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About Maratea

If you adore the Amalfi Coast, but abhor the crowds, Maratea is for you. The road in is even bendier and narrower than the infamous Amalfi Coast road, and at the end of it there’s a similarly stylish harbour, with a charming medieval village and a run of pretty, sandy coves. If you’re here for a beach break these coves are where you’ll find many of the best places to stay in Maratea, and from these our Gurus have chosen a selection of stylish villa conversions, chic traditional hotels, and a meticulously converted monastery in the heart of Maratea.

The lovely port is a collection of white and yellow buildings, full of charm, while on the water you'll usually see a smattering of glitzy super yachts. The historic centre is at the top of the hill – a whitewashed town with 44 churches, arranged underneath Maratea's answer to Rio's Christ the Redeemer. This is where you’ll find some of the best hotels in Maratea, the rest you’ll find tucked away along the coastline.

Maratea’s location, on the top of a hill overlooking the sea, means it will probably never become a destination for mass-tourism, and will always be better suited to travellers looking for a more Italian-style beach break, with a more relaxed pace of life, and overgrown charm. Like Capri’s piazzetta, the town has a main square dotted with bars, cafes and restaurants — the place to see and be seen!

Maratea might not be quite the headline destination of the Amalfi Coast, but it still gets plenty of visitors – it was much lauded by Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana and Fabio Cannavaro – and because there are fewer hotels to choose from here it’s worth booking up the best places to stay in Maratea in advance if you want to visit during the peak summer season.

The Best Places to Stay in Maratea

For Central Maratea

  • In the medieval heart of Maratea, La Locanda delle Donne Monache, offers a comfortable stay in a converted convent, with 27 rooms and suites. Expect views of the mountains and the Mediterranean from the shaded pool and gardens, plus gourmet cuisine in the restaurant. A great all-rounder.

For a Beach Break

  • The Santavenere Hotel is a beautiful, five-star villa hotel, surrounded by lush gardens, and directly overlooking the sea. Its 34 rooms and suites offer classical elegance, with lots of space, and in the case of our Gurus’ favourite rooms, fantastic water views from a private balcony or terrace. There’s a wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, and a fine-dining restaurant which also offers indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • The Villa Cheta is an Art Nouveau villa, tucked into a hillside overlooking the Med. Expect genteel charm in the 23 rooms and suites, plus the tiered gardens and roof terrace. The hotel also boasts a private, pebbled beach. Relaxing, and elegant.

For Great Value

  • The Hotel Villa Delle Meravigile is a wonderfully affordable waterside villa hotel, with just 16 rooms and suites, and beautiful gardens, at the bottom of which is the sea. The décor is classical, and the rooms come in a range of shapes and sizes that include family rooms. There are also two pools onsite, and a sauna.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Villa?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Maratea is about halfway between Naples International Airport and Lamezia Terme Airport. Both of these airports offer scheduled and low-cost flights to many European destinations. From Naples it’s about two hours and ten minutes by train or car to Maratea, and from Lamezia Terme it’s about two hours by train and an hour and a half by car. Alternatively, you can catch the train down from Rome, or arrive by boat if you happen to know someone who’ll drop you off!
  • If you want to hire a car to explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Maratea is at its most glorious in the summer, when you can linger in the piazzas and laze on the coast. Italian holidaymakers tend to book July and August, while international visitors opt for May through June, or September and October, to avoid the school holiday crowds. Maratea is small, so you need to book ahead if you want to make sure you’ll have somewhere to sleep.

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Best Hotels in Maratea

  • Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie 85040 Maratea 16 rooms from £61

    Beach Life  -  With its own private beach, reached only by enclosed pathways that wind down to the beach from the hotel.
    Weddings  -  Ideal for a wedding venue, the hotel organises all catering and management needs.
    Fishing  -  The hotel organises fishing trips on boats for guests.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Charming hotel in Maratea, enclosed by terraced gardens and with easy access to the beach. The rooms are classical in style featuring bathrooms with handmade majolicas and many with balcony or terrace and a sea or garden view. Ideal for active families, there are two outdoor pools and a sauna. See More

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  • Villa Cheta Maratea (Acquafredda) 23 rooms from £99

    Town  -  Maratea has a beautiful historical centre and 44 churches, and the local port of Acquafredda is lively with bars and boutiques
    On the beach  -  The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to the sandy Anginarra beach or stroll down to the hotel's pebbly beach
    Other Activities  -  There are plenty of activities close by such as tennis, riding, sailing, diving, hiking and paraglidiing
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Rose & cream washed stuccoed 19th century villa tucked into the hillside overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. Charming and genteel, this art nouveau hotel has old-fashioned values and style. Pretty tiered gardens, a profusion of flowers, spill down to the pebbled beach. Unhurried and tranquil See More

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  • La Locanda delle Donne Monache Maratea 27 rooms from £130

    Suites  -  Four types of well-appointed rooms from Classic to Suites with original features and some with terraces
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant Il Sacello overlooks the gardens and swimming pool, and offers gourmet regional cuisine
    Beach nearby  -  The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to Maratea's beach ten minutes drive away
    Bar  -  The Bar L'Alambicco serves cocktails and delicious light snacks
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller

    Charming hotel in a converted convent, built in 1735, tucked away in the mediaeval town of Maratea on the Basilicata coast. Wonderful mountain and rooftop views. Contemporary, quiet rooms in soft shade. Pretty gardens and pool. Gourmet cuisine. Close to the beach. A perfect all round hotel. See More

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  • Santavenere Hotel Maratea 34 rooms from £148

    Fishing  -  night fishing trips on offer
    Kayaking  -  available at private beach
    Tennis  -  Tennis court at hotel
    Diving  -  Diving trips on offer
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    Iconic 5* resort set in stunning gardens overlooking the Med. Rooms are classic and elegant, often with private balcony or terrace. Extensive wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach and beautiful outdoor fine dining with views out to sea. Top notch luxury in unspoilt Maratea. See More

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