- Style Italian eye candy
- Setting In view of Vesuvius
Bellevue Syrene is built upon the ruins of a Roman villa, but there’s nothing ancient about its flamboyant interiors and attentive service. Sorrento’s dazzling palette sets the tone inside: grass green, sugar-sweet pastels and, inevitably, sea blue.
Need to know
- Rooms 50, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $325.34 (€236), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include a generous buffet breakfast of local produce.
- Facilities Spa with hammam and treatment cabins, gym, gardens, library, a sunbathing platform with loungers and umbrellas; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free bottled water, minibar and La Source bath products.
- Poolside There's a small quick-dip pool on the longer-lined sunbathing deck poised above the water and the the sea is in easy reach.
- Check–out 11.30am but flexible, subject to availability (free before 2pm; half of the daily room rate after). Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.
Children Children are welcome. Cots for babies and toddlers aged two and under are free; under-12s can stay with their parents for €60 a night (Deluxe rooms only). A local nanny can be drafted in with 24 hours’ notice (expect to pay €20 an hour). The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.
- Also Little dogs are welcome – albeit not in communal areas.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Superior Sea Rooms are styled with Italian elegance (shimmering crystal chandeliers, antiques, sprays of fresh-cut flowers, and soft sherbet-y hues: violet, rose, turquoise and mint) and have balconies overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Deluxe Sea View rooms come with lashings of space, plenty of nooks and crannies tricked out with antiques and oddities, and statement decor: ornate floral murals, bold colour combinations – purple and yellow; tangerine and chocolate – striking lights and marble fireplaces. The incredible 'Roccia' or Rock Suite is set in an ancient Roman grotto and has a large hydrotherapy bath tub opposite the bed, as well as sea views.
- Packing tips Binoculars: handy for spying on the fishermen, and – more importantly – for beating your neighbours to the last remaining spot on the sunbathing deck.
- Also According to legend, the spot where Bellevue Syrene is built was once home to sirens. Keep your eyes peeled for feathers and flowing tresses…
Food and drink at Bellevue Syrene
- Hotel restaurant Mimmo Iodice honours all things local and edible. There’s no chance you’ll forget your seaside setting, with dishes such as home-made pasta with clams and zucchini, or sea bass with cherry tomatoes gracing the plates. There’s food for thought for sugar lovers too – for example, the enticing sounding ‘delizia al limone’. Help yourself to a spread of savoury nibbles, cakes, fresh fruit, wine, juices and various other treats laid out in the Club Lounge from 10am until 8pm.
- Dress code Linen by day; Lanvin by night.
- Top table Pick according to the season: summer lovers should nab a terrace table as close to the sea as possible for the breeze; come winter, the tables clustered around the piano are hot property.
- Last orders Eat and drink around the clock: breakfast is served 7am–10am; lunch is 12pm–3pm (with cold plates available afterwards until 7.30pm); dinner is dished up 7.30pm–10pm. You can get a drink until 1am.
- Room service Sandwiches, salads, cakes and fruit can be ordered between 10am and noon.
- Hotel bar There are plenty of spots in which to linger over drinks: waiters will find you out on the terrace, or sit by the piano in La Pergola, the Winter Garden room, if it’s chilly. Wherever you end up, be sure to take a mimosa with you.