So, when I got off the ferry from Naples I was floored. I thought I knew what beauty was, I had an idea in my mind, but what I saw when I got to Capri was a beauty that I didn’t know existed. Something one has to experience to understand and appreciate. After exploring a bit of one side of the island we get on the Tram and start the climb up to our hotel, the Punta Tragara. Along the way I see extravagant shops, beautiful flower lined pathways and inviting rich patios. When we finally get to the top of the island (well almost the top) I’m floored by the extraordinary beauty of the hotel. The room, the service is all top notch, and the view of legendary Faraglioni cliffs incredible. The hotels amenities are sublime – I love the fact they have two pools – the heated one is the best to swim at night, looking up at the stars into space makes one reconnect with what is important to oneself.
The first night dinner was at http://www.ristorantemamma.com/ an array of delights, everything is outstanding and fresh tasting. Fresh local tomatoes dusted with Parmesan cheese, an array of olive oils, fresh butter, local shrimp, salty aromatically herb flatrbread, creamy whitefish, fish risotto, roasted pork belly mixed seafood, seared codfish, assorted lightly fried local fish and finally finishing with luscious sweets. Flawless servers and the room is beautifully coloured, located in the heart of beautiful Capri.
Monzu, http://www.monzucapri.it/ the hotels one and only resto is incredibly romantic and sexy. I would rather sleep than eat breakfast but my partner in crime insisted I indulge myself and I’m glad she did- think extravagance, like those Vegas styled buffets with a bit of class. Capri favourites and Neapolitan dishes make up most of French trained, Chef Arcucci’s menu Hendricks martini, dirty, wet and stirred, freshly caught white fish with crisp skin, zucchini flower, locally caught clams, light charred scallop, peppercorn risotto, pasta with meat sauce, ricotta pasta lush tomato sauce, and finally the salt baked fish – that actually needed salt.
While in Capri we did a grotto tour with Bluride Capri http://www.bluride.it/ boat Carter which was a memory I will cherish forever (love you Lindsay). After a long tour we had lunch at this picturesque seaside restaurant, Da Luigi Capri http://www.capri.com/en/c/da-luigi-ai-faraglioni where locally sourced (like literally around the island) shellfish and sugary watermelon from South Africa accompanied the lavishly beauitful afternoon lunch.
Lastly, Bar La Pompeiana: I loved people watching, and they had the soccer game on. Seating on both sides of the street make for a relaxing, entertaining afternoon. Mixed bruscetta, prosciutto, and buffalo mozzarella sliced cheese – all so flavourful under the sun. A salty warm breeze captures our memorable vacation like a dream in every way possible.