Honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast
Where to eat, sleep, and play in this romantic Italian destination
Amalfi Coast, Italy
To arouse all five of your senses, look no farther than this sexy, Mediterranean-kissed slice of southern Italy. Its roller coaster of a coastline is a sight you have to see (and smell) to believe, with golden-hued, cliff-clinging villages perfumed by luscious lemon groves. A trio of jet-set towns delivers honeymoon highs: Ravello, which hovers blissfully above the seaside fray; Amalfi, home to culture galore; and Positano, where a charming labyrinth of fig tree-lined streets is packed with chic little boutiques.
Seductive Places to Stay
On this scenic coastline, it's all about the view. And three hotels serve up the best: the newly opened Hotel Caruso in Ravello (doubles from $698. 800-237-1236; orient-express.com), where the sky-high infinity pool boasts 360-degree vistas and the seriously decadent Jackie O. Suite has its own private plunge pool; Hotel Santa Caterina (doubles from $405. 39-089-87-10-12; hotelsantacaterina.it) just outside Amalfi, where the suites are filled with antiques, the tile floors are hand-painted, and the pool is suspended just above the sapphire Mediterranean; and Le Sirenuse (doubles from $509. 011-39-089/87-50-66; lesirenuse.com) in Positano, an exclusive hideaway right in the middle of this legendary town, where service reigns supreme and almost every room and suite offers a to-die-for sea-and-sky panorama.
It's Italy, so beachside bikini tops are basically gratuitous. (This is also the land of La Perla lingerie, known for lacy, barely-there confections that are as sexy to wear as they are to take off.) Soak up the plentiful Mediterranean rays at the see-and-be-seen public beaches in Amalfi and Positano or the half-mile stretch at Maiori, where neat rows of white sun beds are topped by chic sunbathers sporting nothing but Gucci shades and bright bikini bottoms the colors of maraschino cherries and ripe mangoes. Couples looking to skinny-dip should hire a boat and seek more private surf.
Totally Indulgent Spa Experiences
Hop the hydrofoil for a day trip to the Amalfi Coast's most luxurious retreat: the Capri Palace & Spa's Beauty Farm (capripalace.com). Try the Bellezza del Seno Breast Treatment to add some luster to your décolletage. If rubbing each other with a warm, aromatic elixir while feasting on fresh strawberries is more your speed, the White Chocolate Emulsion body treatment at Palazzo Sasso's spa (palazzosasso.com) is the ticket. And The Double Massage treatment (that's four hands for each of you!) at Le Sirenuse will have you and your guy blissing out under the therapeutic caress of 40 vigorous fingers.
Think 007 is the epitome of sexy? Then sip a Vesper Martini (vodka, gin, and lillet—shaken, not stirred) at Palazzo Sasso's new "Bond Bar," named for its signature drink list. If your tastes are more raucous than refined, head for The Africana. The region's most famous nightclub is housed in two caves that overlap just above the sea, and the dance action happens atop glass panels poised above illuminated stalagmites—very Raiders of the Lost Ark.