Whether you're getting hitched or celebrating a few (or more) years of surviving marriage, few spots top Italy's Amalfi Coast for its combo of romantic hotels, drop-dead views and fantastic food. And though this Mediterranean paradise may be booked to capacity already for much of the summer, we're still squeezing in couples sneaking away for that perfect Italian escape. Here's how to do it up right.
First Stop: Capri
Our two favorite hotels are JK Place Capri and Tiberio Palace. The first is the ultimate designer's dream, a showcase of arty photos, clean-lined furnishings and carefully chosen accessories. Outside the bustle of Capri town, JK Place feels like a high-end haven to hide away from the daytripper crowds until you're ready to emerge for evening aperols in the square. Tiberio Palace, on the other hand, has a more funky look, with vintage pieces mixed among pops of color. Imagine Palm Springs meets Italian chic. Tiberio puts guests smack in the middle of town as well, so if you want to be trotting distance from the shops and eateries, this one's for you. Tip: Tiberio just opened Villa Mediterranea, a less expensive sister property. The boutique hotel shares Tiberio's restaurant and pool but has more modestly priced suites.
Second Stop: Positano and Amalfi
Quick geography lesson that often trips visitors up. This stretch of coast is the Amalfi Coast, but Amalfi is also a town. It's a bit bigger than Positano but both share the on-the-sea versus on-the-cliffs location. If staying in Positano, a lucky few can score a room at Le Sirenuse, a hotel that's so rarified that it's booked ages in advance. Swing by for a glass of bubbly in Franco's bar if you can't score (or afford) a room. A popular alternative is Palazzo Murat, which still offers those gorgeous Positano sunsets from its balconies, but with simpler furnishings and (much) lower prices. For those that long for more of an Old World resort, head down the coast to Amalfi and the Hotel Santa Caterina, home to one of our favorite and most photogenic beach clubs. One Insta from here and all your friends will hate you.
Final Stop: Ravello
We're not the only ones that love Capri, Positano and Amalfi. These towns can get quite busy in the summer, which is why retreating to the cliffs of Ravello is a must in our book. This picturesque town avoids the hordes of crowds that can spill in from cruises, and its views are no less privileged than the rest. Its also home to the family-owned Palazzo Avino, a hotel that reminds us what a difference ownership makes. If you don't have fancy Italian friends who invite you to their summer palace on a regular basis, you do now, or at least you can pretend for a few days. And they've got a killer beach club as well. Stay tuned for the addition of a private seaside villa coming next summer (because you'll def be wanting to return).
Wanna go? Thought so. Let us know if you're planning a trip. Not only do we get perks (complimentary breakfasts, spa credits and upgrades) at all the good spots, but we've personally vetted these hotels, too, so we'll tell you the real deal.