Two Island Queens on Capri and Ischia
Reigning over Capri and Ischia within the Bay of Naples are two island queens, the Punta Tragara and San Montano Resort & Spa. Each lodge has its personal particular attract. The buona fortuna is that it’s not mandatory to decide on between them. Why not expertise each?
Capri is Capri is Capri. Smaller than Ischia, it’s the fabled vacation spot of vacationers for hundreds of years, from emperors to artists. On Capri, one vital facet of any five-star luxurious property is its capacity to close out the remainder of the world. The day-trippers, tour guides and cruisers should merely fade right into a silent background when a visitor enters the foyer of a spot like Punta Tragara.
Punta Tragara’s 700-square-foot Art Suite has a front room with bathtub.
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The raucous saturation of colour contained in the foyer matches the depth of the views exterior, however there’s a swell of silence that envelops us. The guestrooms and suites are stuffed with the intense and the avant garde (i.e., serpentine steel display screen in No. 61), however truthfully, it’s all in regards to the views. They are cliches of the poetic and it’s unattainable to get sufficient of the ever-changing mixture of azure, terra-cotta, inexperienced and white. This is why we’re right here.
Well, that and the meals: The Michelin star, regionally caught seafood and a powerful cellar make for some very satisfying selections. This lodge might turn out to be addictive.
General supervisor Pietro Paolo Federico ([email protected]) ensured that our go to included lunch at chef Luigi Lionetti’s Le Monzu’, which acquired its first star on the 2020 checklist. (The Manfredi group additionally has one other Michelin-starred ristorante on Capri, Mammà, in addition to the Michelin-starred ristorante Aroma in Rome.) We had been anticipating excessive requirements as a result of we’ve visited the Tragara’s sister lodge in Rome, the Manfredi.
Punta Tragara’s Art Suite additionally comes with a terrace, which overlooks the Faraglioni Rocks.
Punta Tragara is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Even Eisenhower and Churchill stayed right here when the property was American headquarters throughout World War II. Mariana Arpaia ([email protected]) is director of gross sales and advertising and marketing.
Built in 1920 as an unlimited personal villa designed by Le Corbusier, the Punta Tragara’s 44 rooms and suites had been redone throughout the final two years. It’s arduous to compete with the panorama from one among Capri’s highest factors, however the modern artwork and furnishings convey the Mediterranean gentle inside. One of six named suites, the 950-square-foot Penthouse Suite (No. 61) on the fifth flooring has Capri’s quintessential view, the Faraglioni Rocks, from each the home windows and terrace. There is a giant, spherical mattress and a small personal sauna within the suite.
The Certosa Suite (No. 51) overlooks equally unbelievable views from its 700 sq. toes dwelling area. There are 14 Junior Suites, a few of them duplex, and 24 rooms, many with sea views. Honestly, the Punta Tragara has so many jaw-dropping vistas from its terra-cotta terraces that it raises the query of why a visitor would ever depart their room.
The Monzù Gin Club and American Bar is perhaps one cause, on condition that it has dozens of gins on the menu, together with a full array of wines and spirits. The Tragara additionally has a brand new spa and two swimming pools, one heated. Away from the property, there’s nothing to match a personal boat journey across the island, with the chance to see the lodge perched on a cliff far above the water. Up within the city of Anacapri is one other distinctive villa, the Villa San Michele (c. 1885), which is now a museum devoted to the proprietor, Swedish royal physician Axel Munthe, and his assortment of artifacts discovered on the island. There’s an intimate café on the grounds, which is the right place to unwind earlier than heading again down the mountain. Look out for Capri’s indigenous blue lizards — both reside or ceramic.
In the afternoon, store for lemony issues (limoncello, cleaning soap, linens, scents, sweet), customized sandals, Caprese beachwear and designer garments and equipment from boutiques that line the slim streets.
Note: Guests ought to know that attending to Punta Tragara entails a 15-minute stroll from the port, which permits time to soak up the ambiance of Capri. Luggage comes on a cart and transport might be organized prematurely for many who want help. The lodge is closed from November till simply earlier than the Easter / Passover holidays.
Punta Tragara has 14 Junior Suites, a few of that are on two ranges.
A ferry journey from Capri or Naples, Ischia is the island of spas: Volcanic steam, volcanic mud, pure thermal and man-made swimming pools, seashores, medical and sweetness therapy facilities sprinkled throughout the island. Five-star San Montano Resort & Spa towers 1,000 toes up a mountain, perched above the fishing village of Lacco Ameno.
Note: The resort is a favourite of German spa-devotees, preferring the month of May for his or her therapy holidays; visitors from the U.S. ought to ebook each their rooms and spa appointments early for spring holidays. Since there are additionally expansive out of doors thermal spas on Ischia, resembling Negombo and Poseidon, June by means of September are additionally good instances to go to, when the Mediterranean water is heat sufficient for swimming. The lodge has its personal small personal seaside, in addition to eight swimming pools and tubs.
We first visited San Montano a decade in the past and had been impressed with the gardens and panorama, however much less so with the décor. Completely renovated and now a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the property is vastly higher. Hermès materials and painted by hand tiles add to the luxe really feel. For particular requests, contact common supervisor Maurizio Orlacchio ([email protected]) or spa supervisor Catrin Sirabella ([email protected]).
San Montano Resort & Spa’s infinity pool comprises heated thermal water and has nice views over San Montano Bay.
Some of the 76 rooms and suites have each sea and backyard views; some suites are duplexes. Sunsets are memorable, with umbrella pines framing the orange sky. The Infinity Pool Suites line a protracted pool with sight strains down the mountain to the Mediterranean. The Amalfi Suite Sunrise (850 sq. toes) comes with its personal small infinity pool and personal terrace. Junior Prestige Suite No. 322 is about 550 sq. toes and has two balconies, two full baths and a separate front room with couch mattress.
The Elite Sea View suites may very well be thought of for a vacation spot marriage ceremony social gathering or household trip, as they’re separated from the principle lodge. The two Olea Suites on this part (every about 500 sq. toes) might be joined to create a four-bedroom / two-bath grand suite with two Jacuzzis. Recently, a gaggle of 50 New Yorkers took a lot of Elite Sea View suites for a marriage.
Guests at San Montano come primarily for thermal baths and spa therapies on the Ocean Blue Spa. The black volcanic mud therapies have been a favourite of tourists to Ischia since Roman instances and the marginally radioactive mud is meant to enhance each well being and look. We discovered that the volcanic mud facials actually do easy the pores and skin. The Gambe Chic (Golden Leg) therapies promise outcomes after 5 days, which can be why many European visitors come for a full week.
The Ischia Suite Sunset has a big terrace and an unique Jacuzzi for 2 individuals.
In addition to its personal eating places, overseen by govt chef Nandi Porcaro and together with La Veranda and Franco’s, San Montano has a number of bars and cafés for gentle casual lunches, all with terraces overlooking the village and sea. Its sister lodge in Lacco Ameno, Hotel Reginella, has a superb seafood restaurant, O’ Pignattello.
Away from the lodge there’s the chance to hire two luxurious boats to discover the island and even sleep onboard. It’s enjoyable to swim to a secluded seaside or café / bar accessible solely by boat. Nearby purchasing consists of well-known Italian designers, in addition to retailers for ceramics (we like Ischia’s purple designs). The lodge additionally presents on-call shuttle service, which permits visitors to walk the Lacco Ameno seafront, cease for an aperitivo and have dinner at O’ Pignattello earlier than returning to the mountaintop for a nightcap. Transportation might be organized to go to different cities and historic websites on the island.
The San Montano Resort & Spa is closed November by means of mid-April.