Il San Pietro di Positano
Via Laurito, 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Photo courtesy of Il San Pietro
Il San Pietro di PositanoLooming over the Bay of Positano from its scenic cliffside perch, Il San Pietro di Positano has attracted a coterie of international VIPs since its opening in 1970. (Actors Gregory Peck, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts have all sampled the dazzling views.) The hotel is the epitome of Italian seaside glamour, yet with the charm of a family-run property. Food is a highlight here, especially after the 2016 renovations of the more than 4,000-square-foot kitchen, which excels at environmentally friendly practices. Its Michelin-starred Zass restaurant culls ingredients straight from the hotel's organic gardens, which spill down to the sea across 10 terraces teeming with local produce. For those who don’t want to take the 400 stone steps, an elevator cuts through the cliff down to the beach, where tangerine loungers and parasols are a cheery sight on the stone sundeck. Down by the water, the breezy Carlino restaurant serves up local dishes, such as its signature lemon spaghetti, beneath a thatched roof. On a terrace higher above, the pool is a flurry of sociable, sunning, bright bougainvillea, and a ridiculously stunning view of the sea and rugged coast. No less ridiculous are the seaside tennis courts, which sit on a grassy terrace hugged by the cliff face and might just be the most scenic spot to play a few sets in.