Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Anacapri, Capri $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The narrow lane that leads to Villa San Michele may be a souvenir souk, but this five-star palace rises above the tack with effortless style and panache. Since 1960, Capri's most glamorous hotel has rolled out the red carpet for such island regulars as Valentino, and it remains the hottest address for aristocrats, fashionistas, and divine divas (Julia Roberts, Mariah Carey, and Oprah). Tasteful objets and contemporary works of art from the owners' collection decorate the spacious bar and lounge areas, keeping things funky. One of the nice things about the place is the way even the classic doubles (the most basic category) feel luxurious. Most of the 79 rooms and suites share the same calm design scheme of white floors, cream bed linen, and gold tables and doors, though as you move up the scale they gain in size and character. A range of themed suites pay homage to artists and cultural icons from Andy Warhol to Magritte and Katharine Hepburn, while the two-bedroom rooftop Megaron suite has its own swimming pool and, on its panoramic terrace, an ancient olive tree that was winched up here by helicopter. The Beauty Farm luxury spa offers facials, massages, and serious health-oriented programs, including a Leg School and a Heart School, while the L'Olivo restaurant features special healthy, low-carb menus alongside its standard mod-Med menu, backed up by more than 1,000 wine labels. This being Capri, where boats are as common as scooters, the hotel maintains two motorboats and a 72-foot yacht for guest use.
Open April through October.