Furore Inn Resort
Five star hotel resort, spa and restaurant on the Amalfi Coast
We stayed at the Furore Inn Resort at the end of May in 2003. Flowers tumbled brightly down the terraces, the sea sparkled blue far below, the sun was shining as we sat by the pool. It seemed a real hardship that we had to leave, and head back to the city. We enjoyed our stay very much; the atmosphere is quiet and luxurious, staff are young, friendly and obliging, and the food is superb. Note that unlike the other hotel reviews on this website, I stayed as a guest of the hotel management.
The two most striking attributes of the Furore Inn Resort hotel are space and peace. High above the restricted space and the noise along the coast road, the hotel extends over several floors and terraces. There is room for a swimming pool, two hydrotherapy pools, a tennis court, restaurant terraces and even a private olive grove. With just 22 bedrooms and suites, the hotel must boast a quite remarkable ratio of square metres to guest.
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Amalfi Coast five star hotel
The Furore Inn Resort is an unusual alternative option to the more talked-about Amalfi Coast luxury hotels. Opened just a few years ago, the hotel was purpose-built to provide five-star facilities in the tranquil and often overlooked village of Furore, scenically located between Positano and Amalfi. The hotel is very much part of the local community;
it is part-owned by the municipality of Furore and the relationship with the surrounding area extends to the ingredients used by the hotel's chef. Environmental sustainability was a key consideration, in this area where new developments are minimised.
The hotel is off the beaten track, spreading over large panoramic terraces 180m above sea level. At this height, the busy Amalfi Coast road might not exist; the heavy traffic and the sightseeing crowds are left far below. The air is clean and fresh, and
the atmosphere is incredibly tranquil for a location in a popular tourist area. Although the hotel facilities are all new and glossy, the history of the spot goes back a long way. A fresco displayed in the hall is dated 1598 and was found here during works.
As well as the usual luxuries that you would expect of a five-star hotel, the hotel features a top restaurant and a wellbeing centre, including a beauty centre, fitness facilities and spa therapies.
Honeymoons, romantic breaks and special occasions
This destination is ideal for those who want to spend time away from the crowds. You can enjoy a leisurely and luxurious break without venturing far from the resort grounds. The terraces with swimming pools, tables and chairs are large and secluded,
while the beauty and wellbeing centre offer the kind of pampering that will make your stay special. For the romantically-minded, the hotel is located on Via dell'Amore (Love Way), and next to the hotel is the picturesque Passeggiata dell'Amore, a pathway decorated with poems; perfect for romantic rambles.
The hotel can cater for receptions, dinners, weddings (there is even a historic chapel over the road) and conferences. There are several function rooms, and food can be served on one of the panoramic terraces.
Luxury spa resort
Beauty and wellbeing centre treatments range from a Turkish bath to a pedicure to high-tech cellulite treatments. Instead of a last minute rush before you leave for your holiday, you can have your hair, nails, legs done after you arrive at your hotel. And any sense of guilt you may
feel at all the pampering and the fine dining can be worked off in the cardio-fitness centre, or along the local nature trails (with the option of a personal trainer to accompany you).
La Volpe Pescatrice restaurant
The restaurant of the Furore Inn is open to non-residents, and is well-known in its own right as a home of world-class cuisine. Ingredients are all sourced locally, with the emphasis on organic, healthy and pure products. The Amalfi Coast area is rich in speciality products and dishes, and you
can try them all here: from pleasant Furore wine (white and red), to the village's famed cherry tomatoes and cheeses from the Monte Lattari mountains which tower above the coastline.
The restaurant's name, La Volpe Pescatrice means the Fishing Vixen, which is also the name of a nearby pathway leading from the hillside to the sea. It is intended to symbolise the local blending of two traditions, agriculture and fishing. And of course this combination is also featured
in the restaurant's menus: dishes combining locally-caught seafood with the rich products of Furore and the neighbouring districts.
If your interest in the food extends beyond eating it, the hotel also organises cookery classes based around local products - contact them to find out more.
Furore Inn Resort travel information
It will be most convenient to arrive by car if you plan to do a lot of travelling around the area. Furore is situated on a road which leaves the coast road west of Amalfi, and runs up the hillside to Agerola. The hotel is on a lane which leaves this hillside road (a large sign on the rocks marks the turning point). There is plenty of parking at the hotel.
Alternatively, the hotel runs a shuttle minibus service into Amalfi, and can also arrange the transfer from your arrival airport or station. This shuttle service is useful even if you have your own car. Parking in Amalfi is difficult, and the shuttle means you can leave your car at the hotel when you choose - for example, to take a boat trip from Amalfi to Capri. A public bus service connects Amalfi and Agerola, and this stops along the road in Furore, although you would still need to walk the length of the lane to the hotel. The best option is to give the hotel a call and arrange to be picked up.
The hotel generally closes for the winter from mid-November until February, opening specially for New Year events. There are facilities for the disabled, with access to the pool terraces and other facilities. The restaurant featured a non-smoking area even before this was a legal requirement, and also offered good vegetarian options on the menu during our visit.
Email the hotel to enquire about availability and special offers: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give them a call on (+39) 089 83 04 711. Staff are helpful and English-speaking.
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