Hotel Caesar Augustus

Sherman's Travel (01/06/2008)

Even on a notoriously high-profile Italian island like Capri, this cliffside hotel is in a league of its own. The Roman-style villa was home to a German financier in the 1850s and was later owned by a Russian prince before opening as a refuge for travelers in the late 1940s. Suites boasting arched stone doorways and private terraces are coveted by royalty but the best architectural details can't compete with views of Mount Vesuvius. If you can tear yourself away from the infinity pool, the rest of this überglam island awaits (from $680/night; caesar-augustus com) Getting there: Take a ferry or jetfoil From Sorrento, Naples, or from other ports along the Amalfi coast.