Wednesday, March 25, 2020

An Italian Adventure: Part V, Praiano

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Oh, Casa Angelina. I visited with Kirsty back in 2018 (you can find the post here if you’d like a read) and it was that special kind of visit where you're already excited to return before you've even left. We had two lovely nights there this time and it really was just as magical as I’d remembered. It's a part of the Small Luxury Hotels Group, which - as I'm sure you know by now - I absolutely love, you always know you've got a lovely stay ahead when a hotel comes under the SLH umbrella. 

The hotel feels like it was purpose built for escaping the stress of every day life and switching off completely, so who am I not to abide. We spent our first afternoon with a couple of beers (they have gluten free beer so I was in total heaven by this point), getting lost in our books by the pool, only interrupting ourselves with a trip to the railings to stare at the view. As well as being able to see right across to Positano, the sea in front of the hotel always seems very calm so, whichever way you look, your eyes get a treat. Rob went to the gym (weirdo) whilst I got ready and then we headed back down to the pool restaurant for dinner where you can watch the sunset whilst enjoying some truly delicious food (the cocktails there are also great – I made it my brave mission to try a few different ones and can guarantee they were all great) and ended up staying there for hours chatting and playing cards. Now, whilst we’re on the subject of food… breakfast. I’d been dreaming about this breakfast for over a year and almost couldn’t sleep I was so excited for it (tragically, this is not an exaggeration). A bigger spread you’ve never seen -  I won’t go ahead and list everything there is as that’ll push this blog post into novella territory but I will say that the particular highlights for me were the fresh juices and fruit, the cheeses, the mini smoothies, gluten free pancakes (!) and gluten free cake. Why cake for breakfast isn’t more of a thing here I’ll never know. The hotel’s based in Praiano so we went for a really nice wee wander around the town the next day – it’s small so doesn’t take long but is definitely, definitely worth doing – and then came back for an afternoon on the beach. The beach was closed last time we were there so this was my first time experiencing and it was the total opposite of what I’d imagined. The hotel’s a real oasis of calm whereas the beach (the hotel don’t own it but guests get free access) is small but was pumping out club music with lots of drinking competitions on the go. It’s a good party atmosphere and everyone seemed like they were having a ball but I, alas, am 80 inside so put my headphones on and listened to some nice Michael Buble and read my book with a Wethers Original. There is also a quieter little spot just around the corner, where the diving photos were taken, so we ended up spending a lot of time there.

The hotel was just as I’d remembered it; calm, peaceful and the perfect place to completely unwind. It does have a real romantic feel – so would be perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend away – but would be equally as lovely for a special trip away with your mum or a gal pal. The staff there are all absolutely lovely and are always there if you need any help, would like to arrange transfers to any of the other towns (there is, I should mention, a free hourly shuttle to and from Positano) or if you need any recommendations. 

Something else we did when we were out there was go on a sunset boat trip with Positano Boats Tour. They offer private trips of different lengths, ours was about an hour, and we were picked up from the wee jetty at the hotel and taken across to Positano to watch the sunset with a wee bottle of fizz. The Amalfi Coast is beautiful from every angle, but especially from the sea so it really did make for one of the most memorable nights of the trip.

And that brings to an end my penultimate post from Italy (sidenote: I learned the world penultimate thanks to the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' books when I was younger and its been one of my favourites ever since), the last part will be coming your way very shortly. For now, stay inside and stay safe fellas! Sending lots of love,

Amy 

We were very kindly hosted by Casa Angelina during our time there

5 comments:

Lisa Autumn said...

Oh I wish I was there right now ! Beautiful!

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Megan Ellaby said...

As always such truly beaaaaauuuuutiful imagery Amy baby!

Jodie said...

Your pictures are gorgeous, every single photo is just beautiful!

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Teresa Halminton said...

Love the photos! So stunning!
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Susan said...

Can't wait for when everything goes back to normal so we can wear flowy dresses on holiday again !!

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