Lazy afternoons sipping Aperol Spritz on the sand, romantic boat trips in classic Rivas, and ocean sunsets from private hotel balconies. From the Amalfi Coast to Sicily, our editors have scoured the 4,900 miles of Italian coastline to share the best beach hotels in every region.
Find the best Italian beach stays by region:
The Amalfi Coast
Enjoy sea views from one of Italy’s most famous coastlines, just like the rich and famous. From plunging Positano cliffs to haute beach clubs, here are the most post-card-worthy stays.
Borgo Sant’andrea, Conca dei Marini
Everywhere you go at the Borgo Sant’andrea, the Amalfi Coast rises up to meet you. With rooms between 50 and 79 meters above sea level, a short walk through terraces and gardens leads you to their private beach. In your one-of-a-kind room, mid-century and artisanal Mediterranean designs blend together with unique antique furniture and colorful tiled floors that lead out onto a balcony overlooking the ocean.
Address: Via Giovanni Augustariccio, 33, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Rooms: From $2,986 per night
Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
Breathe in the scent of lemons and soak up incredible views of the Amalfi coast from the five-star Hotel Santa Caterina’s beach club, complete with loungers and a salt-water pool nestled at the bottom of a cliff. Carved into rock and overlooking the ocean, the hotel’s Grottino restaurant lights up in the evening and serves seasonal Mediterranean flavors in simple elegance.
Address: Via Mauro Comite, 9, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Rooms: From $1,484 per night
Anantara Convento di Amalfi, Amalfi
Anantara Convento di Amalfi has reimagined this 13th-century convent built into the cliffside as a tranquil haven for travelers. A five-minute boat ride brings you to the Il Lido Degli Artisti beach club where you can swim and sunbathe in the secluded cove. At Dei Cappuccini, enjoy traditional Italian dining with the sensory tasting menu masterminded by Chef Claudio Lanuto.
Address: Via Annunziatella, 46, Amalfi 84011
Rooms: From $1,929 per night
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello
The Belmond Hotel Caruso’s original frescoes and secluded location help it stand out amidst Amalfi’s luxury offerings. Spend the day at the beautiful Il Lido Degli Artisti beach club or follow your adventurous side with a traditional ‘ercole’ boat tour to the Emerald Grotto (launching daily) and private tours that dive into the mysterious histories of Naples, Pompeii, and the Vesuvian area.
Address: Piazza S. Giovanni del Toro, 2, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
Rooms: From $2,2910 per night
Le Sirenuse, Positano
With a bold elegance, the atmosphere of Le Sirenuse will linger in your mind long after you leave. From its clifftop location, take in stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or head down the stairs (or the private elevator) to the laid-back public beach at its feet. Rent their vintage Riva Aquarama speedboat and live la dolce vita, sixties style.
Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Rooms: From $2,682 per night
Il San Pietro, Positano
With cliffs behind you and a wide open sea in front of you, the private haven of Il San Pietro immerses you in the region’s natural beauty. The only hotel in Positano with access to a private beach where you can relax in the natural cove complete with a sundeck and bar. A complimentary shuttle takes you to the bustling streets of Positano’s city center in just five minutes.
Address: Via Laurito, 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Rooms: From $2,085 per night
Best Beach Hotels in Sicily
Famous for its gorgeous beaches, rolling vineyards, and the imposing Mount Etna, Italy’s largest island provides the setting for an unforgettable getaway.
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina
Belmond opened the first-ever hotel in Taormina, the beautiful Grand Hotel Timeo, and followed it with the elegant Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea right on the coast. Soak up the Sicilian sun with a boat ride during the day and enjoy cinema celebrating ‘villeggiatura’ on the sands with a glass of champagne in the evening.
Address: Via Nazionale, 137, 98039 Mare, ME, Italy
Rooms: From $1,511 per night
Villa Igiea, Palermo
The Rocco Forte Hotels have been perfecting hospitality all around the globe and at the Villa Igiea, you can get your own slice of paradise on the edge of Sicily’s bustling capital. The hotel’s Forte Suites are the ultimate indulgence, offering in-suite check-in, complimentary breakfast and personalized service throughout your stay. Plus, with the packing and unpacking service, you can spend more time enjoying boat rides on the water and trips to nearby beach clubs.
Address: Via Belmonte, 43, 90142 Palermo PA, Italy
Rooms: From $587 per night
San Domenico Palace, A Four Seasons Hotel, Taormina
In the second season of HBO’s White Lotus, viewers got a glimpse of the lavish luxury of Taormina. Filmed at the San Domenico Palace, you can get all the benefits of their grand suites, yacht trips, and gastronomic delights (without the scandal and murder). When you’ve finished relaxing on the beach in front of Taormina Bay, take a private tour of the restored frescoes and other works of art dating back to the hotel’s 14th-century convent origins.
Address: Piazza S. Domenico de Guzman, 5, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Rooms: From $1,688 per night
Verdura Resort, Sciacca
Stretching 230 hectares of beaches, tennis courts, golf courses, and vineyards, there’s always something new to try at the Verdura Resort. While there’s plenty of opportunity to rest and recharge (including four outdoor Thalasso pools), this is the beach hotel for anyone looking for a Sicilian coastal adventure. Take a boat trip along the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve, ride horses along the coast, or get your PADI Scuba Diving qualifications and learn how to get up close with the Mediterranean marine wildlife without supervision.
Address: S.S. 115, Km 131, 92019 Sciacca AG, Italy
Rooms: From $1,138 per night
Bay of Naples
From dramatic cliffs to healing springwaters, the islands in the Bay of Naples are natural wonders with plenty of hotels boasting spectacular views.
Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa, Ischia
Get away from it all at the secluded Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa in Ischia. The main hotel is built on the ruins of a watchtower that dates back to the 1500s. Select a watchtower room with breathtaking views or opt for a secluded spot in one of the cottages below. Take a dip in their private bay or take a boat across to the nearby sand beach, San Maronti. If that is not relaxing enough, relieve any remaining tension with thalassotherapy and mud therapy at the Thermal Area overlooking the bay.
Address: Via Mezzatorre, 23/d, 80075 Forio NA, Italy
Rooms: From $769 per night
Punta Molino Beach Resort & Thermal Spa, Ischia
After you’ve settled into your room at the Punta Molino Beach Resort, make your way across the patterned tiles and down to either of the resort’s private, white-sand beaches. At the spa, make the most of Ischia’s mineral waters, taken directly from the source, or try a caviar facial. Spend your evenings at the outdoor bar and wind down as the sounds of clinking glasses and soft piano blend with the rolling ocean waves. When you return to your room, you’ll find a continuation of the beautiful tiles, elegant furnishings, and views of the garden or the sea.
Address: Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, 23, 80070 Ischia NA, Italy
Rooms: From $592 per night
J.K. Place, Capri
In a prime location on the island of Capri, the five-star boutique J.K Place overlooks the Bay of Naples and offers guests private access to the public pebble beach below. Alternatively, ask at the front desk and you’ll be whisked away in a water taxi to one of the nearby private beach clubs. Every detail has been attended to, down to the elegant marine-designed rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean or gardens that feel like luxury with the comforts of home.
Address: Via Marina Grande, 225, 80073 Capri NA, Italy
Rooms: From $1,092 per night
Capri Palace, Anacapri
Your stay at the Capri Palace begins with a helicopter ride from the airport or a chauffeured drive to a private speedboat. Outside, the hotel bursts to life with lush gardens and leaves climbing up the white stone walls. Inside, you’ll find understated, elegant rooms with modern furnishings. Take the zig-zagging stairs down the cliffside to sunbathe and indulge at the secluded Il Riccio Beach Club and restaurant.
As you make your way back through the hote, stop to take in the curated masterpieces on display as part of the hotel’s White Museum. Browse the bespoke, Made in Italy garments from the Eleventy Boutique, and put together your perfect dinner outfit for L’Olivo, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Address: Via Capodimonte, 14, 80071 Capri, NA, Italy
Rooms: From $1,238 per night
Calabria’s Beach Hotels
Deep in southern Italy’s “toe,” Calabria’s notably crystal clear waters are the perfect backdrop for these seaside romantic hotels.
Praia Art Resort, Isola di Capo Rizzuto
The scenery of the Ionian coast and Calabrian craftsmanship bring the beauty of the natural and the manmade together at the Praia Art Resort. Walk just 20 meters to the private white sand beach, where you can soak up the sun in a hammock over the shallows or relax in the shade of your cabana. The hotel’s restaurants emphasize local ingredients, from rice grown in nearby Sabari to vegetables plucked from their own garden. Every room offers a private space outdoors and the Sea View Dwellings include an outdoor bath that’s ideal for taking in the view at sunset.
Address: Località Praialonga, 88841 Isola di Capo Rizzuto KR, Italy
Rooms: From $765 per night
Capovaticano Resort Thalasso & Spa, Tropea
The Capovaticano Resort invites you to relish in an adventure with their tailor-made holiday packages. Swim in a historic Roman fishpond, explore the caves, and take a tour with a Calabrian fisherman. When you return to the hotel, recharge with their Thalasso spa services or simply spend a lazy afternoon by the beach, tasting local prosciutto and drinking their signature Capovaticano Mule.
Address: Località Tono, 89866 San Nicolò di, Ricadi VV, Italy
Rooms: From $323 per night
Beach Hotels in Lazio
A world apart from its Roman center, Lazio’s coastline is marked by pristine sandy beaches and expansive views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Grand Hotel Le Rocce, Gaeta
Small and secluded, the yellow and white sun loungers on the Grand Hotel Le Rocce’s private Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) beach are the perfect way to enjoy the sea air. After diving into the pristine blue-green waters, end your evening with a candlelit dinner from their restaurant La Terrazza degli Ulivi. Throughout the hotel, Mediterranean and classic decor combine to create a tranquil slice of paradise. Even when you retreat back to your room, the Tyrrhenian Sea follows you, from the ocean-blue tiles to the balcony with a coastal view.
Address: Via Flacca, 04024 Gaeta LT, Italy
Rooms: From $344 per night
Lombardy, Northern Italy, and The Italian Riviera
Even in landlocked areas of Northern Italy, you can find hotels on the shores of Lake Como or the edge of Venetian Canals. To the west, Portofino’s traditional coastline is the colorful gem of the Italian Riviera—perfectly complimented by one of our favorite Cinque Terre stays.
Il Sereno, Lake Como
Lake Como has long epitomized the glamor and luxury of an Italian summer. The sleek, modern rooms of Il Sereno rise up from its shoreline, providing guests with incredible views and easy access to the water. Take it in through the stone archways at their Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Sereno al Lago, swim in the lake’s clear waters, or head out onto the lake and explore the region on one of their boat tours.
Address: Via Torrazza 10, 22020 Torno CO, Italy
Rooms: From $2,402 per night
Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa, Sirmione
Situated in the heart of Lake Garda, sun loungers and a pool are all that separate the adult-only Hotel Ocelle from Sirmione’s beautiful Jamaica beach. While most beaches on Lake Garda are rocky, Jamaica Beach offers soft sands. Alternatively, the jetty out over the water with loungers and umbrellas is a truly unique way to enjoy this lakeside retreat.
Address: Via XXV Aprile, 1, 25019 Sirmione BS, Italy
Rooms: From $383 per night
Gritti Palace, Venice
You have to head outside of Venice to find a true beach, but if you’re looking for a waterfront hotel in “the floating city,” Gritti Palace is one of the best. With a prime position overlooking the famous Grand Canal, this hotel is steeped in the city’s past with rooms designed to feel like the once lived-in rooms of a private residence. Or consider the Aman Venice Palazzo, another Grand Canal option on the other side of San Marco.
Address: Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Rooms: From $1,360 per night
Excelsior Palace Hotel, Rapallo
With direct access to the sea, two infinity pools, and three jacuzzis, it’s easy to find your own space to relax in the water at the Excelsior Palace Hotel. Dry off in one of the spacious cabanas and head to the Eden Roc restaurant to enjoy the catch of the day, cooked Ligurian-style. Although the hotel itself is secluded, they also offer boat rides to the popular destinations of Portofino and the Cinque Terre.
Address: Via S. Michele, 8, 16035 Rapallo GE, Italy
Rooms: From $383 per night
Luxury Hotels on Sardinia’s Coast
With miles of unspoiled coastline, Sardinia and the Costa Smeralda offer brilliantly clear waters, gorgeous beaches, and some of the best places to make memories. Here are our favorite stays with panoramic views in this sophisticated region.
Hotel Cala di Volpe, A Luxury Hotel Collection, Costa Smeralda
The Hotel Cala di Volpe feels less like a hotel and more like an intimate village, set against Sardinia’s beautiful Costa Smeralda. Spend a day at the Cala Beach Club—just five minutes away by boat—and return to Cala di Volpe to enjoy seaside sashimi at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant headed up by celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa.
Address: Costa Smeralda, 07020 Porto Cervo, Arzachena, Sardinia Italy
Rooms: From $738 per night
Hotel Capo d’Orso, Palau
Experience your own slice of Sardinia’s lush landscape at the Hotel Capo d’Orso, a five-star retreat situated between the clear blue waters and rich green forests of the Cala Capra park. Romantic getaways are something of a specialty for the staff at the hotel and their packages for honeymoons, anniversaries, and proposals will leave you with magical memories and unique mementos.
Address: Via Cala Capra, 07020 Capo D’orso SS, Italy
Rooms: From $635 per night
Hotel Abi D’Oru, Marinella Gulf
Located in the pristine Porto Rotondo, the Hotel Abi D’Oru has reserved a dedicated spot just for you on the white sands of Marinella Beach. Sit under one of the straw-style umbrellas, gather around the spacious gazebos, take your choice of diving, surfing, or sailing lessons, or hire any style of watercraft—guests have access to it all just steps from their modern rooms.
Address: Località Golfo di Marinella, 07026 Porto Rotondo SS, Italy
Rooms: From $982 per night
Puglia’s Luxury Beach Hotels
Puglia’s stunning cliffs and Mediterranean coastline have made it a sought-after summer destination for generations, especially at these hotel hot spots.
La Peschiera, Puglia
La Peschiera boasts three private coastal areas: The La Peschiera Private Beach, the Tamerici Beach Club next door, and the Polignano a Mare private marina. Soak in the therapeutic Thalassic pools as the Adriatic Sea beats a steady tide against the rocks nearby. At sunset, head out in a gozzo (a traditional boat) for the polparella experience (an exclusive feature of La Peschiera) to sip prosecco, explore Puglia’s unique cliffs, and fish with a local.
Address: Contrada Losciale, 63 Frazione, 70043 Capitolo BA, Italy
Rooms: From $520 per night
Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri
With two private beach clubs and expansive grounds, the luxury lifestyle hotel Borgo Egnazia lets you soak up the majesty of the Adriatic Sea “like nowhere else.” The hotel itself is a masterpiece, a place of zen with its neutral palate and rich detail. For beach life, families gather at the fully-quipped La Fonte, while at the Cala Masciola beach club you can savor the taste of fresh seafood prepared according to Puglian tradition or bask in an airy cabana.
Address: Strada Comunale Egnazia 72015, Savelletri BR, Italy
Rooms: From $3,490 per night
Tuscany: Italy’s Best Kept Beach Secret
Beautiful stretches of Italian countryside are probably the first images that come to mind when Tuscany is mentioned. But with almost 150 miles of coastline, it’s a region not to be overlooked for its secluded and romantic beach-side escapes.
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, Viareggio
Founded in the 1920s, the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte’s roots in Art Nouveau effortlessly blend with modern tastes and comforts. In the rooms, soothing shades of blue and cream are accented with elegant marble touches. Guests of the hotel can access two of Viareggio’s best beach clubs: the historic Principino Beach and the modern Teresita Beach. Book the Luxury Beach Experience and get ready to be served Champagne Bellinis in your own spacious gazebo on the Tuscan Riviera.
Address: Piazza Giacomo Puccini, 1, 55049 Viareggio LU, Italy
Rooms: From $706 per night
Hotel il Pellicano, Porto Ercole
A secluded hideaway founded on a love story, Hotel il Pellicano is the perfect romantic getaway. Take a custom-built elevator down to the private beach where signature yellow and white striped towels compliment the sun loungers. The spirit of ‘sprezzatura’, casual elegance, is at the heart of their philosophy and when you’re sipping juice from the on-site bar after paddle boarding, you’ll find La Dolce Vita comes easy.
Address: Località Sbarcatello, 58019 Porto Ercole GR, Italy
Rooms: From $1,320 per night
Hotel Hermitage, Elba
Just off the coast of Tuscany, the quiet island of Elba is home to the five-star Hotel Hermitage. Perfect for anyone who loves traveling with their animal companions, the hotel can not only accommodate them, it has a special section of its private beach reserved for guests with pets. Relax near the protected cove in the rows of beach loungers, take in sea views and a cocktail from one of three salt-water swimming pools, or snorkel from the exclusive rock terrace.
Address: Strada Provinciale della Biodola, 57037 Portoferraio LI, Italy
Rooms: From $534 per night