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Bella Villa San Michele
We stayed at Villa San Michele for 6 nights very recently and had a great time. Me and my wife, as well as several of my wife's family members had 2 rooms (a double and a triple), the triple being quite spacious with a nice balcony, and our double without a balcony but still with a nice view.
There are quite a few special and enchanting qualities of Villa San Michele. First, it has a wonderful, private area for swimming in the beautiful sea, also it has an excellent restaurant (we had the half board plan) with homecooking that rivals the best restaurants, and it also is an excellent value. Nicola and his family always make you feel at home and welcome. This is truly a small, family run hotel, a quality I liked very much.
Also, the location of the hotel, which is about a mile outside of Amalfi, at the base of the hill, where there is the road leading to Ravello, is very convenient, while being just far away enough from the maddening crowds to have a nice, quiet, intimate feel.
Highly recommended, and I would not hesitate to return.
Villa San Michele
This place gives an awesome arial view of the island (Anacapri side). There is also a beautiful garden and an angel statue fountain that is absolutely *sigh*
Isle of Capri
If there is one place I've been to where there were hordes of tourists that I still fell in love with, this is it.
The Isle of Capri delivers on its promise and then some. If you think you can see it in a day because it's only a small island you would be mistaken. We spent four nights there and would recommend you aim for a week.
If you're not into walking you won't have the same experience as me and maybe a few days less will do. The island really does favour those who like to go for a stroll. From the Arco Naturale to Monte Solaro, from the Villa San Michele to the walk of the forts; from the back alleys of Capri to the walk from the gardens of Augustus to Piccolo Marina, it will enchant you all the time.
There is no such thing as a bad viewpoint on Capri; some are just slightly less spectacular than others.
My only disappointment was the Blue Grotto. My take on it is that it is hugely over-hyped though I gained much pleasure from watching the tourists come and go and thought the situation inside the cave was hilarious. It was like dodge'em boats, wide eyed tourists and various renditions of "O Sole Mio" and "Volare" all happening at the same while outside the three men in the open boat sat there collecting money.....lots of it. At over ten euros per person they were raking it in.
The laughter I got from that experience was only exceeded by watching the traffic at the roundabout, something I did every day as we walked past there on the way to Capri or the bus stop. Once I saw a bus, a three wheeled truck, a battery powered low loader, a dog and a scooter all going around at once, not all in the same direction. It was hilarious.
The other traffic situation that you MUST experience is to take the bus up to Anacapri. I dare not spoil your anticipation by telling you what it will be like - just do it.
fantastic view and value
We had the great pleasure of ending our month long European Vacation with a 5 day stay at the Villa San Michele.
From the moment we arrived to the time we left we were in complete awe of the fantastic view and the serene gardens and pathways on this property. The room was spacious, clean and had a special Mediterranean charm. The staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful. The restaurant service and meals were excellent.
The hotel is ideally located as it is within walking distance of Amalfi and on the bus route for most of the surrounding towns and cities. And best of all, it is well priced for the area.
We will definitely stay at the Villa San Michele again.
Stunning view from our room
What can I say about this beautiful little place on the most spectacular coastline in the world? My wife and I were on our dream 5-week honeymoon in early May 2006 in bella Italia. Our first stop was Rome which was great. We then took the 2-1/2 hr drive to the stunning Costiera Amalfitana first passing by Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Amalfi is simply breathtaking – tiny roads with tight turns hugging the mountain on one side and sheer drop-offs on the other. The colour of the water is a gorgeous green-blue and crystal clear.
We first arrived at Villa San Michele in the evening. We checked into this quaint place and made our 169-step trek down to our room. There are no elevators so be prepared, especially with luggage. It must be noted that you should be prepared for the many steps up and down on the Amalfi Coast in general – have good walking shoes and try to be in decent shape before flying here. It would be a shame to not enjoy the beautiful sights because your feet are too tired.
Our room was basic: bed, tiny bathroom, wardrobe, small TV and bar fridge. However, the view was stunning and well worth the cost. We got the half-board (breakfast and dinner) and we weren’t disappointed. Our breakfasts were simple and tasty – cornetti with caffe latte. The cornetti are like fruit-filled croissants but better. The lattes were excellent made with real espresso and heated milk. Do not expect a typical continental spread for breakfast.
Dinners were all home-made dishes that ranged from sword fish to pasta with scampi. By the way, you should like fish to enjoy the fresh dishes. Although you can get meat and poultry, Amalfi is best known for their seafood.
Villa San Michele is a charming place where you can simply unwind. The hospitality was great as is the location. It’s near the small town of Atrani and only a 5-minute hike to the town of Amalfi. Ravello is 5km away up in the mountains (a must see) and Positano and Priaiano are about 5-8km west. You can drive, take the ferry or blue SITA buses to these towns. The SITA buses do pass by but their schedules can be off by quite a bit. We also went to Capri by ferry which was stunning.
We loved Villa San Michele – Nicola, Leo and company were fantastic. We will definitely go back!
Fantastic Location, Views, Service
The location of this hotel (opposite the road up to Ravello) which juts out over the water, together with views up and down the Amalfi coast are outstanding, the service helpful and very friendly. We had a fabulous room with large terrace on the corner of the hotel, which was amazing, looking down on the water and the meandering steps to the sea.
The restarante is superb, genuine Italian food in the best simple style, together with a bottle of the local wine - molto buono!
We were very sad to be able to spend one night only at Villa San Michele, but we have promised ourselves we will return.
The biggest problem with this hotel, is that more travellers will find out about it and it will be more difficult to book !!
Congratulations Nicola and Emiliano, you have a very special "jewel" on the coast.
A Jewel on the Amalfi Coast
Villa San Michele is a charming place where you can simply unwind and relax.
You can swim in the clear Mediterranean waters followed by sunbathing on the sun deck and just watch the array of beautiful private yachts go by.
The view from our rooms was stunning and something we will remember forever
Our stay was the half-board plan and the dinners were both simple and excellent, accompanied by the excellent views of the bay from the restaurant along with the attentive care of the Nicola and his team made every evening something to look forward to.
Nicola the owner was so friendly and helpful. He arranged a fantastic trip to Capri for us and his advice on our independent excursions was most helpful.
We were thrilled to have found this wonderful villa and expect to return again
The hotel is an excellent value.
A big thank you to Nicola and family.
Bravo !! Villa St. Michele
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful 1 week stay at Villa St. Michele.. We have travelled widely and both agree that this beautiful romatic hotel should be at the top of our list of places to re-visit. The view from our room is something we will remember forever. The meals were delicous, plentiful and graciously served.. There was not even 1 repeat meal during our stay. Nicola our host was so friendly and helpful. He arranged transit to and from Naples airport as well as two other day trips. He also solved a problem we were having with our airline return to the U.S. There are too few places left in our world that have the genuine service and charm of Villa St. Michele
Tom and Anne Sklens
One of the highlights of our stay in Italy
From the minute we arrived here we knew we had found somewhere special. It had not been an easy drive dodging the mortorinos and crazed drivers who seemed to specialise in overtaking on the hair pin bends of the coast road. We were warmly welcomed, handed over our car keys and our luggage was carried down what seemed like endless stairs to our room. We were so impressed-it was airy, spacious, clean and cool with the most wonderful view out over the sea. There were flowers every where and plenty of sun loungers and deckchairs arranged in strategic positions to take advantage of the stunningly beautiful views.
Our meal that night was one of the best we had eaten in our month travelling around Italy. Tagliatelle (made by the owner's wife) with tomatoes and mussels followed by thick steaks of the freshest tasting sea bass cooked with lemon.mint and olive oil with a contorno of perfectly cooked chard with oil and lemon. We finished the meal with fruit, ice cream and two enormous vecchia romagnas taken on the terrace watching the sun go down over the sea. Breakfast next morning was very simple and very very good-freshly squeezed juice, enormous flaky croissants with jam on the inside ( a good labour saving idea!) crisp rolls, butter, jam and strong black coffee. Our meal the next evening was again a real treat-pasta with clams, swprdfish cooked with oil, mint and vinegar , followed by fruit and again those enormous vecchias. It was hard to tear ourselves away next morning and again thanks were due to the gentleman(did not get his name) who heaved our cases up on to his braod shoulders and carried them up the 102 steps from our room to road level.
We are telling all our family and friends about this hotel.It deserves to win awards for food, location and the friendliness of its welcome. We intend to return!
Villa is the Star!!!
I can only agree with the majority of reviews on San Michelle and as a regular user of this website I wanted to share our experiences of the Villa.
We spent 7 nights of our honeymoon there from the 14th August 2006. Our arrival time was delayed due to cancelled flights but after informing the San Michelle via email we found to our joy a taxi waiting for us at Naples to wisk us away.
We were welcomed by staff and taken to our room which was comfortable and clean, although as in other reviews shower was tiny. Food of that evening was Nice but we decided to spend the majority of evening's venturing out for a meal to Amalifi, Miori etc. This was mainly because when we go on holiday we like to visit different bars and restaurants rather than being tied to a hotel every night. Breakfasts were a simple but a very enjoyable basket of Crossaints and bread with jam and Coffee or tea.
It is the Villa which is really the star and we enjoyed our little honeymoon haven away from the 'crazy' junction at the entrance of the Villa. The bar accross the road from San Michelle was also convenient for bus tickets, food, and fruit if required.
We really enjoyed our time at San Michelle but the week was soured somewhat on our departure. We had a confirmation email from San Michelle confirming our booking for a double room at 100 euro's per night (which we understood the rate to be based on the room) but on departure we were informed the price was 100 euros per person per night!! Thus doubling the price. Luckily we had a Credit Card to cover the cost but a sour note to leave on.
We booked direct via email after looking on this site and have done so in the past with other hotels. Staff confirmed it was their error for the price confusion but still we had to pay double the price confirmed. There wasn't an apology and we found them to be a little abrupt, this was a real shame because up to this point we couldn't have faulted the place.
It was sad that this became our final memory of the first part of our honeymoon
From san Michele we went to Capri and stayed in a stunning hotel at 195 euros a night. It was very flash and as a result we spent those three days worrying that it would be 195 euros each, but as it happened it was in fact the price for the room!
That aside I would recommend San Michele but doubt we would go again.
Hope this is of help
Kevin & Jen Ahern
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Difference between Scarpariello Residence and Villa San Michele
Does anyone know the difference between Scarpariello Residence and Villa San Michele? My sense is that Scarpariello Residence is made up of apartments and Villa San Michele is part of Scarpariello, but is the place where you can rent only a room, and not necessarily a whole apartment. Any insight would be much appreciated!