Capri chic in a 16th century convent
I’d been to Capri before… only to leave with the impression of a glamour island designed for shopping and little else. However, this was my first time in Anacapri, a part of the island just a short Vespa ride from the central glitz, although equally stunning and washed in signature Caprese white. Locals told me Anacapri is “what Capri used to be like many, many years ago”. Here, there are still plenty of luxe hotels, bejewelled sandals for sale and chic crowds, yet there is also an atmosphere of authentic island life.
We were met by a beautiful local girl, blonde hair falling around golden shoulders, who led us down alleyways, past a pasticceria – windows piled high with the famous torta Caprese, past old men slumped on benches watching the world through cigarette smoke and finally, in the heart of the centro storico, we came to our accommodation.
From outside, all you see is a worn timber door; inside is as indulgent and refreshing as milky buffalo mozzarella. Acclaimed architect Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva designed this two-suite hideaway in the remains of the 16th century convent beside the San Michele church.
They offers exclusive bed and breakfast accommodation in just two luxurious suites. Ideally placed for relaxing visits to the authentic Capri, Capri Suite a short walk from all the charms of Anacapri, is within easy reach of the Grotta Azzurra, the Punta Carena lighthouse, and all the wonders of the island.
Capri Suite boasts a large living room area, with high arched ceilings and a number of unique examples of vintage and modern furniture, including a linen sofa by Gervasoni, a late ‘fifties Olivetti desk, a Paolo Piva table, and Vietri ceramics from the sixties. The villa also has a charming courtyard, where guests can relax in the shade, while the kitchen is a cool, light-filled spot, ideal for enjoying Capri Suite’s delicious traditional Italian breakfast.
I like to think that the guests feel at home, that they’re not visiting a touristic place, and I love that they get to dine on porcelain dishes I’ve bought during my travels.
Giuliano Andrea Dell’Uva, from an interview on elledecor.com
Each of Capri Suite’s two bedrooms – the Yellow Room and the Blue Room – has been individually designed and decorated, and comes with a spacious en-suite bathroom. The Yellow room comes with a walk-in rain shower, while the Blue room boasts a fireplace and a bathtub with colour therapy.
Their philosophy here is ‘Questa casa e’ un albergo‘, which translates as ‘this house is a hotel’. And other than being served breakfast whenever you please, living alongside designer furniture, modern art and squeal-inducing luxury (it’s one of the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen), it’s true that Caprisuite has the intimacy of a private holiday home. The attention to detail is impressive. The level of taste is unparalleled. The mix of clean, modern design spliced with remnants of an ancient convent is breathtaking.
Capri Suite is definitely one of the most picturesque accomodation in Capri.
Capri SuiteVia Finestrale 9, Anacapri
Contacts:+39 335.5280647 – 349.5252881 www.caprisuite.it