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Hotel Highlights

  • Fabulous therapeutic spa
  • Huge and glamorous pool overlooking the Isle of Ischia
  • Perfect for see-and-be-seen sojourns in Capri

Overview

Arching ceilings and Doric columns reveal a rich history at Capri Palace Hotel & Spa that might otherwise be overlooked in its current incarnation as a seaside-chic stay with a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves up Mediterranean marvels. Setting a tone of Italian indulgence, the pool overlooks the picturesque Isle of Ischia; its tangerine-coloured umbrellas encourage fruit skewer-eating and oversized sunglass-wearing while soaking up some rays.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Capri Palace Hotel & Spa with us:

Fresh seasonal fruit on arrival. Smith members booking Deluxe Junior Suites and above also get a €75 voucher to spend either at Michelin-starred restaurant L'Olivo or poolside bistro Il Mosaico

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Spa paradise: 'a three-day programme to give your stay a magical scent' 'One more night': 4 nights for the price of 3

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

72 rooms, including 15 suites; some have private swimming pools and gardens.

Check–out

Midday.

Rates

Double rooms from $643.68 (€480), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. Minimum stays may apply.

Also

Transfers are available by helicopter from Naples airport, or by private boat.

At the hotel

Fitness centre, billiards, library, Capri Beauty Farm medical spa.

Our favourite rooms

The Paltrow Presidential Suite is a huge penthouse with a private circular swimming pool set in a Mediterranean roof garden. Two of the deluxe rooms, as well as some of the suites, have their own private pools and gardens. If you choose a Classic room, ask for one with a sea view.

Poolside

There's a sunlounger-surrounded pool at the cliff's edge; more swimming opportunities await at the Il Riccio private beach club, close to the Blue Grotto.

Also

The highly regarded medical spa specialises in leg treatments, with wonder therapies to help prevent and improve cellulite and vascular problems, and custom nutrition programs.

Children

One child up to 10 years of age is accommodated free of charge when staying in parents' room, meals to be paid extra.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Elegant L'Olivo, the only restaurant in Capri which has two Michelin stars, is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers Mediterranean cuisine from Ischia-born chef Andrea Migliaccio. The Ragù bistro is on a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples; expect amazing spaghetti alla vongole, melanzane parmigiana and a seafood tartare trio from its kitchens. There’s also poolside Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club, which has a Michelin star of its own.

Hotel Bar

The Bar degli Artisti is named after the many artworks that hang on its walls.

Room service

24 hours.

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Dress code

Italian-style elegance.

Top table

Any on the terrace for the fabulous view.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If designer shopping is your thing, head to Capri for Italian designer boutiques. In Anacapri you can find high-quality handicrafts, and the famous handmade sandals. The entrance to the chairlift that takes you to the highest point on Capri is just outside the hotel and is worth taking a ride on for the exceptional views. Become a modern-day Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and rent a scooter (+39 (0)81 837 5863). Visit Villa Jovis, the Roman ruins of a sumptuous palace built by Emperor Tiberius. Il Faro is a rocky beach not far from the hotel, which has a restaurant and swimming pool perched on its edge.

Local restaurants

Enjoy dinner between the lemon-trees, with food from a typical Capri kitchen at Da Paolino (+39 (0)81 837 6102). Sample Mediterranean food on the terrace at Villa Verde (+39 (0)81 837 7024). Nettuno (+39 (0)81 837 1362) provides the ideal spot to watch the sunset while sipping an aperitif. Lido del Faro (+39 (0)81 837 1798) serves fresh seafood delights.

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Unspoilt Capri countryside

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Via Capodimonte 14, Capri, Campania, 80071

Planes

The nearest airport is Naples, which is served by British Airways, BMI, EasyJet and Alitalia. You can hire a car, take the airport shuttle bus, or pick up a taxi from the airport to Naples harbour (a taxi will cost around €20), then hop on the hydrofoil to Capri. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the island; let the hotel know your estimated time of arrival in advance, and you’ll be met on the quayside with a chauffered car to the hotel.

Trains

Naples Central railway station (in Piazza Garibaldi) is well-connected to the rest of Italy: there are regular trains to Sorrento, Palermo, Pompeii and Salerno as well as the more distant Rome and Florence.

Automobiles

It’s not easy to drive on Capri. Only hydrofoils (passenger ferries) leave Naples’ Molo Beverello port, so if you want to take your car to the island, you’ll have to take the fast ferry from Calata Porta di Massa instead (linked to Beverello by shuttle bus). And Capri itself is closed to non-resident traffic for almost seven months of the year, during high season (from the Easter weekend to November). If you do decide to drive, leave your car in one of the secure 24-hour car parks near Naples’ ports. Take the A1 (Milan–Naples) if you’re coming from northern Italy; use the A3 (Naples–Reggio de Calabria) if you’re travelling from the south, or the A14 (Naples–Canosa) from Puglia in the east.

Other

Hire one of the hotel’s two 15-metre Baia motor boats or its 20-metre yacht to explore the Amalfi waters. And for the pinnacle of aerial indulgence, it’s even possible to take a helicopter to and from Naples Airport (the hotel is happy to arrange a transfer, and there’s a helipad only 10 minutes’ drive away).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Tiffanie Darke , Stylish editor at The Sunday Times Style

Pizza is not really meant to be the food of love. It’s a convenience thing, a boy thing, even, roughly put together and lacking in sophistication. That is until you get to southern Italy. We’re sitting in the last rays of the setting autumn sun, on a terrace overlooking the main square of Anacapri, Capri’s northern village. Below, Italian signore and cute little white-frocked sch…
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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Anonymous review by Tiffanie Darke, Stylish editor

Pizza is not really meant to be the food of love. It’s a convenience thing, a boy thing, even, roughly put together and lacking in sophistication. That is until you get to southern Italy. We’re sitting in the last rays of the setting autumn sun, on a terrace overlooking the main square of Anacapri, Capri’s northern village. Below, Italian signore and cute little white-frocked schoolchildren are strolling between the café tables up and down the steep paved alleys that lead on to the piazza, shouting to their mammas, dodging the three-wheeler Vespa vans that run madcap around the island.

Our terrace is actually a balcony, and a waiter, jocular, gigoloesque but for his girth, is holding court among the tables. He is nodding approvingly at the length of Mrs Smith’s skirt and giving Mr Smith a knowing wink. The beer is cold, the sun is warm and then the pizza arrives. It is possibly the most seductive hunk of dough, tomato and cheese in the world. You won’t know until you’ve been there.

This particular pizza parlour neighbours the Capri Palace, a luxury Capri hotel and the island's five-star flagship. Our arrival off the hydrofoil from Naples harbour (40 minutes), had augured well when the driver swept us off the boat, gathering our bags and shepherding us into quite the strangest and amusing vehicle – a stretch white Fiat Punto Cabriolet Limousine. Yes, really. This seemed bizarre until you realise that everything on Capri is miniaturised, even the vehicles. So a limo is a Punto, a street is an alley, the locals are all tiny and the buses are all mini.

This Liliputian charm gives the island an other-worldly, dreamlike quality, almost as if you’d stepped into the pages of a picture-book. The island is just a series of jagged cliffs connected by hair-raising paths, secret caves, deep-stepped passages and cute toy townhouses set into the cliffside. You take all this in as you are driven from the port to the north of the island, to Anacapri and the Capri Palace Hotel – 'the most exclusive residence on the island’, according to our highly enthusiastic little limo driver.

The hotel doesn’t disappoint. Entering through a draped muslin paradise of trickling water and yellow stone, you realise you are walking up under the hotel pool, which has windows in its walls like an aquarium. The reception leads into a kitsch Eighties bar, which somehow works (and where you can only order martini, if you’ve got any sense of place). Weird Jeff Koons-type art decorates the place – plastic mermaids and a boat made of TVs are just two of the bar’s installations. Fabulous.

Some of the rooms are much more traditional, which is just as well, because a plastic mermaid might be a bit scary in the middle of the night. Egyptian-cotton counterpanes on four-poster musliny beds, sound systems (take your own music), plasma TVs and marble bathrooms all complete the picture. This Mr and Mrs Smith took some persuading to leave the counterpane – the pizza was a rare excursion.

In the morning, the sun streams through the balcony, but check out the ground-floor rooms too, which come with their own private pool. Breakfast is comprehensively luxurious and you can have as much as you like (I particularly liked the overflowing bowls of clementines, picked from the trees outside the window). Room service is good, too, but you must check out the Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves stunning Italian food at a much more sophisticated level than the surrounding trattorie.

In the evening, all the tables in the restaurant, foyer and bar are lit with tealights, and the hotel spills out into the garden beside the pool. It becomes very clear that this is a honeymoon destination. But you must tear yourself away from the hotel, if nothing but for the food, which, as you are in Italy, is sumptuous. The local speciality is a heavenly tomato and cheese ravioli but the mozzarella is full-fat, the Parma ham is delicately spicy, the fish is über-fresh and the olives fat and juicy. Only the Italians have the right to serve food this good – and pretty much all the restaurants come up to standard. There is little to choose between them.

By day, you should do your best to tear Mrs Smith away from the shops (it's a credit-card danger zone out there, with fabulous Prada and Pucci boutiques, not to mention the handicraft shops that make the famous Capri leather sandals, of which she may want to buy an obscene quantity). Do this by hiring a boat and cruising around the cliffs on a blue, blue sea – the water is usually flat and you can do the island in a day. And there are boats for all budgets. You can get a simple fisherman’s barca for next to nothing, or the hotel will sort you out with a millionaire’s gin palace. (Taking one of these back to Naples might be a seriously impressive move as far as any Mrs Smith is concerned).

By night, once you have eaten as much of the delicious food as you can without failing to fit into your skinny white jeans, you can hit the clubs. If you are visiting in season, it will be hard to avoid them – the Italians love to party. If you are there out of season, as we were, you’ll probably end up being much more chilled. Nice.

There was only one disappointment with Capri Palace: we found out, on our return, that they have the most incredible leg spa – no one had told us! Situated at the back of the hotel, it is made up of a series of interconnecting whirlpools and water walkways. As you stroll through the waist-high water, your legs are treated to alternate bursts of pummeling and lightly massaging bubbles at different temperatures. Curative for folk with serious circulation issues, their 'leg hospital' as they call it, is also beloved by film stars about to shoot a scene where they show off their pins. Sadly, this fan of short skirts and would-be Marilyn missed out on the action. Next time. And I’ll be packing my micromini.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Service was top notch from everyone: the front desk, restaurant, maids, bellman, and at the pool. It was a beautiful room with amazing blackout shades. The pool was wonderful.

Don’t expect

WiFi connection was spotty and slow. The hotel's beach club Il Riccio is beautiful but you can't swim in the sea there. It's really just about laying out.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked everything: it was gracious, gorgeous and generous. I loved absolutely everything about it. We will absolutely return here as often as possible for the rest of our lives. Can't wait to spend more time checking out the Beauty Farm and the rest of Capri.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel, facilities, services and restaurant could not be better. However, I would caution anyone using their formal restaurant to be aware of the prices for both the food and wine. Their beach club, Il Riccio, is one of the best beach clubs I have ever been to, both in terms of food, service and facilities. Great views from both the club as well as the hotel room.

Don’t expect

Suggest coffee facilities in the room for those of us who like to get up and have a dose of caffeine within minutes of getting out of bed.

Rating: 10/10 stars