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The island of Capri is such a feast for the senses with breathtaking views, amazing resorts and mouthwatering cuisine.  In addition to spectacular nightlife (see last week’s blog, Capri, Take One), here are some of my all-time favorite highlights!

STAY

La Scalinatella  Memories didn’t disappoint.   This is simply the best hotel in Capri and may be my favorite in all of Europe.  Returning here is like returning home.  No large overdone lobby, just a smile from the man at the discreet front desk.  Most rooms are large (some with two bathrooms!), with sweeping views of the Med off huge terraces, cool tile floors, and linen sheets.  Each room is special and unique with delicate wall sconces and intricate gold (iron) headboards.  Ours had swirls of gold with the hotel’s signature HS monogram, while a friend’s had tiny bows everywhere!

Hotel Minerva  New on the scene, the Hotel Minerva is pretty chic.  The rooms are smallish with excellent (but small) bathrooms and small balconies with a sea view.  I loved the pool scene set on a manicured grassy lawn with a tiny bar for casual dining on caprese and rose.

DO

Take the long steps down to Da Luigi or La Fontinela for swimming in the sea and sunning on the rocks.

Rent a private boat to take you to the green grotto and swim through the caves! Yes, the blue grotto is more famous and a private boat is more money, but one swim through those emerald waters and you will thank me.

Walking in Capri is a workout with a view.  Be sure to walk along the path that winds you past hotels, homes and gardens, and past Malaparte where Bridgette Bardot famously shot that famous movie by that famous director.

Take the funicular up from the ferry and save yourself 40 euro while taking in the view, but be sure to catch one of Capri’s famous open top cabs to take you to dinner.

Smile for the camera and have your photo taken by the Island paparazzi.  They follow you everywhere with a dozen flashes at once and make you feel like Jackie O. has returned from the great beyond.

EAT

Da Paolino aka The Lemon Tree is a Capri tradition where you dine outside under the lemon trees.  Have the HUGE appetizer buffet covering caprese three different ways, jamon iberico, shrimp salad, and just about anything you can conjure.  Homemade lemon pasta is a must, and I went nuts for the dessert buffet.  You’ll find a giant bowl of the tiniest strawberries that smell like perfume on your tongue.

We had our favorite meal in town at Villa Verde, also a Capri favorite.  We dined outside on burrata and mozzarella that came tied in a giant knot and served surrounded by cut tomatoes.  I could have eaten an entire pizza margherita by myself.  So good.  The fried squash blossoms melt in your mouth and will have you back again soon.

I could eat lunch at Da Luigi everyday and I do.  A sea setting sandwiched between those famous Capri cliffs. . . what could be more breathtaking?  For me it’s the cheese ravioli with fresh tomatoes.  Digest your food and stay to take a dip in the Med, or just take coffee and marvel at the congestion of super yachts anchored off shore.

Gelato!  There are a few spots for gelato and at least one is open at 3 a.m. with no less than a mob of people waiting for their stracciatella. . .

 

Capri is serious FUN.  I’ve been a couple of times before and always had a great time, and I was pretty sure than no return trip could live up to past experiences.  So happy to report that I was wrong!  In fact, this trip – to celebrate good friend and ThisNext Editor-in-Chief Mary Alice Haney’s birthday –  eclipsed all those that came before and may go down in history as one of the longest dance parties on record (for me at least)!

In truth, this blog is a big fat thank you to birthday girl Mary Alice for bringing us halfway across the globe for the best three day celebration ever!

DANCE

Número UNO/Número Due

The place doesn’t open till 1:30am so rest up.  We skipped the line and were escorted to a banquet along the wall next to the band.  Yes, we danced on the banquet and yes, we sang with the band!  I loved the drummer who sweetly shared his drum sticks with me and let me play along.  I am sooooo taking drum lessons.  At some point a famous Italian singer took to the piano and serenaded the crowd followed by a song sung by his rocker son.  Not bad for our first night on island!

Taverna Anema e Core

Not as intimate as Número UNO/Due, you access the main room by walking down a flight of stairs with glossy photos papering both walls around you.  Fun to see all the stars that have walked these steps before you, everyone from Tom Cruise to Rihanna (spotted in the lobby at Hotel Quisisana while we were there!)  For Mary Alice they busted out huge sparklers and champagne, a giant poster of the birthday girl herself, a t-shirt with her photo, and flags with her picture were waved by the crowd as everyone danced on large tables opposite the band.  Yes, I danced and sang on stage and the lead singer didn’t seem to mind that I blocked her from view.

SONG

The anthem for our trip was most definitely Katy Perry’s Firework!

PACK

I traveled with a carry-on as I was only there 4 nights and with so many planes, trains and ferries and yachts it is better not to risk losing luggage!  Chic Jackie O shades are a must.  Large brim hat and bikini are essential.  A simple local beach tote.  A cover-up (I’m way addicted to Letarte).  A seriously sexy halter dress (or 3) with strappy sandals for night.  Done!

For style inspiration, check out Mary Alice’s Summer in Capri! collection on ThisNext.com:  http://bit.ly/j0xVMI

Want even more Capri?  Check out my next blog for tips on fabulous resorts, delicious cuisine, and out-of-this world sightseeing!

 

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