Il San Pietro di Positano
Carved to the sheer rock face just like something from a James Bond film and concealed from prying eyes (the only external indication of this resort is a very small chapel on street level), the San Pietro is located a couple of bends in the road east of Positano. The terraces and a number of the bedrooms overlook the village; all over there’s the deep, blue sea. Folks come here for peace and quiet, however if you’re feeling social, Positano’s pubs and restaurants are within a brief jump in the resort’s free shuttle bus.
Design & character
The San Pietro oozes discreet retro glamour through its glistening halls, magnificent terraces and magnificent guest rooms. Although ultra-luxurious and frequented by movie stars and royalty, this is fundamentally a family-run affair and it shows: the air is welcoming and warm and away from snooty. The hotel began life in the 1970s when Carlo Cinque constructed a stunning villa for himself to the side of a rocky promontory; over time, more rooms were added and he opened the home to guests. His descendants still handle the hotel now.
Service & facilities
Guests need for just here. You can quite easily arrive at the resort and toss away the car keys to the length: just about anything you might need for is on web site, and to get a zip up the shore, among the resort’s private boats will pick you up from the jetty. There’s a pub with a stunning terrace overlooking the sparkling lights of the village, a gourmet restaurant, magnificent terraced gardens and, on sea level, a personal ‘beach’, a tennis court, spa plus a casual-chic beachside pub. The faultless company, directed by owner-GM Vito Cinque, is old fashioned and as magical as it’s professional.
Food & drink
The resort has a 350 square-metre, state-of-the-art home for Michelin-starred chef Alois Vanlangenaeker along with his 35-strong team. At dinner Zass, he whips up dishes like lemon tagliatelle with lobster and fennel and John Dory with asparagus, black and lime truffle using fresh produce from the resort’s 10,000 square-metre kitchen backyard. Meals are served on a ridiculously intimate sea-facing patio or, to get a taste of this action, in the chef’s table in the kitchen. For something more casual, head down to beachside Carlino’s for yummy, local dishes like mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves and spaghetti with courgettes.
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