It’s a time-honoured summer favourite, but in case you need reminding, the Amalfi Coast is still one of the most rewarding playgrounds in the Mediterranean. No matter whether you decide to visit on a private yacht or enjoy a luxury yacht charter on the Amalfi coast you’ll be in good company with a host of celebrities, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, choosing to vacation there every summer. Some of the world’s coolest yachts are also frequently spotted along the picturesque coastline. Bernard Arnault’s Symphony, James Packer’s Arctic P and David Geffen’s Rising Sun are a just a few that have visited the iconic destination this summer. Find out why you should follow in their footsteps.
1. The restaurants
Whether it’s a simple dish of pasta or a full-blown ten-course tasting menu you’re after, you’ll find it here. Don’t leave this coast before you’ve dined in La Sponda in Le Sirenuse (one Michelin star), one of the best luxury hotels to visit by superyacht. This place embodies everything that is great about Italian cuisine: perfectly prepared local ingredients served in the prettiest of dining rooms, by waiters so charming you’ll feel like an old friend of the owner. Truly la dolce vita.
If you’re headed to Capri, Da Paolino, is a must. Within easy walking distance of the Marina Grande this wonderful, family-run Capri favourite — everyone from Tom Cruise to Mimi Rogers and George Hamilton has dined under its citrus-covered canopy — serves melt-in-the-mouth Ravioli Caprisi with a tangy lemon sauce so delicious you'll immediately want to rebook.
For a dash of culture set a course for Amalfi’s celebrated La Caravella restaurant (one Michelin star). This is where Andy Warhol hosted his first show in the Sixties (the restaurant opened in '59 and got its star in '66), when the region was an arty, bohemian enclave. Or if you’re in the mood for a full tasting menu, Quattro Passi restaurant (two Michelin stars), will collect you in the harbour of the tiny port of Nerano whisking you up the hill to the surreal dining room, where you’ll be greeted by a giant golden egg and fish heads and tails emerging from the ceiling.
It has something of a vagabond reputation, but don’t be tempted to overlook Naples and if you can arrive by boat and avoid the gridlock, then all the better. The Palazzo Petrucci (one Michelin star) restaurant, near Marina Molo Luise, on the Villa Donn'Anna beach is a lovely location with views over the beach. Try the appetiser of raw prawns and mozzarella, followed by pasta of ricotta-stuffed paccheri pasta with Neapolitan ragout.