While planning our trip to the Amalfi Coast we were not sure which area to stay in. There are so many beautiful choices, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Capri and any of them would have offered an unforgettable taste of the coast.
After much contemplation, we decided on Praiano for it’s central location. It’s situated between Positano and Amalfi, and not far from Ravello or Capri. Positano was a short 5-8 minute drive from Praiano and Ravello, Amalfi and Capri became wonderful day trips. So now where to stay, our agent, Susan Sparks had suggested Casa Angelina.
Casa Angelina is a modern, arty fabulous, lifestyle hotel. When our driver headed down the road, leading to the hotel we thought we had been transported inside a pinball machine designed after the winding Lombard street in San Francisco. As we arrived and walked through the doors, we were struck by the incredible collection of contemporary art against the stark white interior with views of the Mediterranean Sea beyond . Every where you turn there are spectacular pieces or art, playful ceramics from Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, brightly colored, thought provoking pieces in glass crafted on the island of Murano by Cuban artist Alfredo Sosabravo. There are also original pieces by Lebanese born artist, Gina Nahale, oil paintings by Argentinian artist Patricia Valencia Carstens, and bronzes by Tim Cotterill.
Upon arrival we were offered a delicious and refreshing glass of almond water and greeted by the incredible staff that by the end of our stay felt like family. Our room was FABULOUS, all white, incredibly sexy with our own private balcony for breakfast, sunning or sunset cocktails. The property offers an outdoor pool amongst Amalfi lemon trees, a state of the art Technogym, an indoor aquagym, a wellness center and a series of living areas all overlooking the Mediterranean. The in room details and amenities are special and detailed. At night you will not only find sweets by your bed but a bottle of water and a tube of soothing hand cream. A Nesspresso machine, smiles at you each morning and a mini-laptop, courtesy of the hotel sits on your desk.
The first night we dined at Casa Angelina’s restaurant, Un Piano Nel Cielo located on the top floor of the hotel and offering indoor or outdoor dining under the stars. The food, service and atmosphere was some of the best we experienced on the coast. The days we did not have breakfast on our private deck, we enjoyed it on the hotel’s terrace, under the bright sky overlooking the sea. Breakfast simply can’t be described as a buffet…it was so far beyond, creatively delicious and memorable each day.
Casa Angelina was by far one of the most memorable properties we stayed at and one that we will visit again. It comes with our highest recommendation. Pepper and I would like to thank the manager Domenico and his fantastic staff, Luigi, Veronica, Dario, Silke, Rossella, Ciro, Luca, Annausa, our driver Catello and the entire dining room staff for their friendly and superb service throughout our stay.
Upon our departure, I asked Domenico where the name Casa Angelina came from and he said the owner’s mother was named Angelina. He then gave us the sweetest little doll named Angelina, who has since joined our little buddies, Lambchop and Mocha on our adventures.0