Palazzo Santa Croce Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy, Italia
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Minimum stay: 7 nights
A steep lane through the center of the hamlet of Li Parlati, flower-filled gardens, cliffs perched directly over the waves: this is the breathtaking backdrop of Palazzo Santa Croce, a historic bishop's residence dating from the 1700s. This magnificent palazzo dominates the bay of Positano, offering guests unforgettable indulgence for all five senses.
Once you pass through the estate's main gates, each step you take towards the internal courtyard is a step back in time to the opulent Baroque age, with sumptuous fabrics, frescoes, artwork, and antiques crafted by the hands of artisans from around the world lending an air of refined luxury to the entire palazzo.
The ground floor is composed of the "day rooms": the kitchen is a harmonious blend of antique and modern, with ancient stone arches, warm copper pots, and a roaring fireplace playing foil to two modern ovens, elegant marble, and a Baroque credenza.
The relaxation and dining room is where guests feel transported back in time, with ornate modern chairs paired with period seats around a table in Tuscan oak, along with a large antique bookshelf and a precious collection of antique paintings rendering the room even more elegant.
Looking for an unforgettable experience for your vacation on the Amalfi Coast? Book a private boat tour with a local skipper, a sunset cocktail at the li Galli island, and a romantic dinner on Capri. Make memories on the Mediterranean!
Just Like the Spanish Royal Court
Take the grand staircase lined with artwork up to the upper floor of Palazzo Santa Croce, where the residence's two suites, each named for Spanish royalty - Alfonso D'Aragona and Regina Isabella - await. Frescoed ceilings, antique mirrors, and beds fit for royalty make guests feel as pampered as 18th century aristocrats.
On the floor above, the two junior suites boast wood-beamed ceilings and an understated and bright decor.
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
At Palazzo Santa Croce, paradise is called Salus Pur Aquam, the wellness area for body and mind. A pool with massage jets, sauna, and Turkish bath in the former Calidarium e Frigidarium, soothing showers, and a massage area. Here relaxation reigns supreme, and includes an outdoor terrace with a sundeck and Jacuzzi.
Where there was once the historic monastery's small chapel, the Palazzo's exclusive spa inspired by the Ancient Stabiane Thermal Baths in Pompei now stands ready to indulge guests with massages and body treatments with professional and experienced staff.
Villa website: www.palazzosantacroce.com