Palazzo Belmonte is a beautifully converted 17th Century hunting lodge with 50 rooms located on a stunning stretch of unspoilt coastline to the south of Naples. The Palazzo is still family run and is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline of southern Italy.
The hotel is divided into three areas: The original palazzo with its traditional courtyard and foliage covering the walls and Edoardo’s House which is situated slightly away from the courtyard but still has the same impressive architecture. The apartments are all named after flowers and herbs that can be found in the palazzo’s five-acre garden and most have original features dating from the 17th Century. The three villas are located in the gardens and accommodate rooms on the ground or first floor which are simply furnished and have either garden or sea views.
A short wander along pathways through bougainvillea and hibiscus leads you down to the large freshwater pool in a secluded corner of the garden or the Palazzo’s sandy beach. Lunch and dinner can be eaten outside on sunny days at either the poolside or the Belvedere Terrace which combines stunning views over the sea to Capri with delicious regional foods.
Further afield day trips can be arranged to a variety of sites including the world renowned sites of Pompeii and the Greek Temples of Paestum. The beautiful island of Capri is under an hour away by hydrofoil and the peaceful medieval village of Santa Maria di Castellabate is literally on the doorstep. There is also an option to participate in a nocturnal fishing trip or take a boat trip along the coast.
The Palazzo Belmonte has 50 guest rooms, apartments and suites with superb sea or garden views. Eduardo's House is the location of most romantic suites, perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon. These luxurious suites with vaulted ceilings are decorated with beautiful terracotta tiles and subtle shades of white complimented with the vibrant colours of southern Italy. All rooms have satellite TV, a safe and a minibar. The two villas in Belmonte provide comfort and privacy.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Palazzo Belmonte and interconnecting rooms are available. However, there are no specific child facilities available at the hotel.
The Palazzo restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and regional specialities with the emphasis on the use of fresh fish, other sea food and the finest local produce. Truly memorable romantic dinners take place al fresco on the suspended gardens of the Belvedere by candlelight under the stars to the gentle sound of the sea. In the evening special cocktails can be enjoyed from the pool bar. The hotel boasts a fresh water pool and a private golden sandy beach with umbrellas for guests.
The Palazzo Belmonte is a superb base for exploring the numerous places of interest in this part of Italy. The magnificent Doric Temples of Paestum is just 30 minutes away and the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis are nearby. The legendary Amalfi coast provides an enjoyable day trip and helicopter trips can be arranged to experience the most spectacular views of the coast and places of interest further afield.
When to travel
The best time to visit is in spring (April to early June) or autumn (September and October). Summer (July and August) the climate is hot and humid, this is also the high season for Italian holidaymakers. June and September are both quiet with good weather, neither too hot or cold, and in May there's lots of blossom and wild flowers and the sea is at its most scintillating blue.
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Location and directions
Santa Maria Di Castellebate, Italy
Palazzo Belmonte is south of the Amalfi Coast, on a glorious stretch of coastline from Positano to Punta Licosa, near the medieval hamlet of Castellabate.
How to get there
It is a 2-hour 50-minute direct British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Naples Capodichino International Airport. The transfer from the airport to the Hotel is 1-hour 45-minutes. Alternatively from Rome it is a 3-hour train journey.