Photo courtesy of Il San Pietro
Il San Pietro di Positano
Looming 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 (Gregory Peck, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts have all sampled the dazzling views). It’s the epitome of Italian seaside glamour, yet with the charm that comes from being a family-run property. Food is a highlight here, especially after the 2016 renovations of the over 4,000-square-foot kitchen, which excels at environmentally friendly practices. The hotel’s Michelin-starred Zass restaurant culls ingredients straight from its 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, like 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.
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Via Laurito, 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy