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generational owner and current proprietor), the hotel’s newest makeover features a clean palette of pearly white and rich royal blues, modern furnishings and sophisticated décor. The property’s architectural heritage is preserved in its centuryold vaulted ceilings and dramatic arches, and island tradition is honored in the old-fashioned touches and custom Italian upgrades: Sorrentoimported handcrafted ceramics and antiques that are mindfully sprinkled all throughout the hotel, and hand-painted majolica tiles that are immaculately spread across the floor with its vibrant colors echoing the azure of the sea. The hotel’s unique family past is also recorded in the vintage monochromatic photography that adorns the layered-white walls, but the deluxe sofas, swank glass tables, and glam coffee table books in the lobby, give this nineteenth-century old jewel a snazzy modernized flair. Other major renovations include the installation of a pool–a whisper-quiet oasis built on the grounds where the fruits of Mr. Luigi Esposito’s adored garden used to grow. Though the majority of Mr. Esposito’s precious nursery was replaced, the wooden-deck pool is in perfect harmony with nature, surrounded by a row of pillowed sunbathing beds shaded by a grove of lemon trees and violet bougainvillea blossoms. An amazing unobstructed view of the sea can be witnessed here (with a fizzy mimosa in hand, of course), all the while hearing the melodies of tropical birds, tree leaves rustling against the wind, and feeling the balmy island breeze softly brushing against ones skin. The garden pool, however, is just one kaleidoscopic peek at the many astonishing scenic displays La Minerva has to offer. Inside this treasure chest, is an atmospheric and convivial lobby area featuring a cozy living room space, cocktail bar, and glass doors that open up to two intimate balconies with a jaw-dropping panorama of Capri’s natural wonders. A quick lift up (or flight of stairs) from the lobby, is an open-air terrace with a bird’s eye view of the rocky coastline and sea

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where guests can enjoy a luscious buffet breakfast under the radiant Capri sun or, by evening, lovers can stargaze and profess their adoration for one another over a candlelit glass of wine. Whatever you choose, the snapshots taken at the terrace will replay in your mind for a lifetime. And, of course, who could forget the views from the suites, as most capture the same eternal portrait of Capri. All of the superior rooms and deluxe suites are charismatic with jacuzzi tubs, walk-in closets, comfy beds, and private canopied balconies with sea views. But, the shining star here, is the ultra-exclusive cottage-like suite that is gently sequestered in the back of the hotel. To find this hidden gem, you’ll need to walk down a sweet discreet pathway paved with colorful marine-inspired ceramic tiles bordered by a pebbled wall with climbing flowering vines. Covered by fringing plants and multi-hued florets and caged by a garden gate that intimately separates it from the pool, is where you’ll finally see the beautiful Casa di Emma sparkling like a jewel box. The premier suite inherits its name from one of the hotel’s most cherished generational owners–Emma Esposito–as she once occupied this iconic guest space. Casa Di Emma currently reigns as the largest suite at La Minerva and sets the tone for sheer luxury and intimacy. Key features include: a separate cozy living room area, a dazzling bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower complete with flower and lemon-perfumed Carthusia bath soaps and beauty kit, a grandiose closet space with a minibar curated with your preferred alcoholic beverages and cocktail mixers, a king-sized bed topped with extra-fluffy jumbo pillows, and two sets of sliding glass doors veiled by cream-colored curtains that allow for the glittering sunlight to illuminate the entire suite. The best feature about this suite is what is behind the curtains and glass doors: a private terrace overlooking the infinite horizon shadowed by a fairytale-esque bougainvillea wrapped pergola. Though the suite includes two large screen TVs, you will forget that they even exist as most of your time will be spent with your other half on the terrace marveling at the most gorgeous sunsets.

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Metropolitan Magazine March 2019  

Metropolitan Magazine March 2019