Palazzo Santa Croce
Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Magnificent sea views
- Indoor pool
- Chef service included
About the villa
Exotic, sumptuous, this house was originally built by prosperous merchants trading with the East and in more recent times has been a retreat for artists and writers such as Picasso and Steinbeck. Built high above Positano, surrounded by hanging gardens, the views from its terraces are quite spectacular and the villa is bathed in sunshine throughout the day.
Spacious and beautifully furnished rooms open out of each other like a series of ornate jewel-boxes, filled with some impressive paintings and with elegant furnishings. Most rooms open on to balconies or terraces, one of which forms the elegant setting for outdoor dining. The bedroom suites on the first floor are simply magnificent The Alfonso suite has beautiful frescoed ceilings dating from the eighteenth century, a private bathroom decorated with antique tiles and stone sink, two balconies, and access to a wonderful terrace with a view over Positano’s beach. The Isabella suite is decorated in keeping with the villa’s overall Baroque style, with frescoed ceilings and a private bathroom decorated with antique majolica tiles. The terrace overlooks the sea and the Chiesa Madre. Frrom these two suites, a staircase leads to the second floor. Just before the second floor level, there is a compact and comfortable single bedroom more suitable for young guests with a private shower room a few steps further up the staircase. A few further steps lead to the second floor with two further suites. From the Praiano Suite, there are views as far as Praiano and across the Mediterranean horizon. The Positano suite is a romantic ensuite room tucked under wooden eaves with a large window overlooking Positano and access to the gardens, with orange, lemon trees and flowering bougainvillea. Other superb facilities include a magnificent full-sized indoor pool with spa area, sauna and steam room. A chef presides over a superb kitchen with beautiful local tiles, stone arches and a wood oven.
The chef will demonstrate how to prepare local dishes from the Amalfi Coast. For those who are passionate about cooking, more comprehensive cooking courses are also available, where guests can learn how to prepare a number of local specialties.
The villa extends over five levels, with the gardens at the highest level. The property is superbly managed by the leading hotel in Positano and the concierge and villa team run the property to the very highest standard to ensure you have the most memorable holiday. A selection of experiences can be arranged including boat trips with stops at the most exclusive beach clubs and waterfront restaurants or, for those keen to sail a little farther afield, the nearby island of Capri.
- Living and dining room opening onto large terrace with dining area and comfortable seating
- Two double (super king size) bedroom suites with large sitting area, shower rooms and frescoed ceilings (can be made as twin bedroom)- with access to terrace
- Double (super king size) bedroom, opening to terrace each with shower room en suite (can be made as twin room)
- Access to the garden
- Double (super king size) bedroom, with shower room en suite (can be made as twin room)
- Smart TV
- Air conditioning
- Professional kitchen for use by the staff
- Espresso machine
- Sparkling and still water on tap
- Ice machine
- Indoor pool
- Counter current, areas with hydromassage and waterfall feature
- 8m x 3.5m
- 2.10 m deep
- Built-in steps
- Pool towels
- Steam room
- Selection of wine for purchase
- Bathroom amenities
- Beach bag with flip flops
- Washing Machine
- Hairdryers For All Bedrooms
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Mini-bar in each room
Service & Staffing
- Porterage included from 16.00 to 18.00 and 8.00 – 10.00 on arrival/departure day for 2 pieces of luggage per person
Additional villa services
A float of Euro 2,000 for food and beverage expenses is payable on arrival. Please note that Palazzo Santa Croce is 190 steps from the road so is not suitable for those with limited mobility.
Tourist tax of €1.50 per person per day will be collected in cash on arrival
Please note our properties in Positano do not have private parking. If you are renting a car, you will need to use a private car park for approximately €25-€30 per day.
A security deposit of €10000 will be held on a credit card on arrival for the high value of works of art and furnishings in the villa.
A private air-conditioned taxi transfer from Naples airport to Positano can be arranged to meet your flights. Please ask your Travel Expert for further details. Please note that it is not possible to drive or to be dropped off adjacent to the apartment, there are steps down to the apartment. Porters are available to assist with luggage (€15 per piece between 0700 - 2200hrs, €20 per piece between 2200 hrs - 0700 hrs, payable locally in cash) if required.
An English speaking CV Representative in Italy will be available by phone during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.
Arrival from 14:00 . Departure by 10:00.
Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.
- Mini-market and bus stop 8 minutes walk
- Further shops, restaurants, chemist, boutiques, beach, bust stop for Amalfi and Sorrento, hydrofoil to Amalfi, Capri, Ischia, Sorrento 10 minutes walk
Places of Interest
- Amalfi 17km
- Ravello 25km
- Pompeii 45km
- Main beach 10 minutes walk
- Naples 60km
- Naples 57km
From dazzling crystalline waters and dramatic rocky cliffs to authentic twisting lanes and spectacular architecture, Positano is a stunning cliffside village on the south coast of Italy. Abounding in unique and timeless charms, this seaside resort boasts pure Italian splendour, whether it be the relaxed atmosphere, quaint cafes, beautiful beaches or deluxe cosmopolitan boutiques. Picturesque scenery and interesting architecture can be found at every turn, with plenty of fine activities to enjoy during your villa holiday, whether you’re spending a day indulging in retail therapy or embarking on a hike with extraordinary sea views. Along the seafront, visitors will find plenty of upmarket and trendy restaurants offering deliciously authentic cuisine.
Find out more about Positano.
Please note that there is a European tourist tax payable on arrival. Further details will be advised prior to arrival.
Having a barbecue in Italy is one of the best ways to cook your food but you may find that due to long drought periods in high season barbecuing may be restricted in some areas. You will be informed if this happens by your house staff or local representative.
CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.
Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.