are many reasons why one would visit the Amalfi on the southern
coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno
in Southern Italy, however, if one of the reasons for your
visit is to enjoy sublime peace and pampering in idyllic
surroundings, then the picturesque Santa
Caterina which sits on the famous Amalfi drive, just
a stone throw away from the town will be just “what
the doctor ordered”.
a writer and lover of everything alluring, Santa
Caterina in Amalfi is a perfect and inspirational hideaway
for me. Clothed in angelic white, Santa Caterina enjoys
a panoramic coastal setting of incomparable beauty and has
been a dream home to many dignified celebrities. Several
dignitaries including Hilary Clinton have made Santa Caterina
their home away from home.
I was especially enchanted by the
courteous, warm reception and remarkable service displayed
by the staff throughout my stay – exactly what one
expects from a property of this calibre.
On arrival, you are greeted by
an all-white hand-painted floral marble and lapis flooring
with beautiful green climbers and creepers to match –
this is where you fall in love with the gardener.
property begins on the Amalfi’s drive and tumbles
down to the water on a series of landscaped natural terraces.
Elevators and scenic garden paths transport guests past
citrus groves and gardens to the seaside level, which includes
a sea water heated swimming pool, sunbathing decks, a small
gym, café/bar and open-air restaurant.
has also been kind to this special “Mediterranean
style” resort. In 1850, Giuseppe Gambardella constructed
the original structure; then Crescenzo Gambardella, his
son, redesigned it in 1904, constructing the original six
guest’s rooms. Following that, two generations of
Gambardellas have improved the hotel, bringing the resort
to its present 67 guest’s rooms and Suites. Today,
Crescenzo’s daughters, Giuseppina Gambardella-Gargano
and Carmela Gambardella-Camera, assisted by their respective
children – Crescenzo Gargano, Alessandro and Beatrice
Camera - directly manage the day-to-day operations of the
hotel and take personal interest in the comfort and enjoyment
of the resorts guests.
building together with 17 additional accommodation made up
of garden suites, deluxe rooms and villas. All the rooms are
equipped with air-conditioning, direct dial telephones, voice
mail, WIFI, satellite colour TV with DVD player, minibar,
Caterina has a well-equipped Spa with experienced
therapists located in the main building, as well
as an exclusive wellness centre with a wide variety
of massages and beauty treatments, sauna, Turkish
bath and Scottish Hydrotherapy Shower where guests
can indulge in a fabulous range of face and body
treatments, performed using essences of Mediterranean
herbs and citrus fruits. It is complemented by steam
bath, sauna & Scottish Hydrotherapy Shower facilities.
The use of the spa is by reservations only
On offer are 67 luminous rooms and suites with terraces,
balconies, large windows with a view on the Amalfi
Coast or garden. 37 are standard, superior and deluxe.
There are also 13 junior suites, executive junior
suites and senior deluxe suites located in the main
Food and Drink
at Santa Catarina:
Service at Santa Catarina’s two restaurants are divine
and breakfast on the terrace at sunrise is refreshing. The
Terrace setting overlooks the sea and the all white surrounding
with a lush year-round display of flowering bougainvillaea
brings the breath-taking outdoors into the dining room.
early-May to late-October, lunch is served on a beautiful
terrace overlooking the sea and pool. The regional menu
includes wood-fired oven pizzas, seafood-sauced pastas,
grilled local fish and buffalo mozzarella grilled in the
hotel’s own lemon leaves.
are served either à la carte or by the Chef’s
recommendation for the day. Guests
can also enjoy drinks and refreshments on the adjoining
sea view terrace, while those who prefer to dine in the
privacy of their own terraces may order from room service.
How to get to
the Santa Caterina
Capodichino International Airport is the closest to
Amalfi, approximately a 90minute journey from the Hotel
Santa Caterina, and served by flights to and from Rome,
Milan, Venice, London, Paris and Frankfurt.
Places of interest
on the Amalfi Coast:
origins dates back to Romans wars against barbaric populations.
Legend has it that it was Hercules, son of Jupiter, who
conquered Amalfi in order to give it as a present to a girl
with beautiful blue eyes the same colour as the sea... discover
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