Built and owned by the Royal Gunderrode Family since 1896, Paradise is part of La Terrazza, the villa that defines Sorrento’s coastal harbor, crowning Sorrento´s famed coastline overlooking the Bay of Naples. The layers of terraces grand and small reflect the villa’s namesake, offering both spacious and secluded perches overlooking the Bay.Every inch of the famed terrace is clad in hand painted Amalfi tile, spanning an astounding 500 square meters (5,400 square feet). A communal gathering space for guests, the terrace offers a panoramic view of Capri and Ischia islands, as Vesuvius dominates the foreground. A private swimming poo...l is surrounded by palm trees and poplars, and bougainvillea overflows the historic marble planters. A staircase carved by hand into the cliffs leads from the terrace and offers guests a breathtaking private beach access to the Marina Piccola.
Paradise welcomes you with his bright, spacious living room, classy equipped with table, chairs, TV, a fireplace and a gorgeous leather sofa with a built-in Ipod/Iphone dock station, where you can relax yourself listening your favourite music or simply enjoying the sea chant.But the first thing you'll remark is the most beautiful, priceless part of the apartment: the bay of Sorrento: this area, as well as the entire apartment, has huge windows overlooking the sea. Thanks to these, the brightness of the morning, the fly of the seagulls, the changing colours of the evening, when the sun goes slowly down to sleep in the sea, the deep dark blue of the gulf in the night, with the lights of the bay on the background, are like eternal guests at the Paradise.At the opposite side of the living room you'll find the kitchen, completely equipped with everything you may need during your stay (gas rings, cooking utensils, dishwasher..)The living area gives access to a small balcony, where you can have a romantic dinner enjoying one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world.From the other side of the living room a small corridor leads to a twin and a double bedrooms. Going to sleep and opening the eyes the day after in this piece of heaven give sensations and emotions quite hard to describe. The full size windows make you feel not just a guest, but integral part of the bay of Sorrento and his unique beauty (the pictures are better than a thousand words). Right in front of the bedrooms there's a bathroom with bath tub, wc, washbashin, bidet, hairdryer, towels).The living area gives also access to another small corridor, leading to another bathroom, also equipped with bath tub, washbashin, wc, bidet, hairdryer and towels. A few steps conduct to another small, comfortable twin bedroom.
The villa, built on ancient Roman walls, is an historical landmark, and its construction marks an important period in the nineteenth century. It was built by the great German Baron Maximilian Von Gunderrode and was originally named “Villa Nardi.” At the end of the 1800s, while sailing the Mediterranean, the baron arrived in Naples and fell in love with the coastline, ultimately choosing this site to build his summer residence. In 1896, the villa was re-named “La Terrazza.” The great Florentine builder, Romanelli, reconstructed the entire villa, making it larger and one floor higher. Fashioning it in the Italian Liberty-style, he incorporated stuccoes, images of angels, flowers, fruits, marble columns and staircases. Over the years the villa was coined “the house of love” for its hospitality and spellbinding charm.Read more
Left on 01/27/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | JM Family
The Paradise apartment is the basement apartment of Villa Terrazza perched on a cliff, with glorious views across to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. There isn't direct access from the apartment to the checkered terrace you see in photos. The apartment is managed by Feeling Italy while the other apartments in the Villa are managed by andrea, a descendent of the family who built the Villa. This may cause confusion. Andrea was very friendly, helpful during our stay and has a lovely family. A little more orientation detail would have been helpful, e.g. how to operate the electronic driveway gates. When we arrived (past check-in time) Andrea was still cleaning the apartment and trying to erradicate the fish smell from a New Years Eve function he had held in the apartment. Being winter boat trips to surrounding regions wasnt on offer but again this may be due to the management arrangements of the Paradise apartment. The apartment itself is trapped in eighties decor and is due for a makeover. It is not well equipped for self catering e.g. no electric jug to boil water, and the washing machine is off-limits to self use, however a very helpful employee does the washing for you to dry. The shower water pressure is woeful, so dont expect too much. We were also asked not to sit directly on the white leather lounge unless using protection due to the possiblity of marking, which was annoying given the rental price, and there wasnt any alternative place to lounge. The best things about the apartment are the views, its proximity to the town centre and the port, and the heritage of the original Villa. Not sure I would stay here again. If I did, I would try one of andrea's apartments, which from sneak peaks, looked lovely. We enjoyed our time in Sorrento because of what the town has to offer, not because the apartment was a 'Paradise'. The service I recevied from Feeling Italy was good, polite, punctual, however apart from the views, in my opinion the apartment is not worth the rental price.
A little bit of Paradise
Left on 07/28/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | SpicySunhsine
We were 5 girlfriends in our 60s travelling Italy and stayed at Villa Paradise for 5 days. At our arrival in Sorrento, Andrea, the manager, picked us up at the train station. He was absolutely a pleasure to deal with. As he lives in the villa La Terrazza, up above, he was always there to help us.
You cannot ask for a better location in Sorrento. The ferries going to Capri and the amalfi Coast are just below and you can take an elevator back up for 1 Euro. The train station is less than 10 min. walk. The center of town is a 2 min. walk but you do not hear any street noises. The view is to die for. You overlook the Bay of Naples, the Vesuvia and have magnificent sunsets every night while having a candlelight supper or enjoying a glass of wine on the balcony.
As Paradise in built in the cliff, it is a bit echo and the access is not direct from the outside. There are 2 rooms overlooking the Bay and 3 single beds that have no windows. If you want to cook meals, you may miss a bit of cookware but Paolo will be happy to accommodate you.
We all have enjoyed very much our stay. It was an overall great experience and would go back to this little bit of paradise. We only wished we could have stayed longer.
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