Sorrento, Italy

Hotel Capo La Gala and Wellness

Price per night from$493.88

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR460.00), 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 and Wellness 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

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A bottle of prosecco; guests in the Infinity Room or higher also get fruit and a massage

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twenty-two, including one suite.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £426.05 (€506), including 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.

More details

Rates include a Mediterranean buffet breakfast.

Also

Guests can book the hotel's own boats for day trips to Capri, Ischia or the Amalfi Coast.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from late October until the middle of April each year.

At the hotel

Spa, beach club, 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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Deck shoes, striped things and an oversized straw hat.

Also

If the waves are over 1.7 metres high, the Beach Club will be closed in the interest of safety.

Children

Children aged eight and older are welcome, extra beds are €200 a night.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Capo La Gala and Wellness food and drink

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, 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 3.00pm; dinner is served between 7.30pm and 10.00pm (except Sunday evening, when the restaurant is closed).

Room service

Breakfast in bed from 7.30am to 10.30 am. Lunch, drinks, dinner and evening snacks can be ordered from noon to 11pm.

Location

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Address
Hotel Capo La Gala and Wellness
8 via Luigi Serio
Vico Equense
80069
Italy

Hotel Capo La Gala and Wellness is in Vico Equense on the Amalfi Coast, halfway between Sorrento and Pompei and less than an hour’s drive from Naples.

Planes

The airport in Naples is 30 kilometres away from the hotel. From the UK, British Airways flies from London Gatwick. EasyJet connects Europe, with regular flights from the UK, Geneva, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

Trains

The closest station is Vico Equense. Circumvesuviana trains go to Pompei, Naples and Sorrento from Vico Equense. The hotel puts on a free shuttle bus to and from Vico Equense from 7.30am to 11pm upon request.

Automobiles

Capo la Gala Hotel & Wellness 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, Capri or the Amalfi coast 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 in Vico Equense is Michelin-starred, mixing traditional decor and flavours with modern cooking. Torre del Saracino 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. You’ll be in good hands at Don Alfonso on Corso Sant’Agata in Naples – it’s got a library of cookbooks and a 25,000-bottle cellar. Nearby is Lo Stuzzichino, not flashy or frilly, but the food speaks volumes; try the sea bream, or carb-heavy pasta with potatoes.

Reviews

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Ellie Fennell

Anonymous review

By Ellie Fennell, Italy obsessive

It’s quite the scene change as we swap the chaos of Naples and its somewhat scruffy suburbs for the palm-lined Sorrento peninsula. Within moments of arriving in this coastal paradise of pastel villas, zipping Vespas, craggy cliffs and aquamarine sea, our car is pulling into Hotel Capo la Gala and Wellness, just outside the small village of Vico Equense.

A welcome of fresh, local lemon sorbet helps all memories of incomprehensible taxi rank queues melt away as Giovanni guides us along the stunning walkways of this boutique hideaway. Astonishing giant cacti in handmade ceramic pots are interspersed with olive and pine trees which burst through the railings on the terraced stroll to our oceanfront room. Mr Smith’s dramatic opening of our deep navy blinds reveals a perfect view of the Bay of Naples. And, with a chilled bottle on ice, it feels rude not to make the most of the loungers on our expertly angled, sunset-maximising terrace – a perk of almost every room in this small, but perfectly formed, Amalfi coast bolthole.

Once we venture down to the nautically themed beach club, attentive staff are quick to ensure that Mr Smith and I need not lift a finger. Two beautifully spaced sunbeds are be-towelled within seconds and the batender, Michele, quickly enquires as to our aperitivi of choice, which arrive together with some delicious antipasti. “I think I could be quite happy here” purrs Mr Smith, tucking into his second Campari Spritz while floating at the side of the recently refurbished infinity pool.

Sunsets are quite the thing here, so after a brief Scrabble bout back on our terrace, we return to the twinkling, bay-side terrace for cocktails. Mr Smith, a man who has imbibed a fair few in his time, excitedly comments that these chilled, fragrant delights would not be out of place in Mayfair’s finest. He proceeds diligently to work his way through Michele’s off-menu creations over the next couple of evenings – all in the name of research. The Peach Daiquiri is a must… 

Upon deciding to explore the local village, our evening is made complete by the kind of unquestioning Dad-taxi service which I thought long lost in childhood. With just a call to reception, Mario whisks us five minutes down the road to Vico Equense, where we feast on locally caught grilled fish, Falanghina and full, fleshy olives. Having shot our last limoncellos, Mario pulls up to escort us back home with carefully chosen Dean Martin on loop.

Subsequent nights are spent enjoying superlative sundowners and the hotel’s wonderful cuisine. The Michelin-starred Maxi restaurant has a spectacular tasting menu where Chef Emmanuel Scotti works wonders with local fish and seafood. The more informal Nerea Tavern serves quintessentially Mediterranean fare made with delicious ingredients and simply prepared. Their pasta alla Nerano (think carbonara but with courgettes over lardons) is a thing of great delight.

The next morning, after a perfect Italian breakfast of wafer-thin slices of bresaola, freshly whipped butter, the sweetest exploding-in-your-mouth tomatoes, pane di latte rolls, and endless spremute, Mr Smith and I decide to burn off a few of last night’s antipasti in the al fresco hotel gym. It turns out time flies on a treadmill with a view. 

From there, it’s a short stroll down to the immaculate Aquarium Spa where an energising sauna-and-ice-pool combo awaits. Deeming this quite enough activity for one day, terrace lounging dominates our remaining waking hours. If this is what the ‘and Wellness’ bit of the hotel’s name refers to, sign us up. 

The beach club’s relaxing soundtrack of waves lapping on the surrounding rocky outcrops lulls one into a semi-somnolent state, where the most pressing thoughts are the destinations of various passing aircrafts and what to eat and drink next; slow living at its very best.

With Mario on hand for all your Dad-taxi needs, we’re encouraged to tear ourselves away from the terrace to spend our third day lunch-ing in Sorrento. With Mr Smith preferring Vino over hiring a Vespa, we take the 12-minute, two-euro train from Vico Equense station, and have Mario drop us off in time for the midday service. After a quick stroll through the tat-filled pedestrian precincts, we are relieved to find ourselves on a stunning Sorrento cliff-top terrace enjoying delicious linguine al limone by 1pm. 

Visiting the larger sights along the coastline serves as a reminder of what a peaceful haven Mario and his Capo La Gala team have created. Happy to return to our little slice of dolce vita, we are greeted by Michele, a pair of frozen peach daiquiris in hand, with which to enjoy our final extraordinary sunset. 

Perfect for a long weekend getaway or as a base to explore this aptly named ‘divine coast’, Capo La Gala Hotel and Wellness is a lesson in low key but high-quality Italian hospitality. How a hotel in such an enviable position on this much-visited slither of Italy can feel so far from the madding crowd is quite a skill. The sign at the beach club implores “Shhhh – relax. You are on Capo la Gala time.” And who were we to argue? 

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Price per night from $493.88