The first thing you notice on arrival at the 5-star Grand Hotel Convento di Almafi are the unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant landscape surrounding this gem of a hotel perched high on a coastal cliff.

These luxurious Italian accommodations – both guestrooms and suites – are the right combination of historical splendor and modern aesthetics complete with marble baths and terracotta floors.

The hotel offers a variety of dining options and guests especially enjoy dining al fresco on one of the many terraces or poolside overlooking the sea. The hotel restaurants take pride in using locally-sourced ingredients in their detailed delicacies, fresh Mediterranean dishes and vegetarian entrees.

Try out the refreshing Limoncello. The Amalfi coast is known for its production of Limoncello liquor and the area is a cultivator of lemons, seen growing to astonishing sizes in terraced gardens throughout the region.

The hotel was formerly a 13th century monastery and boasts a location rich in tradition and history. Guests can explore the host town of Amalfi or travel the short distance to nearby towns for regional attractions and activities: Positano, Furore, and Praiano to the north and Vietri sul Mare to the south. The Naples International Airport is just 43 miles away.

Steps away from the hotel, Amalfi’s stunning beach awaits. The hotel provides sun umbrellas, sun beds and beach towels for those who want to spend the day in the sea or simply bask and savor the views from the sunny shore.

Back at the hotel, indulge in a treatment at the wellness center: facials, body wraps, massages, or a Turkish bath. If you’re maintaining your fitness routine head to the state-of-the-art fitness center for a workout with a matchless view.

Wind down in the open-air infinity pool where the water’s edge blends seamlessly with the vast seascape. Cocktail in hand, this is a place where serenity and the generous gifts of surrounding nature work their magic and bring a sense of tranquility.

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