Casa Privata lies beyond the crowds of Positano secretly tucked into a cliff offering a private peaceful and utterly chic environment.
My stylish friend has a very chic, savvy daughter named Molly. She contributes to A Hotel Life where I have learned about some unknown, to me, hotels. We chose to visit one of their featured locations for our summer vacation. Casa Privata, also known as Ca’ P’a, cannot be seen at street level. One must walk down two hundred steps to reach its simple entrance. Past this humble wooden door an enchanting world is revealed.
The former fisherman’s house is roughly four hundred years old. Thick walls shelter the interior rooms. Original frescoes are still visible in the central room topped with a raw stone barrel vaulted ceiling. Only offering seven rooms makes for an intimate atmosphere.
A lovely couple with two small sons own Ca’ P’a. She is from Vienna, he from Brisbane Australia. They met in London where their boys were born but have since relocated to Singapore. Rosa has deep connections to the Amalfi Coast having summered there for thirty years since childhood. Her mother would take her children out of school one week early whisking them away to a rented house in Praiano all summer. They would not return until one week into the subsequent school year. Heaven.
Although located in a tiny town, the design of Ca’ P’a is strong and informed.
Rosa’s family is one of architects and interior designers. Clearly she has picked up talent along the way. The hotel is very charming with chic touches throughout. The downstairs public rooms consist of a bar, lounge, and kitchen. The bar has stenciled walls loosely resembling flowers from the garden. The technique references the original frescoes seen next door in the lounge. These rooms open onto the outdoor dining area shaded by a canopy of low trees and globe lights. Various paths take one down to a fountain, gardens, pool, lemon grove and finally the lounge chairs positioned in the cliff just above the sparkling sea.
The staff is delightful tending to your every need. Alba & Francesca handle the office scheduling water taxis, boats, parking, restaurant recommendations and anything else one might want. The chefs and servers accommodate your culinary desires. Rass remembers that you like a cappuccino or Moroccan mint tea and brings it to you before you even ask. The real star of Ca’ P’a, however, is Leo. He is the six year old son of Rosa who is full of life, charm, and a dash (or two) of mischief.
The garden is the co-star to the fisherman’s house.
When we first arrived at the hotel, it was busting with small vases of flowers. It was as if the garden erupted pushing a flow of flowers into the house. Later I learned that they were the leftovers from two previous weddings. The look was so appealing, however, that I am inspired to bring more flowers from my own garden into our home to create that lush romantic garden atmosphere.
Casa Privata is an ideal vacation destination. It represents just how a home should be: beautiful, intimate, unique, inviting, and private except to friends and loved ones. It provides wonderful inspiration to take back to one’s own home.
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