Amalfi Coast, Italy

Capo la Gala

Rates from (ex tax)$586.69

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR550.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Nautically Neapolitan

Setting

Bay of Naples cove

Tucked into a cliff among towering pines and aromatic lemon-trees, hotel Capo La Gala is a secluded love nest with sea views at nearly every turn, five miles from Sorrento. Playfully nautical art - a painting of a green seahorse here, a model boat there - bring whimsy to the airy bedrooms, mosaic-lined pool and sea-like spa.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Two jars of locally made marmalade or jam and a flute of prosecco each. Guests staying in the Infinity Room and higher get a fruit basket, bottle of prosecco (champagne for the Marité suite) and a 30-minute massage

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

22, including one suite.

Check–Out

11.30am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $586.69 (€500), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR550.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Mediterranean buffet breakfast.

Also

Aquarium – the marine-themed spa – has ocean-green tiles, an emerald heated pool and coral sculptures, along with white treatment rooms containing paintings of green seahorses – it’s like being under the sea. Treatments include thalassotherapy and hydromassage.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from 29 October 2017 until the third week of April 2018.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, gardens, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

We loved Room 205 for the terrific tiles in its bathroom: white but with bright blue splatterings only an angry person with a brush could produce. Its terrace isn’t bad, either – vast, with a spectacular view out to sea. The nautically styled classic rooms are smaller but their sea views just as impressive.

Poolside

The tree encircled pool is at the heart of the hotel, with wooden decking and rocky path down to the sea. As well as a hot tub, there’s an assortment of terraces, both sun-drenched and shady. A heated pool awaits inside, too.

Packing tips

Deck shoes, striped things and an oversized straw hat.

Also

Smoking is allowed in outdoor areas and small pets are welcome. Guests can book the hotel's own boats for two-day trips to Capri or Ischia.

Children

Cots for under-three are free; extra beds cost €50 for under-nines and €80 for under-12s. Ask three days in advance and a nanny can babysit for €15 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Beside the windows in the main restaurant to stare out to sea.

Dress Code

Pucci and Prada, worn with a tan.

Hotel restaurant

Nautically decked out in navy blue tablecloths and white Panton chairs, Michelin-starred Maxi sits above the pool, with various dining areas inside and out. Open for dinner only, this restaurant dishes up fine flavour combinations, such as tuna steak in herb pastry with caponata and candied tomatoes, and ravioli with caciotta cheese and marjoram. Down by the beach, Taverna del Mare Nerea offers a relaxed osteria-style lunch and evening menu of Neapolitan classics.

Hotel bar

Stone-walled, wide-windowed and dressed in navy, the beach-house-style bar above the restaurant wears the sea on its sleeve: model boats, conch shells and wooden decking are everywhere. The long wooden bar is stocked with spirits and the wine list draws heavily from the vineyards of Campania.

Last orders

Breakfast is on offer from 7.30am until 10.30am; lunch kicks off at 12.30pm and lasts until 3.30pm; dinner is served between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

Room service

Order in various pastas and puddings between 12pm and 10pm.

Location

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Address
Capo la Gala
8 via Luigi Serio
Vico Equense
80069
Vico Equense
Italy

Planes

The airport in Naples is 30 kilometres away from the hotel. From the UK, British Airways (www.ba.com) and Thomas Cook (www.flythomascook.com) fly from London Gatwick. EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) connects Europe, with regular flights from the UK, Geneva, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

Trains

The two closest stations are Scrajo (open June to September) and Vico Equense. Circumvesuviana (www.vesuviana.it) trains go to Pompei, Naples and Sorrento from both stations. The hotel puts on a free shuttle bus to and from Vico Equense at fixed times.

Automobiles

Capo la Gala is a 40-minute drive from Naples, and 20 minutes by car from both Pompei and Sorrento. There’s free parking.

Other

If you're coming from Capri, take the 30-minute hydrofoil ride.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hop in the hotel’s boat and take a trip out to Ischia or Capri for the day. The ancient Roman ruins at Pompei are within a 10-kilometre reach, though be wary of slow-moving traffic in the sticky summer months. Drive along the coast, stopping off at Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento and Ravello.

Local restaurants

Osteria Nonna Rosa (+39 08 1879 9055; www.osterianonnarosa.it) in Vico Equense is Michelin-starred, mixing traditional decor and flavours with modern cooking. Torre del Saracino (+39 08 1802 8555; www.torredelsaracino.com) serves inventive twists on classic spag bol – it comes with octopus here. Pizza fans shouldn’t miss out on a trip to Pizza a Metro (+39 08 179 8309; www.pizzametro.it). You’ll be in good hands at Don Alfonso (+39 08 1878 0026; www.donalfonso.com) on Corso Sant’Agata in Naples – it’s got a library of cookbooks and a 25,000-bottle cellar. Nearby is Lo Stuzzichino (+39 08 1533 0010; www.ristorantelostuzzichino.it), not flashy or frilly, but the food speaks volumes; try the sea bream, or carb-heavy pasta with potatoes.

Reviews

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Mario Mazzer

Anonymous review

What’s the Italian expression for love nest, darling?’ I murmur into Signora Smith’s ear as we stand arm in arm on the beach, watching the sun slowly descend into the Bay of Naples. ‘Because this is one, veramente.’

Behind us is the object of my newfound infatuation, the Capo la Gala, five miles outside Sorrento. The five-star hotel’s 22 rooms and one private suite are beguilingly tucked down a cliff – in and around terraces and rocky outcrops, among lemon trees and soaring pines. We’ve only just arrived but, having seen that the sunset promises to be splendid, we put off check-in and scamper down through the grounds to take in the finale on the strand.

Mrs Smith turns towards me with a look that begs a lingering kiss; I’m seconds from touchdown when an elderly fisherman, who’s gathering his nets just down the beach, calls out: ‘Do you know the legend of Caterina and Antonio?’ Ahem. ‘Where’s the language barrier when you need it?’ I huff, but Mrs Smith pulls back reprovingly and says: ‘Darling, don’t be rude.’ With that, she engages the man, whose name is Gennaro. ‘No, but please do tell us.’ Pointing to a pair of stone stacks, he says, ‘You see those two seagulls that never stop flying from one stack to another? Those are the postmen.’

I stifle a dig at the Italian mail system because Mrs Smith is already rapt. Gennaro continues in his Neapolitan lilt. ‘Caterina was a young noblewoman who fell in love with a fisherman, but her parents forbade this love and locked her in the castle tower. The two lovers wrote messages that were delivered by seagulls, and in the end, decided to choose the most beautiful place they knew of and live there forever in the form of stone.’ He waits a beat and then concludes, ‘They hoped to spread their feelings to travellers…’ A light flush has come over Mrs Smith, who thanks Gennaro profusely, takes my hand, and sets off back towards the hotel. By now it is well into dusk, so I can’t be sure about this, but when I last glimpse Gennaro, I am pretty sure he is giving me the thumbs-up sign.

Capo la Gala has been here since 1962. In 2006, Enzo and Marite Acampora took over the property and renovated it in a style that you might venture to call ‘preppie Italian yachtsman’. The interiors are crisp and clean, a coastal dream of blues and whites, interspersed with daring design touches such as the rectangular navy and burnt orange floor tiles in the Marite Suite, laid down in a rick-rack pattern.

Giant, straight-from-a-cartoon cacti split up the terraces of each bedroom, while palms and pines give you the feeling that you can see out, but the world can’t see in. Capo la Gala feels like an exclusive seafarers’ club; here, it’s easy to pretend that you own a yacht and are on shore leave.

The hotel lies just outside the tiny village of Vico Equense, which is laced with narrow streets that smell of clean laundry, orange blossom, lemon and the geraniums that overflow the balconies. Behind the hotel rise the Lattari mountains, named for the gallons of goat’s milk produced by the herders living up there. If you could drive over the Lattari from the hotel, as the crow flies, you would come down in Positano, on the Amalfi Coast.

We are impressed that such a small hotel has a well-equipped wellness centre. The next day, I ask for an appointment, and even though it is the staff’s day off, Signor Acampora opens the Aquarium spa and persuades his masseuse to come in specially. Afterwards, Mrs Smith and I loll about in the sauna and Turkish bath, and then go down to the seawater swimming pool, which is right on the bay. The feeling of being spoiled continues with our visit that evening to the hotel restaurant, Maxi. It has one Michelin star and the young chef has cooked up a menu of rich Mediterranean flavours, with a tangy twist: seven different olive oils, all from the region, are accompanied by just-baked bread.

It’s too bad that we are here in April because from June onwards, the hotel organises daily trips on its own private boats to the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia and down the Amalfi Coast – but it’s a good reason to come back. The following morning is spent in Sorrento, where we sample some of the 100 or more flavours of ice-cream at Gelateria David. Then we drive to Forcella, outside Naples, to lunch on the best pizza in the world (in our humble opinion). It’s served at La Antica Pizzeria da Michele, and it’s a wondrously large creation: thin, crispy, fragrant, and stringy with mozzarella. Although we pass it on the return, we give ancient Pompeii a miss, drawn by the gravitational pull of the Capo la Gala.

After a good interval by the pool, we head back to our terrace, where we kick back, glasses of Campari and soda in hand. As the sea swallows the sun, gradually turning the two stone stacks red, I turn to Mrs Smith and say, ‘Do you know the legend of Caterina and Antonio?’ And with that, she takes up where she had left off the first evening. Thumbs up to you, Gennaro.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Capo la Gala ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The Jacuzzi/plunge pool on the terrace and the incredible views.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Oct 2017

We loved

The quirky design of the hotel leaves a lasting impression. We loved being able to jump straight into the sea – morning swims are a must in order to be able to fully indulge in the breakfast (and accompanying prosecco of course!). The service at the beach club is brilliant and we wish we had had time for lunch there as well as it looked amazing and locals often remarked on how good it is. The hotel's Michelin starred restaurant, Maxi, was the culinary highlight of our Amalfi holiday and we enjoyed it a lot more than some of the grande dame Michelin restaurants in other parts of this region. We also loved our Jacuzzi on our terrace. We had a wonderful wine tasting experience at Tenuta San Francesco in Tramonti. Aside from the stunning scenery and absolutely delicious wines, the opportunity to spend a few hours with the owners and have lunch with them was such a memorable treat.

Don’t expect

The hotel is slightly removed from the centre of the town (a good thing in our opinion), so you do really need a car to properly enjoy and explore the area.

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Stayed on 25 Aug 2017

We loved

Direct sea access, views of the water, the restaraunt. 

Don’t expect

Much else nearby, phenomenal service.

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2017

We loved

We absolutely loved our room (309) on the top floor. Beautiful, 360-degree views.

Don’t expect

Don't plan on walking to town. As with all locations on the Amalfi Coast/Sorrento Peninsula, there are steps to get anywhere and the main road consists of a narrow road – with no sidewalk – on which cars, buses and Vespas skillfully pass each other.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jul 2017

We loved

The attentive staff who anticipate your needs before you do: nothing is too much trouble. Fabulous breakfasts. Peace and quiet. Beautiful sea to swim in. Vico Equense, the small town nearby, is often overlooked but it has some hidden gems. The bar Zerilli's serves excellent cocktails and we also found a wonderful restaurant with a heavenly roof terrace. It is called Cubo and the restaurant is called Signum.

Don’t expect

Noise.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2017

We loved

Just the most incredible hotel. Amazing view over the Bay Of Naples. Beautiful room and decor throughout the hotel. Amazing service. Brilliantly located in Sorrento. Just loved it. A very special place.

Don’t expect

It's ALL amazing!

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jun 2017

We loved

Unbelievable location and the balconies on each room overlook the ocean and are so private. It's like having your own private cabana ever day. Fantastic service at the hotel too. This is our second stay and we are dying to return.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Nov 2016

We loved

The location on the seafront with rooms looking out unto the sea, the bay and Vico Equense in the distance was marvellous. Our room opened unto a view of the sea with a terrace for relaxing. The hotel had an intimate, quiet and relaxing ambience. The quirky boat theme was amusing. Staff were very helpful, polite and welcoming. The restaurant food was gourmet as expected.

Don’t expect

...a hotel for family and little kids, more attuned for couples. Location is not town centre so a car is essential if you plan to travel around locally.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2016

We loved

This boutique hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy a true Amalfi Coast experience from. I can't fault my stay from the amazing setting, staff to the glorious food. Nothing was too much trouble for the team and always done with little fuss. This very stylish hotel is one of the few properties on the water in the area which for us was a huge plus. D'Adolfo restaurant near Positano is a must for the day.

Don’t expect

In terms of location you are a fair way from Sorrento and Positano although not unreachable and we did visit both. Neither are on your door step and the little town closest to the hotel has not got too much to offer. This is just something to consider not a total negative.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

The food. Two fabulous restaurants. The food was amazing. Sitting by the sea. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The restaurants and bars in the local town of Vico Equense were very good if you don't want to eat at the hotel.

Don’t expect

A stressful stay!!

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2016

We loved

The tucked away location of Capo La Gala. It provides for gorgeous views of the Bay of Naples and the Sorrento coastline. We ate at all of the hotel's restaurants and were never disappointed. Sunset cocktails at Capri Bar are definitely a must and the spa is not to be missed. It was a wonderful escape from the sun. Don't miss the gelato at Gabriele in Vico Equense.

Don’t expect

An iron in your room.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2016

We loved

Hotel. Everything was perfect. 10/10

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Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

The location, the hotel design and most of all the hotel staff. One of the best holidays we've ever had.

Don’t expect

To do very much, unless you want to take advantage of the gym equipment. Terramia restaurant and the local salumeria, both situated in Vico Equense

Rating

Stayed on 7 May 2016