Hotel Caesar Augustus

Affluent Traveler (01/01/2009)

On the island of Capri, perched upon of a cliff 1,000 feet above the sapphire sea, the iconic five star Hotel Caesar Augustus romantically presides over the Bay of Naples to showcase sweeping birdseye views of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and Ischia. HOTEL FACILITIES The luxurious Hotel Caesar Augustus is much more than a magnificent sight to behold. The grounds of the hotel have been part of Capri's mythical lore since ancient Roman times. Fortunate guests can indulge in both rich history and unparalleled beauty. The hotel's colorful beginnings start with archeological traces of human dwellings from the ninth century. Over 1,000 years later, at the turn of twentieth century, a noble Russian prince took ownership of the hotel's striking clifftop location and rebuilt a summer mansion on the site. The elite enclave was named Caesar Augusttis, after Capri's first celebrated visitor. Appropriately, the prince commissioned a life size statue of the emperor, and to this day Caesar Augustus still prominently reigns over the elite establishment. Guests will find themselves fully immersed in the hotel's 55 opulent rooms and suites, offering private balconies that afford breathtaking views of fragrant gardens, the scenic island below and the glittering Gulf of Naples. Deluxe rooms are exquisitely appointed. King beds are crisply dressed with linen sheets and down duvets. Spacious bathrooms feature marble vanities, double sinks, natural olive oil toiletries, Frette towels and bathrobes, shaving mirrors and hairdryers. And contemporary touches include wireless Internet access, two telephones, plasma televisions, mini bars and in room safes. Couples seeking romance can opt for the hotel's unique Royal Honeymoon package. They are welcomed with champagne and flowers, and breakfast is delivered en suite every morning. And just for two, a candlelit gourmet dinner is handcrafted on the hotels restaurant terrace before guests are serenaded in the moonlight ("Serenata Caprese") off the private balcony of their room. For the most decadent stay, opt for one of the property's collection of suites. Unencumbered views of Mount Vesuvius are showcased in Suite Vesuvio, While the Suite Tiberio provides the sweetest awakenings. From the four poster bed, guests are treated to captivating Views of the Sorrento peninsula. An outdoor corner terrace provides endless vistas, with its own separate access to a sumptuous bathroom featuring a panoramic whirlpool. Named after King Farouk of Egypt, who once reserved this suite year round, the recently renovated Farouk Suite proffers original antique furnishings and two oversized bathrooms (one with a large jacuzzi, the other with a powerful "mega" shower). On the suite's elegant terrace, white Doric white columns trame awe inspiring 180 degree views. But it's the hotel's finest suite that is truly fit for an emperor. The Caesar Suite is imperially dressed with graceful arches and columns. Light filled spaces spill out onto an extensive and secluded terrace, ideal for sunset watching or stargazing. The stately living room is exquisitely furnished with opulent details, while the large master bathroom tenders a sizable jacuzzi with grand views of the empire. And if guests want to explore beyond their domain, they have direct access to the hotel's infinity pool via their own private staircase. Fortunately, all guests of the Hotel Caesar Augustus can rightfully lay claim to the hotel's dazzling swimming pool. Creating a seamless illusion of boundless sky merging with the allencompassing ocean, the infinity pool is ari idyllic and enveloping spot. Wrought iron and teak sun loungers allow guests to relaxingly wile away hours or days. WINING AND DINING The Hotel Caesar Augustus expertly extends its distinctive reputation into the realm of gourmet fine dining. World class chefs innovatively craft regional dishes that celebrate fresh, local ingredients. On the hotel's trademark Terrazza di Lucullo, epicurean delights are enjoyed alfresco and accented by the unending and matchless views that stretch from Ischia to Sorrento. OUT AND ABOUT The lavish Hotel Caesar Augustus is the ideal departure pomi for an array of nearby attractions, including renowned Monte Solaro and Villa San Michele. The picturesque houses of Anacapri, Carena Lighthouse and Grotta Azzurra are also readily accessible from the hotel. Travelers can also find activity close to home. First class tennis facilities are just minutes from the hotel. Enthusiasts can take to the courts or book private training sessions with a resident tennis pro. And during summer months, the views of the Hotel Caesar Augustus vibrantly come to life. Fireworks erupt over the Gulf of Naples' cerulean waters as various coastal towns organize dynamic celebrations in the warm, breezy evenings. HIGHLIGHTS: On the island of Capri, perched on top of a cliff 1,000 feet above the Bay of Naples. Private balconies afford breathtaking views. Dazzling swimming pool creates a seamless illusion of boundless sky merging with ocean. World class chefs craft regional dishes with fresh, local ingredients that can be enjoyed alfresco. Ideal departure point for nearby attractions, including renowned Monte Solaro and Villa San Michele.