Landlubbers, the (‘Path of the Gods’) is a spectacularly scenic trek along the cliffs.Starting from Praiano, walk a few hundred metres towards Bomerano, until you reach the marble plaque commemorating Giustino Fortunato, the economist who named the path, then follow the mountainside track to the monastery of San Domenico.Inside, a corner of the intimate vaulted dining room is especially romantic.No need to be catwalk-fit: off-duty but elegant should do the trick.The painstaking renovation of Monastero Santa Rosa, a 17th-century monastery, has resulted in a unique Amalfi boutique hotel steeped in history, lavished with top-quality furnishings, and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Double rooms from £640.06 (€715), including tax at 10 per cent. Each of the former nun’s quarters are named after herbs grown in their own private gardens, and each space is treated to a big bathroom and heart-stirringly beautiful sea views.Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above that blue, blue Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, the 20 ocean-view rooms and Santa Maria Novella-stocked spa are remarkably spacious and utterly romantic. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per person per night on check-out. Infinity pools don’t come more stunning than the heated one here that is more like its own shoreline melting into the azure Amalfi sky-meets-sea horizon: Wander onto its beach-like edge then perch and enjoy an unfettered panorama from the direction of Ravello to Positano. The spa is a destination in its own right, if only for a noseful of the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella unguents and a whirl in the thermal spa (Finnish sauna, steam room, ice fountain and more).
The airport in Naples is 70 kilometres from the hotel and has regular flights from the UK, Geneva, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.Fresh, local, seasonal, and Michelin-respected sure – but when it comes to 10-course affairs in candlelit settings it’s easy to see why it is up there as one of the most celebrated spots to eat in the world ( 39 089 875 066).I hadn’t been to the Amalfi coast in almost a decade.Pasticceria Pansa is the famous traditional patisserie and café ( 39 ).In Positano, La Sponda restaurant at le Sirenuse is no secret but it is world famous for a reason.It’s a strenuous hike, all right, but more than worth the effort for the views alone.Go in the late afternoon for the added bonus of a stunning sunset. Head north to explore the ruins at Pompeii (an hour’s drive from the hotel), or to climb Vesuvius (an hour and a half away).As one might expect, the wine cellar has among its 400 varieties some incredible local wines such as Furore’s DOC white or red are delicious, as well as world-famous award winners.Take one relaxed lounge bar, add a watery sunset or starlit sky and you may concur that all that’s missing from toast-worthy scene is a Monastero Martini (vanilla vodka, white cocoa cream, limoncello, fresh cream milk) or a Conca cosmopolitan (vodka, Cointreau, limoncello, cranberry juice).Catch a classical concert in Ravello ( where there’s a festival every summer.The Amalfi Coast’s incredible scenery has lured many an artist to the area – independent art galleries pepper the path to Positano.