The nicest hotel in Italy
It seems like ages since I blogged, and all I have to offer today is some honeymoon photos. Sorry. I know how monumentally dull it can be reading about other people’s totes amaaaazing summer holidays when you’re stuck at work. But I thought you might like these pictures I took of our hotel in Sorrento, which was one of the best-designed spaces I’ve ever been in.
It was called the Maison la Minervetta and it was exactly like staying inside a feature from Wallpaper magazine.
Firstly, here’s the view from our bedroom window. Just to the left of this was Mount Vesuvius.
The hotel is built into the side of the cliff. The carpark is at the top, and you take a lift to get down to reception and the bedrooms (there’s only 12). So the views are just ridiculous, although it’s probably not for you if you suffer from vertigo.
This was the view from the terrace at breakfast.
The interiors are just as nice as the view, which is some feat.
The hotel was set up by an Italian interior designer and decorator, and just has SO MUCH cool design stuff in it (excepting the questionable ceramic heads everywhere, you can see one above – apparently they are a traditional Sicilian thing? Hmmm).
This is the lounge area.
As you can see, there are thousands of pounds worth of uber-fancy art books just sitting around, looking decorative. At least, I never saw any guests reading them. If you’re holidaying in the Bay of Naples, idly leafing through a £300 coffee table book of David LaChapelle photos isn’t exactly top priority.
There were colourful ceramics and stripes and checks everywhere.
What really cracked me up was that even the nice ladies who dished out breakfast matched the decor – they had to wear Marimekko aprons so they blended in.
You can see the kitchen in the back of the photo below. There was always at least two different varieties of cake on offer in the morning, another great reason to stay here.
I loved these red chairs in the reception area. Also, in the photo below, the vases on the left are actually made of silicone. They’re the sort of useless design object that cost £2,000 a pop and make you wonder why anyone would buy them. So now you know why – they would look amazing in your new Italian boutique hotel!
There was a steep walkway from the hotel down to Sorrento’s Marina Grande, and along the way there were all these little places to sit and chill out, including an area with a plunge pool, and even more importantly, a phone so you could call up and order drinks from the reception.
As everyone knows, the best thing about going on holiday in Italy is the sheer quantity of snacks you get when you order an aperitivo. We took full advantage.
There was modern art everywhere, including these slightly creepy shrines under glass domes. By the end of our stay I was convinced the owner had set up this hotel just so he’d have a place to put all the coffee table books, bizarre ornaments and random art pieces he’d been collecting for years. It was like staying in the coolest museum ever.
Everything was blue, green, white and red, and I am now obsessed with this colour scheme. When we got home our flat felt so tiny and beige. I am having to resist the urge to cover every surface with striped blue and white ceramic tiles.
The view at night from the terrace was the best thing.
The only weird thing about staying at this hotel was that there was never anybody else around. It felt odd to be on this amazing terrace with this jaw-dropping view, drinking wine, playing travel Scrabble and eating large amounts of salty snacks, with zero other people around. Possibly I have lived in London too long.
Anyway, if you ever go to Sorrento, you should stay in this hotel. It’s pretty expensive so I probably won’t be able to afford it again until my second marriage (only joking darling), but it was so worth it.