Villa Yiara | Positano | Hotel Review
From the moment I saw pictures of Villa Yiara in Positano, I knew I had to stay there. The spacious rooms with their bright, white walls, yellow furnishings and crawling plants were simply beautiful and I could not resist this spot. After the Wedding in Ravello, we had 3 days to go and travel around the Amalfi Coast. There are so many beautiful places to visit en route back to Naples airport, but in the end we did 4 nights in Ravello with family and friends, plus a night in Positano and 2 in Sorrento. It was probably Villa Yiara and its beauty that swayed our stay in Positano…
About Villa Yiara
Villa Yiara is an amazing family run B&B, located in an 18th century building in the hills of Positano. It is located on Villa Pasitea (number 294) and from the moment you enter under the archway, you can feel the luxurious vibe of this hotel. Once through the archway, you arrive on a bright white terrace, covered in plants – definitely a taste of the rooms to come. And it’s the perfect place for a photo if you want some amazing views behind you!
Make your way down the white steps to enter reception. Reception is open from around 8am-8pm and everyone is so helpful and super friendly. We were greeted so warmly on arrival, swiftly taken to our room where she let us know the best route into town, asked our breakfast preferences etc.. When we left the hotel the following day, they happily organised us a taxi to Sorrento. This was ideal as you can often end up paying more if you’re a tourist and book it yourself.
The Rooms at Villa Yiara
There are lots of different rooms at Villa Yiara, all of which overlook the beautiful sea and lines of pastel coloured houses on the hillside. All rooms either have a terrace or a balcony where you are served a yummy breakfast at a time of your choosing in the morning. The breakfast contains coffees and fresh juice, pastries and cake, bread buns and condiments, plus eggs of your choice. We opted for scrambled and they were delicious.
I absolutely loved our room which was the king room with balcony. There were fresh lilies in the main room and the bathroom which meant it smelt delicious! It was a huge room, that was beautifully decorated and looked exactly like the pictures. There was a king sized bed (one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in), seating on the balcony and a lovely big bathroom complete with jet shower. You received slippers and robes on the bed which are great for lounging on the balcony. There is a well priced mini bar with wine, beer, water and snacks etc.. The wifi is really quick and you receive the password on arrival. There is air conditioning too, which was needed in the heat.
This was the only room available when I booked (lucky) and I would definitely stay in it again! If I do return to Positano, I would upgrade to a terrace room, but just so I could do a spot of sunbathing!
How To Get To Villa Yiara
Don’t follow Google Maps! When we arrived at the hotel (definitely a little bit warm after climbing hundreds of steps in the 30+ degree heat), the first thing they said was “you followed Google Maps”. Yes, yes we did… And below is the route you should take if you’re walking!
If you arrive via boat, there are porters waiting to take your bags to the hotel. This will cost you around 10 euros a bag. And once you see the hills, you’ll understand why this is worth it. From the main harbour, you need to head for Villa Pasitea rather than follow the recommended route from Google Maps (unless you fancy a lot of steps!).
There are plenty of paths from the beach that take you upwards. We aimed for The Church of Santa Maria Assunta as there is a snicket to the left of this church that will lead you to in the right direction. You’ll pass Ristorante Max on your left and then you’ve reached the road you need. After about 15 minutes on Villa Pasitea, look for a snicket called Via dei Merletti. Follow the steps, turn right at the top and about 50m on the right you’ll have found Villa Yiara! This walk is all uphill but it is a steady incline.
How To Get From Villa Yiara To The Beach
To get from the hotel to the beach, it’s around 15 minutes. When you leave the hotel, turn right onto Villa Pasitea. In about 50m there are some steps that will take you to a lower part of Villa Pasitea. This snicket is called Via dei Merletti.
You then follow Villa Pasitea all of the way down the hill for some amazing views. There are bars, restaurants and shops en route. You can follow the road all of the way around until you reach the bustling shopping streets. Alternatively just before the U bend at the end, you will reach some stairs on the right hand side. This snicket is called Via Vecchia (just after a single, tiny stone shop on the right hand side). The beach is sign posted on the wall. Follow this or the road, and once you’re in the hustle and bustle of the town, it’s a case of following the crowds!
Villa Yiara Summary
I would recommend Hotel Villa Yiara to everyone! I bet there aren’t many hotels as nice as this in Positano but with this price bracket. It was pricey – but not for Positano and it was definitely worth the money we paid. It is high up the hill (as you can guess from the pictures), but the walk is nice and the views en route make up for the climb- they are spectacular. I can’t wait to return to this hotel one day! Read more of my hotel recommendations here.