Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cool Summer Solitude - Relais Blu, Massa Lubrense (Na)

My desire for a cool beverage and the yearning to relax in front of one the most spectacular panoramas on the coast occurred at right about the same time.  Around 5 pm one hot August afternoon in Massa Lubrense, not too far from Relais Blu.  And after a phone call and stopping and asking for directions, I finally arrived at this panoramic 4 star hotel.  Though I had seen dozens of photos on the web, it was hard not to keep my jaw from dropping as I walked into the immaculate lobby and was ushered to the terrace.  That's when the wow escaped from my lips.  A soft wow, but a wow nonetheless.
I had the terrace to myself.  The honeymoon couple before me  had just finished their glasses of wine and left me alone surrounded only by bright white patio couches, dark blue patio umbrellas and a spectacular view of Capri.

I came for a cool drink so I glanced at the menu.  Francesco, the waiter and my terrace companion for the afternoon, must have noticed my look of indecision.  A glass of spumante...a rose' from Campania...a cocktail?  I couldn't decide.

Francesco suggested something fresh. Fresh and simple.  How about a green tea with lemon?
Iced tea?  I thought about it for a minute.  It wasn't the latest summer drink on the coast.  It didn't sound in or hot.
But it did sound cool.  And on this Utopian terrace, anything would be perfect.

Would you like a few snacks from the kitchen?  he asked.
Why not....
parmagiano reggiano and balsamic vinegar


frittata di pasta

mortadella with basil

After awhile my solitude was broken.  Several more guests joined me on Relais Blu's terrace of tranquility. And who could blame them.  It was time for me to leave, though.  I took a last look, snapped a last photograph.  The last wow escaped from my lips. A soft wow, but a wow nonetheless.
At the reception desk they suggested that I come back for dinner one evening.
The sunset is spectacular, I was told.
Yes, I thought.  I had seen some pictures.

Relais Blu
Via Roncato, 60
80061 Massa Lubrense (NA)
Tel +39 081 878 9552  

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