Of all of our locations mapped out on the itinerary, I was most excited to visit Capri. Nautical island culture meets glamor is basically my dream scenario, and Capri is just as fabulous as it sounds. We stepped onto the dock, with the picturesque fishing village painted in the background, to be greeted by Carmine, Hotel Punta Tragara’s representative. He coordinated our luggage with a porter and handed us tickets to the cable car, which would whisk us up the hill to the piazza, where we could walk beyond the “tourist Capri" to the perfect retreat on the far side of the island: Punta Tragara.
Hotel Punta Tragara was everything GG and I hoped and dreamed it would be. The lobby fabulous, the staff gracious, and the overall 5-star demeanor non-pretentious.
After settling in and devouring the “Capri cake” our hotel had welcomed us with, we got pretty and headed to the on-property, Michelin star-rated restaurant, Monzu. For the next few hours GG and I giggled and cheers-ed our way through the seven course tasting menu with wine pairings (that’s a lot of cheers-ing). The ravioli was especially exceptional. Cheers, Chef Luigi and GM Erico!
We spent the next days doing what we do best: eating 5-star breakfasts with an ocean view, lounging by the pool that overlooked the bay, wandering the pedestrian-only streets, enjoying gelato, sailing around the island on a private boat, and dining at the best restaurants.
Hotel Punta Tragara, though a 10 minute walk from town, provided the perfect introduction to Capri. When we made the mistake of wandering closer to the port one day, G and I realized just how rare our experience of the island truly was: the tourists coming to Capri for the day rarely wandered farther than the piazza, unless they were going to La Fontelina (right below our hotel). Our Capri felt exclusive and like an escape, and we have Punta Tragara (and our favorites, Francesca and Daria) to thank for that!
- Monzu: Michelin restaurant at Hotel Punta Tragara with fascinating flavors and exceptional service
- Da Paolina (aka The Lemon Trees restaurant): family-owned and an important experience of Capri, eating lemon cream linguine beneath a lemon grove
- Aurora: awful service but great food (definitely get the chocolate sphere dessert). GG and I spent the whole dinner befriending the couple next to us and nearly forgot how terrible we were treated
- Buonocore Gelateria: the creamiest gelato whose long line moves quickly as you watch the man make the cones right in front of you
- Mamma: Hotel Punta Tragara off-property restaurant. GG and I didn’t make it to our reservation here due to a flight to Barcelona, but the menu looks amazing
Thank you Capri and Hotel Punta Tragara for the wonderful memories. I will no doubt be back very soon. Ciao ciao!