Italy's Islands: Captivating Capri
Posted: 04 March 2016
Italy’s allure is well established. From the soulful food, made with love and lashings of fresh flavour, to the passionate personalities of its patrons; it’s more than just amore.
There is a popular Italian phrase which summarises the charismatic nation’s approach to life; ‘piano piano; little by little’. Despite the charismatic zeal pumping through the streets of the picturesque piazzas and the classic Italian persona; the true essence of Italy lies in the laid-back, easy going essence of everyday life.
It is entirely fitting that Italy would have hidden gems set apart from the iconic boot-shaped mainland because island life suits the Italian ideology with gusto. If you were to imagine rugged natural landscapes, dipped in sun-kissed shores showcasing a spectrum of blue hues, you’d be forgiven for conjuring images of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean or far-flung exotic lands, a long-haul flight away. Yet, quietly occupying an enviable corner of our neighbouring Europe, Italy’s islands have it all and more.
Together with Elegant Resorts you can explore the endless array of Italian adventures enveloped in its three idyllic islands. Absorb the captivating beauty and elegance of exclusive Capri, charter a private yacht and sail the idyllic waters of Sardinia or perhaps stay in the stylish, romantic retreats of Sicily.
Capri is captivating. There is no need to embellish this island idyll’s appeal because there are too few adjectives to accurately portray Capri’s fabled charms and exclusivity. A destination of choice for celebrity weddings and A-list celebration, Capri has earned a reputation as the centre of Italy’s island magic. Nestled off the coast of Naples, and the ideal excursion from the Amalfi Coast, the diminutive island is home to glamorous beaches, the jet-set mindset and a wealth of hidden treasures such as sunken coves and grand grottoes.While away the hours browsing the designer boutiques or uncover Capri’s ancient culture by visiting the Roman ruins and Gardens of Augusta.
At Capri Palace Hotel & Spa the true luxury and refined elegance of Capri is encapsulated in aristocratic architecture, archways and dramatic gilded ceilings. An ancient Neapolitan palace, expertly restored as a chic and contemporary spa hotel, the renowned resort has recently undergone rejuvenation and remains the definitive destination for an impeccable Italian escape. Select sumptuous delights from the Michelin-stared menu, or soothe your sight-seeing aches in the hotel’s luxury spa; in fact there are so many ways to indulge at Capri Palace Hotel & Spa you might need to ask the hotel concierge to arrange a private excursion to ensure you make time to explore Capri itself!
In the famous rhyme, Italy kicked poor Sicily into the Mediterranean Sea but there is certainly nothing poor about Sicily or her stunning setting. As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has the right to feel very much like its own incredible kingdom. Infused with intrinsic Italian pizzazz, Sicily thrives with vibrant street life and an entrenched appreciation for all of life’s luxuries; food, art and style. Visitors to Sicily often surmise the islands ardent appeal as being founded in its former life as a cultural crossroads; equidistant between the refined charms of Europe and the wild beauty of Africa, Sicily is a mesmerising melange of natural riches and cultural wealth.
Maybe it’s the crisp scent of lemon groves in the air or the playful outline of the Restless Mountains which best shape traveller’s memories of Sicily? Guests who choose to see out their sunny Sicily afternoons at Belmond Villa Sant Andrea, however, may argue the sparkling sea views and bounteous beaches are the defining feature of the incredible island. A once privately owned manor house, this hotel is the perfect setting for guests seeking a more sedate pace for their Italian adventure. With a private beach, children’s club and Wellness Centre on site, this hotel certainly offers some additional magic to Sicily’s substantial appeal.
For golf lovers, Vedura Resort is the go-to place for a Sicily stay with a little more swing. Boasting two championship courses, a comprehensive wellness spa and exclusive couple and family facilities, Vedura Resort is a refined jewel in Sicily’s substantial crown. Stunning suites and four inspired restaurants ensure your stay is satisfying for all the family, and all five senses.
For a sense of the secret Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is like a step-back in time with all the essential modern amenities. Surrounded in picturesque parkland and ancient olive groves, the hotel overlooks the ruins of the Greek Theatre and allows guests to appreciate a slower pace of life during their stay. In addition to beautifully appointed rooms and a private beach, the luxury hotel features a fully-fledged Wellness Centre and children’s club. The intimate hotel reflects refined Italian culture and Sicily’s fascinating heritage.
Like a land standing still in time, Sardinia is home to forgotten ruins and ancient riches which add to this island’s indelible appeal. Sardinia provides all the essential elements of a luxury beach holiday, from the golden sands to the azure waters, bustling harbours and quaint Italian villages. There are many ways to explore Sardinia; admire her from the sea by cruising her circumference for unrivalled island vistas, or follow a popular hiking trail for elevated panoramas of the island and beyond.
Elegant Resorts is proud to feature eight exclusive luxury hotels and resorts in Sardinia. The popular Forte Village resort is located on the island’s stunning south coast and is a fully comprehensive luxury resort guaranteed to please all the family. Featuring no less than twenty-one restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s signature eatery and a further two Michelin-starred chef’s designer restaurants on site, Forte Village is a foodie and family heaven!
The luxury resort’s five unique hotels each offer their own stylish amenities and share many fantastic features such as Leisureland amusement park, Thalasso Spa and nine swimming pools. It is no wonder that Forte Village has been named ‘World’s Leading Resort’ for seventeen years by the World Travel Awards and the resort really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable Sardinian stay.
Enjoy the quiet, secluded prestige of Forte Village - Hotel Castello which offers guest Executive Level luxury and stylish sanctuary in the most private area of the resort. Forte Village - Villa del Parco & SPA is set in its own tropical gardens and is a happy, intimate haven of activity for all the family. Interconnecting rooms and al fresco dining terraces provide a delightful home-away-from home ambience whilst the extensive range of children’s’ activities are sure to leave the grownups with plenty of time to uncover seductive Sardinia.
Forte Village - Bourganville is the resort’s other family friendly hotel. Conveniently located within easy reach of the resorts extensive children amenities, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and tropical style gardens. The stylish and spacious design of the hotel’s signature bungalows is sure to appeal to parents whilst younger guests can busy themselves in Children’s Wonderland making holiday memories to treasure.
Away from Forte Village, Elegant Resorts has a further three featured hotels located in Sardinia. Hotel Pitrizza is the ideal destination for anyone seeking to soak up authentic Sardinian ambience. Situated on a secluded peninsula on the Costa Smeralda coastline, Hotel Pitrizza boasts incredible island views, beachfront location and stylish spa. Nearby neighbour Hotel Romazzino, is designed in the style of a traditional Italian village and is located a short distance from Pevero Golf Club. Stylish in design and elegant in appeal, a stay at Hotel Romazzino may be the start of a dazzling Italian romance with Sardinia. Finally, Hotel Cala di Volpe is a discreet and sophisticated hotel that encapsulates rustic Italian charm with understated glamour. Featuring an elegant spa and a luxurious private beach, Hotel Cala di Volpe is the perfect setting to enjoy Sardinia’s many offerings, from fabulous food to breathtaking vistas, all at your own pace; piano piano.
If you’re ready to be charmed by Italy’s intriguing islands, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants to discuss Capri, Sardinia, Sicily or any of our featured luxury Italian hotels on 01244 897 514.