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Captivating Capri

James Andrew at Punta Tragara - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at Punta Tragara - photo Scott McBee

One doesn’t need help from the mythical sirens to lure one to Capri—its surreal beauty is more than enough to captivate even the most jaded traveler. Perched high above the sea, Capri offers up dramatic vistas nearly everywhere one goes. From its diverse architectural styles (ranging from neoclassical to Mediterranean Moorish) to its many and truly spectacular natural displays like the blue grotto, Monte Solaro, and of course the Faraglioni, Capri is simply a visual feast.

All of this combined with a relaxed pace of life here entices one to stop, be present, and to savor the experience.

I’m captured here at Punta Tragara with some stunning views of the Faraglioni rocks. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner stroll. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue cotton shirt with French cuffs and contrast white collar, vintage aquamarine and diamond cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Gucci navy suede loafers, white linen pocket square with pale blue crocheted edge by G. Inglese, a white “Glenn” rope belt by Orlebar Brown has me feeling very Duke of Windsor in the South of France, and my woven white leather flip flops are by local sandal maker, Schettino di Capri (famous for being frequented by Jackie O) and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

La Fontelina

James Andrew at the Fontelina beach club - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at the Fontelina beach club - photo Scott McBee

One of my most favorite ways to spend a day in Capri is at the fabulous La Fontelina beach club and restaurant.

Set right on the ocean, just a stone’s throw from the foot of the dramatic Faraglioni rocks, the Fontelina is considered one of the most beautiful beach clubs in Italy, and the ravishingly rustic Fontelina restaurant with its straw covered pergola and local Italian cuisine is the epitome of effortless chic.

The Faraglioni rocks.

The Faraglioni rocks.

It’s quite a hike down the hill to get there, but the reward for reaching this exclusive spot is worth every bit of effort. That being said, if one is feeling less adventurous, there is a shuttle boat that leaves every 30 minutes to and from Marina Picola which can be reached by taxi from the Piazzetta.

Enjoying a delightful bottle of Italian Rose at the Fontelina restaurant, I’m sporting a Michael Bastian for Gant rugby style shirt in navy and white cotton, Orlebar Brown “Setter” swim shorts in white, Louboutin black leather sandal/espadrilles, vintage Rolex watch, a smashing straw hat with black grosgrain ribbon trim from India Hicks’ The Sugar Mill, and white Tom Ford “Miguel” sunglasses.

Ciao Capri!

James Andrew in Capri - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew in Capri - photo Scott McBee

We’re back now, and ready to share some of our recent glorious getaway!

There are so many things about Capri that I find intoxicating: the pine, juniper and jasmine scented air, the dramatic landscape, the aquamarine sea, the amazing architecture, and of course, the cuisine. Ah, the cuisine! In a word, superb. A client of mine remarked not long ago that all the restaurants in Capri share the same kitchen, that is, it’s virtually impossible to have a bad meal here!

Upon arriving at the port, hotel staff is there to greet you and collect your luggage, then it’s a quick ride on the funiculore to La Piazzetta, and from here you can walk to just about anywhere. Countless super chic boutiques make Capri a shopper’s paradise and temptations do abound!

Most hotels offer stunning views of the sea and/or lush Mediterranean gardens, and I can tell you a bit of luxury pool-side and a lovely lunch is just the thing to rejuvenate the weary traveler. A pre-dinner stroll is always in order; my favorite walk is along Via Tragara, with it’s spectacular views and lush gardens. Then off to the Hotel Quisisana for drinks on their fabulous terrace and the best martinis in Capri (with equally brilliant people watching as well). Dinner at the famous La Capannina, which has attracted glamorous cliental since 1931, is always a must.

Dressed in suitable Capri-style dinner attire (though a tie is not generally required), I’m pictured here catching some of the last golden rays of the day in front of Villa Capricorna, which some may know was the lucus for some incredibly decadent Bob Hornstein parties in the 1960s. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, pale blue cotton herring bone weave shirt with French cuffs, royal and pale blue silk dot tie and blue and white silk pocket square, vintage pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, navy and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers by Hadleigh Bespoke, and my fragrance is Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino.