Caesar Augustus, Relais & Chateaux Hotel
What We Love
- The incomparable setting, on a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea in Anacapri
- Anti-aging treatments and the Turkish bath at the Orlane spa
- Dining on Mediterranean dishes at the terrace restaurant, with its stunning views over the Bay of Naples
- The quiet, uncrowded locale in Anacapri, at the top of the island
What To Know
- You’ll need to hire a taxi or rent a scooter to get to the busy main town of Capri
- Free WiFi
- Children nine and under are not permitted
- Although some ferries accept vehicles, bringing a car to the island is not recommended
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Owned first by a wealthy German, then by a Russian prince, then by three generations of the Neopolitan Signorini family, this 55-room stunner marries its illustrious history with modern-day luxuries and a peerless setting overlooking the Bay of Naples with views of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and Ischia. Join the well-heeled clientele in lounging by the pool, with its panoramic outlook, getting pampered in the spa, and playing tennis at the adjacent courts. Dine on rustic-yet-refined Mediterranean dishes in the terrace restaurant, which uses produce grown in the kitchen garden and lemons from the island’s famous groves.
In the Area
This fabled island begs to be explored, whether by chair lift to Mount Solaro, Capri’s highest peak, for breathtaking views, or on a grand boat tour around the island (truly a must). Boat tours include a visit to the famous Blue Grotto, an otherworldly cave flooded with blue light and dotted with gondoliers singing opera to their enchanted passengers. Back in Anacapri, shop for the iconic Capri-style sandals popularized by Jackie O. at cult cobbler Antonio Viva’s workshop.
How to Get There
We spent 4 nights here and wished we made it for 8. We are loyal Relais & Chateaux fans and this was one of our favorite proprieties by far.
What we loved:
- We had a junior suite and it was spacious and beautiful. We also stayed in the Caesar Suite one night which is also incredible (thank you for the upgrade!)
- The views are by far the best in all of Capri. And the pool is beyond gorgeous. We looked at other popular hotels when we were there...Capri Palace, JK palace. Not sure why Kourtney Kardashian stayed at Capri Palace (perhaps they paid her to do so) because Caesar Augustus is by far the better property and especially for the pool and views! The pictures online don’t do it justice.
- They go the extra mile in terms of customer service. For instance when we were checking out and headed for Positano, they made sure we had porter service taken care of by our next hotel once we reached our destination. The owner and owner’s son treat guests like family and make sure everyone is fully taken care of.
I’m a tough critic and truly cannot think of one thing to suggest that this hotel improve. Our only regret was moving to positano after and not staying here for the entire time we were in the Amalfi Coast. We just loved it and if we come back to Capri we will 100% stay here again without hesitation. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable stay!
I had been to this hotel a couple of times and I must say it has the best views of Capri and Vesuvius.
The mansion hotel is owned and run by an Italian family from the region.
Food is quite delicious, yet the service extremely slow and the stuff sometimes forgets about your requests.
We had a junior suite, the view was amazing but the size of the room was very small for a suite category. The bathroom had a very poor layout, with the toilette seat right in front of the door! Injury hazard.
The telephone in the room was very old and had no signs for hotel departments. That is unacceptable for a Relais & Chateaux hotel.
All in all, it was a good experience but Caesar Augustus must improve the service otherwise it would be a real pity!!
The third leg of my Italy holiday took us to Capri - although sadly only an overnight stay. Departing the Palazzo Avino we left our suitcases so that they could be transferred to the fourth leg which was the hotel next door - the Belmond Caruso - and packed super light (an overnight bag) for the ferry across to Capri. After a decent wander around Capri’s town square and a hike over to the Gardens of Augustus we finally arrived on the other side of the island by taxi to check into the Caesar Augustus hotel in Anacapri. We were met with a very warm and effusive welcome by reception and the son of the family that owns the property.
The hotel occupies a clifftop location overlooking the sea and almost every where you go that view dominates and is breathtakingly glorious. The property is older style but in superb condition throughout. The property is very well maintained and sumptuous. The infinity pool occupies two tiers offering a relaxing area which was well used. The spa and gym were on a lower level down towards the gardens.
Our room was a very spacious one offering a couple of small balconies with that full on seaview. In fact you got to appreciate exactly high up from the water we were by standing out on the balcony where you could see the sheer drop from the top of the cliff on which the property rests. An impressively long way down to the water - anyone scared of heights would likely not be able to step out onto the balconies.
Another friendly request to be able to use the hotel pools before their normal opening of 9am was equally as accommodating - but it was explained that due to chemicals used in the cleaning it would be better to start at 8:10 rather than 7:00. Vincenzo - the pool man - came in early to ensure everything was ship shape.
A pre dinner stroll onto the reception floor and the main terrace of the Caesar Augustus yielded uninterrupted viewing of the sunset.
Given our location we dined in the hotel but given our light packing we couldn’t really meet the dress code for the main dining room of the restaurant. Although no one was as direct as to point this out to us, junior service staff sought the direction of the maitre’d who very diplomatically suggested the outdoor dining area by the pool. After a number of fine dining experiences already on the trip we wanted something light rather than full on tasting menu or even a 3 course a la carte option so this rather suited us. Nonetheless this didn’t stop the restaurant pulling out the stops even though we stuck with a couple of starters. The amuse bouche effectively served as a stunning starter and my “starter” the lobster salad became my main and petit fours becoming our dessert. Presentation was super chic and stylish throughout.
We elected for in room breakfast which arrived promptly although was a touch too simple continental style serving.
Check out was again super friendly - our complimentary shoulder bag was accompanied by another complimentary one when I asked whether I could buy one of another colour. A very nice touch. We declined the gift of their home made marmalade nonetheless not because we didn’t want it but purely due to our desire to travel as light as possible given the ferry journey back to Positano and further sightseeing we would be doing there ahead of catching the next hotel’s shuttle back to that hotel.
A thoroughly enjoyable, comfortable, welcoming overnight stay at a stunning property with very high service standards throughout. Everyone ensured a lasting memory due to their friendliness and desire to please. Even more, junior - less experienced - reception staff were eager to please even in their uncertainty at times of how to go about doing it. Would love to return and to stay a few days more to really enjoy the property and service.
My experience at this hotel was absolutely perfect in every way. The rooms were immaculate and comfortable. The property and gardens are breathtaking. But, it was the level of service which impressed me the most. The staff, without exception, was personable, warm and accommodating. The level of service truly exceeded my expectations. Although the hotel is a bit pricey, I can honestly say that it was a great value and worth every penny. I cannot wait to return!
My only regret about this hotel is that we couldn't stay longer because our experience was outstanding in every way. We stayed 2 nights of a 9 night/10 day trip to the Amalfi Coast (see my other reviews to compare locations) and I really regretted that it wasn't at least 4 or 5. First, this is a family property and the owner is there all day every day to make sure you're happy - a great guy and you can feel the love and good energy all over his estate. The rest of the staff is also first name basis friendly, always helpful and available and thinks ahead. Flawless.
Second, I'm pretty sure this property has one of the most beautiful views on the face of this earth - Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, up on a cliff looking over the blue blue sea, spectacular sunsets, ample, green gardens all over, a double infinity pool and the buildings themselves are beautiful, comfortable, charming and very well maintained. Even as compared to some pretty outstanding views at other places along the Amalfi coast this place won by far. We ADORED this place and I thought it was very good value for what we received (expensive but worth every penny).
We stayed in a Junior Suite and were given a room on the top floor in the corner with a wrap-around balcony which afforded us both Bay of Naples and Sunset Views. Room was comfortable, tasteful, well-maintained and I loved that the bathroom also had a great view of the sea. I should mention that they originally put us in a lower floor room (same location just lower down) but when I asked if we could be moved they moved us immediately no problem and within minutes the housekeeping came to remove the feather pillows from the room (I'm allergic) without being asked. That is great service.
They pick you up in the touristy and crazy busy port of Capri and drive you up to Ana Capri in the hotel van (and they return you back down on departure). It takes about 8-10 min. Check in was on the spacious and spectacular main balcony of the hotel - we could hardly pay attention because we were so busy taking in the view and snapping photos. They gave us a very nice tour of the property (outdoor massage area looked so nice but we didn't do it, bummer). The pool area is just unreal - a double terraced infinity pool with a cinematic view. We spent quite a bit of time there but we also went by taxi down into Capri to shop and wander and eat and also we took the chairlift into the little cozy town of Ana Capri (2 min walk from hotel) up to the top of Monte Solara which was really fun and easy and features views off the other side of the mountain to where they park the big mega yachts. The little town itself is nice to wander for an hour - none of the glitzy shopping of Capri itself but still very cute and much less crowded and chaotic.
We had dinner one night at the Terraza del Pensatoio which is basically a cave with a view out over the ocean where they set up a private table and send a waiter to serve a multi-course meal - it was delicious and the ambience was really romantic. The regular restaurant has amazing sunset views (which this does not really see the sunset) and would be a delight as well, but the Terraza del Pensatoio is a unique and fun experience and I'm so glad we did it. The breakfast buffet was delicious and ample and service quite attentive - they even had a separate buffet of gluten free items.
We also took their 2 hour boat excursion which was a small boat but it was fun to go around the island and see all the inlets and grottos and wind-eroded rocks and check out the jaw-droopingly enormous yachts parked in the bay and just generally soak up the warm Italian sun. I wouldn't do it in windy or averse weather but on a calm sunny day it was wonderful. The perfect amount of time and it's private.
We loved our junior suite but this is a hotel where even if you can't afford a view room your experience will still be so magical that it's worth staying here - the views are priceless everywhere, the service is fantastic, the vibe is just so chill, peaceful, romantic and luxurious and you feel quite literally like the kings of the island up at the top of it all.
I should mention that other people told us about the JK Place and the Capri Palace and I all I can say is that having seen those properties in person neither of them have even remotely the quality of views, nor the expansiveness of grounds of this property - it is a true gem and all along the Amalfi Coast locals kept telling us it was the very best of the best. JK Place is down low in Capri and Capri Palace is set back up in Ana Capri and not cliffside. Neither one could even remotely compare to this high cliffside, peaceful location.
Lastly, there was a wedding on the property while we were there and all I can say is that this is truly a place your guests will never forget and to make your wedding dreams come true - sounds cheesy but goodness gracious this place was sure a beautiful setting. I genuinely hope one day to return to this earthly paradise and thanks to all the people who made it such a special stay for us.