New Amalfi Coast hotel Borgo Santandrea combines Mid-Century design with southern Italian charm
The hotel itself is the product of a collaboration between its owners, two families with a deeply rooted history on the neighboring island of Ischia, who sought to build a hotel that not only celebrated the rich history of Italian design of the 20th century, but also the impressive know-how of local artisans. (The tiles that appear in each room, for example, took almost two years.) Architect Bonaventura Gambardella, who organized the redesign of the property, is from the nearby town of Ravello, having previously worked on the five star city gem of a hotel, Palazzo Avino. As if that weren’t enough, many of Borgo Santandrea’s stylish pieces of furniture come straight from one of the owner’s private collections, giving it a warm, family feel.
That said, the property takes all of this design know-how lightly. For those who aren’t necessarily able to sort their Marco Zanusos from their Tobia Scarpas, Borgo Santandrea still offers the utmost in comfort, with beds adorned with Once Milano linens and Acqua di Parma products in the bathroom that capture the citrus scent so closely associated with the Amalfi experience. For dinner, you have a choice of three restaurants, all overseen by Michelin-starred chef Crescenzo Scotti, offering a range of experiences from gourmet tasting menus with local ingredients to hearty platters of spaghetti. alle vongole. (You can happily eat it on a terrace for lunch among the hotel’s impressive gardens, overflowing with fragrant winter jasmine and myrtle.)