Honeymooning at Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Can you think of anywhere more breathtakingly romantic and special to honeymoon than on the Amalfi Coast? Or let me rephrase that, can you think of anywhere like Hotel Santa Caterina on the Amalfi Coast?! If you’ve been following for a while, you might have seen that we’ve been lucky enough to report back from some rather dreamy honeymoon spots around the world. But Hotel Santa Caterina is firmly up there as one of the very best and has such a special, old school glamour kind of vibe with service like nowhere else {and a beach club on the cliffs to die for!}. We’d love to share more from our stay and trip to Amalfi a couple of weeks ago, below if you’d like to see…

Set just around the bay from Amalfi, Hotel Santa Caterina lies in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, just south of Naples. From Naples airport it’s around a 90 minute drive, or of course you could arrive by boat – perhaps combining with nearby Capri or Positano. Since 1904, this hotel has become an institution and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group – a very worthy, yet high accolade indeed. This resort {for it has so many different areas}, is built into the cliffs, as is most of the Amalfi Coast and this means incredible views of the coastline from pretty much every spot in the hotel {even the Gym impressively looks over Amalfi & the boats below!}. We arrived, after a couple of nights spent in Positano, to service like no other. All of the staff here greet you professionally, yet also like old friends, taking us straight down to our room.

…Where of course I had to stop en-route multiple times to take photos of scenes like these around the hotel. The hotel itself is one central beautiful building over a couple of floors, but then there are separate areas that you reach by walking through the impressive gardens and lemon groves to the left and right which we loved to explore. Our suite was to the right of the hotel, reached through covered pergolas with glimpses out to sea, in a separate villa.  During our whole stay we exchanged looks with each other as if to say ‘can you really believe this place?!’.

I was in tile heaven, the floors in hand painted majolica and each room/suite having an individual pattern. A giant, four poster bed, and a huge living area were waiting for us, along with our own private balcony. Bright & airy, this is classic Italian style in a modern way with mood lighting, USB plugs and multiple air conditioning units to keep us cool, luxury Blvgari toiletries and fluffy gowns. It’s one of the few places which still conducts an evening turn down, complete with a chocolate on your pillow {!}.

To give you an idea of the level of service here, we took a delivery from the bell man of fruit and cookies as a welcome gesture. But this isn’t just a place where you’re delivered fruit, you get a man in a white suit hand deliver it and unfold out a white pretty napkin, placing the fruit just the right way at an angle and then unfolding napkins to set the cutlery onto.

I really loved the mix of the classic Italian decor but with all the mod-cons. They even provide a hand held clothes steamer in your wardrobe to save you from ironing any creases. I think the view from the bath-tub impressed us the most. Where you could, and we did, sit back with a jacuzzi bath watching the sky turn pink outside.

I stepped out onto our balcony and just wowed at this view of Amalfi. The Australian lady next door, who was just leaving after spending a week here, just smiled and told me that I’d likely take 1000 photos of the view and recommended that we get up for a sunrise one morning, pointing to the cliff where it would rise up from. It was the perfect spot for boat watching, it being like a highway for ferries travelling to Positano, little fishing boats, luxury speed boats and posh yachts. We joked that it was like rush hour at times.

One of our very favourite things about this resort, for which I could list so many, was the beach club. To reach it from the hotel, you could take one of the Charlie & the chocolate factory-esque glass elevators down the cliff which gave insane views out of, or meander down through the lemon groves. Beach clubs are a big thing in Italy, and so to have this as part of the hotel was perfect.

Look at that water! There’s both a pool and steps into the ocean to choose between for swimming or just floating around {I discovered how fun, and freeing, water noodles are to float around in the sea with! There are lots to borrow by the pool, and snorkels if you want to peek at the marine life}. After your swim you’ll come back to two fresh towels on your sunlounger and chilled bottles of water. The staff down there were the best at giving you a sunny spot to top up your tan, or angling an umbrella if you wanted shade. We’d opt for one and one!  There’s also a restaurant called Al Mare serving wood-fired proper pizzas, Italian inspired salads and fish, and a pool bar to order an Aperol Spritz, or coffee to your loungers.

It really is the most incredible place and although we had some grand plans of places we wanted to explore around Amalfi, once we arrived, we didn’t want to leave! I felt, at times, like I was on a boat with the sea surrounding us. Sunbathing will never be the same again.

Are you a pool or ocean fan? We didn’t actually go in the pool because the sea was so gorgeous, and the views whilst you bobbed around out there were spectacular.

I loved this festoon lit space for just soaking up the views, and it would be incredible for a wedding, don’t you think?

After a day of lounging at the beach club, we were excited to get dressed for a special dinner.

With an obligatory instagram tile shot on our way..

This view probably gives you a better idea of the hotel, high on the cliffs and the elevator going down. And the huge amounts of orange trees ripening in between!

At sunset, we walked through the terraced gardens to Restaurant Santa Caterina, a dreamy dreamy spot for a candle lit dinner. I’d recommend making advanced reservations, it’s an iconic and popular award winning spot which is listed in all of the authoritative restaurant guides.

We watched as the waiters in their tuxedos made sure everything was just perfect before taking us to our table on the terrace for the evening. The level and attention to detail, and with staff who have clearly been here for most of their lives, makes it all the more special. With a live pianist, playing that classic Italian O sole mio tune {that you might recognise as ‘just one cornetto’} and That’s Amore, and the view of Amalfi twinkling in the distance, my skin tingled with goosebumps as we took our seats.

We ate the most delicious food, starting with seafood salads before primi courses of pasta and then secondi lamb {for him} and lobster {for me} before fluffy souffle desserts.

Sunrise skies. I purposely left the shutters open in our suite to wake up to views like these.

Breakfast was probably the best feast I’ve had in Europe. Again, it’s that silver service kind of table set up like dinner had been, although more relaxed for breakfast. And with everything you could possibly imagine for an indulgent start to the day. Should I admit to the fact that we ate some gelato for breakfast?! Along with heart shaped waffles, fresh cut fruit, the best proscuitto ham, a whole table full of cheeses including mozzarella you could never find in England, tomatoes, bacon, freshly cooked eggs to your liking, a bakery table and to regain some health – a juice station and health foods like buckwheat and puffed quinoa.

A breakfast fit for a honeymoon king & queen!

The cutest table set up.

50 shades of blue… These views on the way to breakfast each morning stopped me in my tracks.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from Hotel Santa Caterina and *that* beach club, there is so much to do/see around Amalfi. The hotel itself is just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Amalfi, with beaches and water like these, gelato shops aplenty and the gorgeous multi coloured old crumbly town to explore. The hotel also offers a free shuttle transfer every half an hour throughout the day & evening if you don’t want to walk.

Some must sees around the area;

  • From Amalfi you can get a ferry to Positano which takes about half an hour. Positano is stunning and a definite must visit if you haven’t been before.
  • Up above Amalfi sits Ravello, with dream spots like Villa Cimbrone for the famous Amalfi Coast views that you see on the front of guidebooks. You can catch a bus from Amalfi up to Ravello, wander around and then walk back down the coast to Atrani and back round. We did this on our last visit to the Amalfi Coast last May and it was definitely a day to remember.
  • Atrani, just around the road bend from Amalfi, is a non-touristy, gorgeously authentic little piece of Italy with a beach and small piazetta {square}. Walk round the cliff on the way there, then follow the tiled signs back to Amalfi from the square that will take you through a myriad of secret passageways!
  • Eat Pizza for Naples is the home of pizza. We ate at Donna Stella in Amalfi which had been recommended.
  • When to visit? In the summer between May and October. We found September to be such perfect, 30 degree, blue sky weather everyday of our trip.

It was just perfect, and a trip we won’t forget for a long long time. If ever there is a hotel worthy of a honeymoon, it is this one. I honestly, can’t recommend it more.

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R <3

{I’m sad to say that after four years, this is my last ever post for So You’re Getting Married!! You can find me over on Instagram or my blog if you want to keep in touch…}

{I was a guest of Hotel Santa Caterina but as always, all opinions are 100% my own and I’d never recommend anywhere I didn’t truly love} 

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