The characteristic Hotel La Conca Azzurra sits on one of the famous Amalfi Drive bends in an enviable position directly above the Emerald Grotto. Taking advantage of its superb panoramic position on a coastal cliff side, each of its 18 spacious Guestrooms has a large balcony with wonderful views over the sea and as far out as the Capri. Fresh interiors are comprised of cool whitewashed walls and tiled floors, and rooms are decorated with local Vietri ceramics and trop l'oeil pictures of the Amalfi Coast villages. The hotel's restaurant is well known for its excellent, regional seafood dishes that can be perfectly complemented by one of the bottles from the extensive wine collection of the owner's cantina. Even the olive oil has been specially produced for this restaurant. Before dinner, take advantage of the magnificent views of the Mediterranean from the leafy restaurant terrace. Amidst a winter garden dotted with lanterns, sit back with a chilled glass of prosecco and watch the sun set over the few remaining fishing boats. On the tranquil rocky beach, reached via a number of steps and a path, lies a private bathing platform for hotel guests. From here you can see the olive groves reaching the water's edge. Mr Salvatore Criscuolo, whose family originally converted their home into this boutique hotel, has now created a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The hotel's warm Amalfitana hospitality dates back to the 19th century, when the Grand Tour travellers passing by in carriages would stop off for refreshments. There is a painting displayed in the hotel depicting this very scene, and even today, those passing by may stop for a drink.