The first thing I noticed when I stepped off the ferry onto Capri: that all the taxis were convertibles. Some were limos, some SUVs and some were vintage cars, but they all had the roof down. And that, for me, sums up just how impossibly chic and glamorous the Italian Island is. From the port to the Piazzetta, Capri is Italian refinement and charm.
Once up in the iconic town square, the Piazzetta, make your way through the winding cobbled alleys, passed Fendi, Gucci, Valentino and the famous Buonocore Gelateria and you'll arrive in front of the famous Faraglioni rocks and, above that, on the edge of the island in the most beautiful spot on Capri, sits the Punta Tragara hotel.
Stylish in a classic way. It's a grown up feeling hotel, which manages to pull off five-star luxury in the most relaxed way. It used to be a mega villa until it was converted into a hotel in 1974 and, during the Second World War, was used as a central command by the Americans hosting the likes of General Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill. It's historic and stepping into the lobby makes you feel important (even if in reality you're a bit sweaty and sea sick from the ferry journey over).
The Punta Tragara is in the best spot on Capri. Towering over the iconic Faraglioni rocks and just a short walk down to the Fontelina and Da Luigi beach bars (which are like something out of a Dolce & Gabbana ad), you could never leave the vicinity of the hotel. From the pool, from the balconies, from the restaurant, that pristine, sparkling blue water of Tyrrhenian Sea can be seen everywhere.
Ranging from superior doubles to a selection of incredible suites, the rooms are pure luxury and no two are the same. I stayed in a junior suite split over two levels with a separate bedroom and living room. It was the balcony, though, which took my breath away. Simply step out of the double doors and there they are: the Faraglioni rocks. Five minutes spent staring at the sweeping views and I felt calm.
The hotel's main restaurant Monzu comes with spectacular views over the Capri coastline. Serving authentic Italian cuisine, executive chef Luigi Lionetti will wow you with an 8-course extravaganza that's light, fresh and full of Italian flavour. The hotel also has a Michelin-starred restaurant in the town centre but, for me, Monzu was the main event. Attentive service, exciting flavours and perfect wine-matching.
There is no better place for a sundowner than under the flowering wisteria at Punta Tragara's poolside gin bar. They take their G&Ts very seriously, as do I. They couldn't tell me exactly how many types of gin they stock (I reckon they've lost count) but it's a lot. My personal favourite: Monkey 47 dry gin garnished with peppermint and cardoman.
If you can be bothered to leave the peace and tranquility of the pools (there are two), I'd suggest a little excursion to Anacapri on the other side of the island. Jump in one of the convertible taxis for a beautiful ride over the hills to the quieter, more relaxed Anacapri. With cute white buildings and artisan shops, it feels more like authentic Italy than the uber expensive and chic Capri. We ordered a pizza (when in Italy), drank red wine (again, when in Italy) and watched the world go by.
Punta Tragara has rooms available from €600 per room per night, based on two adults sharing a room on a B&B basis. For further details, please visit .