A member of the Relais & Chateaux luxury fellowship and possibly the most expensive hotel in Positano, Il San Pietro has enormous rooms with spacious terraces overlooking the sea, an elevator with access to a private cove beach, an on-site luxury spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. The downside is that it is not within easy walking distance to town, but a free shuttle can take you there 24/7.
Lemon trees and replicas of ancient Italian statues adorn every corner of the hotel, but parts of the property are vaguely reminiscent of the 1970s. The bougainvillea-covered lobby has a big bar and several lounge areas, there are Mediterranean views from every window and terrace, and the large pool -- like the hotel itself -- is perched on the edge of the cliff with panoramic coastline views. Although there are only 59 rooms, Il Pietro feels palace-sized, particularly due to its seaside tennis courts, six-story elevator built into the rock, and private cove on the water, complete with its own restaurant.
Given Positano’s unique location within the green cliffs lining the Almafi coast, you are unlikely to find a more magical vantage point than Il San Pietro at the cliff summit. Plan on at least 20 minutes of travel time to get to the city center or ferry dock on foot. Walking in the area around the hotel is not easy due to its cliff-edge location, as the busy main road is the only route into town; fortunately, shuttles are available to take guests along the road day and night.
The regal ambiance of the rooms is mainly do to their enormous private terraces, which overlook the Mediterranean. The colorful upholstery is a bit dated but every inch of the space is immaculate, including the bathrooms, which are equipped with double sinks, bidets, rain showers, and whirlpool tubs. Rooms include updated amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.
Pool, private beach, free shuttle to town, and free coastal cruise
The San Pietro has two restaurants: Zass, a Michelin-rated restaurant near the lobby and Carlino, a cove-side umbrella restaurant and bar on the hotel’s private beach, accessible by elevator. The spa has a Turkish bath that's free for guest use and features massages and facials using products from luxury skincare line La Prairie. There’s also a yacht available for half or full-day rentals, a 24/7 concierge, room service, and a fitness center with big windows that look out onto the sea.
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