Casa Privata

A Private Paradise on the Amalfi Coast

Hidden from the madding crowds but still within easy reach of Amalfi Coast’s many attractions lies a private paradise: Casa Privata or Ca’ Pa’.
Written and Photographed by Arturo Bamboo

Ever since the Hareiters, an Austrian architect family sailed along this fisherman’s ruin between Positano and Amalfi they knew this was something special. The robust design, domed ceilings, and views all the way from Positano to Capri made the family turn this ruin into their ultimate summer hideaway. After some years, the Hareiters decided to open the house for guests and created six stunning rooms blending beautiful antiques and design classics – Ca’ Pa’ feels modern but still warm and boasts some nice surprises such as Aesop toiletries, vintage Vogue magazines, fresh flowers and Margiela linens. In every detail, the feel for design and architecture of the family becomes clear

Rosa, daughter of the Hareiters, runs the inn with charm and feels like an old friend only hours after arriving. The grounds of Ca’ Pa’ invite for a daily routine: walk down the beautiful terraced garden, along the pool area, olive trees and lavender bushes. After some more steps, you end up on the private beach, where every room has its own private deck to take in these fabulous views along the coast. You can even spot dolphins from here!

The small scale of the property makes this really feel like your own private hideaway – this feeling is enhanced by the honesty bar as well as the piles of beautiful books and magazines. This place must be the epitome of a hidden gem – how refreshing in these times of mass tourism.

Da Adolfo – a restaurant tip

The ultimate lunch experience but don’t forget to reserve! Either you jump on board on the free boat with the big red fish in Positano’s harbour or – even more special – you can be picked up from Ca’ Pa’ by water taxi as Da Adolfo is only reachable by boat. This is a legendary, family-run shabby-chic beach shag with lovely food and a lively crowd. Order the white wine with peaches and the special almond pasta, sit back and relax!