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Capri Palace – the spa and foodie dream destination

From stunning views to a world-renowned spa, Capri Palace is a slice of Italian heaven that’ll leave you wanting more

Rachel Story

One of the first medical spas in Europe, the Capri Beauty Farm at Capri Palace is renowned for its 'Leg School' treatment. Synonymous with improving circulation, lymphatic drainage and reducing water retention; all of which contribute towards the dreaded cellulite.

In the comfort of the morning sun medical cold mud rich with active substances is applied to the legs before being wrapped in plastic – this invigorates the venous walls and decongests sluggish legs, perfect for tired legs after travelling by plane, ferry and car to reach the island. After 20 minutes of tingling the mud is washed off and cold medicated bandages are wrapped around the legs to treat water retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The pool at the leg school spa for the Kneipp vascular therapy

This is followed by the ‘Kneipp vascular therapy’, which involves 2 shallow tanks of water enriched with vegetal and mineral extracts at different temperatures. A brisk walk through the warm tank is followed by slowly pacing through the bone achingly cold water, complete with pummelling water jets and repeated for 15 minutes to stimulate metabolism and improve circulation. A 20-minute cold stone leg massage with iced marble stones promotes the absorption of the finishing gel leaving legs looking firmer and more toned – hallelujah!

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Views over the bay of Capri

The energising treatments coupled with the panoramic seaside views, Capri Palace sits more than 300 metres above sea level, and elegant façade reminiscent of an 18th century Neapolitan palazzo, framed by its arches and columns makes for a retreat that promotes well-being from both the inside, and out – hello, new pins! Add to this the fact that the hotel boasts not one, but two Michelin starred restaurants and you know that you’re in for a totally spoiling, and deliciously gastronomic experience.

Restaurant Il Riccio is a must for a seafood lunch with a view

Take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle bus and head to Il Riccio for a beach-club restaurant with a Michelin star – think fresh lobster, delicious seafood risottos and a room filled with help-yourself desserts for anyone wanting to indulge for an afternoon. Not to mention it’s the perfect pit-stop for beach hopping and exploring the nearby Blue Grotto.

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Fine-dining at Capri Palace’s two Michelin-star restaurant L’Olivio

For fine dining opt for the hotel’s L’Olivo Restaurant, the only two Michelin star restaurant on the island. Overlooking the twinkling-lit pool enjoy a tasting menu including treats such as homemade candele pasta filled with ragu and topped with cheese fondue, sea scallops with quail eggs and caviar and cod with a whiskey foam emulsion – just be sure to save room for the hotels version of petit fours...freshly baked, still warm, doughnuts with vanilla and chocolate dipping sauce. After all, the leg school will do all the hard work for you…sort of.

Da Paolino restaurant is a traditional Caprese restaurant set within a picturesque lemon grove

For a more rustic and traditional Caprese option the family owned and run Da Paolino is a must. Set in a beautiful lemon grove, the canopy of lemons entwined with twinkling lights makes for a seriously memorable spot for supper. Dishes not be missed include the grilled mozzarella between lemon leaves, the lemon chicken and dinner wouldn’t be complete without an icy-cold shot of homemade limoncello. It’s not all lemon dishes here, but with an abundance of the fruit hanging overhead it makes for the obvious (and delicious) choice.   

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