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22 Feb 2018
Belmond reveals 'First Light' experiences in partnership with Leica Sport Optics; introducing exclusively curated nature walks at dawn. Launching in 2018 at Belmond hotels, trains and cruises in some of the world's most outstanding areas of natural wonder, including Cape Town – South Africa, Iguassu Falls - Brazil and Deiá, Mallorca. The First Light experiences invite curious travellers to explore the wonderful world of Belmond through the Leica lens.
Situated in the most spectacular location, almost suspended between sea and sky, Belmond Hotel Caruso occupies a former medieval palace at the highest, quietest point of Ravello, overlooking the rocks and cliffs of Italy's Amalfi Coast and the Mediterranean (or, more correctly, Tyrrhenian) Sea. With frescoed salons, arched stone vaults and just 50 highly individual rooms and suites occupying every shape and corner of the ancient palace's architecture, it is an intimate retreat with an intriguing sense of history. But above all, with its rose arbour leading to one of the world’s most spectacular infinity pools, with sunlit or candlelit dining in the Belvedere Restaurant, and with a rich sense of its past as a retreat for presidents, writers and film stars, the hotel is almost impossibly romantic.
On the doorstep is Ravello, a centuries-long inspiration, escape and must-do on anyone's Grand Tour of Europe. About 65 km from Naples, Ravello is smaller and somehow more refined than its coastal neighbours Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento. It was founded in the 6th century, and has a 12th-century cathedral, houses built in Arabic-Sicilian style and a preponderance of mismatching marble columns and pedestals, brought back from ancient Greek and Roman sites by Amalfitan wood traders anxious to profit from the return journey. Villa Cimbrone is a magnificent lookout point in the town, and there's a summer music festival on the terrace at Villa Rufolo, whose garden inspired Wagner's Parsifal. La Dolce Vita was surely born here, surrounded by lemon trees in the lazy, hot climes of southern Italy.
Among many accolades, Belmond Hotel Caruso was Travel & Leisure's Best Hotel in Italy in 2012; one of Conde Nast Traveller's Top 50 Hotels in Italy in 2013; and listed in Fodor's Best Hotel Pools in the World 2013.
Pool & GardensThe gardens at Belmond Hotel Caruso have been over 100 years in the making: a collection of terraces and scented walkways, with olive trees for shade, and lemon trees and herb beds providing fresh mint, thyme, rosemary and bay for use in the kitchens. Roses bloom and climb at every turn, most memorably over the colonnade that leads up steps to the highest point of the property.
This is where the infinity swimming pool was built in 2005: an architec-tural triumph which appears to be suspended over the Amalfi coastline. Indulgent pool services include the concierge delivering an iPod pre-loaded with your choice of music, or a fresh fruit appetiser or cocktail to the side of the pool as you swim.
Perched on a clifftop 1,000 feet above sea level, Belmond Hotel Caruso overlooks the spectacular Amalfi Coast from its location at Ravello’s highest point.
This delightful resort, set around an 11th-century palace, is renowned for its beautiful gardens and historic buildings. It offers the latest in luxury accommodation, fine dining and superb service, with guests able to enjoy a heated infinity pool, wellness centre, complimentary shuttle to Amalfi and Positano and daily mini-cruise along the Amalfi Coast.Download Factsheet