These intimate Capri hotels are an escape from the island’s crowds
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No one can dispute the great charms of Capri: wildflower-carpeted cliffs that overlook secluded coves, swims in the pristine turquoise sea, and nighttime strolls along cobbled streets and small squares that have remained unchanged since Jackie O took her daily passeggiata there. The downside: Day-trippers from Naples and large cruise ships that can make the place feel like an Italian Disney World. The trick is to book a hotel where you can comfortably stay there and only get out in the afternoon when the crowds have thinned out.
Two new properties offer exactly that kind of refuge. This summer, the luxurious 50-room Hotel La Palma opens in an early 19th-century building that was reimagined by Roman architect Francesco Delogu and designer Francis Sultana. It’s also the first Italian property of Oetker Collection (which owns hotels like the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes and Le Bristol Paris), giving the company some serious hospitality chops. Located near Piazza Umberto I, the main square, the hotel has two restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Gennaro Esposito, including an elegant alfresco option; a beach club (a rarity in Italy); and a pool and spa for additional on-site entertainment.
The more intimate Il Capri Hotel, which will open in July, is a former neo-Gothic palace that couple Arnaud Lacombe and Graziella Buontempo painstakingly transformed into 21 rooms with a lovely rooftop pool. The entertainment factor is high: an all-day dining restaurant with stunning Tyrrhenian views, a rooftop aperitif bar, and the highly anticipated Rumore, the hotel’s underground nightclub. That’s a lot to look forward to on an island that trades looking back. Rooms at Hotel La Palma from $910; Hotel Il Capri from $535.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.