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As another rainy August day keeps us in the UK indoors, we know of somewhere we’d rather be: a glittering isle off the coast of Italy, being pampered in the palatial surroundings of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Style Alabaster chic
Setting Unspoilt Capri countryside

Why this week? Joining the likes of its L’Olivo restaurant and the Il Riccio beach club, Capri Palace has a new bistro on the block: Ragù, on its own terrace facing the Gulf of Naples. What’s more, local culinary hero (from Ischia, over the water) Andrea Migliaccio is now manning the Michelin-starred ovens at L’Olivo, so you can expect some eventful things to come out of both kitchens.

Our favourite bits The hotel’s past is recorded in its vaulted ceilings and columns, now a backdrop for huge sofas and artworks. Seaside chic doesn’t come any finer than the Megaron Suite, a huge penthouse with a private circular swimming pool set in a Mediterranean roof garden. Join in with the free nature walks and lessons in watercolour painting on offer.

Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Capri Palace is the island’s five-star flagship. Our arrival off the hydrofoil from Naples harbour (40 minutes), had augured well when the driver swept us off the boat, gathering our bags and shepherding us into quite the strangest and amusing vehicle – a stretch white Fiat Punto Cabriolet Limousine. Yes, really. This seemed bizarre until you realise that everything on Capri is miniaturised, even the vehicles. So a limo is a Punto, a street is an alley, the locals are all tiny and the buses are all mini.

This Liliputian charm gives the island an other-worldly, dreamlike quality, almost as if you’d stepped into the pages of a picture-book. It’s just a series of jagged cliffs connected by hair-raising paths, secret caves, deep-stepped passages and cute toy townhouses set into the cliffside. You take all this in as you are driven from the port to the north of the island, to Anacapri and the Capri Palace Hotel – ‘the most exclusive residence on the island’, according to our highly enthusiastic little limo driver…’

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