Luxe Capri


The tiny island with a big following.

During the height of the season, up to 60,000 people daytrip from the mainland, but most leave with the evening ferries, giving those staying on a taste of the real island. Not that it's a quiet life they're usually after. For many visitors, the point of staying here is strutting around Capri Town's centre, the Piazzetta, buying designer Italian fashion and partying 'til dawn. For others, especially if they head north, it's all about hidden coves, mountain hikes and drinking in the sea views.

Fly into Naples with British Airways then take the ferry or hydrofoil to the island

Capri Palace, Capri, Italy Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)






Michelin-starred Med cuisine, a Beauty Farm medi-spa, and seaside chic as only Capri knows how. Capri Palace's past is recorded in its vaulted ceilings and columns, now a backdrop for huge sofas and artworks; and the pool, overlooking the Isle of Ischia, where you can nibble on exotic-fruit skewers while wearing oversized sunglasses, sets the tone of Italian indulgence.

The Capri Beauty Farm is a highly regarded medical spa that specialises in leg treatments, with wonder therapies to help prevent and improve cellulite and vascular problems and help you put your best foot forward. The treatment menu includes a range of classic massage options and body scrubs and wraps, facials and mani/pedis too. The spa can also provide customised nutrition plans.

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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. 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.

Capri Tiberio Palace Capri, Italy Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)






A teeter from Capri Town’s pretty-as-a-postcard Piazzetta, and a sashay down dainty boutique-resplendent alleyways, is Capri Tiberio Palace, a friendly five-star hotel. A confection of sugared-almond shades and pop-arty curios, designer Giampiero Panepinto’s pretty, witty decor instantly slips you into holiday mode. Whether you flop poolside and make new friends on the terrace, or explore the island as a twosome, this Capri boutique hotel promises hidden-away vacations laced with treatments at Spa Tiberio, zingy cocktails and delizioso Mediterranean dining.

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Chat to the concierge: they can arrange fun outings for you such as boat trips. Definitely book a day out at sea, because many of Capri’s coves aren’t accessible by foot or car, and the Blue Grotto is the famous sea cave not to be missed. If designer shopping is your thing, you have ritzy boutiques galore on your doorstep: Stroll down Via Vittorio Emanuele III and Via Camerelle and be dazzled by Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Cavalli followed by a noseful of Carthusia Profumi (+39 081 837 0368; www.carthusia.com) which has been distilling perfume since 1948, to recipes first created by monks in the 14th century. Even if you don’t pick up any of the interiors chic from 100% Capri at 29 Via Fuorlovado it’s worth a look at their white, khaki, and dark-chocolate wares – their only other branches are in Rome and St Barths (+39 081 8375658).

Villa Mediterranea Capri, Italy Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)






Luxury hotel, Villa Mediterranea’s true colours shine through in each and every room of the hotel – in fact they’re quite hard to miss. Bedrooms are bedecked with stripy mint-green wallpaper, hot-pink carpets, polka-dot headboards and violet curtains. Trot along Capri's rarefied cobbled avenues to seek adventures as vibrant as your new home.

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The hotel is mere minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Piazzetta, but for a more tranquil time, follow the Via Tiberio east to what remains of Emperor Tiberius’ grand Villa Jovis and spend your day wandering the island’s dramatic coastline. Row, row, row your boat around Capri’s famous Blue Grotto in Anacapri; then get a taxi to Piazza della Vittoria (just a 15-minute walk away) and take the chairlift up Mount Solaro, for panoramic views over the island. While in Anacapri, be sure to pick up a pair of the area’s stylish leather sandals. For big-name goods (and eye-popping price-tags) take a stroll down Via Vittorio Emanuele III and Via Camerelle: home to all of Italy’s fashion power-houses.

JK Place Capri Capri, Italy Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)






Sweet scents waft around olive and lemon trees in huge pots outside JK Place Capri, a Fellini movie in hotel form, that's far away enough from the buzz and night-life noise, yet somehow still managing to feel in the thick of things. This gleaming white, shore-side hotel is the kind of place you want to re-book as soon as you leave.

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.

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