Do you hear an echo of the wind and cliffs flowing through the tiny valleys between your hair? Do you smell the majestic scent of Italian dishes refusing to leave your olfactory? What do you see? We see Hotel Villa Franca Positano, a small Italian contemporary boutique hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, sitting on top of the breathtaking cliffside. Boasting with unique amenities, superb service and great food, the four-pearl hotel is a painting drawn in the brightest colors of joy.
Hotel Villa Franca lords over the marvelous town, imposing the luxurious will upon its rural yet picturesque surroundings that makes a bit over an hour drive from the Naples International Airport to the hotel seems more like a gift rather than the waste of time. With its distant location from all major cities or towns, the hotel is an ideal destination for those seeking peace or solitude within the social chaos of the modern world. The non-volatilizing sense of tranquility and the undeniably extraordinary views lull the hotel’s guests with the poetic ode to ultimate relaxation.
The hotel is located on the little rocky outcrop at the top of spectacular, splendid and more than a little pictorial Positano, the Amalfi Coast’s twinkling star, showing off with traditional houses and villas that hide in a cascade of sun-kissed peach, leaning down over the marine abyss. The steep streets of the town are crowded with incredible restaurants, eclectic shops and beautiful people. An on-property complimentary shuttle bus service will take you to Piazza dei Mulini and back. Those who are all about exercising can always take a 15-minute stroll down the winding road with shortcuts via steep stairways, but the walk back takes rather much more effort. The nearest beach is in a 10-minute walk, but the hotel’s free beach shuttle is also available if requested. In case you get bored of sunbathing under the silky sunshine, ask Hotel Villa Franca staff to arrange one of the guided tours to exciting places such as Sorrento, a town commonly known for its small shops selling an arrangement of handcrafted goods, Pompeii, a must-visit historical sight, and the charismatic Gulf of Naples.
Upon arrival at the hotel’s premises, the first thing guests get is the complimentary sparkling wine, and after the sip of a refreshing local drink, they notice the unique style of the hotel. The fusion of classic Positano with a bright, contemporary twist creates an arts-like experience. The hotel is boasting with 28 rooms located in the main villa, which come with terraces or sea-view balconies, and 14 suites with access to an appealing terraced garden in a nearby annex. Both rooms and suites feature chic white and beige decor, each of them equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms, stocked with generous quantities of the in-house toiletries.
Don’t judge the hotel by its appearance, but by amenities, it has to offer. Despite the small size of the property, Hotel Villa Franca provides guests with the full range of superior facilities, including a 360-degree views rooftop pool with comfy sun loungers, chic wellness center where all treatments are performed by seasoned therapists, hammam and steam rooms for relaxation after journeys on the local stairways. Foodies can take cocktail-making classes, and cooking lessons led by the prize-winning barman or hop up on a tour of local food and wine producers.
Indulge in the exceptional fine dining experience with the elegant, classy verandah-style restaurant Li Galli that offers aspiring gourmet menu, where dishes are crafted with local traditions and seasonal ingredients. Overlooking Fornillo beach and the Galli islands, simultaneously sample a culinary gem, lacquered rabbit and eel, dressed with kaki vanilla compote and mint. Don’t miss out an opportunity to try other signature dishes like bu alo Genovese sauce cannelloni with burnt onion cream and pepper foam, risotto with hazelnuts “Mortarelle”, langoustine and orange, and, the most exquisite and tastiest plate, BBQ pork belly with candied peppers, annurca apple and licorice chutney topped with beer sauce. The restaurant’s extensive wine is undoubtedly a delight for customers. A more casual poolside version of Li Galli, Galli Grill is located up top, offering grilled plates, snacks, and hand-crafted cocktails. Don’t forget about the excellent breakfast that includes a variety of great organic products.
Hear, smell and see Positano with all its meditative sounds, rich scents and breathtaking views, while residing in a luxurious setting of Hotel Villa Franca, the cliffside legend of the Italian means of hospitality.