10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from a long weekend at the Relais Blu. We made the hotel our base to exploring Naples and the surrounding Amalfi coast. Because of its somewhat remote location I would recommend a rental car - from Naples International airport it is a 45 minute car ride. The hotel is small with only 9 rooms, which makes it a very personal place. The staff, specially Constanzo, was very attentive and sweet. The food was great - Christoph, the chef - prepares great servings. The views from the property are great from every room - I recommend a drink on on the terrace in the late afternoon - it offers a great view of the island of Capri. The hotel is so lovely that it was hard to drag ourselves away from it at all. We'll definitely be going back there!"
- Travel date: 27th March 2007
Italy's secret hideaway
"This secret hideway is a must for anyone travelling to Italy. It was out first experience of Italy and I can not fault anything. Myself and my husband were welcomed with a drink on the stunning terrace with views looking out onto capri, they were breath taking. The team at this hotel were warm, friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble. The room was very contempary with fab views, the restaurant served to die for food and the daily glass( well more like glasses) of prosecco and locally made lemonchello put us in the real holiday spirit. the only way I can describe this place is a haven of tranquillity, that will cater for each and every individual. One of the best locations and hotels we've visited. Will definately try and return. Mr & Mrs Randall, Edinburgh"
- Travel date: 11th November 2006
Honeymoon Trip Must!
"We have just returned from a weeks stay at this hotel and would definately go here again. This small, friendly hotel is everything you want from a honeymoon, where the staff are attentive to your wishes and the food and wine is excellent. The hotel is out of the way and is ideal for those who want to escape the fast lane for a little while, although Sorrento, Capri and other delights of the area are easily accessible with your own car or hire car. The food is excellent with four courses each evening served at your convenience between 8 and 11 with a good choice of mainly Italian wines to accompany. The hotel has not been open long, and we were told that the pool area was being modernised and enlarged over this winter with further works within the gardens also taking place. The present pool is a little small, and as this was the only area we felt could be improved it appears that this will be all resolved by next year. We booked this hotel through a travel agent website although I believe the hotel has its own website also."
- Travel date: 15th September 2006
A truly unque experience in a breathtaking location with attentive staff
"I am going to write two versions within the one review posted here for this property - One is the short, condensed version and the other one is the longer version for those wanting more details before you make a decision on staying there since there is a lot to write about for this property. _________________________________________________ First the short version:.- Stay at the Relais Blu for as many days as you can- I guarantee you won't be disappointed and it just my be the nicest boutique hotel you ever stay at. I am a long time serious business traveler who has traveled throughout the world, logging millions of miles and staying in hundreds of hotels in my day - so I can say this with confidence. ________________________________________________ Ok - now for the long version with more details for those of you that really want to get the feel for what staying at the Relais Blu is like: Like another Trip Advisor review above I am almost hesitant to write a review about this property only because it is relatively small and I know eventually it will become impossible to obtain a room here. This property is run so well, offers so much value and does so many things right I cannot imagine anyone staying here and not wanting to return. The property has only been open a short time and as a result everything is brand new. It took five years to construct and it was well worth the effort when you see what the result is. Therefore, between repeat business and word of mouth I am sure this property will soon run extremely high occupancy levels and stay sold out throughout the season. And they deserve it. This property is located on the mountainside just above Sorrento and overlooking Naples Bay. The design of the hotel and views from the font of the property are spectacular; the entry way tells you right away this property is going to be something special. You enter the reception area to see a warm smile and receive a friendly "Buena Sera" from Giovanni at the desk. Passing through the lobby to the back of the hotel, you have a clear view of Capri and Ischia from the incredible terrace. This is an example of a property that actually looks exactly like the pictures of it on the Internet- in fact it is even better in person. Not too many hotels can claim that. The awesome views are in perfect harmony with the tastefully decorated interior of the hotel. In contrast to the well-done, minimalist interior design the service at this property is world class and anything but minimalist. This property is owned and managed by two members of a fifth generation hotel family and the legacy and experience of having grown up in the business is apparent throughout your stay. The family owns much larger properties including a 285-room hotel and meeting facility in Sorrento overlooking Mt. Vesuvius. And as beautiful and well run as that property or any large hotel is, you can't expect the same level of service and attention as you get when staying at the Relais Blu. Antonio and Bianca are hands on and want to ensure that you are not only having a great stay at the hotel but they are extremely helpful with assistance on what to do in and around the Amalfi/Sorrento coast. The owners decided they wanted to manage a smaller property where guests could relax and feel comfortable - and they have thoroughly succeeded. The staff is not only interested in making sure you have a great stay, the warmness of their hospitality goes beyond merely "servicing the guests" and you get the feeling more of being treated like family instead of a stranger paying a night's rent for room and board. Everyone from the owners and support staff to the great staff that ran the restaurant, is wonderful. The main talent in the kitchen, Chef Christopher Bob worked with Chef Heinz Beck at Pergola restaurant in Rome. Dinner at the Relais Blu is not Pergola - but that's because it doesn't have to be or try to be. I will say that dinner at Relais Blu is as good as any fine restaurant I have eaten at in Italy or anywhere as far as offering great food, great wine an incredible atmosphere and attentive service. Trying to compare the two restaurants is like trying to compare a Rolls Royce to a Ferrari. They are both fantastic - only in different ways. The food at Relais Blu is prepared flawlessly and everything was made from fresh, quality ingredients. There were lots local dishes and the menu was creative with a good selection. Eating outside on the terrace is a memorable dining experience. One night while we were eating after returning late from Amalfi there was a festival going on and there was an impressive display of fireworks. The fireworks were being shot form a barge on the bay and because of the hotel's elevation and position we had a perfect "skybox" seat to look at them as we ate dinner. They went on for over twenty minutes. The Relais Blu also has a nicely stocked wine list. If you like full bodied, serious red wines then make sure you try one or two of the bottles of locally grown Taurasi. Go for an older year (before 2000) if you can. Ask Luigi for a filet mignon and side of buchatelli to go with it (they will accommodate anything they have in the kitchen for you even if it isn't on the menu). Luigi is a total gentleman and a genuinely nice person and so are the rest of the staff. They treat you as if they all are interested in making sure your dinner at the hotel is as enjoyable as the rest of your stay. And they succeed. Then, after dinner, enjoy a cup of tea or cappuccino or nightcap while looking at the lights of Capri on the other side of the bay. If you go here with a significant other and don't feel romantic then you may want to check your pulse. The rooms are large and have hardwood floors. Every room has a great view. With one suite, that has a fantastic corner view of Naples bay and Capri. There is a small but sufficient flat screen TV and satellite with movies. We were unable to get a suite and Antonio had two beds pushed together for us as promised. The bed's mattresses are on the hard side, which I prefer so I had no issues with it. The room had great views and we were very comfortable during our stay. The bathrooms are very nice and are completely tile with a jetted tub with hand held telephone shower and wall mounted overhead rain shower and bidet. The bathroom itself, like the room, is large - especially for European standards. One of the great features of this property is the free Internet in the room. There is a small workstation with a PC and a flat screen monitor and high-speed Internet hookup. I travel with a laptop and was able to simply plug my laptop into the Ethernet cord and I was up and running immediately. Because there aren't many guests at the hotel hogging the network so the speed was extremely good. At some hotels in Europe I was paying $35 (27Euro) a night for worse performance. There is also a nice pool deck with incredible views in its own right.. It is located up away from the hotel on the hill and is very private and secluded with lush landscaping. Two suggestions if you do decide to make it to the Relais Blu: First: A minor point - You may want to consider Parking outside on the street if you have a manual shift rental car. There is plenty of parking on the road on the top of the driveway. There is an adequate driveway to pull down into and people park along the wall however it may be something you only want to do once. The cars do fly around the downward curve at the top of the hotel but I parked there and did not have any problems The locals know the roads pretty well. Of course goes without saying always, always, always get full insurance coverage when driving in Italy. Even the best drivers can have a mishap on the extremely narrow and curvy roads. I have been lucky so far but if you are not extremely cautious when driving you may easily perform some unwanted body modifications on your car. Secondly, plan on staying more than one night or two if there is availability. The Relais Blu is the kind of hotel that you will regret checking out of if you only come for one or two nights. It is a great location to base yourself out of for touring the Amalfi coast and Sorrento from. It is very centrally located and there are several ways into it from either the Amalfi coast or Sorrento. More importantly, you'll want to have dinner in the hotel at least once or twice and you also want to have dinner one night at a local restaurant near Mesa Lumbrese called La Tore. The hotel will be happy to give you directions. It is only about a fifteen-minute drive by car. It is not a fancy place but the food is the real deal and delicious. The portions are just right and the food is incredibly fresh and tasty. Get a table outside if the weather is nice. You will feel like you are taking in the real Italy here. Go to the Relais Blu. If you cannot relax and have a good time here - you won't be able to do it anywhere. One last thing though - just don't go the week I plan on going back next year- I want to make sure I can get a room. Ciao, Craig- the "Florida Traveler""
- Travel date: 12th September 2006
"We stayed at Relais Blu for three nights in early September. I cannot imagine any place on the Amafi Coast that could possibly be more beautiful or more breathtaking. There is not a picture that we could take that properly represented the panoramic views of this hotel-the views are so magnificent that they are almost surreal. You will see sunsets that take your breath away. We stayed in a double superior room, which is the only room without a balcony. However, the room had a seaview window that went from one end of the room to the other (almost from the ceiling top to the floor as well) with a view only surpassed by the hotel's several patios. We estimated that the room was about 750 sq feet with all of the five star amenities that you would expect (robe, slippers, toiletries, huge bathtub, large rain-type showerhead, small refrigerator, free high speed internet along with an internet screen and keyboard and a flat panel TV). The bathrooms had the same fixtures and design as the JW Marriott where we stayed on Capri. There were two chairs in the room allowing you to look out over the panoramic view of the Bay of Naples, and an opening in the wall to wall window that allowed you to take pictures and enjoy the breeze off the coast. While staying at Relais Blu, you begin to feel like this is your own villa...it is kept immaculate, the service is impecable, and you are given a great deal of privacy (only 9 rooms in the hotel and they are designed with privacy for each). The pool is situated on a hill above the hotel and offers other magnificent views. If you were the only ones going to the pool, a staff member would still come up to the pool and offer you drinks and food. It was like having your own staff at your own villa. We were given a free appetizer at dinner our first night welcoming us, free appetizers at sunset on the main patio and given a departing gift as well. We ate dinner at the hotel's gourmet restaurant one night (average price of main entre was 22-30 Euro (which is very reasonable for gourmet cusine). The food was wonderful. Breakfast was included and they would allow you to order eggs and other special items if you desired. We requested that coffee be brought to our room in the morning and they were always willing to do so. We asked the owner for his recommendation on a restaurant of local cuisine and he arranged for us to have dinner at a family restaurant about a 6 minute drive from the hotel. It was called La Torre. Very good, great service, and good prices. Massa Lubrense is not far in distance from Sorrento and Positano but because of the hills and curves it takes a while to get to either place. 30 minutes to Sorrento by car and 55-60 minutes to Positano. The cab ride to Sorrento was 20 Euro and 60 Euro to Positano. My recommendation is to go to Sorrento and take a ferry for 7 Euro per person to Positano. Another option would be to rent a moped or skooter (if you like that) as that would give you the freedom to go from the hotel to Sorrento at will. The Sorrento marina also has ferries to the Island of Capri for 7 Euro and they run about every hour. The hotel can also arrange for a private boat over to Capri. We did not do this but others at the hotel did. One of the nicest things about this luxury hotel is that they do not nickel and dime you to death. We stayed at the Westin in Florence and the JW Marriott in Capri and would pay 5 Euro for bottled water in the room, numerous service charges for phone and internet. Relais Blu either offered these services for free or only charged half of what you would pay at any other luxury resort. Overall, our stay was an extraordinary and lovely experience...you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: 9th September 2006
Absolutely incredible place
"Incredible modern design that absolutely blows you away. It is like the photos, but even more so actually being there. The entire hotel is fantastically clean, and the staff were couldn't have been more welcoming and stylish. We went for a Suite - well worthwhile for such a beautiful room. Wonderfully romantic to watch the sunset every day over the Bay of Naples with a couple of drinks on the balcony! Our only advice concerns the cooking. They have a friendly German chef who's cooking leaves a considerable amount to be desired. The menu is fancy, and simply does not deliver the promised quality (and we did try it a number of times wishing it to be right!) Our recommendation would be to to walk 15 minutes to the local town of Termini and eat at Salvadore's. Described as 'local cooking', we had one of the best meals of our lives in an epic dinner that ran to eight courses. Lunch the next day was just as good Enjoy your stay!"
- Travel date: 27th July 2006
Amazing Minimalist Design
"This hotel is small, 9 rooms and is amazing. The modern, all white hotel with aqua colored patio umbrella set the stage for an unobstructed view ( glass railing) of Capri. Rooms are impecable and large, with private patios. The staff seemed to outnumber us and has a restaurant which is gourmet. The pool is in contrast to the mod hotel with an old stone wall looming to one side and plants growing from the cracks. Perfect spot and hardly a hint of chemicals. The owners were on site and helped us to decide to rent our own boat and head to capri for the day. The perfect day, swimming in grottos and being free. I can not say enough about this place. I write this to inform others but worry my next visit may find it fully booked since I never plan more than a month ahead."
- Travel date: 26th June 2006
"We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of our two week honeymoon (spent in Rome and Sorrento). This was by far the most superior hotel we stayed in. The staff were extremely friendly and in fact could not do enough for you. The views were breathtaking and because it only has a small number of suites, it is very peaceful. It is a very modern boutique style hotel which is spotlessly clean - in fact they change your towels a couple of times a day. We are already looking at re-booking for next year."
- Travel date: 19th June 2006
Breathtaking views within beautiful surroundings
"We where fortunate to stay here recently for ten nights and we can't praise highly the hospitality and high level of service. The panoramic views of the bay of Naples and Capri are unprecedented. An ideal sanctuary for those who do not want the the hussle and bussle of the surrounding area and for sightseeing the Amalfi coast in a unique hotel with a fabulous terrace and well appointed rooms. The staff where very helpfull and on more than one occasion catered for our needs (we got married in Positano). This is a gem and we are allready making plans for a return visit."
- Travel date: 18th May 2006
"We were lucky enough to be one of the first guests at this fantastic new hotel. All rooms have superb views and of a very high standard. This contemporary boutique hotel ticks a lot of boxes for style, comfort, staff, food of the highest quality and views from the terrace of the isle of Capri. In fact we can not praise this hotel and the owners and staff highly enough as nothing was to much trouble. Relais Blu is so perfect that you may not want to leave. We are already looking at booking a return visit in September before word spreads and it may be difficult to get booked in."
- Travel date: 15th May 2006
Relais Blu is also called
- relais blu
- relais blu belvedere massa lubrense
- relais blu belvedere hotel