For us, stepping out of our car was like stepping into the past, into a simpler time filled only with the sound of the breeze rustling through the lemon groves. And as that breeze fills your senses with the sweet scent of jasmine, you undoubtedly get the feeling that this place essentially hasn't changed in centuries. "Belvedere" itself got its start in 1893 when vineyard owner, Pantaleone Caruso, rented out 5 rooms in the palace, calling them "Belvedere" or "beautiful view". When the Orient Express restored the full palace in 2005, keeping Belvedere front and center was certainly a nice touch.
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Wowing us first was the cocktail bar area, which had a separate piano room with the most dazzling chandelier and original fresco on the ceiling.
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I first got the urge to stay at this hotel after I read an article listing the Top 10 Pools in the World on CNN.com. Needless to say I was just dying to see it with my own eyes! Despite it being a little bit hazy that afternoon, this pool simply did not disappoint. Our concierge graciously offered to take our picture once we were able to regain our composure :)
Our Delux room gave us our own private balcony and a beautiful and spacious marble bathroom with whirlpool tub. A wonderful touch was the dozen fresh red roses that greeted us inside.
With our stomachs full and wallets lighter, we soaked up the rest of the day's sun by the pool.
Final note from me...
As if all of this beauty wasn't enough, Dave went and topped off our time in Ravello with the world's most precious gift -- an engagement ring! As I am now in the midst of wedding planning, it was really fantastic to revisit this spot where we got engaged. I can't get over how lucky we are to have experienced this moment at Hotel Caruso :)