There is nowhere quite like the Neapolitan coast for a classic summer break, and no grander choice of stay than the GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR VITTORIA …
VIEW: This grand dame hotel, dating from 1834, perches on a cliff in the heart of Sorrento, overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Mount Vesuvius is in the distance and Capri, directly opposite, is only 20 minutes by hydrofoil.
VIBE: Outside, orange trees, wisteria, roses and mimosa combine to create the feeling of an elegant oasis, far from the madding tourist throng. Inside, marble busts, marquetry, art nouveau and modern art combine in Instaperfect backdrops, such as the Blue Salon and Music Room. Modern maximalism at its best.
ROOMS: The 84 rooms are spread across three adjoining buildings – La Vittoria, La Favorita and La Rivale. Baroque enthusiasts will love the classical suites with opulent ceramics, while minimalists will appreciate the linear elegance of contemporary suites. Serviced apartments for up to six people are ideal for stays of a week or more. Pack Anna Maria Ortese’s Stories from Naples.
GUESTS: Five generations of the Fiorentino family have welcomed guests including Princess Margaret, Pavarotti, Caruso, Sophia Loren, and Jack Lemmon, who have had “one-of-a-kind” suites named after them – perfect for honeymooners.
GOURMET: For a special occasion, start the evening at the Bar à Champagne La Pergola then proceed to the Michelin-starred Terrazza Bosquet, where chef Antonio Montefusco’s focus is light seafood specialities. Equally fab and no-fuss is L’Orangerie Bar.
DID YOU KNOW? Irish painter and designer Richard Kerr has been working at the hotel since 1987 creating frescoes, trompe l’oeils, paintings and tapestries in the bedrooms and corridors. The ceiling of the grand Vittoria Breakfast Room is the pièce de resistance.
DAY TRIPS: Excursions to Amalfi, Ravello and Positano by boat beckon. Pick up some Vietri ceramics. Or luxuriate in the hotel’s Spa Le Serra with a Cinq Mondes treatment. Dopo, try the fun pizza-making course before spotting superyachts from Terrazza Vittoria.
BOTTOM LINE: Dust off your best luggage… la dolce vita does exist and it’s found at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. Fly to Naples and be whisked to the hotel in 30 minutes.
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