Capri is where the Roman Emperor Tiberius came to live, and where innumerable European jet-setters have hung their hats for who knows how many decades. Naturally, it couldn’t remain a secret forever, and today finds Capri beset with day-trip tourists, jamming the streets and crowding the sights until the last ferry returns to Naples or Positano.
Better, then, to retreat to Anacapri, the side of the island once derided as rustic and uncultured, today something of a refuge from the crowds. Here high in the hills above the town and the sea, you’re close enough to the designer shops and restaurants of Capri proper, yet secluded enough to feel like you're on a country getaway.
The Capri Palace hotel is one of Anacapri’s finest, its stunning sea views and throwback Roman Empire elegance chief among its charms. Whitewashed architecture and impeccably manicured gardens lend an aristocratic air, and the accommodations are fit for royalty. Guest rooms are opulent in gleaming white, with chandeliers, tile and marble baths and canopy beds, and the suites are delightfully over-the-top—the Acropolis, the penthouse suite, boasts perhaps the hotel’s finest sea view, and the Megaron, more apartment than suite (with a name fit for a Japanese movie monster), adds a private garden and swimming pool to the package.
During the day, most guests choose to avoid the crowds by lounging by Capri Palace’s pool, or taking spa treatments at the Beauty Farm. At night, descend into Capri to sample the town’s many restaurants, or stay in for a meal at L’Olivo, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. And if you’re feeling like a high roller, take a spin on one of the hotel’s two yachts, should you have neglected to bring your own.
Via Capodimonte 2B, Capri
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