Our recent trip to Italy got off to a rocky start. Firstly, I dropped my camera at the airport rendering it entirely useless (ouch). Secondly, we arrived at our hotel after a LONG journey, only to find that our room was double booked. Great. But there was an upside, a giant great silver lining which made everything better, in the guise of a gorgeous boutique hotel we would never otherwise have known about; Art Hotel Villa Fiorella.
We had originally booked to stay in Art Hotel Gran Paradiso in Sorrento for four nights before heading onto Naples. On finding out that they had double booked us, they offered to relocate us to Art Hotel Villa Fiorella, their sister boutique hotel which is on course for five-star status. In my eyes, it’s already a five-star hotel.
Villa Fiorella is around 5km outside of Sorrento in a small town called Massa Lubrense. It’s been open little more than a year, so everything is pristine. It has all the hallmarks of a boutique hotel; great service, an intimate feel and a peaceful setting.
First of all I need to talk about our room. It was sizeable, with its own balcony overlooking the Gulf of Naples. The king size bed was super comfy, the rooms were fully air conditioned and there was a sofa, TV and mini bar, and luxury toiletries in the bathroom. The room felt every bit five-star.
The pool area at Villa Fiorella was standout. Grown-up, quiet and luxurious, I spent a lot of time either lounging reading my book or in the pool taking it all in. The view was breathtaking to say the least. There’s a bar adjacent to the pool, serving all manner of drinks and food throughout the day, which is a nice to have if your intentions are to spend all day there chilling out.
As well as a the pool bar area, Villa Fiorella also has a sky bar. Open in the evenings, the bar serves a range of drinks and nibbles, perfect for watching the sunset. Below are the nibbles (complimentary I hasten to add) that got served with our drinks. Never have I been served bites like this when I’ve ordered a drink. Never.
For evening meals, you can either wander into Massa Lubrense (a ten-minute walk) or you can dine at Villa Fiorella’s restaurant. You won’t find any traditional pizza or pasta dishes here, but rather an innovative menu that easily reflects its soon to be five-star status. You can dine under the terrace with Capri and the Gulf of Naples in the background, or you can take your dining experience onto the terrace. This stunning location is also where breakfast is served.
In short, we never intended to stay in Massa Lubrense; it was what you would call a happy accident. Saying that, I am so glad we got the opportunity to stay in this gorgeous hotel. It was the ultimate place to relax and unwind in the most idyllic of settings.
Minus my trusty Canon, all of the photos in this post were taken using my iPhone. You can see more from my trip to Italy on Instagram.
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