The newest hotel on the Amalfi Coast, Borgo Santandrea, is truly stunning. The owners of Ischia’s San Montano Spa & Resort, the De Siano and Orlacchio families from Ischia, purchased Borgo Santandrea several years ago and have transformed it in a short time into one of the most impressive luxury properties on the Amalfi coast. Even when the hotel is sold out, it feels like an exclusive experience. The design, food, and service are impeccable, making it one of our top picks for the Amalfi Coast.
Borgo Santandrea’s renovation was so extensive that it truly feels like a brand new hotel. In the first place, it’s an architectural marvel, with the main hotel sitting on top of a fortress-like stone structure that descends 90 meters to the sea below. One unique feature for the Amalfi Coast is that the entire property is accessible. Every floor is serviced by an elevator, and even more impressive, the beach club is accessible either by two elevators that also stop at the pool level between the main hotel and the beach club below. They’re also one of the few hotels on the Amalfi Coast with a private beach (not just a slab of cement).
Borgo Santandrea is so new that certain features were still under construction, like a private dock and a pizza oven in the beach club. These are expected to be completed and operational this summer. The design of the hotel is also truly refreshing. It’s decorated in a palette of custom modern blue ceramics by a local artisan (find out where to buy them here) and features mid-century pieces from the owners’ private collection. Certain rooms have private pools, and the bathrooms throughout are luxuriously large, featuring Acqua di Parma products and Dyson hair dryers. The mini bars in the rooms are equally opulent, with fresh citrus and full-size bottles of local spirits like Malfy Gin and Solaro Gin, along with local organic wines like Gioi sparkling rose from Tenuta San Salvatore in Paestum.
Finally, the food at Borgo Santandrea is some of the best you’ll find on the Amalfi Coast. We usually like to explore local restaurants but in this case, the bars and restaurants located on the property are heads and tails above anything you could find in town. Breakfast is served in Alici’s fabulous open kitchen, and the Library offers an intimate fine dining experience. The pastry chef at Borgo Santandrea is from Sicily, so you must try his cannoli at breakfast.
We highly recommend experiencing both restaurants at Borgo Santandrea during your experience. Still, a trip to this local restaurant across the cove (they will bring you by boat) is a must. It was one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite restaurants on the Amalfi Coast. The hotel also offers a shuttle service into the town of Amalfi. We recommend going in the evening when there are fewer tourists, but in our experience, there isn’t a restaurant in town that we think is worth taking the time to leave the property for with better food than the hotel.
Borgo Santandrea, Via Giovanni Augustariccio, 33, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Note: Borgo Santandrea provided support for the reporting of this story.