For lodging that looks like something out of the pages of an interior design magazine yet feels like home, look no further than Casa Buonocore. A new addition to the boutique accommodations scene in Positano, this ultra-chic, intimate guest house is the former vacation home of Nino, Sandra, and Annamaria Buonocore, who restored the property in 2012 and opened it as a luxury bed-and-breakfast. With their classic style and modern warmth, the Buonocores are fabulous hosts.
Each of the six rooms is lovingly, impeccably decorated with the family's own finds from around the world, including wonderful artwork and antiques (which, along with the property's many unprotected terraces, makes it unsuitable for small children, but ages 10 and older are welcome). The overall feel here is one of sophistication, seclusion from the tourist hordes, and thanks to the casa's modest size, belonging. While Casa Buonocore doesn't have fancy facilities, the amenities, such as powerful hairdryers, are well-thought-out—no doubt a result of the owners being seasoned travelers themselves and wanting to provide those things that you miss from home. The hosts will also arrange just about anything you might need while in Positano, whether it's hydrofoil tickets for a day trip to Capri or laundry service. (And you can shop at one of their two boutiques in town for home décor items similar to those gracing the B&B.)
Breakfasts are absolutely spectacular here, with a huge spread of gourmet, sweet, and savory offerings—freshly baked pastries, free-range eggs, locally grown fruit and herbs from the house's garden—served on the terrace. For this level of style and comfort in Positano, Casa Buonocore is an excellent value, though by no means inexpensive, and you can save a bit by booking one of the garden-view classic or standard rooms instead of the more elaborate superior and deluxe rooms, which have sea views, fruit baskets, and fresh flowers.