Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Housed in a restored Medieval villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the 26-room Villa Fraulo draws couples and honeymooners. Although it has been renovated several times, this upper-middle-range property retains some of its original architectural elements and historic atmosphere. Rich fabrics, ornate golden details and antique-style furniture give the property a refined feel, but lack of investment in areas such as the pool, the façade, and some Standard Rooms tarnishes its grandeur. All rooms have elegant classic decor, modern amenities, and balconies or terraces offering expansive sea views, and the restaurant serves decent regional food on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. The location in central Ravello, within walking distance of restaurants and historic sights, is a major plus.