The little island off the coast of Italy has lengthy been attracting the wealthy and well-known, lured in by its pure magnificence. Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly used to vacation right here within the 50s and this yr, Kate Hudson and Kylie Jenner have been noticed absorbing the glamour this sun-drenched island needed to provide.
The factor is, Capri was one of many Med’s best-kept secrets and techniques, one which solely well-heeled Italians knew about. Now, due to social media, the information is out. I imply, simply search #Capri on Instagram and also you’ll see what I’m speaking about. Rugged inexperienced cliffs, terraced homes in each color beneath the rainbow, swaying lemon bushes and glistening emerald waters.
I wished to see whether or not it was definitely worth the hype and booked myself a ticket. Sadly, the extent of my celeb recognizing was restricted to photographs of Robert De Niro and Beyoncé (not collectively, sadly) on the wall of the pizza place we have been consuming at.
After three days on the island doing my greatest investigative work, it turns on the market’s some legitimacy to why celebrities love Capri a lot and why it needs to be your subsequent sunny vacation vacation spot.
Right here’s a starter information to the proper weekend getaway…
The right way to Get There
Return flights to Naples are 2.5 hours and frequent. From the Naples airport, it’s a 20-min cab experience to the port the place you should buy tickets for the ferry. The crossing is 45-minutes with nice views of the shoreline. Try to get a seat on the left-hand facet higher deck for the most effective views.
Hundreds of vacationers go to Capri for the day so attempt to keep away from the primary and final ferries. Though you possibly can see the island in a day, I extremely advocate staying for longer as you get a significantly better sense of the place and may benefit from the peaceable evenings. In the identical vein, the most effective time of the yr to go to is within the spring or autumn (Could/June and September/October)
The place to Keep in Capri
The mere mortals we’re meant we sadly couldn’t afford the superyacht lifetime of the 1% however nonetheless wished to expertise a component of luxurious. We selected to remain on the lovely Punta Tragara resort, an unimaginable household house constructed within the 1920s that has been transformed right into a five-star boutique resort. It sits serenely on the cliff’s edge, a jaw-dropping location that can take your breath away.
With 44 rooms and never a single certainly one of them the identical as the subsequent, you could possibly simply hold going again and expertise one thing new every time. Our suite was lengthy and slim taking full benefit of these sea views – blue, blue in every single place, looking onto the Faraglioni – the dramatic rock formations jutting out of the water that the island is so well-known for. Certainly one of my favorite issues was waking as much as these views each morning, sipping on my steaming-hot espresso and gazing out on the sun-rippled water.
The interiors of Punta Tragara are eclectic and funky. The rooms are white-washed with excessive ceilings, vibrant patterned furnishings and gold leaf mirrors. So Mediterranean stylish. The spa, though I didn’t get the possibility to go to, had rave critiques on Journey Advisor.
There’s so many issues to see and do on Capri however we ended up spending far more time than we have been planning on simply having fun with the resort’s services. There’s two swimming pools, every surrounded with creamy sun-loungers looking over the ocean and remainder of the island. The views are unimaginable so even when you don’t keep right here, I undoubtedly advocate hunkering down for a sundowner drink on the very least.
Talking of drinks, gin-lovers rejoice. The poolside bar serves over 100 sorts of gin and the bartenders are magicians at whipping up all sorts of scrumptious gin-based cocktails.
At one level throughout our keep, I used to be sitting sipping an Aperol Spritz on my solar lounger, and my husband determined to go for a dip within the pool. When he emerged, a fully-suited man ran over to drape a towel over his again. I wasn’t kidding after I stated it was critical luxurious. The service is impeccable.
The place to Eat
I’ve been identified to decide on my holidays based mostly on meals however I swear, I didn’t know Caprese salad was from Capri till I arrived. A cheerful coincidence which meant I discovered myself consuming a big plate of buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes smothered in olive oil and basil on a regular basis. Aside from my every day dairy consumption, we very a lot so loved the Italian meals with a concentrate on seafood the island is understood for.
These have been our favourites:
Punta Tragra’s in-house restaurant, Monzu, is gourmand Mediterranean with a chef that “cooks with emotion”. Within the low season, Luigi travels round Italy discovering new substances and inspiration for his dishes. Any restaurant that has a full menu for glowing water and a tasting menu based mostly on senses intimidates the hell out of me however protected to say, I used to be completely impressed. Each dish was considerate and attention-grabbing with out being stuffy or too trendy for a non-restauranteur to understand. Facet word, I’m celiac they usually have been unimaginable accommodating with many choices for me.
A husband and spouse group personal this little pizzeria. She’s Australian, he’s Italian they usually met and married within the restaurant. The ornament is easy however the meals is fantastic. IF we had extra time, we undoubtedly would have signed as much as do certainly one of their cooking lessons.
Recognized for a stupendous setting and unimaginable seafood and pasta, the family-run restaurant is a favorite with guests. Be sure to observe up your meal with some Limoncello.
What to Do
Capri city is gorgeous and among the best components of the journey was simply wandering the streets, folks watching. Particularly within the quiet evenings, the cobblestone pedestrian-only roads are stuffed with glamorously-dressed couples strolling leisurely to dinner. The patios are stuffed with teams of pals sipping aperitifs and watching the sundown. In every single place you look you see lovely clothes wafting within the breeze and espadrilles, vibrant trousers and fedoras. It’s similar to ascene from Roman Vacation with Audrey Hepburn in large sun shades and a white gown sashaying by the streets and singing with a good-looking man on her arm with a backdrop of creeping bougainvillea and high-end boutique shops in every single place you look.
All in all of the journey was an ideal little vacation. It’s not low cost however undoubtedly definitely worth the luxurious. Now I perceive why celebrities come again time and time once more and we undoubtedly plan on returning. It’s slightly slice of heaven with Punta Tragara sitting at its throne, looking to the ocean and again on the little island.
Punta Tragara has rooms obtainable from €520 per room per night time, based mostly on two adults sharing a room on a B&B foundation.