Leave Sorrento’s piazza far below. Sweep through the gates, down into 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. 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. Start the day feasting on exquisite homemade breads, jams, tortes and juices. 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.