One of the goals in taking our Mediterranean Disney Cruise was beating the summer crowds, especially since we had young kids in tow, so when we learned that we would be docking in Naples on our Disney Cruise I chose an idyllic place far from the touristy madness, the beautiful Ravello.
We were welcomed by the Belmond Hotel Caruso to spend the day. It took us just over an hour to get to the hotel from the port of Naples (it’s a similar distance away from the Naples airport), and just like our Cinque Terre excursion, the roads are quite windy as you get to the top of the hill. Again the journey to this gem was totally worth it. When we arrived at the hotel the lovely staff helped setup lounge chairs near the pool and I had a tour of the property. Let me just say this is a place I need to spend more time.
Everything about the Belmond Hotel Caruso is simply stunning. There are gorgeous terraced gardens and numerous balconies all placed for visitors to enjoy the incredible view overlooking the Amalfi Coast. The infinity pool overlooks the Bay of Salerno and when you’re perched at the end overlooking the Bay you feel as though you are floating in the clouds. I will never forget the view, or the moment when we enjoyed it as a family.
The hotel, a restored 11th century palace, has 50 rooms, a restaurant with panoramic views, an additional more casual restaurant by the pool, a piano bar, and fitness centre. The Caruso also boasts various activities for children, although my two spent the entire time in the “coolest pool they had ever seen.” If you’re staying at the hotel, and for some crazy reason want to leave, there’s also a complimentary shuttle to both Amalfi and Positano.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the pool restaurant where Mini AB, after finishing his own pizza, decided to try mussels from my linguine for the first time. (Does anyone else consider it a huge parenting win when your children decide, on their own, to try new food?!) Mini-AG had her favourite meal, pasta with butter and parmasean and begged for a second helping. The meal ended with limoncello and gelato, as you do in Italy, and we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and trying to figure out a time to return to Ravello.
As a souvenir from the day I bought the colorful Murano glasses from the restaurant which I now have in my kitchen cabinet. Every time I look at them I am reminded of returning to Ravello.
If you’re considering traveling to the Amalfi Coast, I would look no further. The Caruso will take your breath away and leave a memorable lasting impression.
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