The new hideaway on the cliffs, Borgo Santandrea, combines design-oriented interiors with unobstructed sea views and a private beach.
It’s not often that a hotel makes its debut on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, but one with a cliff-top location and its own private beach. Allegedly the first new luxury hotel to open on the Amalfi Coast in 15 years, Borgo Santandrea attracted the attention of luxury travelers when it began welcoming guests in July after the careful restoration of the oceanfront property surrounded by lush greenery of this coastline.
This newly opened hotel, located 90 meters above the sea, is the passion project of two Italian families who can look back on several generations of experience in the hospitality industry. The property with 29 rooms and 16 suites now offers a picturesque retreat, in which every room – complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, Acqua di Palma toiletries, and fine Italian textiles in blue and white – looks out over the sea and the old fishing village. Conca dei Marini. The deluxe suite with its own garden and private pool underlines this accommodation experience.
This accommodation is then joined by the hotel’s three restaurants – La Libreria, Alici and The Beach Club – and two bars that highlight fresh, local products and present authentic regional flavors in the Mediterranean cuisine of the innovative chef Crescenzo Scotti.
From the hotel’s suites to the social areas and restaurants, Italian design is featured throughout the newly opened building. Italian architect Bonaventura Gambardella, in collaboration with a team of designers including interior designer Nikita Bettoni and kitchen designer Andrea Viacava, restored the original elements of the building from the mid-1960s.
The finished property reflects the artistry and craftsmanship of Italy’s Campania region in every corner, showcasing the bespoke work of local artisans and artists, as well as Italian architects and interior designers. White Italian marble from Puglia, Veneto and Tuscany was chosen for the interiors, along with handcrafted details such as hand-blown Venetian glass lamps.
A blue and white color scheme can be found everywhere, alongside 31 different types of geometric handmade and hand-painted tiles inspired by regional traditions and the furnishings from the Heritage Collection by leading Italian designer Molteni, as well as custom-made items from the family-run furniture design companies Tosconova and LISAR.
A design team led by landscape architect Philip Adiutori then created a collection of garden terraces with olive, lemon and pomegranate trees, from which a series of sidewalks and stairs, as well as an elevator, lead down the steep cliff to the hotel’s private beach.
The Amalfi Coast spans 50 kilometers of coastline on the southern edge of the Italian Sorrento Peninsula in the Campania region and is a fascinating stretch of cliffs and rugged coastlines, hidden beaches and colorful fishing villages.
Out Borgo Santandrea, guests can explore the countryside, towns, and coastline for which this length of Italian coast is famous, from the nearby Conca dei Marini, where houses perch on the dramatic cliffs and boats moor in the water below, to the alluring coastal towns of Positano , Amalfi and Ravello and natural monuments such as the Grotta dello Smeraldo or the Emerald Grotto in the bay of Conca dei Marini.