Falling in Love with Positano

The moment I arrived in Positano, I fell in love.

Positano is a gorgeous tiny town on the Amalfi coast, with a population of around 4,000. It’s a charming town full of boutiques, amazing restaurants, luxury hotels and medditeranian views. You can walk everywhere in Positano, everything is close, and there are no cars in the centre.

We visited the town of the last May Bank Holiday, which we were told was the best time to visit, the weather was warm and perfect for sunbathing. Although it was busy when we were there, the summer crowds hadn’t yet arrived, so it was a ‘nice busy’.

Our hotel was wonderful – Palazzo Murat. The rooms are old fashioned and charming, each with their own balcony which allows you to enjoy the beauty of the grounds from your room. The hotel was everything we expected it to be, it was beautiful, the service was great and it had a beautiful swimming pool, but be warned, it’s freezing!

We ate so much good food, our favourites were Le Tre Sorelle and Chez Black, both recommended to us by the hotel.

Getting there… it’s a 2 hr drive from Naples, and the it’s a perfect way to see the splendour that is the Amalfi. Its impossible for cars to get right into the heart to the town as the roads are so narrow, so your driver will walk you with your bags down to your hotel.

We travelled via train from Rome to Naples, which took just over an hour. The train was inexpensive and it was much cheaper than flying directly to Naples, which tends to be pricey as it’s the closest airport to chic destinations such as: Capri and Ravello.

The costs…

Positano is relatively easy to get to, it’s around an hours drive from Naples airport. Flights to Naples can be expensive, especially during the warmer months, as everyone is flocking to various glamours locations such as Capri and Ravello. A good way to cost cuts down is to fly to an alternative airport, we went via Rome.

Flights from London Heathrow – Rome were £150 per person with British Airways.

We paid 990 euros for 3 nights staying at the Palazo Murrat  in a garden room, this rate included breakfast. Hotels in Positano are really expensive, and get booked up fast, we booked around 9 months in advance and we got the last room!

The taxi from Naples to our hotel was booked with Euro Limo and it cost 110 euros each way. This sounds expensive, but I shopped around before booking and realised it was a pretty standard price. If you’re a confident driver then there is the option to hire a car and drive yourself, but parking may be an issue once you arrive.

Eating out was comparable to that of eating in London, so it wasn’t a massive shock to me, and I didn’t feel as though I spent all that much.

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Stellenbosch

We spent the last 5 nights of our Cape Town trip in the nearby wine region of Stellenbosch. An hour and a half drive from the city, and you’ve arrived, you’re in the heart of the winelands, surrounded by vineyards and organic farms.

We stayed at the beautiful Spier, which is one of South Africa’s oldest Wine Farms and has been around since 1692. Much of the estate has a historic feel which dutch architecture throughout, but alongside that is african art reminding us of the history of the farm. Spier is focused on sustainability, good farming and bringing it’s guests authentic farm-to-table food.

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Delaire Graff Estate

Western Cape Wine Region: Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was the perfect end to our Cape Town holiday, we spent  4 nights at the idyllic Spier Wine Farm.  An hour and a half drive from the city, and you’ve arrived, surrounded by vineyards and organic farms.

We stayed at the beautiful Spier Farm, which is one of South Africa’s oldest Wine Farms and has been around since 1692. Much of the estate has a historic feel which dutch architecture throughout but with African Art throughout. Spier is focused on sustainability, good farming and bringing it’s guests authentic farm-to-table food. The service was friendly and personal, I look forward to returning!

The costs…

Stellenbosch hotel prices vary, we managed to get an excellent rate with American Express Travel

£1,2471 for 2 superior rooms, 4 nights, inc breakfast via

The hotel can arrange a transfer for you from Cape Town to the hotel for around £60.

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Delaire Graff Estate