Italy - Amalfi Borgo Santandrea - Amalfi


Borgo Santandrea, a new cliffside hotel on the Amalfi Coast, softly opened this summer following a meticulous, ‘slow’ and respectful four-year restoration. The hotel, which will be fully completed by spring of 2022, is a passion project that unites two Italian families, who bring generations of hospitality experience to this new property. The property, which combines Mid-Century design with classic Mediterranean style, has 29 guestrooms and 16 suites, each one offering uninterrupted views of the sea and of the ancient fisherman’s hamlet of Conca dei Marini. White and blue hues feature throughout, alongside geometric hand-painted tiles, vintage furniture, and handcrafted pieces by local Amalfitano artisans. To reach the hotel’s private beach – which is a rarity on the rocky Amalfi Coast – guests will descend the cliffside in a lift, or amble down a series of walkways and staircases amongst the fragrant terraced gardens of olive and lemon trees.


Inspired by the building’s origins in the 1960s, the owners sought to bring attention to the original mid-century features whilst creating a ‘home’ that was unmistakably Italian. A labour of love with a team of designers and landscapers that worked hand-in-hand with architect Rino Gambardella to ensure every corner of the property was a thoughtful reflection of Italian artistry and craftsmanship.

The resulting interiors are a ‘Made in Italy’ showcase: from iconic re-editions of Gio Ponti pieces done by leading Italian designer Molteni, to custom items from family-run furniture designers Tosconova and Lisar, to De Castelli bronze and aged brass pieces all mixed with a vast collection of Italian, Argentinian and Nordic mid-century vintage furniture and lighting that the owners have collected over the years. The link with the Amalfi Coast is evident also in the art collection, with a key role played by local ceramic artists Lucio Liguori and Marco Fusco and their wonderful creations. In addition, to make the place a true Italian home, a critical role has been played by gifted craftsmen, like the wonderful railings produced by the local blacksmith Piero Esposito or the floor-to-ceiling solid walnut bookshelves produced by Milanese carpenter Paolo Erba.

Commenting on the opening, Maurizio Orlacchio, Co-Owner and General Manager said:
“We are so excited to open the doors of Borgo Santandrea. It has been a beautiful challenge over the past four years to restore the property and we feel proud to have brought so many talented artisans and iconic Italian brands together to create a one-of-a-kind hotel that is truly ‘Made in Italy’. We feel Borgo Santandrea is much more a home than a hotel and we look forward to welcoming our guests and give them a real Italian experience.”

Guests will find 31 different types of locally handmade and hand-painted tiles, a two-year project done with local producer Cotto Vietri and inspired by the geometric classic decor of nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as modern design. The intricate blue and white tiles go hand-in-hand with Once Milano linens and Dedar and Rubelli textiles that reflect the far-reaching views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. White Italian marble, most of it recovered and selected from Puglia, Veneto and Tuscany regions, sheathes surfaces around the property and reflects the light from the hand-blown Venetian glass lamps produced by Venicem that are dotted throughout the hotel.

The owners worked alongside landscape designers Philip Adiutori and Gaetano Amato to create a series of garden terraces bursting with Amalfi fruits and colours. Staying true to the surrounding landscape, the gardens are filled with plants typical of the coastline; olive, lemon and pomegranate trees, winter jasmine, and Myrtus communis dating back 150 years.

Three restaurants and two bars, located between the highest points of the hotel (90 metres above sea level), offer classic Mediterranean fare. Guests are invited to enjoythe three state-of-the-art kitchens designed by Andrea Viacava. Under the direction of Executive Chef Crescenzo Scotti, the three restaurants, La Libreria, Alici and Borgo Beach Club are a tribute to local cousine and its fresh local ingredients.

Molteni&C took part in this great project furnishing Borgo Santandrea with iconic
pieces designed by Gio Ponti, such as the D.153.1, D.151.4 and D.156.3 armchairs
and the D.555.2 small tables, as well as the Attico small tables designed by Nicola