Great hospitality, excellent breakfast and fantastic room. The outdoor pool was a must after climbing the stairs.
The B&B is located away from the road, so no road noise which is perfect. It is 200 steps up from the village (5 minutes up and 3 minutes down on a slow non stop walk) and 200 metres and 50 steps down from the road above. It keeps (or gets) you fit, and is an ideal way to work off the pizza, pasta and ice cream!
We chose Praiano as it was less busy/noisy/touristy than the other bigger towns and we were not disappointed.
The villa itself has a security gate (for which you get a key) which leads to a pool area with chairs and sun loungers, and then into the villa itself.
We had a superior room, next to the reception and breakfast area, which could be a little noisy from about 7am, but only if you were a light sleeper or wanted a lie in. As we were usually up fairly early it did not bother us, and on the odd ocasion we did sleep in until 8, we used ear plugs. The room was a resonable size and had plenty of wardrobe space as well as satellite TV (if required!) with channels in multiple languages, a safe, and tea and coffee making facilities.
The wide (think it was 6ft) bed was firmer than we are used to, but OK, and the view from the large balcony, of Praiano village, the coastline, Positano and Capri was stunning. The bathroom was large, and sitting on the loo(!) or standing in in the large shower you could gaze out of the window straight across the sea.
Breakfast was on a terrace with the same views as the room, and was a wonderful way to start the day, with things picked by Guilio from the garden, such as mint or lemongrass for tea, or raspberries and strawberries and also included hard boiled eggs, cold omelette, parma ham and melon, bruschetta, fruit salad, yogurt, croissants, toast, as well as tea and coffee.
With this location you don't need a car, you can get the bus to Positano (20 minutes) or Amalfi (30 minutes), and then the boat to Capri or Sorrento from Positano. There are smaller boats that also do excursions more locally, which the team can tell you about. Would not recommend driving (unless out of season), as parking seemed to be a nightmare everywhere, not to mention the bendy roads with lots of blind corners, big buses and maniacal young scooter drivers.
Would highly recommend walking the 'Path of the Gods' (from Praiano to Nocelle- 2-2&1/2 hours - lots of steps) and visiting Ravello. Lunch at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello was a highlight.
The best two restaurants we visited in Praiano were La Strada and Tramonte D'Oro.
The takeaway -where you can also eat in -(there is only one) is ok for a cheaper lasagne or pizza.
As far as service goes at the B&B, all the team are really nice, but a special mention has to be made of Simona, who is a 5 star hospitality person, - always time to help or assist in whatever you might need.
We stayed here for 8 days to explore the coast from Salerno to Positano, seeing all the towns between those points, and that was about the perfect length of time for leisurely exploration. The acommodation delivers many things that, certainly in the UK, you would not normally expect from a B&B, and for that reason, it is highly recommended.
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