La Torre – Your Amalfi Coast Private Villa



Driving through the most unspoilt section of the Amalfi Coast, you suddenly catch sight of La Torre. This medieval watchtower dates from the 14th century and is an imposing landmark. With far reaching views over the Mediterranean, it’s located within one of the most extensive private estates near Maiori and Vietri. Completely renovated, it’s a tranquil hideaway that’s a perfect base for exploring the coast.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Arriving at the discreet gateway to the villa, we were warmly welcomed by the estate manager. The first thing that struck me was the sheer size of the grounds. We were driven by golf buggy to La Torre, which has 3 separate charming annexes. Along the way, we passed pine woods, vines and picturesque gardens with wooden sculptures.

La Torre Amalfi viewACCOMMODATION
The Tower itself has a spacious double bedroom and a further double bedroom in the nearest annexe. Both are extremely spacious and have en-suite bathrooms with fantastic sea views.

La Torre bathrooms
The bedrooms themselves have many interesting features including traditional tiled floors, a kiln oven in one of the rooms and contemporary artwork by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Capogrossi in another. Both bedrooms are decorated with attractive antique furniture and yet benefit from air-conditioning.

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In addition to the Tower’s bathroom, there’s also an outdoor shower and shady area where you can lie in a hammock and take in those fantastic views. Venture up the stairs and you’ll come to a sun deck – a great place to top up your tan.

La Torre Amalfi Coast private villa
Returning inside, you’ll find two cosy living rooms. On the first floor, there are panoramic sea views, a fireplace, TV, stereo and CD player plus a convenient guest bathroom.

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Mr Luxe took rather a shine to this particular spot 😉

La Torre della Limonaia view
On the ground floor, there’s a sizeable entrance/living-room with complimentary wifi. It has access to the outdoor terraces through plate-glass doors, leading down to a separate dining room with more fabulous sea views. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and larder, although you are unlikely to need it, as the services of a cook and housekeeper are included in your stay.

La Torre della Limonaia living room
The dining room itself is light and airy, with a glass-topped table and white chairs complementing the wooden beamed ceilings and fireplace.

La Torre Private villa dining
Outside, there are several shady terraces where you can read a book, enjoy an evening aperitivo or barbeque.

La Torre terrace
There are a couple of other annexes that can be rented for larger groups of up to 10 people. Each contain an en-suite bedroom, and they’d be perfect for a family with older children or a group, as they all have private outdoor space. Not only that, there’s a separate villa on the estate, of which more later, and it can be rented with La Torre and its annexes, taking the total accommodation to 18 guests.

La Torre private terrace
Guests of La Torre have the exclusive use of two adjacent swimming pools, with a sea view and another hammock for relaxed sunbathing.

La Torre villa swimming pool
FACILITIES
The former owner of the villa used to love painting and her studio has been transformed into a gym with all the latest Techno Gym equipment. There’s also a treatment room if you wish to book a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. The gym is shared with the neighbouring villa, as is the conference room.

La Torre gym
This is also used for bespoke cookery classes, in case you fancy learning how to rustle up some of the local specialties.

Amalfi Coast cookery class
Guests also have their own golf cart to get around the grounds, though I couldn’t resist taking a seat in this little runaround.

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GROUNDS
We decided to walk down rather than take the buggy to the seashore. A winding path leads you to a private cove where you can swim in the sea or try your luck at fishing.

La Torre sunbeds
We passed the farm along the way, where the animals are extremely well cared for. You’re just as likely to see animals such as this goat roaming freely around other parts of the estate.

La Torre animals
There’s also a very pretty chapel which you can visit within the grounds.

Casa L'Amalfi chapel
Another highlight is the estate’s very own grotto. Nestled deep into the cliff face, it’s accessed by another winding path, that leads you into the grotto itself. I got quite a surprise, seeing a proper stage and chairs, plus a bust of the musician Wagner. Classical music concerts can be staged here upon request.

La Torre Amalfi grotto
DINING
The chef at La Torre and their colleague at the neighbouring villa are considered to be amongst the best on the Amalfi Coast. Breakfast is a hearty affair with cereal, bread and cooked dishes such as omelette with local ham and cheese. The colourful crockery is all from Vietri sul Mare, a nearby seaside town that is well worth a visit if you are looking for souvenirs.

La Torre breakfast
As for lunch and dinner, need I say anything – these dishes really do all the talking! Whether you’re a meat eater or vegetarian, the chef will rustle up menus that will delight your tastebuds and leave you surprisingly slim, thanks to the use of vegetables such as fresh cherry tomatoes and roasted peppers. I must confess a soft spot for the desserts, the baba au rhum and the homemade ice cream were especially tasty.

La Torre della Limonaia chef
The Tower has an abundance of lemon trees on the property. It’s therefore only polite to try their own limoncello liqueur 😉

Amalfi limoncello
CASA L’AMALFI VILLA
The neighbouring villa, Casa L’Amalfi, is a short walk down from La Torre. It’s completely private and not overlooked by The Tower or any other properties. The stunning outdoor terrace makes the perfect setting for an intimate wedding party or holiday with a group of friends…

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…whilst the swimming pool is great for doing proper lengths.

La Limonaia Amalfi Coast swimming pool
The contemporary interior with its marble floors and designer furniture is a welcome haven from the heat.

Casa L'Amalfi living room
As is the shady sun terrace, where if you look closely you’ll spot a couple of goats snoozing behind the deckchairs.

Casa L'Amalfi villa
SURROUNDING AREA
Despite the tranquility of the Tower, it’s only 5 kilometers from the town of Maiori, 6 kilometers from Minori and 9.6 kilometers from Amalfi. Panorama Beach is 5 kilometers away, and Naples International Airport is a short 66 kilometer drive. For other ideas of what to see nearby, check out my guide to the 5 Unmissable Places to Visit on the Amalfi Coast. There are also lots of suggestions in the guide book provided at the property, and the estate manager will come up with an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hiring a private boat is a great way to see the coast in style and you can actually embark directly from Casa L’Amalfi’s dock.

FINAL THOUGHTS
La Torre is ideal if you are looking for a totally relaxing way to enjoy the Amalfi Coast, far from the crowds. With delicious home cooked meals, all mod cons and a real feeling of spaciousness, it’s a fantastic home away from home.

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La Torre, Amalfi Coast – available through Carpe Diem Luxury Travel, a member of UltraVilla.com, the little black book of the most elite holiday residences from around the world.

We stayed as guests of La Torre for the purposes of this review

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