BOUTIQUE HOTELS CAPRI
The island of Capri, just 45 minutes by hydrofoil from Naples, is one of the loveliest islands in Italy. Not only are there some lovely boutique hotels in Capri to choose from but there are some wonderful shops, restaurants and crystal clear waters. The Amalfi coast is one of Lulu's favourite places to visit from Spring through to the beginning of October
so if you can't make it to a boutique hotel on Capri then head to one of the mainland Chic Retreats
- Villa Franca
is one of our best kept secrets on the Amalfi Coast which packs a punch with a fitness centre, pool and exquisite food.Where to Stay on Capri
As you approach the port at Capri you can see, perched on the hillside a gleaming white, immaculate building with terrace overlooking the water, this is the famous JK Place Capri
, possibly the best boutique hotel on Capri. Pretty close to perfection, architect Michele Bonan has worked his magic on the interiors with splashes of violets, blues and yellows creating an elegant seaside retreat with views directly over the water. Dine al fresco on the terrace with views across to Vesuvius or cosy up in the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two. The pool is big and fat, ideal for lengths and the JK Spa
is one of the few hotels in Italy to have the privelege of using Farmacia Santa Maria Novella products from Florence. This luxury Chic Retreat has become so popular a 7 night minimum stay
is required and booking at least 6 months in advance is recommended. Perfect for everyone.
If budget is no object and you are after the best luxury hotel in Capri then look no further than Capri Palace Hotel and Spa
. Neighbouring AnaCapri, the most charming village on the island, this imposing building has stunning views across the Gulf of Naples. The interiors are inspired by the chic Mediterranean surroundings with white furniture and contemporary art creating an elegant atmosphere. Capri Palace Hotel and Spa is famous for its award-winning
spa that was set up in the 1990's by Professor Canonaco and was the first medical spa in the world. Ermanno Zanini, host and Manager extraordinaire has built up an extaordinary team who provide the best service on the island. This luxury hotel and spa in Capri should be at the top of your list of places to visit if you haven't yet been. Ideal for all the family.Villa Marina Capri Hotel and Spa
is one of the smaller luxury boutique hotels on Capri with just 21 rooms and suites. This little gem sits just above the Marina Grande on Capri and is the perfect retreat for those looking to laze away the days in a hammock, in the garden or by the pool. The spa
boasts an indoor infinity pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and emotional showers in addition to detox massages and mud therapies. This Chic Retreat is ideal for honeymooners
looking for some romance and privacy. 24 hour room service is available.Where to Eat in Capri
As a rule restaurants in Capri should be booked in advance.
(Via Fuorlovado, 18/22, Capri) is one of our favourite restaurants in Capri and we challenge anyone to find thinner pizzas - quite delicious. Foodies will be in absolute heaven at Capri Palace; the hotel has 3 restaurants, L'Olive
, the only restaurant on Capri to have 2 Michelin stars, Il Riccio
, a restaurant and beach club which has 1 Michelin star
and the more casual Bistrot Ragu
which boasts stunning sea views from its terrace. Children and adults alike will love Il Riccio with its turquoise tables, al fresco seaside setting and the secret room of desserts
. Highly recommended for is spaghetti alle vongole is La Capannina
(Via le Botteghe, 14), which is just a few steps away from the main square in Capri town. Wine-lovers will want to take their time over the wine list that features more than 200 wines.What to Do in Capri
A visit to Capri would not be the same without visiting The Blue Grotto
. If you are wondering if it is just one of those tourist traps and whether it lives up to its reputation, it absolutely does. Romans bathed in this 60m x 25m long cave and swimming through it is an awesome experience. Perhaps not recommended for anyone who feels a hint of claustrophobia.
Many of the hotels offer a free shuttle service into Capri town which is full of charming jewellry shops, sandal shops (L'Arte del Sandalo Caprese
, Via Orlando 75, Anacapri is the one to visit) and many designer boutiques. An absolute must is Farella
a treasure trove of gorgeous cashmere scarves, blankets, gloves and other cashmere products you didn't know you needed. Set up by 4 sisters, the colours they use are beautiful, the softness of the cashmere exquisite and although a little pricey we promise you everything in this shop is worth every penny!