and papier-mâché figures, if not to everyone’s taste, make for engaging eye-stops between white spaces and cerulean sky-and-sea views beyond.

Our spacious, light-flooded bedroom also has a small, sea-facing balcony, which we quickly take to with glasses of complimentary champagne. Frankly, we are desperate to get our alabaster bodies into the sun – even if it is by now already 5pm. A quick shower in the well-proportioned, very white, beautifully tiled bathroom, and we’re ready for a stroll down to the sea. ‘A hike!’ declares Signor Smith. The walk is worth it. A trip down in the elevator and then we follow the steps down a meandering, olive-tree-lined path to a secluded beach bar. Negronis in hand, we plot up and open the floodgates to some serious awe, inspired by watching the Mediterranean sun sink into that mesmerising sea.

Strolling, and pausing intermittently for a little breath to be stolen, is what mostly fills our time in Praiano. Orange-tree-shaded lanes, an aquamarine-sea-facing church – it’s a landscape that is unspeakably beautiful. We eat our way through Praiano’s handful of restaurants, perhaps peaking with the massive, tasty pizzas from Trattoria San Gennaro. Traveller-beloved tiny towns litter the Amalfi Coast, and Positano, despite being full of Italian tourists and their little pooches, is soul-stirringly pretty and welcoming. Amalfi itself is worth a visit alone for its unparalleled gelato.

When it comes to our last night, our freshly uplifted hearts plummet briefly: it’s too nice here. We’re sad to be departing Casa Angelina, so we savour our stay down to the very last drop by dining at the hotel’s own restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo. Feeling romantic, full by now with great food, wine and sun, Mr Smith and I plump for the tasting menu and a bottle of delicious local Aglianico. From the off – a meltingly fresh monkfish, juicy pancetta and tasty sautéed broad bean salad – each of the seven dishes is among the best we’ve had on our trip: no small claim in this gourmet’s paradise.

Praiano’s scenery has been some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, the food is universally faultless and our hotel is a dream. Thinking back to those initial weekend aspirations, we’ve successfully ticked a lot of boxes. At least 20 oranges were devoured straight from the tree; maybe five chewy yet crispy pizzas were wolfed direct from the oven. Campari bottles slugged? Too many to mention. And as for our trip away… it was one in a million.

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Reviews of Casa Angelina from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 1 Oct 2013

We loved

The hotel exceeded my expectations in every sense – beautifully designed throughout, very comfortable room with a lovely deck, great bar area, fantastic outdoor pool lounge area, excellent gym/spa facilities (including indoor heated pool), one of the best restaurants I've been to… I could go on on. The place is to die for, as is the setting. Location was great as well, being close to Positano and yet far away enough to avoid the tourists; the free shuttle bus is a really nice touch as taxis in the are are extremely overpriced.

Don’t expect

The service was very good in general, although the front desk staff didn't always seem as eager to help as one would expect.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 11 Sep 2012

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 5 Sep 2012

We loved

Beautifully designed hotel! Cool, white, art displayed in eye catching areas around the hotel. High standards of service, especially in the restaurant - for breakfast and dinner. We enjoyed one of the best vegetarian 'taster' menus that we have had in such surroundings. Spectacular view of the coastline and nearby Positano. We enjoyed the shuttle service to the town- to spend a day at the beach at Positano and also, on another day, to catch the ferry to Capri (only 40 minutes away).

Don’t expect

Some people had breakfast included whilst somehow the option from booking with Mr & Mrs Smith did not. Caused some embarrassing moments. There is nowhere else you will be going for breakfast nearby so this is really a silly situation. When you added up cost of juice, coffee, and bread....it almost comes to the full buffet price. Water (basic kind) should be free! Paying €6 generally and €9 at dinner (they do have an extensive water carte) is crazy. I know we can afford this but this feels like we are being treated as gullible. Why do this to cause a frequent momentary disenchantment with such a beautiful place? We drank lots of other drinks so they can make their mark up there. We're staying now at the Grand Hotel Conventina, Amalfi where at least they only charge €4 for basic water! Sorry if this sounds petty but I think when everything else is well done, it takes it from being perfect.

Rating: 9/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on 2 Sep 2012

We loved

The setting and views are absolutely incredible! It is only a short drive (20 minutes) away from the noisy and busy town of Positano and therefore gives you the best of both worlds. It is also no more than 45 minutes away from Amalfi. They have a free shuttle to and from Positano. The staff are very attentive and accommodating to any wishes. Great restaurant and bar, and great views from both. The rooms are also spacious and fully equipped.

 

Don’t expect

We paid for the second-most expensive room in the hotel and were very dissapointed with the size of the bathroom. For the size of the room, the bathroom was really made for one! For us Americans who like to shower, the facility was at best adequate and it took us a number of tries to figure out a way to keep the water away from spraying all over the tiny bathroom floor.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 12 Aug 2012

We loved

This hotel is heavenly – it was perfect in terms of decor, service and food. The views are utterly exquisite. The beach at the bottom of the hotel has the most helpful guy running it and the sea is crystal clear. Delicious salads. Honestly it was fantastic.

Don’t expect

I think the water list with some at €130 in the restaurant is a bit of a joke, and it's so dark at night you could easily make a mistake. So this was a bit much. Also, our driver to the airport was so fast I had to close my eyes at some points!

Rating: 8/10 stars