Thursday, June 7, 2012

HOTEL CHECK ITALY, part 4, Capri Palace

Capri Palace Hotel is serenely located in the hills around 20 minutes drive from the port. This fabled romantic hideaway looks over the village of Anacapri with its 20 or so restaurants and cafes, and on to the sea. Comfortably away from the daytime crush of the famously beautiful town of Capri itself.

Anacapri is relatively small, you could visit every shop (typically small boutiques, curios and cafes) and see all the sights (some well preserved ancient churches and museums) in town in a couple of hours. Capri town itself is definitely worth a day trip, and you can take the local bus (good fun and very easy) for €2pp or taxi for €25ish, the journey takes around 20mins.

Capri is full of designer stores, cafes and restaurants and looks over the north and south coast – a stunning town. The narrow cobbled streets and open air cafes fill up quickly and people watching is a well practiced sport. Make your way down the cliffs to small bays where you can take a dip in the clear waters or charter your own small boat to explore further afield.


Capri Palace Hotel & Spa houses 78 rooms and suites, some with private pool and garden, all with terrace or balcony. Rooms are decorated in Mediterranean style, but the actual interiors vary massively by room. Here you absolutely must have a sea view.

Our sea view

Our favourites are the sea view junior suites, but we also recommend the superior double with seaview as a leadin category. The private pool suites are hill view (unless you go for the 2 bedroom Penthouse); the pools can be seen from other hill suites, which is perfect for those with new fab bikinis to show but you don’t have a view of the sea. Connecting rooms are possible although this is not really a family hotel.

Food & beverage

The hotel has two restaurants, "l’Olivo" – an elegant and refined restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. The more informal "bistrot Rag├╣" has an enjoyable sea view terrace.

Other spaces to get together are the artist's bar and La Dolce Vite wine cellar, as well as Beach Club Il Ricco which has an amazing 'dessert room' that has to be seen to be believed. The restaurant serves outstandingly fresh Mediterranean classics with the catch of the day always a particular stand out.


The Capri Beauty Farm is a spa of international fame, many times awarded as the best medical spa in the world, and specializes in beauty and medical activities, such as the famous "Leg School".

For those who love sparkling sea and to swim in saltwater, a good reason to choose Capri Palace is Il Riccio, the hotel’s restaurant and beach club overlooking the ocean. It is a 15 minute shuttle from the hotel and is a private cliff terrace above the stunning coastline below. There are step ladders down to the sea itself but no swimming pool. And somewhere down there is the Blue Grotto.

The swimming pool at the hotel is unheated but a pleasant place.

How to get to Capri Palace

Private transfers must be booked for arrival/departure. All pre/post boats and airport transfers should also be arranged for you in advance. It takes 90 minutes by car and ferry from Naples International Airport.

Who to stay

Couples seeking romance and Italian lifestyle – families can stay here too but the hotel does not really have an ambience that suggests kids, despite the Italian love of bambinos.

Been shopping today in Capri town

Added values

Select Added Value Capri Palace – Bottle of sparkling wine and petit fours on arrival and complimentary upgrade early checkin/late out if available

Our Italian journey

Continuing our magical journey - in the next blog we take a look at another Capri property - Caesar Augustus. We have already given our experiences of two stunnng hotels on the Amalfi Coast: Hotel Caruso and Le Sirenuse (previous blogs).

Note that the images are all snapshots, in blog style, taken with a mobile phone camera.

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