A 12th-century patrician palace strikes just the right balance between comfort and opulence, with enough antiques, Vietri ceramic floors, and fine linens to satisfy the most discerning guests. Especially winning are the views that, making the most of Ravello’s aerie-like position, extend for miles up and down the coast. They’re enjoyed through the huge windows in just about every room, on the rooftop terrace with two Jacuzzis, and from the sumptuous gardens and pool that cascade partway down the cliff. A free shuttle takes guests down to the Clubhouse by the Sea (open May–Sept), the hotel’s beach club where there is a small outdoor pool, a waterside terrace with lounge chairs and umbrellas, and a casual restaurant, while formal dining is in the hotel’s Michelin-rated Rossellinis.