22 Jun Palazzo Avino Capsule Collection
The highlight of the Amalfi coast, a pink 12th-century palazzo, just became even more alluring thanks to its newly redecorated suites by Cristina Celestino.
Following the success of The Pink Closet, a boutique within Palazzo Avino, Mariella and Attilia Avino asked renowned designer Celestio to return to the Pink Palace to work across a collection of the hotel’s best suites, and they are just as compelling.
Perched on a hillside overlooking the coast in the town of Ravello, the hotel has a setting that is nothing short of magical, and now some of that magic is reflected in the interiors, too.
As with The Pink Closet, the designer wanted to bring to the rooms something of the hotel’s external architecture and its natural surroundings. “The idea came by thinking about the essence of Palazzo Avino and its bond with Ravello and the Amalfi coast,” says Celestino. “Perched on the steep cobblestone alleys, the hotel is like a pink mirage amidst terraces of olive and citrus trees. Hard to reach, it is a destination that proves to be even more extraordinary than expected, thanks to the breathtaking view of the sea and the horizon, glimpsed through the palazzo’s lancet windows.”
The rooms’ internal architecture is beautiful, with marble floors, high vaulted ceilings and gothic-arched openings that break up the various areas within the suites. Celestino has incorporated one of three palettes into each suite, aquamarine, coral and sand, and each interior also features some of the hotel’s collection of fine antiques.
For the coral palette, Celestino took her influence from Ravello’s classically beautiful gardens, one of the town’s major tourist draws, and in particular the terracotta that is one of the gardens’ key materials. The beds are enclosed within slightly concave walls, which in the Belvedere Suite is a patinated terracotta, a colour that’s repeated on other walls. The designer has run with the shell theme that also appears in the pink closet, with lighting that resembles pearls set within brass seashells. Elsewhere surfaces have been treated with a paint finish that resembles mother-of-pearl. These lustrous finishes contrast with the flat matt plastered walls.
The designer worked with rug company cc-tapis on a capsule collection for the rooms, with designs that feature lusciously oversized plants and flowers, their inspiration again taken from the locale: pomegranate, citrus trees and asphodel flowers. Hand-made in Nepal from linen, wool and pure silk, they chime in with Celestino’s three designated palettes.
Each of the Capsule Collection suites, like all Palazzo Avino rooms, provide ultimate comfort for the most discerning of guests, and the family-run Pink Palace extends the warmest of welcomes.