Villa Cheta, Maratea
Head off the beaten track to this blissfully peaceful and extremely friendly family-owned hotel on the Basilicata coast. Still relatively undiscovered by tourism, the Maratea coastline is characterised by pretty beaches with sparklingly clear water and easy access to the vast Pollino National Park.
Managed and staffed by a small long-serving team, the Villa Cheta Elite is utterly charming, offering classic Italian style alongside an elegant, modern feel. The hotel is set amidst flourishing Mediterranean gardens above the coastal road, with several terraces that overlook the dramatic coastline. To the rear of the hotel, a stunning landscaped garden houses a new swimming pool for 2016.
You can walk also directly from the hotel, across the road, and down to the beach where there are sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach restaurant.
Vintage furniture, art deco ornaments, cabinets filled with collections of silver coffeepots and antique china fill the several lounges (one with a bar) and yet the overall feel of the hotel is fresh and contemporary.
The 23 rooms (classic/superior), some with sea view, are decorated in shades of soft dove-grey, with tiled floors scattered with rugs, white shuttered windows with sheer white cotton curtains and super-comfortable beds with embroidered linen. Bathrooms are modern and filled with heavenly toiletries scented with pine, flowers and herbs.
Breakfast is designed for lingering, at linen-clad tables - on the main terrace and amongst bougainvillea and scented jasmine – over a magnificent selection of fresh fruit, cold meats, local ricotta and mozzarella, rolls, pastries and tarts. A separate softly-lit terrace with a magical atmosphere is reserved for dinner (weather permitting) while on cooler evenings, dinner is in the dining room, under a twinkling art deco chandelier. Choose from an à la carte menu or a nightly-changing set menu (€23-26 for 2 courses; €40 for 4 courses).
The hotel is situated at Acquafredda, approximately 6km from the medieval hilltop town of Maratea. The town has an attractive historic centre, boasting an impressive number of 44 churches. Way above Maratea, the imposing 22m high white statue of Christ the Redeemer hovers over the town, while below it, the harbour features pavement cafés, restaurants and a few shops. The town centre and the harbour are both around 10 minutes by car from the hotel.
The beaches along this stretch of coastline are essentially pebbly bays, fringed with wonderfully clear water. Almost all offer fully-equipped lido-style facilities. Porticello is the nearest beach to the hotel, Il Mirto and La Spiaggia Nera the most picturesque. The coastline is dotted with sea caves that are accessible only by sea: the exception is the astonishing Grotta delle Meraviglie which can be reached on foot.
Inland, Italy’s largest national park, the Pollino National Park, presents spectacular hiking and cycling opportunities in a landscape that veers from forests to snow-capped peaks.
A 5-night stay sharing a superior double room with garden or balcony starts at £ 550 per person including breakfast and fully comprehensive car hire.
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Marina di Camerota
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