Hotel Santa Caterina: One of the World's Most Glamorous Destinations
When it comes to fine hotels near the posh seaside town of Amalfi, Italy, none have a better history and pedigree than the Hotel Santa Caterina. For over a century, it's been one of the world's most glamorous destinations---small wonder it's a Luxist Award nominee in the Best International Summer Vacation category.
The Hotel Santa Caterina has always been a family affair. The resort was founded in 1880 by Giuseppe Gambardella and redesigned by his son, Crescenzo, in 1904. Crescenzo's daughters currently run the 66-room establishment with the help of their own children. With a seawater swimming pool, gym, decks and an open-air restaurant, the modern edition of the resort offers just about every amenity a guest could want.
Gallery: Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi
Somewhere between the time of Giuseppe and the era of his grandchildren, the Amalfi coast became a celebrity mecca, immortalized in song by the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z and actively frequented by dozens more. The stars come for the beauty of the sea and the charm of the town of Amalfi itself, which boasts a bevy of medieval architecture including St. Andrew's cathedral and the Chiosto del Paradiso, an elegant burial ground that now serves as a museum.
A room at the Santa Caterina---with its breathtaking views of Amalfi---will set you back at least 400 Euros per night, and more than 1,200 per night for one of the larger suites. But for a whiff of the salty sea air as the light of Amalfi twinkle in the distance, it's hard to feel you didn't get your money's worth.
Vote for the International Summer Vacation destination that you think is the best of breed. The winner will be announced on September 1st.