I’ve been thinking quite a lot about color lately and you’ll see much of it in the upcoming weeks. This is a big year for blues, for sure, but also other sunbaked brights. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know my travel posts tend to focus on the perspective of a designer (although I’m happy to answer practical questions, as well) and this week I’m inspired by summer color on the fashionable Isle of Capri.
We visited the isle not long ago as part of a trip to the Amalfi Coast, but while many people take day trips to Capri and essentially zip in and out with a brief stop at the Blue Grotto, we knew we wanted to experience all the island had to offer and so we stayed for a few days at the stunning Grand Hotel Quisisana. The expanse of elegant marble floors, lush white sofas and gilding and crystal was everything I’d hoped for.
Still, the sophisticated decor made ample use of the local color so prevalent in this region, from Italian pottery to regal floral displays.
The common areas are peppered with lovely antiques, cheerfully offset by soaring white columns, archways and floor to ceiling windows.
The island’s architecture is a delightful mix of regional styles perched on gravity-defying vertical cliff sides, offered in a range of soft pastels and richer brights.
The tiny island is a shopper’s dream, yet prices are not for the faint of heart.
Even lunch delivers a richly colored palette of the greenest greens with pops of tomato red.
The beautifully designed JK Place is a wonderful hotel to stop for a drink. I’ve since visited another JK property in Florence and have fallen hard for their general aesthetic sense, with its magnificent pairing of chic modern with retro casual elegance.
Everywhere you look there’s a detail of interest from decorative painted facades and arched windows to balustrades and chipped patina.
The approach to the island lends an extraordinary welcome with deep blue waters and imposing rock formations.
As with many places in the Mediterranean, dining al fresco is a particular pleasure and bistro tables are set for all to enjoy. This was a wonderful vantage point both for taking breakfast, as well as ending the day with drinks and people watching.
I love that the accommodations on the island take design seriously, and give guests a sense of being part of something quite spectacular. Mirror, crystal marble… oh my!
Even the gym and spa at the Quisisana continue this aesthetic. I’d love to do the same in my home gym!
Without a doubt the most fascinating aspect of the Isle of Capri is the cliff side roads that lead up from the beach. We stayed in the lower part in a town called simply Capri, but that uber scary road in the photo above leads up to the higher town of Anacapri. Spoiler alert… all the money in the world couldn’t have gotten me up there… 😉
The facade of the Quisisana reveals it’s colorful flags set against a sunny yellow backdrop.
Arriving by boat, one is welcomed by a veritable crayon box of hues.
Narrow alleyways impart a wonderful charm, with fruit stands serving yet more festive color.
The main square is reached by funicular, and is encircled with cafes for relaxed travelers.
Rich blue ocean meets rich blue sky…
Even the blown glass comes in a range of riotous color…
Capri is a summer oasis tapping into one’s every desire, from sunning and boating to drinking and dining. If you’ve only done the day trips and never stayed for the night, consider an overnight in this little slice of heaven. And if you’ve never been at all… maybe this is the year? After all, blue is really hot this year…
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