Gracious boutique hotel on the sea, in small resort, stunning sunsets.
Right on Santa Maria di Castellabate's traffic-free promenade, next to a little fishing harbour, and overlooking a sea, which seems to be more turquoise with each passing minute, this former summer villa of a noble family, is without a doubt the best location in Santa Maria. As one guest declared, "Any closer to the sea and you'd be in it!" The Villa Sirio is a gem of a place - exclusive and special and the charming owners - Alfonso and Rosalinda, their son, Andrea, and his wife, Alessandra - manage the hotel with passion. Great art lovers, it exudes style, with beautiful pictures and lovely furniture. The glass lift is inside the ancient elliptical stairway. The bar and restaurant are elegant.
One of the terraces overlooks the promenade and the sea, and guests can take breakfast or dinner, or have a drink, sitting watching the world go by and listening to the lapping of the waves. Another double terrace, on the other side of the Villa Sirio, has an open air living room on one side, and a jacuzzi tub on the other.
Locals often dine at the Villa Sirio, appreciating its delicate cuisine. Based on fresh ingredients, half-board guests are usually asked to choose from the menu, in the morning. The young chef, Maurizio, produces interesting and creative dishes with great enthusiasm. On typically balmy summer evenings, the large sunbathing deck over the sea transforms into an à la carte restaurant - an al fresco dinner to remember. Guests can eat here too, by booking with reception. Occasionally, especially Friday and Saturday nights in July and August, there is a gourmet evening, with soft music. Not compulsory, but highly recommended, the extra charge is well worth it. Alfonso's knowledge and passion for wine and liqueurs shows in his impressive wine list, including wines from every Italian region, and his selection of liqueurs is one of the most extensive we have seen.
The ubiquitous Gino, Head Waiter and general sweetie-pie, has worked at the Villa Sirio for years and he is very popular with Long Travel clients. At times, he really seems to do everything and appears everywhere! He certainly gives the hotel character, and guests a smile or two, and we love him.
On summer days, the large deck becomes a lovely sun terrace and swimming platform, exclusively for Hotel Villa Sirio guests. Very nearby, there is the also the hotel's private section of golden sandy beach and inviting sea.
Many of our clients return to the Villa Sirio year after year - so, they like it too!
Alfonso and family have opened a small sister hotel, across the lane but next door and with only 14 rooms, in a similar style to the original Villa Sirio. Call us sentimental, but we still prefer to put our clients in the original boutique Villa Sirio.
On the promenade of Santa Maria di Castellabate, Villa Sirio is ideally placed for ambling into town for a spot of shopping, dinner or a morning coffee. Charming and picturesque Santa Maria di Castellabate has a pretty harbour and lovely beach. A small resort, but lived in all year, it is a joy to stroll around. Along the coast, is San Marco di Castellabate, with its square, and busy, working harbour. Both resorts have small shops, restaurants, pizzerie and gelaterie and can be lively in the summer, but sleepy at other times. In high season, local skippers usually run boat trips to Amalfi or Capri and there is a weekly market. Mediaeval Castellabate, with its interesting historical centre and 10th century basilica, sits on a hill. Only half an hour from Paestum, and close to the wild and densely forested mountains of The Cilento National Park, this area is perfect for exploring South Campania. The coastline, largely undiscovered by the British, has slopes of silvery-leaved olive trees and intensely green, luxuriant vegetation stretching right down to the turquoise blue, crystal Tyrrhenian Sea and some of the best long, sandy beaches in Italy.