There’s Always Capri. Hotel La Palma, Capri

Oetker Collection, newest arrival in Italy is a sparkling diamond perched on the rock of Capri. Many of our chic travelers have camped at their Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, this recent siren song of the Mediterranean will make Capri a hotspot again!

In a stunning renovation led by internationally acclaimed designer Francis Sultana, in his first ever hotel project, Hotel La Palma has been designed to be an inviting home away from home. Sultana deftly captured Capri’s beautiful lightness and minimalism while injecting flair and flourishes in a nod to the island’s 1950s jet-set era. Pale rooms in white hues and a heavenly blue, dashes of the original subtle green. Fifty rooms, including 18 suites, each with a private terrace or balcony overlooking a picturesque view of Capri.

La Palma Hotel, Capri

Few locations are as synonymous with chic summertime glam, glitterati and natural beauty as Capri. Just the sapphire sea arrival sets the stage, the port is packed with super yachts, a desirable destination. My skipper and I voyaged around the limestone cliffs adorned with staggering stalactites dangling from the high reaching caverns, buzz by the stunning natural Faraglioni rocks jutting out from the deep sapphire sea.

The island gem is home to two primary towns quiet Anacapri and the more bustling Capri. La Palma is conveniently set near Piazza Umberto I square also known as the Piazzetta.

Much-loved Italian chef Gennaro Esposito is at helm of Hotel La Palma’s kitchens. A simple, stylish step back in time to the Capri of the 1950s, Gennaro’s restaurant embraces the timeless romance of the island, serving unpretentious, authentic Italian cuisine. Bianca, a glamorous, newly built rooftop restaurant, and bar open for dinner, offers spectacular views over Capri Village and the sea in the distance. Paying homage to the ‘classic Capri’ of the golden age, Hotel La Palma’s newly built pool deck and Aqua Bar offer the best seat in town to watch the world go by below.

Located in the beating heart of Capri, just steps from the famous Piazzetta, Hotel La Palma is perfectly positioned for guests to visit some of the most notable sites of Capri: I Giardini di Augusto, Via Krupp, La Certosa and the iconic Faraglioni.

Originally opened in 1822, Hotel La Palma – formerly known as Locanda Pagano – is the oldest hotel on Capri. The original owner, notary Giuseppe Pagano, hosted travellers in his villa for the pleasure of long conversations and often, his guests were artists, poets, writers, architects, painters, and musicians, all who showed their gratitude by painting the walls, writing poems, singing, and playing in what was dubbed the ‘Artists’ Hotel. 

Located on the main walkway, setback for the best people watching during lunch, near the leafy Piazzetta, the property is a lush outpost with a jazzy rooftop restaurant and bar, a roof top pool deck, its own beach club, and a fabulous chic spa.

I arrived early to wander the pathways, IMHO, Capri is best visited in early summer or late summer. Cruise ship visits, which should be banned, pack the narrow streets with people who break for gelato and the tchotchke filled shops near the port, It felt a bit overrun in July.

Visited but not stayed.