Italian fashion may be contemporary, but their hotels are definitely not. They’re luxurious, comfortable and look as if they’ve not been altered hundreds of years. Put simply, they’re spectacular in every sense of the world. Here are the top 12 coolest Italian hotels. Divertiti.
#1 Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare
It’s all about options at the twin getaways of Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare. Guests can enjoy the luxury of the pool or the natural beauty of the Mediterranean, explore the green hills or the yacht-filled harbor, and choose between a stay on the Ligurian Riviera or near the more centrally-located Piazzetta. It’s the best of both worlds for travelers in Portofino.
#2 Il Pellicano Hotel
Perched on the steep hillsides of Tuscany is the Il Pellicano, a hotel that is regularly named among the top hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure and Code Nast Traveler magazines. Guests are treated to the exceptional experience of private cottages, a health and beauty centre, and a 2 Michelin star restaurant in a secluded, unspoiled location.
#3 Forte Village Resort Castello
Part of the larger Forte Village complex on the isle of Sardinia, the Castello offers guests sea views, traditional Sardinian furnishings, and uncompromising luxury. Travelers have exclusive use of the heated freshwater pool and all the amenities of the Forte Village complex, including shopping, nightlife, and fine dining.
#4 Forte Village Resort Villa del Parco
Villa del Parco is located in a centuries-old pine grove near the Thaermae del Forte Thalassotherapy Centre, one of the most famous spas in Sardinia. As part of the Forte Village Resort, guests are treated to deluxe bungalow accommodations, six top restaurants, and pampering at the hands of the Centre.
The Hotel Caruso, an 11th-century palace-turned-resort, hovers on a cliff above the incomparable scenery of the Amalfi Coast. The ancient walls and fresco-covered ceilings have been carefully preserved and restored, making the hotel a sumptuous work of art worthy of the rich and famous – like Greta Garbo – who are known for frequenting Ravello.
#6 Casa Angelina Hotel
For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, stay in an Eaudesea Experience room at the Casa Angelina Hotel on the Amalfi Coast. The Eaudesea Experience rooms are former fisherman’s homes, located on the picturesque beach of La Gavitella, named for the four Sirens faced by Ulysses: Penelope, Calypso, Nausicaa, and Circe.
#7 La Posta Vecchia
La Posta Vecchia is home to the Getty Suite, the former lodgings of U.S. industrialist J. Paul Getty. After purchasing the property in 1960, Getty restored the building, amassed an impressive collection of furniture and artwork, and uncovered the ruins of an ancient Roman villa that are now part of the archeological museum located on the premises.
#8 Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Never knew Italians played golf. But with two championship 18-hole golf courses and a 9-hole course, the Verdura Golf $ Spa Resort is a golfer’s dream vacation. Situated on a secluded stretch of beach in Sicily near the town of Sciacca, Verdura offers over 230 hectares of stunning landscape and 1.8km of private coastline.
#9 Mezzatorre Resort & Spa
What could be better than being surrounded by seven hectares of pinewood forest with a view of Mount Vesuvius? How about doing it in a palatial 16th-century hotel looking over San Montano Bay? All that and more makes a stay at the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa a magical experience.
#10 Hotel Romazzino
If pristine beaches, verdant forests, and azure waters are your thing, then the Hotel Romazzino should be added to your destination list. Enjoy all the best that Sardinia’s stunning Emerald Coast has to offer in one of 94 tastefully decorated guest rooms with terraces overlooking the beach or garden.
#11 Hotel Punta Tragara
Punta Tragara began as a private villa sculpted out of a rock face in Capri in 1920. It’s now a luxury hotel that offers easy access to all the best that Capri has to offer – like the Faraglioni Rocks, Arco Naturale, and Charterhouse of St. Giacomo – and has been home to the likes of General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill during WWII.
#12 Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda provides eco-friendly accommodations for guests looking to replenish the planet while replenishing their bodies and souls. The resort’s commitment to sustainability has earned them numerous environmental certifications and the Condé Nast Johansens Award in 2012 for Most Excellent Hotel Spa in Europe and Mediterranean.