Hotel Parco dei Principi di Sorrento, Italy

Any hotel which has a blue and white colour palate is going to win me over pretty quickly. But nothing could have prepared me for how quickly Hotel Parco dei Principi would win over my heart, and that of my family. The Italian architect, Gio Ponti,designed and constructed his dream, overlooking the Mediterranean, on the outskirts of Sorrento,during the 1960’s. There is a lot to be said for a hotel where the architect designs every, beautiful detail, including furniture, artwork and diving board. Our biggest dilemma each day was whether we would swim at the pool, with its sculptural diving board, or at the beach club, reached via a lift inside the rock cliff. The gardens are extensive and lush and provided an escape from the summer heat. While I generally do not eat in hotels when travelling, we could not resist having a number of excellent meals on the terrace overlooking the ocean. While Sorrento itself is teaming with tourists, Hotel Parco dei Principi is a wonderful oasis of calm and beauty.