Arbiter Travel Co. is a full-service boutique travel agency that brings an aesthetically-minded point of view to the art of luxury travel. They favor a highly individualized approach, and clients enjoy custom itinerary design, concierge-level details from departure to return, and more. Trusted for their taste, exclusive connections, and personal knowledge of global destinations, the advisors at Arbiter Travel Co. ensure every journey is exceptional. Founder Lauren Tulp Cichocki is joining us as guest editor to share some of Arbiter's favorite ways their clients get to experience the Amalfi Coast.
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The Perfect Day in Positano
Morning: Wake up in your sea-view room at Il San Pietro di Positano and enjoy a decadent breakfast spread (always included when you’re #bookedbyarbiter). Afterwards, hit the tennis courts for a morning match overlooking the water. (If tennis isn’t your thing, you can also hike the Path of Gods, but we recommend doing so early to beat the heat.) You can head right to the hotel’s private beach club and change into your suit for a dip to cool down afterwards.
Afternoon: Get picked up on the private jetty for a shared wooden boat ride (it’s part of the experience!) to the iconic Da Adolfo restaurant, located a quick 5 minutes away in a tiny cove in Laurito. The food is amazing, particularly the spaghetti con vongole and grilled fish. And nothing compares to the views of Positano you’ll get on your boat ride back to your hotel! When you return, enjoy the late afternoon sun (and some more spritzes) at the beach club.
Evening: One of the best things about staying at Il San Pietro is that it’s located in Positano, but outside of the busy main town, and they provide complimentary transportation for guests. Early evening – after the crowds of daytime visitors have gone on their way – is one of the best times to explore the town, which is set on a winding hillside (flats only ladies!). We always recommend that clients get dressed for dinner early and give themselves time for some shopping and aperitivo – the best of both can be found at Le Sirenuse. Their Emporio Sirenuse is not your average hotel boutique, it is curated with some of the best finds in town. Drinks at Franco’s Champagne Bar are a must, either before or after dinner (or both) at the lively Ristorante Max down the street.
The Perfect Day in Ravello
Morning: Ravello is a tiny, charming hilltop village that is extremely walkable. After breakfast, walk down through town all the way to Villa Cimbrone. A stroll through their gardens is a must, and you will be rewarded with some of the best views of the coast at the end. On your walk back, take your time exploring the village – they have some of the best ceramic shops in the region, so this is where you’ll want to stock up. Ceramiche d’Arte Carmella and Ceramiche Cosmolena are two of our favorites, and they make shipping back to the States a breeze.
Afternoon: We love to have our clients stay at Palazzo Avino (known as “the pink palace”) – a beautiful boutique property run by two very chic Italian sisters. The hotel itself is right at the top of town, and they also have a private beach club with a complimentary shuttle for guests – and some of the best pizza in the world.
Evening: Get picked up from your hotel around 5pm for a cooking class and wine tasting experience in Tramonti, where you’ll learn to master the art of pasta and pizza making with a local expert. Afterwards, enjoy the feast you created. When you return that evening, stop next door at the Caruso for a nightcap and some live music before calling it a night.
The Perfect Day in Amalfi
Morning: After waking up at the exquisite Borgo Santandrea, head out first thing in the morning for a private guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii. It’s about an hour drive from Amalfi, and a must for history buffs.
Afternoon: Upon return in the late morning, meet your private yacht charter at the hotel for a day on the water. A boat is arguably the best way to fully experience the Amalfi Coast, so we always have clients spend at least one day on the water. In addition to the views, two of the best (and most fun!) restaurants in Nerano are only accessible by boat – Lo Scoglio and Conca del Sogno. Don’t miss the Spaghetti alla Nerano at either spot!
Evening: A limoncello spritz is the perfect aperitivo for Amalfi – best taken with sea views at the iconic Hotel Santa Caterina, a short taxi ride from your hotel. Continue the lemon theme with dinner at Taverna degli Apostoli with their famous “lemon pesto” pasta – you’ll thank us later.