Leave Sorrento’s piazza far below. Sweep through the gates, down the lemon groves, and breathe in the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. A 15-minute climb (or taxi ride) from town, this feels like a world away. On arrival you are drawn to the main terrace with its 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. This sleek white villa – decked with terraces like a cruise ship – will enfold you in coolness and calm. And hospitality: family warmth fills the place, thanks to Pasquale and his mother Maria. What the way to start the day, feasting on exquisite homemade breads, jams, tortes and juices! Bedrooms are cool and airy, furnished in a mix of antique and modern – linen curtains and Murano chandeliers, a walnut writing table, a lacy cover – while marbled bathrooms are lavish and pristine. 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 a dream.