A short stroll from the shore and paces from the Piazzetta, boutique hotel Villa Mediterranea is right at the heart of Italian island idyll Capri. Alongside its boldly-patterned walls, vibrantly coloured curtains and polka-dot headboards is an array of weird and wonderful objets d’art. When you’re not sipping Aperol Spritz in the courtyard, or sailing round the coast, take time to analyse the Africana masks, contemplate the contemporary collages, look for your (fake) lobster in your room, and stargaze with an antique telescope on your private terrace.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $453.41 (€410), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include an in-room Continental breakfast or a buffet at Terrazza Tiberio, in Capri Tiberio Palace hotel next door.
Keep an eye out for the floating mannequin heads dotted around the hotel, sporting stylish swim caps and glamorous goggles.
The hotel closes between 16 October and 12 April each year.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout the hotel and a laundry service. In rooms: TV with a DVD player, minibar with free soft drinks, and air-conditioning. Guests can also use the pool and spa at sister property Capri Tiberio Palace.
Our favourite rooms
Each room is individually decorated so choose your suite to suit your personal style: Superior Rooms are light and bright, Junior Suites are boldly coloured, and One-Bedroom Suites have whimsical artwork and striking patterns. At the top of our list, and the hotel, is the Chantecler Suite; we’re enamoured with all of it: the crystal chandeliers, the Aperol-hued bedroom, and especially the (full) whisky decanters in the living room. The sun-drenched private roof-terrace is the perfect place for draining a dram.
Grab your swimsuit and pop next door to Capri Tiberio Palace’s sizeable indoor-outdoor pool. Top up your tan in the outdoor pool, or escape Capri’s scorching midday sun with a few lazy laps in the shaded indoor section.
Relaxing massages, tension-relieving rituals and rejuvenating facials are just a few steps away at neighbouring hotel Capri Tiberio Palace’s spa. As well as the gym and relaxation area, guests have free access to the spa’s Water Zone with a hydrotherapy plunge pool, sauna, steam room, hammam and frigidarium. Choose between traditional treatments, such as facials, scrubs, manicures and more, or one of their more original therapies, such as a bamboo massage where a therapist pandas (chortle) to guests’ needs by rolling sticks across knotty backs.
Imagine Joseph brought his Technicolor dreamcoat to the stylish shores of Capri and pack accordingly: pump up the prints and keep your kaftans colourful.
Whichever patterned and brightly coloured couch you look the most ravishing on.
Your loudest silk pyjamas and robes.
The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant but guests are welcome to dine at hotel Capri Tiberio Palace’s restaurants (another of Mr & Mrs Smith’s island idylls) and Jacky bar next door. Alternatively bring your market finds to your room for an imppromptu picnic.
Your minibar has a stash of bitters and tonics– you know what to do…
Located on Via Croce in Capri, the hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the popular restaurants, bustling bars and world-class shops of the island’s central Piazzetta.
Fly to Naples Capodichino airport and then get a taxi to the port of Naples to catch a boat – a journey of 50 to 80 minutes – to the island. Our helpful Smith24 team of travel experts can arrange flights from wherever you are in the world (call anytime on 03331 224 745).
There’s no need for a car in Capri as the itty-bitty island’s only 10 square-kilometres in size. Arrive from the airport in style in a chauffeured Mercedes E-Class (€240 a car, each way, including ferry tickets); the hotel is in a pedestrianised area, so guests will be dropped off at the piazzetta, less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
The hydrofoil ferry connects Capri with the Italian mainland. Smith24 are on hand around the clock to arrange your crossing and book tickets.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel is mere minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Piazzetta, but for a more tranquil time, follow the Via Tiberio east to what remains of Emperor Tiberius’ grand Villa Jovis and spend your day wandering the island’s dramatic coastline. Row, row, row your boat around Capri’s famous Blue Grotto in Anacapri; then get a taxi to Piazza della Vittoria (just a 15-minute walk away) and take the chairlift up Mount Solaro, for panoramic views over the island. While in Anacapri, be sure to pick up a pair of of the area’s stylish leather sandals. For big-name goods (and eye-popping price-tags) take a stroll down Via Vittorio Emanuele III and Via Camerelle: home to all of Italy’s fashion power-houses.
Few can claim their Mammá’s cooking has earnt a Michelin-star, except that is, this Caprese restaurant’s head chef Gennaro Esposito. His elegant eatery has clean white walls, tables and chairs, contrasted with bright bursts of aquamarine blue echoing the sea view. Esposito and his sous-chef spend each morning scouring the local fish stalls, and bartering with Anacapri farmers for the freshest fruit and veg. For those that appreciate an early night, request the bedside table (yes, really) at quirkily outfitted È Divino. Aside from its incongruous sleeping spot, there are flowery frescoes and intriguing artwork. Pair their meatballs and eggplant paccheri pasta with their wine of the month.
Buonocore Gelateria on Via Vittorio Emanuele is a one-stop shop for takeaway treats. Pop in for pizza or a stuffed-to-the-crust panini, then fill your picnic basket with their traditional Italian cakes and get a gelato to-go. For classic Caprese cuisine in an easygoing environment, dine alfresco at Lo Sfizio. The food here is deliciously simple; dine on crispy pizzas, cooked in a traditional wood-oven, or a home-made pasta dish with grilled fresh fish or mussels. Scialapopolo has been a local favourite since it opened in 1952. Take a table on the terrace and you can watch local fishermen hook the catch of the day while you sip on a apéritif.
Escape the crowds in the Piazzetta at the elevated Pulalli Wine Bar (+39 (0)81 837 410), next to the top of the bell tower. Pick a bottle off the wall, or ask the sommelier for his recommendation, then watch the world go by below you as you sit and sip on the balcony. The Grand Hotel Quisisana has three bars to choose from depending on how much cash you want to splash. Call into Caffè Morgano for a leisurely afternoon apéritif; celebrity-spot at Quisi Bar while listening to live piano music and drinking one of their signature Oyster Martinis; or for the best bubbles in Capri, head to the Krug Lounge on the hotel terrace.
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The bed-heads are red, the walls are blue, the curtains are violet and there’s even a lobster or two at boutique hotel Villa Mediterranea in Capri. Don’t take your designer shades off when your private driver opens the doors of your Mercedes E-class and ushers you into the lobby, you’ll need them inside too. Every inch of this cool, contemporary Capri hotel is covered in vibrant colours and bold patterns that’ll dazzle and delight. Whether you’re staying in one of the smaller Superior Rooms, or the charming Chantecler Suite, your island hideout will be full of chevrons and stripes, expertly clashed colours, stylish antiques and and an array of weird and wonderful objets d’art. Take time to appreciate the Chinese vases and examine seashells from the seashore; you can even try chatting to one of the goggled-mannequin heads, though we don’t promise the most titillating conversation – typical air-heads…
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