GLOOBLES ON THE ROAD: Stephanie's Amalfi Coast in Blog

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When it comes to romance, you can’t do much better than the Amalfi Coast. The famous, idyllic coastline runs from Sorrento to Salerno & is best discovered by driving the famous 'road of 1,000 bends' that sweeps along the coastline for 40 kilometres. We love that its both super stylish & sophisticated, with its incredible roster of stellar restaurants & luxurious hotels, yet so simple with its local farmers & fisherman.

gloobles' founder Stephanie van Rappard took a weekend off mothering & jetted of to the Amalfi Coast for a romantic weekend with her husband. Keep reading to get all the juicy details.

The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the finest hotels in the world, but we chose a more intimate place to stay. Casa Privata is a chic retreat in a former fisherman's house. The beautiful, lush garden brings you down to a private rocky beach with several sun decks. The rooms all enjoy striking views of the ocean, & on clear days, you can even see the island of Capri. I loved that is very centrally on the coast, as it is only 4 miles from Positano to the west & 6 miles from Amalfi to the east.

On our first night, we had dinner in Ravello at Rossellinis in Palazzo Avino. Normally, I am not a fan of Michelin-star restaurants, never mind my husband… But Rossellinis completely blew us away. Everything is just right, from the extravagant architecture of the ‘Pink Palace’ to the puzzle of amuse bouche & the extremely friendly staff. We fell right back in love. It is an absolute must & worth every penny. Be sure to check out the impressive Duomo of Ravello & the two famous garden estates Villa Rufolo & Villa Cimbrone. If you're into music, check out the Ravello festival, the celebrated summer concert series.

What a dream to wake up with such beautiful views of the ocean & pure blue skies. We spent our morning on the private beach & relaxed on the sunbeds before taking a few swims in the ocean. For lunch, we took a water taxi to the legendary beach shack of Da Adolfo, which is only accessible by boat. The restaurant serves some of the most delicious local fish we've ever had. We especially loved the freshly caught sea urchins, but the signature mozzarella grilled in lemon leaves is also an absolute must-have for antipasti. Be sure to book in advance,  as this is one of the most popular spots on the coast.

That night we went to the iconic & romantic town of Positano. We explored & got lost in the tiny, winding streets & enjoyed the beautiful views of all the colourful houses. Be sure to pass by the Emporio Sirenuse for beautiful summer tunics & kaftans, Antonello La Mura for swimwear & Ceramiche Asunta for traditional ceramics are also must-visits. A trip to Positano is not complete without a visit to the legendary stylish hotel Le Sirenuse. If you want to splurge & treat yourself (or your other half) to something extraordinary, book a room here! It's definitely one of my favourite hotels in the world, with its unparalleled views & vibrant decor. Before dinner, we indulged in some drinks at the old-fashioned Champagne & Oysters and the trendy Franco’s Bar. We couldn’t choose between the two then, & we still couldn't choose today. Both have out of this world views & serve crazy beautiful drinks. At least one dinner at the La Sponda restaurant is a must especially for a romantic dinner with the endless candles & romantic live music. And let's not forget about the breathtaking views. We finished the night at the one & only club, Music on the Rocks. What a night!

I just love to explore new places on foot. So to cure our hangover, we hiked the famous: Path of the Gods. More than 1800 steps take you from Positano up to the village of Nocelle through terraces of lemon & olive trees. The strenuous hike is definitely worth it, as the views are out of this world. It's also the perfect way to work off some of those calories from last night... On our way to the airport, we stopped by the striking former 17th century monastery turned retreat Monastera Santa Rosa for a light lunch. It most certainly did not disappoint.

For more of our favourite place to eat, sleep, drink, shop, relax & explore on the Amalfi Coast check out our tips.