The drive along the Amalfi coastline is, arguably, one of the world’s finest road trips. And one of its scariest. The corniche road hugs vertiginous limestone cliffs which seem to plunge from the skies into sapphire-blue seas. You catch glimpses of beaches, rocky coves, huddles of rooftops and wonder how on earth anyone can get down to them. The drive is not for the faint-hearted; there are plenty of hairpin bends and other drivers who seem far too nonchalant. So the best way to enjoy the sights is to base yourself in one of the best hotels for views on the Amalfi coast.
You can opt for somewhere bustling yet glamorous such as Positano where sugar-almond-coloured buildings cascade to the sea. Or lovely Amalfi with its Duomo, piazza and seafront. Or somewhere smaller, such as Praiano or Conca dei Marini. Or perch yourself high above everyone else in ravishing Ravello.
The whole of this stretch of Italian coast is mesmerising, but to get the top spots, use our guide to the best hotels for views on the Amalfi Coast to help to plan your trip. Althernatively you can widen the net and take a look at all our Amalfi Coast recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
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 very cool designer hotel set in the cliff face. Sleekly minimalist with white washed walls, exposed stone work, and clean lines. Rooms, suites, and separate cottages have private sea-facing balconies. Fantastic spa, restaurant and private beach. Ideal for honeymooners.
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.
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.
An oasis of peace with spectacular views. The piece de resistance is the glorious dining terrace with vistas of the mountains sweeping down to a glittering sea. Fantastic food and cookery lessons using the same home-grown produce. A delightful spot for foodies and romantics.
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.
A delightful villa featuring bougainvillea covered terraces, with unbeatable views of the Mediterranean. Large delightfully decorated bedrooms in white and pastels, with aquamarine tiled floors. Enormous private balconies make the perfect place for breakfast. An utterly charming spot.
Conca dei Marini
Outwardly unassuming, this cliff top hotel will surprise with its magnificent views over the Amalfi coast, secluded private beach down steep steps, and old fashioned charm. A holiday destination for serious lazing in the sun in spectacular surroundings.
Truly sublime views of Positano and beyond from this 5* hotel's hilltop perch. Romantic rooms in chic whites and creams with tiled mosaics and wonderful sea views from private balconies. The roof top terrace and swimming pool are equally magnificent. A great choice for romantics.