Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a full-service spa with Turkish bath
- Some rooms have private pools with ocean views
- The palm trees and lush lawns surrounding the pool lend an almost tropical ambience
What To Know
- Just a short walk to the marina, but further from Capri's town center; the hotel runs regular shuttles into town
- The airport-transfer can be arranged for a steep fee of close to $300
- The island isn’t very vehicle-friendly, so bringing a car is not recommended
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
This 21-room hideaway evokes the golden era of Capri, when the island was overrun with Hollywood stars, artists and intellectuals. The rooms and suites are decorated as tributes to various personalities who left their mark here, including poet Pablo Neruda and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of the Futurist movement. Soak up the ambience by the glam infinity pool, surrounded by palm trees and with views across the bay to brooding Mount Vesuvius, or chill in the spa’s relaxation area, complete with a sauna, a Turkish bath and an infinity pool with a Jacuzzi. At dusk, snag a spot on the terrace at Ristorante Ziqù, where lanterns and candles illuminate decadent Mediterranean dishes like lobster salad with asparagus and truffles.
In the Area
Do as one-time denizens Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. did, and head to La Parisienne on the piazzetta for classic Capri pants; the family-run boutique has been around since 1906. Hail one of the island’s fleet of convertible taxis to take you up to Anacapri, then shop for botanical fragrances at Carthusia: Founded in Capri in 1948, when a monk discovered a trove of ancient perfume formulas, this limited-production fragrance house produces scents that evoke the Mediterranean with notes like jasmine, wild fig and lemon leaves. End the day over a glass of rose at the waterfront Fontelina Restaurant on famous Fontelina beach. The casual terrace, with its thatch roof and rough stone walls, looks out onto the rocky beach and is a magnet for the island’s scantily-clad beautiful people.
How to Get There
The hotel was far from the city center. We were there in June and the hotel was nothing like the pictures shown on the website today. Hopefully they have updated the hotel since we were there. The outside looks the same but def not the inside.
We stayed at this hotel one night of our honeymoon and were absolutely blown away with how amazing this place is. The staff was amazing - they treated us like we were royalty. Seriously. When we arrived, they promptly gave us glasses of Prosecco and hand massages overlooking the ocean view while they checked us in.
The entire villa is picturesque with stunning views and a gorgeous layout. The restaurant at the Villa was one of the best meals we had on our trip - get the homemade Lemoncello with cream after your meal.
We will recommend this place to everyone we know going to Capri!
One thing to note: we visited on the 2nd week of October and got a great discount - apparently this is the last week of the season on the island, which was great. The hotel was pretty empty, as were most tourist locations around the island and the weather was still really nice. Just keep that in mind from mid-October through the winter, not much may be open in Capri - book before the season ends!
The grounds of the property are beautiful and the staff was really friendly when we arrived, however that quickly changed once we settled in. The hotel was severely short staffed. We tried getting drinks at the bar on numerous occasions and there was no one there to assist us. The spa had one person working. The overall "vibe" of the hotel was off, there was just no one on the property to help with anything and we visited in September! Also, if you're into fitness, the "gym" lacks working equipment. I would not return, the experience staying there was not worth the price.