To get to Hotel Marmorata in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast we caught the train, as we did through the rest of Europe, starting in Paris we left France & toured through Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Once in Italy we visited Venice, Florence & Rome, with the last train leg ending in Salerno (about an hours drive from Ravello) on the Amalfi Coast.
I absolutely loved this hotel, it is Best Western branded accommodation so I didn’t know what to expect when booking, but was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Like most of the trip we had booked this hotel at the last minute for a very reasonable price, and happened to secure their last balcony room overlooking the ocean – which was lucky as they were doing their Middle August celebrations throughout our stay and the hotel was packed, but it was perfect timing for us as we were able to join in on the celebrations!
We found the service at the hotel to be impeccable – silver service dining on their terraced loggias for lunch and dinner, all inclusive buffet breakfast in their circular windowed dining room, heaps of activities for guests to join in on such as free boat rides up the Amalfi Coast, guided lemon grove tours with lunch & they also had some special Mid-August planned dinners that we booked which were fabulous!
We were shown to our room which was down an interesting warren of hallways peppered with shipping relics, and entered to find a clean & fresh space with stunning views of the sparkling Mediterranean. The room was small but thoughtful with wooden furniture & white linens, a large bathroom ensuite whose toilet and shower / bathtub had the same sparkling view out to the ocean (I certainly hope the boats didn’t aim their binoculars to the windows or they would have received an unpleasant surprise!). We also had a generous surprise waiting on the table – a beautiful bottle of Prosecco as a gift for our honeymoon which was a lovely touch.
We spent the most amount of time at this hotel than any other on our honeymoon and I am so glad that we did. The hotel was perfection – unpretentious, warm & inviting – so lovely in fact, that we didn’t actually pull ourselves away from it for the whole week! We spent the entire time swimming in either the ocean or their spa pool and lazing on sun loungers in-between dips in the Med, then by lunch time we would pull ourselves away from the deep blue water & head up to the terrace where we ordered Niçoise & Ceaser salads – accompanied by the best Rose` I’ve ever had & then head back down for more swimming, until dusk when we would shower & ready ourselves for more indulging!
We booked in for all the mid-August celebration dinners, one of which included a fireworks display the next town over which could be seen perfectly from our perch on the top terrace, not to be outdone by the thunderstorm that rolled across the coast afterwards! It rained all the next day but it gave us an opportunity to laze in our room & read books whilst we listened to the sound of the waves crashing inches away & watching the rain roll over the coastline. We also explored the hotel & got cozy in two very big antique lounge chairs which looked like they had been salvaged from a ship (as did much of the decor) & indulged in more Prosecco for the sunsets.
The sun stayed out for the rest of the holiday weekend, which started with a complimentary toast to mid-August down by the water’s edge. The coast was packed with boats ranging from little dinghies crammed with families to big super yachts (a couple of noticeably named ones amongst them if you look closely). They were all heading to the Cascata Marmorata – a little waterfall that runs down the cliffside and into the ocean directly next to the hotel – it was the perfect place to beat the heat as the water that cascaded out of it was freezing cold!
A truly memorable destination that I would get back to in a heart beat if I could, & highly recommend.