Casa Privata hotel on the Amalfi Coast is just that – a private home, restored by an architect and run by his three children. The family has given its summer hideaway to guests lucky enough to stumble upon this lusciously landscaped rocky retreat, a hundred steps up from the sea.There’s no spa, but if you’re desperate for a rub, in-room massages can be arranged.
The hotel is happy to hook you up with boat hire and arrange day trips over to Capri. Other sea-based options include water-skiing and diving. Head north to explore the ruins at Pompei (an hour’s drive from the hotel), or to see Vesuvius (an hour and a half away). Catch a classical concert in Ravello (www.ravelloarts.org), where there’s a festival every summer.