Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento
What’s so great about this pool?
This refreshing dip pool, at the top of the cliffside in Sorrento is a water haven with a view to die for! This is the swimming pool for you if you want to while away several hours looking at the Mediterranean from one of the most beautiful spots in Italy.
The Bellevue Syrene low-down
Known as one of the very finest places to stay in Sorrento, the Bellevue Syrene is a tranquil and luxurious five-star hotel built into the clifftop of this stunning Italian resort. Once a villa to Emperor Augustus, it was reconstructed in the likeness of the Vetti house in Pompeii, complete with frescoes and collonades, at the beginning of the twentieth century by William Waldorf Astor – parts of this renovation are visible at the hotel today.
Now every bedroom has a view facing the sea and the suites are beautiful. The Roccia suite is situated in an ancient Roman cave and comes with its very own hydro-massage pool. The Bellevue Syrene has its own private ‘beach’ – the shoreline is rocky, but a jetty built out into the sea, with sunbeds and parasols and steps down into the balmy waters, provides a wonderful spot for lounging. Experience gourmet dining to match your elegant surroundings, with a pianist in the evenings.
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The pool is a perfect temperature – not cold and not too warm (in this heat, you need ‘refreshing’.
It’s just big enough to swim in but is not really for serious exercisers – this is a laid-back, relaxation pool.
You can eat and drink by the pool, with delicious food from the Bellevue Terrace restaurant – there are dining tables as well as super-comfy loungers and perfect parasols.
Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples are visible from the pool.
A cliffside elevator takes you down to the Bellevue Syrene’s private beach just below. The sea here is warm and welcoming.
This is a great pool for children who want more than a paddling pool and less than a full size pool with a deep end.
What else is there to do in Sorrento?
Outside the hotel, the bustling life of Sorrento awaits you, with markets and churches and piazzas. The historic centre is close to the central Piazza Tasso, with a cathedral, the Greek walls (which are open to the public), the Correale Museum and more. The fishing harbour boasts lots of restaurants to suit all budgets. Up on the clifftop, Villa Communale is Sorrento’s beautiful park, with magnificent views. Close by, outside Sorrento, there are lots of fishing villages and towns to visit, or take the famous Amalfi Coast drive, which will lead you through Positano. Pompeii is 45 minutes away and the beautiful island of Capri is a quick ferry ride away.