I was more than surprised when I have finally found an oasis of extraordinary taste, privacy and pristine atmosphere-all these combined in Ca'Pa.
This year has already been my third stay there, the first having been the summer of 2007, then in the spring of 2009 and only last month- and I must say I will always come back.
This time I was travelling with a friend and she was also totally breath taken by the special situation that Ca'Pa offers. Before that I have been there with my boyfriend.
It was the perfect getaway for a week with its beautiful garden, sea-access and all of the fantastic& authentic Italian 50ies style beaches that were in comfortable proximity. Although we have only had a double room there it felt like the whole place was ours because there were hardly any people visible even though the whole place was booked out. But since there are only 6 rooms it does not add up to all-to-many people in general, which is a pure luxury itself.
We spent our days either at the extraordinary beach of the hotel or at other beaches that were recommend to us by the hotel, which was nice because they know all the special places where we found hardly any tourists, rather Italian, local people. This fact I also understand as very important because the last thing I would want, is to see is a beach packed with cheap tourists, which actually would have killed the whole atmosphere. That is, for instance, one reason why I loved Ca'Pa- because all of the other guest were very distinguished, open minded & interesting people, among them mostly people from the creative side, also leading to interesting conversations when wanted.
The atmosphere in the villa itself was beautiful, not just because of the highly tasteful furniture that was assembled with sure instinct, especially respecting all the little details that separate the wheat from the chaff. It is an old fisherman's house that was turned, in respect to its ground-structure, to a very sophisticated yet still unpretentious hotel-if one would want to rate it down, i guess one would call it a design-hotel.
Our room was just splendid, we had the red suite, and I must say we both fell completely in love with its candid beauty.Among other amenities we found also a TV with a DVD player and I loved the fact that they have an ample collection of DVDs that one could just take, as many as one wants! It was perfect for lazy nights when we did not want to go out, just have the windows wide open and feeling the incoming sea breeze cuddling with us-fantastic! No air-conditioning needed what so ever, and I like the fact they kept steady about not installing this hideous & redundant gadget although many guest were already complaining about its absence. Believe me, it would ruin the whole atmosphere to close oneself off to one of the most amazing garden/sea breeze experience ever.
The food experience was also great-the breakfast was super-fresh and good with not too many items, but those available were of great quality and not generic from the supermarket like it is the case in most hotels.There were fresh fruits and vegetables, some of them from their own garden, which is, of course as fresh as it can be and full of real taste.
Although they don't really have a restaurant, one can still have dinner there because they can cook themselves/or also have a cook coming in to cook there on request, and I am telling you, the food was not only delicious but also cooked with real fervency-as opposed to so many restaurants where this is surely not the case. We also ate out and were again very lucky with the hotels recommendations, also since the area is quite touristy and there exist many, many rip-off places with inferior quality- that one should be aware of.
In general, I must say that the staff was incredibly nice and helpful in any respect, be it booking water-taxis, restaurants or even a private boat tour to Capri. One of the very likable factors about the staff was that one wasn't permanently bothered by them, they were nicely reticent but when needed they were more than happy to assists with any questions or requests.
Although I admit that the amount of stairs one has to take into account might be a bit daunting, but it is totally worth it because what awaits you after them (besides a perfectly firm butt after one week) is always rewarding. For those who are not so much into walking stairs I can share a good practice to avoid to walk them up all to often: Walk down to the beach, from there take a water taxi (any time of the day/night) to wherever you want to go and then return to Ca'Pa either by local bus (amazing experience) or by normal taxi. Since the street is above the property one has only to walk to stairs down to get back. Still, the stairs work wonders if one engages with them.
Since this has been my third stay at Ca'Pa already, I also want to express my admiration to the owners who have managed to enhance this place over the last couple of years to an extend that the result is just extraordinarily wonderful and seldom to find.
From what I have read of the other reviews I understand that there might have been some little things to find fault with, the only thing I can say to those people is that then they have not understood and appreciated what Ca'Pa stands for, pure beauty apart from any squareness. To those I want to recommend a Best Western Hotel for their next trip-wherever it may lead them. I am sure they will find there what they are looking for, i.e. mediocrity, because Ca'Pa is everything else BUT mediocre: as already mentioned in my title, an extraordinary place for extraordinary people.
To those of you showing a strong interest in un-square places with breathtaking nature (the garden by Jaques Wirtz, a Belgien superstar landscape architect) and an authentic & classy atmosphere I want to recommend Ca'Pa as the perfect spot for any type of vacation- it is, afterall, unique!
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