Located in Anacapri – the higher, (slightly) quieter side of the island of Capri. Getting here couldn't be easier. Step off the boat and take the funicular up to Piazza Umberto and, just up the steps from the piazza, is the stunning entrance to Capri Palace. The piazzetta ("little square" - town centre) is a short bus ride away but there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in Anacapri to keep you busy. You're also a five-minute walk from Villa Michele.
Classic, superior and suites are elegant, modern and totally luxurious, as you might expect from a 5*L (one up from a 5*) hotel. Even the beige and white clasics rooms have canopied beds with terracotta floors and a balcony (but check whether your room is 'hill' or 'sea' view, as not all look over the bay of Naples). Plasma screens, DVD and Hi-Fi come as standard.
It's worth spending a bit more and upgrading to a deluxe where you'll get a lot more room. Suites, taking the names of famous celebs (Monroe, Hepburn etc), are enormous, with a separate lounge and terrace looking over the bay towards the island of Ischia and Procida (if you have a 'sea' side room). The art suites are great fun: Mondrian features a Mondrian-inspired wall of yellow, red and black, while the Magritte has its own 'Son of Man' tiled pool. Travertine stone bathrooms are fabulous with all the treats: huge fluffy robes, slippers, plenty of Penhaligon products… as well as high-powered showers, but my favourite is the Callas with its gorgeous 'egg' bath.
Wherever you look, all is luxury – white vaulted ceilings, cream stone floors, beige sofas, soft furnishings of cashmere, fine wool and linen, beautiful flower displays – and thanks to Cacace's love of art, the hotel has more of a personality than many other five-star hotels.
Eating and drinking
Once you're here you might not leave (credit card permitted). Hotel restaurant, L'Olivo – once overseen by Oliver Glowig and awarded two Michelin stars in 2006 – is a destination in its own right, specialising in top-quality Mediterranean cuisine. The Bar degli Artisti is a stylish hangout for young Caprese (check out the traditional fishing boat full of televisions screening the blue water of the Grotto on a loop – another of Cacace's artworks), while Il Mosaico is a less formal pool-side restaurant. If you're out for the day you could do worse than drop anchor at Il Riccio restaurant and beach club.
The Capri Beauty Farm (open to the public) has been winning awards for years and specialises in leg and heart treatments as well as the usual peels, massages and facials. There are plenty of (his and her) programmes available with a day package (including scrub, massage, facial, aquagym lesson) for 360 euros. The heated outdoor pool (open May to September) overlooks the sea and is a delight. Sail and motor boats are available for transfers and trips (say, to Il Riccio for lunch and a dip).
Top-notch – everyone from the pool staff to the restaurant staff are totally charming and professional.
Who stays there
The deep-pockets brigade and a very loyal clientele who come back year after year. A stay here is not for the faint-hearted as there are no bargains to be had, but it's just the destination for a blow-out, once in a lifetime trip, and perfect for a celebration: honeymoon, anniversary, big birthday.
The entire hotel closes for the winter (mid-October to Easter 2011) for total refurbishment. Room rates include newspaper, bottled water at turn-down, complimentary shuttle to the Il Riccio beach club and restaurant, and WiFi. It's also possible to book half-board and eat lunch or dinner at the two Michelin-starred L'Olivo restaurant.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Fabulous facilities
- Service is excellent
- Location; the views are exquisite
- Free WiFi throughout
- Some rooms have poor views