This gorgeous Amalfi Coast villa sits fortress-like on the side of a hill, gazing out across the bay towards Amalfi. With a variety of room combinations and three panoramic terraces, this newly renovated villa near Amalfi is perfect for a large family group traveling together. You can cook for yourself, hire a local chef, or dine out in the two restaurants just down the road! And because of this Amalfi holiday villa's position on the mountainside, you can eat all you want and still return home with well-toned calf muscles. Just above the main road from Positano to Amalfi, you have easy access to two of the most charming towns in Italy.
... (600 m2) This villa overlooks the beautiful stretch of coastline as far as the Capo d'Orso and the bay of Salerno, including a wide view of the sea and the most picturesque angle of Amalfi, photographed and printed on every postcard! Built on several levels, the original structure dates back to the 12th century, and additions were made in the 16th and 18th centuries. Though it has been completely renovated on the inside, you can still see original vaulted ceilings. The exterior has been beautifully restored, featuring several outdoor terraces. After climbing 110 steps up from the parking area, you reach the ground level terrace, which is a grassy area with tables and chairs. Another flight of exterior stairs leads to the second grassy terrace, which is partially shaded. This area has a lovely outdoor shower in one of the arched alcoves along the stone retaining wall, where water spills out like a waterfall. There is also a private swimming pool (6m x 8m) with a sun deck with loungers, a couch, and chairs. Another flight of stairs takes you finally up to the rooftop, where a sun terrace has amazing views over the entire coastal area and the sea. A gate to this terrace can be closed for extra privacy, as there is another outdoor shower here. Parking for three cars is reserved in a small lot at street level.
(250 m2) This villa is located about three flights up from the parking area, just off of the main Amalfi Coast road. The three different levels are connected by exterior stairs. The villa is immaculately furnished with antiques and top-notch modern fixtures, including flat-screen satellite television in every bedroom. All bathrooms have hairdryers.
Ground Floor: The first level of this villa is actually 12 steps up from the first terrace area, making a total of 122 steps up from the parking area to this level. Upon entry you will find a sitting area with a wicker table and armchairs, a spacious living/dining room with a table seating four, and two bedrooms with independent AC/heating units. One bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a lovely view, and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The other bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed that can be separated into twins upon request and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. This room has a window facing toward the back of the villa (no view).
First Floor: 30 steps lead up from the entrance gate to the first floor. This level consists of a living room furnished with a sofa, two leather armchairs, and a television. It opens onto a small terrace with table and chairs. The open-plan dining room and kitchen is stunning, with a 12-person antique dining table, a decorative marble fireplace, and vaulted ceilings. The kitchen area is ultra-modern, furnished with marble countertops, an electric oven, two small fridges, an espresso coffee maker, and dishwasher. There are three bedrooms on this floor. The first has a 160 cm queen-size bed (can be separated into two twins upon request) and access to the living-room terrace. The second bedroom also has a 160 cm queen-size bed and a window with lovely views. The third bedroom is smaller and looks out onto the rear of the house. It has a 160 cm queen-size bed. There are also two bathrooms on this floor. One has a sink, toilet, and a Jacuzzi tub. The other has a sink, toilet, and shower.
Second Floor: Accessed via an external staircase (25 steps) from the first floor garden, a gate opens onto a large sun terrace. Seven steps lead down into a romantic little attic apartment for two, which includes a living/dining room with a table for four, an antique sofa, and a kitchenette with two electric burners and a small fridge. The bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed that can be split into twins upon request and a window looking out onto the garden. There is also a bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Concierge service, which includes having a concierge available to organize dinners; reserve and schedule excursions; provide information about activities; answer general questions; etc: 500 Euros per week.
* Mandatory weekly cleaning fee: 150 Euros for up to 8 people; 200 Euros for 9-12 people - includes housekeeping 5 hours per day, Monday - Saturday, and porter service for luggage.
* Electricity: 0.42 Euros/Kwh above 150 Kwh/week
* Telephone: According to use
* Local cook: Please inquire for pricing
* Food delivery: 30 Euros (plus the cost of food)
* Babysitter: 15 Euros/hour
* Extra housekeeping: 15 Euros/hour
* Baby cot: 50 Euros
* High chair: 30 Euros
* Welcome basket available on request for an extra cost
* A car is suggested (though not essential) for this property.
* All staircases are external.
* This villa is not recommended for families with small children, due to the lack of outdoor areas for play, and the location of the pool.
* This property lacks a large living room area.
* Because this property lacks a garden area, it is best suited for a group without children.
Additional amenities include: jacuzzi tub - inside, welcome basket, iron and board, high chair, housekeeping available - extra cost, air conditioning - whole house, cd, hair dryer, outside area - private, independent villa, balcony/terrace, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, cook service available - extra cost.
Left on 05/05/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Michael
Very good. Magnificent views.
The views and shopping.
John's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 10/15/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | John
The villa was beautiful, with spectacular views, and very spacious. The bedrooms were sectioned off from the living areas making them very private. Everyone enjoyed their own bathroom. It also had a feeling of safety as the gate locked, as did the individual bedrooms and private areas.
It was wonderful for a group as the patio pool area overlooked the Mediterranean and was a wonderful spot to eat, visit, and have fun.
The noise from the road, the smoke from neighbors burning their garbage, and the noise from the church clock. It rang on the hour and every fifteen minutes. Also, the SITA bus was always crowded, making it hard to get a seat. Parking in the town of Amalfi was expensive (if you could find it) so the bus was the only option.
We enjoyed the town of Amalfi and the access to the surrounding areas. There are water taxis that take you to Capri and Positano, etc.
Rocco's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 06/25/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Rocco
We had the time of our lives!
The outside area and new pool.
The A/C was not what I'm used to in the U.S.
The area was amazing and we were close to all the attractions.
Heena's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 08/14/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Heena
Had an amazing experience.
The view and the help from the housekeeper.
I liked everything, though the beach was a trek to get to.
The charm of the towns.
Barbara's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 10/31/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Barbara
We had a wonderful time. It was an terrific, relaxing place with really nice outdoor spaces where we all gathered at the end of each day.
The view was spectacular. Each night we watched the moon as it gradually grew over the nearby mountain.
The stairs can be hard. The property is near the road so it was a little noisy. There were mosquitoes which bothered some people, so bring repellent.
Paul's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 07/31/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | Paul
Nice piece of Italy, fine people, really liked the Pompeii proximity.
The view is unsurpassed.
The road noise.
Laura's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 10/31/2008 for a stay in October 2008 | Laura
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Villa. We were there for an entire week with 10 of our closest family and friends, 12 including my fiance and me. We were in Amalfi celebrating our marriage, and had about 33 people show up for the week staying at various locations around Amalfi, and we had a blast. The Villa was absolutely gorgeous. Not only was it tastefully renovated and furnished, but all the amenities were awesome. The views were to die for. Every morning, we woke up to panoramic views of the ocean and the hills - it was incredible. The local agents were extremely helpful and nice. Our experience was one we will never forget and we are sure to return and rent this property in the future.
The views, the decor and the outside terraces - all of them!. The spaciousness of the villa. Since there are three separate levels, we never felt crowded.
The stairs. But, you get used to them. And, with views like these, we were not complaining!
In the immediate surroundings, we loved, loved the restaurant Pesce d'Oro. They catered a couple of meals for us - for 23 people, and they were extremely nice and helpful. They were always watching out for us, offering us rides into town and tours of the neighboring villages. Pasquale, the owner of Pesce d'Oro, was so friendly--and although he speaks no English, we managed to get along. Giosy the restaurant manager, was extremely helpful, and was incredibly friendly and his English is very good. We will never forget them and hope to return someday. Besides Amalfi, we also enjoyed Ravello and Positano. You must go visit these two neighboring towns if you get a chance.
Sal's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Sal
It was a glorious week, glorious weather, warm-hearted people and great food. Wonderful experience! Villa Luce Sul Mare is about a mile outside of Amalfi. Our entire family, 11 of us, all three generations, were there to celebrate my 80th birthday. The Villa was perfect for us. Located high above the Amalfi Coast, we had a magnificent view of the Coast, east of Amalfi.
Beautiful views and locale, easily reached by public transportation. The Villa had six bedrooms, each comfortable with good beds, some with terraces, a large well-equipped kitchen and an outdoor shaded dining table on a shaded terrace. The rooms are all air-conditioned which was required at times in July. All windows and doors are fully screened, so bugs are no problem. The Villa comes completely stocked for your first evening dinner and for breakfast and lunch with items included in your rental which we augmented. There is more wine than you could possibly drink in a week; We tried.
172 steps up to property is difficult for elderly people. We managed OK because we are quite fit, but I would not recommend it for elderly people. There is a mechanized luggage conveyor used by the Villa staff. Stairs down to the beach are a few hundred steps.
Ravello, Amalfi and Positano are lovely towns to roam around. Capri, Naples and Sorrento are accessible by ferry or the faster jet-foil from the nearby dock at Amalfi.
Pamela's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 06/30/2008 for a stay in June 2008 | Pamela
When we finally arrived in Amalfi, and saw our villa, all of our expectations were exceeded. The views, the wonderful people, the courtesy shown by the property managers and the staff, were all part and parcel of an incredible Italian journey.
There were 10 of us staying at the villa, and because of the 3-story lay out, no one felt crowded or had a lack of privacy. That allowed us all to experience the villa and Amalfi in our own ways...
I didn't dislike it, but the trek up the stairs from the street proved just how out of shape most of us were.
Amalfi and the little towns along the coast are singularly beautiful and each town has it's own personality. Everyone we ran into made our stay easier and wonderful.
Wendy's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Wendy
We had a wonderful week with 10 friends to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Everyone was very impressed with the villa and the surroundings.
The views and the gardens.
The 130 stairs to the villa from the road were hard work for some of our guests. It rained for a few days and we found the lounge room a bit small for us all to share those evenings inside. Unfortunately the fridge and freezer didn't work when we arrived.
It was a good base for Amalfi and Positano
Maurizio's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 09/30/2007 for a stay in September 2007 | Maurizio
The views are spectacular. Although the property is brand new, the old world feeling is maintained with the decorations and the furnishings.
THE STAIRS!!! Yikes. This place is not for those that cannot handle extra effort. Just to get to the villa there are 105 stairs. The beach is 450 stairs. Going down isn't so bad, but coming up!
The entire coast is filled with one beautiful site after another. Italians are friendly, and beautiful too.
Mike's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 07/31/2007 for a stay in July 2007 | Mike
The steps and traffic noise.
Friendliness of the locals and the natural beauty.
Sandi's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Sandi
The number of stairs!
Bus transportation and excellent restaurant after descending stairs.
Walter's review of Villa Luce sul Mare
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Walter
A wonderful experience. The staff at the Villa helped with luggage, groceries and cleaning. We did not want to leave.
The View and location.
The Stairway to Heaven all 144 of them!
The local town of Amalfi. Trip to Capri. Tour of Pompeii.
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