Hotel Punta Tragara is a seriously upscale villa property perched on a
cliff on the southern outskirts of Capri town. Reachable only on foot, it is a
bit of a trek from the town center, but the setting is peaceful and offers some of the
best views on the island. Most of the 44 rooms include lovely views, while
suites provide particularly luxurious accommodations. Excellent breakfast and dining choices, together with two pools and a spa, make this one of the finest
hotel's in the area -- at a price tag to match. Travelers might want to also check out Hotel Canasta, which offers sea views at lower rates.
Romantic and refined villa hotel with storied history
Originally conceived as a private villa in 1923, this cliff-top property was built
on the suggestion of French architect and pioneer of modernism Le Corbusier. During the World War II, it served as American headquarters, and it was where Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill met to
discuss strategies. In 1968 was converted into a hotel by Count Manfredi.
Despite the involvement of the modernist master, the property, with its terra-cotta-toned and natural stone facades clad in colorful bougainvillea, has a more
rustic than modern look from the outside. A striking black-and-white patterned
carpet leads up marble steps and continues into a vaulted-ceiling lobby with contemporary lighting and large, curved, satin, floral sofas and
armchairs. Classical paintings, green modernist coffee tables, and floral- and
geometric-patterned fabrics create an eclectic ambience, while glass cabinets
display ceramic ornaments and other objets d’art. The hotel is set within lush
garden terraces with lounge areas under a vine-covered pergola and two outdoor
pools, both of which offer spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The
atmosphere throughout is refined, cultivated, and romantic, and the hotel draws a good share of couples and honeymooners.
Cliff-top setting overlooking the sea on the southern edge of Capri town
The hotel perches on a cliff top offering incredible views over the
Faraglioni (Sirens’ Rocks) and Marina Piccola Bay on the south side of Capri
island. It's a 15-minute walk to the famous La Piazzetta square -- a mostly
uphill trek that includes the Via Camerelle, the main shopping street in Capri
with several high-end designer boutiques. There are plenty of eating and drinking
places within a short stroll, and Certosa di San Giacomo monastery is about a 13-minute walk. The funicular train that links the center with the port terminates at La Piazzetta, and from here the hotel can be reached only on foot (porters are available for a fee).
Marble bathrooms and terraces or balconies -- most with sea views
The Punta Tragara has 44 rooms, most of which have traditional but fresh-looking decor with antique-style furnishings and a few contemporary touches. There are
also six beautifully presented suites that are individually styled
with themes drawing from art and nature. Amenities include minibars, free
Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players, satellite channels, and
pay-per-view movies, while marble bathrooms provide large walk-in showers and
Ortigia bath products. All rooms and suites open to terraces or balconies, most
with outstanding sea views. While all rooms are air-conditioned, some guests have complained that it can be a bit temperamental at times.
Two outdoor pools and a poolside bar for sunset cocktails
The hotel serves an extensive buffet breakfast along with a la carte choices in a bright breakfast room with mosaic floors that overlooks the sea (included in the room rate). Monzu restaurant has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views
and serves a menu of typical Capri and Neapolitan dishes -- romantic candle-lit
dinners can be arranged. The hotel also features two outdoor swimming pools --
one heated and both overlooking the sea -- while the poolside Pergola bar serves
drinks, including sunset cocktails. There's also a modern spa offering a range
of rather pricey massage and beauty treatments, as well as a fitness room
with up-to-date exercise equipment. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.