The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations, its preposterously picturesque towns brimming with tourists drawn by the glamour immortalised in films like The Talented Mr Ripley. But do not be deterred by the masses – just do your trip the right way by staying in one of the region’s wealth of stunning private luxury villas. Here we pick the best Amalfi Coast villas for rent in the string of towns lining the shores.
Villa Le Scale, Capri
Beloved with Italians and tourists alike, the island of Capri is one of the area’s most popular summer destinations. Originally built in the early 19th century as a summer residence for a noble family, Villa Le Scale has recently been restored by award-winning designer Jorge Cañete, who has reinvigorated the interior with a blend of modern and antique details.
The dramatic exterior remains much the same, surrounded by a large pool and set in two acres of tiered gardens. This Amalfi Coast luxury villa is a place to totally relax – the onsite chef and butler will make sure of it.
Villa Astor, Sorrento
Standing on a dramatic promontory overlooking the Gulf of Naples, with a 270-degree view across from Mount Vesuvius to Capri, Villa Astor ticks every box. Within, the six-bedroomed Neoclassical luxury villa has been upholstered with ancient statues, marble columns, frescoed ceilings and period paintings by famed French decorator Jacques Garcia. Outside it is surrounded by a spectacular 30,000 sq m botanical garden, planted by former owner Sir William Waldorf Astor.
Like other villas on the list, Villa Astor has direct access to the sea; more unusually, here it is through a remarkable internal pool, found in a natural grotto under the house.
Villa Il Gioiello, Sorrento
A lively town that is known for its cafés, lemon trees, and history, Sorrento has been a must-see summer destination on grand European tours for generations. Naturally, when the Count de Mario Caracciolo, the last descendant of a prestigious Neapolitan family was seeking the perfect place to call home he chose this villa – known as “the jewel” or il gioiello, of Sorrento.
For those seeking a luxury villa in the heart of Sorrento, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting than Villa Il Gioiello. The nearest beach is just a one-minute walk away, and a few minutes more will bring you to the nearest restaurants. The nearest train station is within walking distance, providing convenient access to the rest of the Amalfi Coast, while outdoor parking is also available on this gated property.
Villa Giulia, Positano
Perched high on the cliff of Positano, boasting unobstructed panoramic views of the city and its gulf, Giulia has been recently renovated with Mediterranean and stylish décor. With 6 en suite double bedrooms spread across three levels, this luxury villa is ideal for families or group of friends.
This stylish villa features very modern and elegant décor, with a white and natural colour palette reflecting the current interior design trends. The high-end quality of this property is reflected in every detail.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello
Set in the quiet, upper part of Ravello, removed from the tour groups yet a short sashay from Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) stands on a cobbled street surrounded by aristocratic palazzi, some of which have been converted into similarly opulent boltholes. Views down to the coast are exquisite.
The grand, vaulted hallways and guest rooms of this 12th-century palazzo have been thoroughly remodelled in super-luxe style with lashings of marble, fine fabrics and antiques. Set among immaculate, flower-filled terraces and lawns with those ever-present, mesmerising views, this is a place to be thoroughly indulged.
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