The Amalfi coast, with its towering cliffs and slinky corniche road, has long been associated with luxury and glamour. This is due to a heady combination of breath-taking views, sapphire-blue seas, and villages and villas perched in apparently impossible-to-reach places. It all whiffs of excitement and exclusivity and the best luxury hotels on the Amalfi Coast cater to those looking for sheer perfection in all these areas. No wonder the likes of Garbo, Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis favoured it as a holiday playground. And no wonder hotels developed to meet their needs, with sprawling suites, sea-view terraces and access to private beaches.
Today, you can still find these hotels - updated with spas and infinity pools - plus a range of architecturally interesting buildings, such as convents and palazzi that have been converted into luxury havens. Some are grand and old-school, others are modern and minimalist. And you can more or less pick your spot from tumble-down Positano with its chi-chi shops and secretive little Conca dei Marini to the cliffs above lovely Amalfi town and the higher reaches of Ravello, a village as ravishing as it sounds. Use our guide to the best luxury hotels on the Amalfi coast to find the one that perfectly ticks all your boxes.
Placing yourself in Amalfi town, with its lovely Duomo and bustling piazza, puts you at the heart of the Amalfi coast.
High above the coast, the ravishing village of Ravello offers several luxury choices.
For a holiday that combines five-star service and comforts with five-star scenery and views, a stay at one of the best luxury hotels on the Amalfi coast is up there with the best. For a wider choice check out all our favourite places to stay on the Amalfi Coast.
Beautiful former convent set in the rock face just above the town of Amalfi. Fabulous views of the town and sea from the terraces and the swimming pool. Chic rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and neutral hues. Spa, restaurant and bar. Stylish minimalism at its best.
A luxurious retreat in a stunning location. Beautiful rooms in whites and creams with splashes of colour and private balconies. Fabulous restaurants, private beach (reached by a glass lift through the cliff face) and luscious gardens with citrus groves. A tranquil and romantic spot.
Sheer romance at this family-run hotel in an 18th-century palazzo. A celestial Amalfian fairytale - heavenly bedrooms with private balconies, Michelin-starred restaurant, and a pool terrace filled with lemon trees. A magical spot for romantics and foodies.
Spectacular Five Star hotel with all you could want for. Romantic bedrooms and suites with tiled floors, vaulted ceilings, sumptuous beds and private balconies. Private beach, restaurant, tennis courts, gorgeous infinity pool, spa and beauty salon. Very luxurious.
Conca dei Marini
A monastery renovated with romance and elegance. Its celestial views from its perch on a cliff top are to die for. The hotel captures the essence of la dolce vita with its location, understated but immaculate style, and its incredible spa facilities. A romantic destination.
Film star luxury meets 1930s Italian glamour in classical Ravello. Spectacularly perched on the cliffs overlooking fishing villages below. Michelin star restaurant, stunning suites, sprawling terraces and lounge areas. Five Star in every aspect.
Ravello (Ravello, Salernes (Campania))
A regal and romantic complex with out of this world views. The villa has beautifully manicured botanical gardens that sprawl towards the cliff face. Bedrooms ooze understated elegance, and there's a fantastic Michelin starred Mediterranean restaurant. Renowned as the ultimate wedding destination.
With former guests including Greta Garbo and Jackie Kennedy you know you are in the lap of luxury. The infinity pool, suspended between sea and sky, is straight from the movies as is the al-fresco, restaurant. Hollywood glamour continues in the bedrooms with chandeliers, mosaic tiles and balconies.