If you’re in search of a little Capri glamour, Tiberio Palace has it all: colourful vintage armchairs, pop art, eclectic curios and piles of out-there coffee table books. It’s removed from the hustle and bustle, but not too far from where all the action takes place on Capri’s boutique lined Via Botteghe. The secluded location also comes with added perks, from the luxury of feeling that little bit more exclusive to peaceful mornings spent far from the crowds.
The Tiberio Palace is the very definition of the dolce-vita lifestyle with Fifties and Sixties pieces of mismatched furniture and whacky prints about the place. The Milanese designer Gianpiero Panepinto is the man behind the palace’s quirky interiors; his selection of flea markets finds (think Indonesian pouffes and ceiling fans that hail all the way from South Africa) and playful colour palette give it a fun sort of charm.
On the terrace, symmetrical lines of loungers and a plunge pool (perfect for those intensely hot summer months) look out towards the sea. Elsewhere, the plush spa has a sauna, steam-room and multi-sensory showers. Speaking of wellness, there’s also gym stocked with a spinning bike, treadmill and yoga mats, and for those in need of an extra push during their stay, sessions with personal trainers can be arranged, to take you running along island trails and more.
Much like the rest of the hotel, the bedrooms are very chic. No two are the same and each comes with vintage books, photos of Hollywood starlets, wooden sculptures, sculptural lamps and ornaments handpicked from across the world. Shades of white and blue dominate, and if you’re lucky enough to be staying in a suite, large terraces are kitted out with exquisite Italianate tiles, hammocks, verdure and sun loungers. The bathrooms are roomy with big tubs and powerful showers stocked with toiletries from the local perfume maker Carthusia.
Food is served at Terrazza Tiberio, where the executive chef Nello Siano focuses on traditional Italian classics with a twist. We dined on an exceptional cuttlefish black ink pasta, a trio of salads, fine local breads and a pork fillet grilled Capri-style, all elegantly presented and made with regional produce where possible. There’s also an on-site kosher restaurant serving up Mediterranean dishes and wines from Israel. For cocktails, look no further than Jacky Bar, with its white grand piano and panama hats that recall the iconic days of Fifties Cuba. Breakfast here is also another highlight. The generous buffet includes immaculate fruit plates, freshly baked pastries and an á la carte menu for guests in search of eggs cooked the Italian way.
Beyond the hotel, it’s a pleasant 20 to 30-minute walk to Villa Lysis, the former home of the Swedish poet Jacques Fersen; and Villa Jovis, the impressive remains of Emperor Tiberius’ palace dating back to 27AD. The hotel can also arrange other experiences, including a helicopter tour of the coast, speedboat transfers to Amalfi and Ischia, private tours of Anacapri and island excursions aboard your very own scooter.
For more information, visit www.capritiberiopalace.it.