Belmond Hotel Caruso
The 11th-century palazzo that houses the Belmond Hotel Caruso features ancient walls, ceiling frescoes, Moorish arches, and terraced gardens laced with olive and lemon trees . But the most spectacular aspect of this property is its ultra-exclusive setting -- it’s perched on Ravello’s highest point, atop a lush hillside overlooking the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea and the village below. Despite its haute location, the Belmond has a relaxed, Mediterranean vibe, from the jaw-dropping infinity pool (it appears to melt into the sea) and open-air poolside bar to the free buffet breakfast with fresh pastries and free local tours in the hotel's traditional wooden boat. The 50 rooms and suites have beautifully tiled floors and marble bathrooms, and many offer terraces or balconies overlooking the water. Guests are typically well-heeled couples from around the world drawn to what are undoubtedly some of the finest views available anywhere.