With the holidays and family get-togethers on the horizon this month, in this edition, one of First in Service’s clients is telling us all about her family’s recent trip to Egypt and Jordan—which included three generations traveling together! Speaking of trips, sometimes the best way to enjoy a business trip is to add some fun: Our co-founder, Erika, gives us the lowdown on her recent trip to Australia, where she did just that. And, finally, with Thanksgiving just a few days away we’re sharing a few favorite recipes—from F1S offices around the world. Happy Thanksgiving from our F1S family to yours!
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is legendary. On her recent stay in Praiano and Capri, our leisure specialist Mayla Melo shares how she fell in love with the sweeping views and rugged cliffside towns…
I landed in Rome and hit the ground running. First stop was Herculaneum, the ancient Roman city destroyed in 79AD. The archaeological site, located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, is much better preserved than the more famous Pompeii.
After a quick lunch, we headed to the Amalfi Coast. The two-hour drive is incredibly scenic, especially from Naples to Amalfi. Along the way, I caught views of the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and terraced villages overlooking the turquoise sea.
Casa Angelina in Praiano was my home for the next two nights. Perched on a cliff, the luxury hotel is stylish, modern and ideal for romance. Views of the Mediterranean Sea are breathtaking, especially by the outdoor pool.
Exploring the winding coastal towns is an adventure. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to nearby Positano, full of trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants. Ravello and Amalfi are also well worth a visit. In Ravello, considered one of the most beautiful towns in southern Italy, visit the 11th-century cathedral and Villa Rufolo, with its magnificent gardens.
I spent the second half of my trip on the island of Capri, accessible by ferry from Positano. The Capri Palace Hotel and Spa sent a driver to pick me up. Along the scenic route to the resort, we passed the Marina Grande and bustling main town of Capri, before arriving at peaceful Anacapri.
Tucked away from the touristy section of the island, Capri Palace has stunning rooms, a world renowned medical spa and excellent service. My room – the Adjani Suite – had a terrace with a panoramic view of the sea and the island of Ischia. The hotel’s Il Riccio restaurant is the only beach club in the world with a Michelin star. It’s also next to the famed Blue Grotto. I finished my lunch there with a decadent trip to the restaurant’s Desert Room for all-you-can-eat sweet delicacies.
Just outside of the hotel is the Monte Solaro, a thrilling chair lift to the top of the island. In 15 minutes, you can experience spectacular views of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius.
Around Anacapri, stores and restaurants are quite relaxed and cater to the Italians rather than the tourists of Capri. Shops are authentic and most goods are made locally. Before dinner I took an hour-long hike to the famous Arco Naturale stone archway. For my farewell dinner I headed past the main square in Capri to Villa Verde, for a taste of the best Italian risotto of my life.