Sweep through the gates, down into lemon groves, and breathe in the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. A 15-minute climb from town, this sleek white villa – decked with terraces like a cruise ship – will enfold you in coolness and calm, as well as sincere warmth from Maria.
The main terrace has a spectacular bay-of-Naples panorama; the public rooms – uncluttered spaces of white walls and terracotta floors – lie above the bedrooms to make the most of the views. The garden is a delight: olive groves, grape vines, fruit trees, potted lilac hydrangeas.
Start the day with home-baked tarts and cakes, quiche, tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and melon, fruit from the orchard. Restaurants are an easy walk down, a steep climb up (ask about the free shuttle) – treat yourself to a swirl in the rooftop jacuzzi on your return. The sunsets are lovely.