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Snuggled between the winding paths of posh boutiques and cafés of Via Camarelle and the picturesque views of Via Tragara, La Minerva– unlike its luxury rivals–is quietly perched high on the cliffside away from the bustling historic town center and pulsating nightlife, with only breathtaking views of Capri’s scenic beauty to take in. Here, guests will find it easy to spend most of their day canoodling in their little love nest, but are encouraged to wander out and enjoy everything the enchanted islet has to offer. For a taste of the island’s glamourous night scene, guests can easily slip out to La Piazzetta, where celebs, socialites, and the fashionable flock to cocktail-sip and mix and mingle under the glimmering Mediterranean sky. Famous coves and private beach clubs are also in the immediate proximity of the hotel. But, if haute couture and upscale shopping is more of your thing, high-end fashion houses like Gucci, Hermes, and Prada (to name a few) are only few stylish footsteps–or catwalk–away for your dose of retail therapy. As for unforgettable views (though, the most incredible seascapes can be seen from just about every angle of the hotel), guests should be forbidden to leave the island without taking the little stroll up to Via Tragara, where only mind-blowing vistas of the turquoise waters clashing against the famous Faragoloni rocks can be seen, the perfect backdrop for those ready to pop the question. High-class service is the heartbeat of La Minerva experience. Voted Travellers’ Choice 2019 #1 Best Small Hotel in Italy, this familyrun boutique sets the bar for superlative and hyper-personalized service. Pampering begins the moment you set-foot on the island, the three Esposito brothers (Luigi, Antonino, and Marco), their mother Giovanna, as well as their devoted staff, will go far beyond than just providing directions to the hotel and delivering your luggage. At La Minerva, even the smallest gestures and details are not forgotten, guests are treated to the utmost and spoiled with all its luxe amenities. Greeted by name upon arrival and welcomed with the lobby bar’s best aperitifs– your choice of a handcrafted cocktail or minted lemonade refreshment naturally squeezed from the citrus fruits of their garden trees, coupled with lightly salted snacks and olives. His and hers bathrobes and slippers are delicately folded in your room and patiently anticipate your longawaited embrace. Fresh garden flowers are picked and delivered to your room daily along with a menu of the hotel’s signature drinks and a thoughtful itinerary of Capri’s outdoor secrets. If your sheets hug you tight in the morning (because of how snuggly they are), breakfast

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can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own room. And to unwind, therapeutic massages and facials can be experienced at the hotel’s decadent spa. There are few reasons to leave this dreamy place, but if you’re feeling a bit more energized rather than in complete zen, a well-equipped gym is only a short five-minute walk from the hotel. And for those looking for something more lovey dovey, the Espositos will arrange for private boat trips

or candlelit dinner reservations (as the hotel does not have an in-house restaurant) at your very request. Whatever it is that your heart desires, the Espositos will make you feel as if you have entered a family member’s home, genuinely pandering to your every need and ensuring that your only concern is to fully succumb to all the indulgences and luxuries that this valentine destination has to offer.

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Metropolitan Magazine March 2019  

Metropolitan Magazine March 2019