Escape to Southwest Italy

This pastoral part of the Basilicata region dating back to Paleolithic times is unlikely to become an overcrowded tourist destination

Escape to Southwest Italy

On the west coast of Southern Italy below the medieval town of Maratea is the five-star Santavenere Hotel nestled in a natural park on a serene peninsula. Looking out onto a splendid panorama of the Tyrrenhian Sea, this five-star resort delivers all the luxurious amenities, services, privacy, and tranquility worthy of royals.

This pastoral part of the Basilicata region dating back to Paleolithic times is unlikely to become an overcrowded tourist destination. Here you are immersed in the beauty of the land, quaint towns, and customs far removed from bustling city life.

Designed as the perfect Mediterranean-style hideaway for the elite and celebs including Prince Alberto and Princess Paola di Liegi, Omar Sharif, and Anita Ekberg, Santavenere's d├ęcor features 18th and 19th century Italian furnishings in the public rooms and 34 elegantly-furnished rooms and suites. There is free WiFi throughout, and each air conditioned accommodation is complete with a balcony overlooking the garden or sea. For your convenience, 24-hour room service, baby-sitting and dog-sitting are also available.

The spa features an indoor sea-water pool with hydro-massage, sauna and Turkish bath. You might opt for a 24-carat gold facial applied inside or shaded outside on one of the terraces, complete with sea breeze. Personal trainers offer activities in the fully-equipped gym, and Pilates and yoga classes are held in a gazebo in a private corner of the park. There's also a tennis court, hiking, biking and nice variety of water sports including diving, fishing, canoeing, and hand gliding. Golf cart transportation throughout the property is also available.

In the aristocratic living room overlooking SantoIanni Island, you can unwind with a wide choice of French and Italian wines, liquor, tea, and coffee as well as delectable desserts prepared by the hotel's pastry chefs. A private beach complete with towels, umbrellas and lounges is a short golf cart ride or 15-minute walk by stairway or you can just relax with your mobile device and enjoy reading on the terrace or sunning around the outdoor pool.

Under the direction of executive chef Gerardo Manisera is a highly-trained service and kitchen staff. Traditional southern Italian cuisine with a inventive twist features fish and seafood fresh from the harbor; local salami and cheeses; lamb, ham and other locally-grown meats; homemade pastas, jams and desserts. A nice variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are also offered.

To discover the treasures of Basilicata, you can arrange for the hotel's private helicopters to take you flight seeing to Amalfi, Capri, the Aeolian Islands in Sicily, and other towns around this historically rich, scenic area.

The mountainous countryside, beautiful harbor, pebbled coves, caves and other nearby sites are also easily accessible by car, scooter, or bike rentals, and shuttle service arranged by the hotel. For starters, you'll definitely want to visit the chic town of Maratea with its historic centre just two miles from the hotel.

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