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Caruso Hotel: the Gem on the Amalfi Coast
February 2, 2012, 12:53 am
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It is hard not to get carried away by the, sun kissed glamour of  this part of the world – Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and the isle of Capri are well-known stomping (and yachting) grounds of the moneyed elite since time immemorial. In contrast, Ravello, high on the Campanian slopes has always been a cultural oasis for the discerning, a refreshing change from the many indulgences of the Amalfi Coast.

Hotel Caruso – Belvedere is the jewel in Ravello’s crown of exquisite hotels.  A restored 11th century palace, its stunning frescoes, high terracotta pink walls and marble floors provide an air of majestic grandeur, with its 48 luxurious suites affording breathtaking views of the bay and slopes beyond.

At the turn of the 19th century, a winemaker, Panaleone Caruso, entertained his famous friends at this secluded location. Now, the hotel that bears his name is the epitome of astute luxury. Blossom scented gardens fragrance the air when you wake up. Bulgari and Penhaligon’s products line the bathroom, whilst Frette sheets exceed any threadcount you are accustomed to.

Dining at the Caruso is superlative – the open air Belvedere restaurant is as famous for its starry skied ambience as its Naepolitan specialties from chef Mimmo di Raffaele, including Ravioli di Gamberi rossi con Scarola e Caciotta fresca. The terraced Caruso restaurant is often called the most romantic of the Amalfi Coast – bathed in moonlight from the sky and pearls of shimmering white from the coast.

And beside the hotel’s infinity pool, seemingly perched off a cliff (it’s not, but the views are surreal) is a guests-only pool restaurant, from which emerged a pizza so divine that an Italian-American guest was heard to  exclaim that it was  ‘Hands down the best pizza Ever’. If guests tire of the pool, there is always the Caruso’s private boat that can bring you round the Amalfi Coast for a dip in the refreshing waters of the Salerno Bay.

by Ethan Long

Hotel Caruso, Piazza San Giovanni del Toro 2, 84010 Ravello (SA), Italy
Tel: +39 089 858 801
Fax: +39 089 858 806
Email: info@hotelcaruso.net

Tom Ford: Neroli Portofino Beauty Campaign 2011
April 14, 2011, 2:32 pm
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Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Beauty Campaign

'General Audience' ad campaign

Ever since I inhaled the mixture of luminous citrus oils with floral and amber undertones of Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino fragrance years ago, I always thought it would make great scent for a bath range due to its’ crisp freshness and impressive longevity. It seems, I was right and this season Neroli Portofino has a revamped look and a full line of  bath and body products scented with the delicious fragrance. Now in turquoise and gold packaging, it’s ready for the Italian Riviera or your bathroom…

Oh! Almost forgot to mention the haute and steamy shots accompanying the latest campaign and starring the winner of the Elite Model Look 2006, Denisa Dvorakova in a true Tom Ford style.

Neroli Portofino 2011

Neroli Portofino 2011

Does anyone else think that the camera angle is slightly wrong?

Neroli Portofino 2011

Neroli Portofino 2011

Who could have thought that taking a shower can be this much fun!

by Olga Titarenko