Stellar service, a 7-course dinner and a truly wonderful experience
Capri Tiberio Palace
We visited hotel Capri Tiberio Palace in August 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff could not be faulted and followed the guidance to the letter. Masks were worn, hand sanitiser was available, temperatures were taken on arrival and social distancing measures were enforced.
We were welcomed at reception and offered a complimentary glass of fresh lemonade in the bar area. This was exactly what we needed after a long, hot day exploring Capri. We were then shown to our room which was a one-bedroom suite with sea view. As soon as the door was opened to our room we were in awe. It just went on and on and on. There was a hall area with a shoe rack and the perfect place to leave your luggage before unpacking. To the right you entered the dressing area which had a stylish stone bath, a double shower, toilet, two sinks, a dressing table and wardrobes. As you headed back to the hall area you turned to the right into the lounge area with a sofa, coffee table, television, desk and fridge containing water, juices and a cupboard with snacks. To the left of the lounge was the bedroom with a large king-sized bed and patio doors opening onto a balcony. The balcony stretched the whole breadth of the bedroom and lounge and offered the most captivating views of Capri. The room was just beautiful and we never wanted to leave!
We headed down to the pool area which had to be booked in advance. We were allocated a snuggle chair. Towels and complimentary water was brought to us by one the staff members. The pool area was simple and understated but had exactly enough to satisfy the hotel guests. The pool was separated into two parts which one half being under cover. The water is warm and the pool is perfect for lounging. The half under cover is longer so you can swim lengths if you want to fit in some gentle exercise during your stay.
The sun was heading behind the clouds as we didn’t arrive to the pool area until around 4:45pm. After a short dip and lounge in our snuggle chair, we headed up to our room. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed the views with a beer thinking “this is the life.” This room was so amazing we wanted to spend as much time as possible in it until we had to leave. We showered and began getting ready for the evening. We rang reception to request an iron for our creased clothes but were told due to COVID-19 they couldn’t supply us with an iron. The hotel offers a laundry service so we opted for this. Our clothes were collected from our room and returned within 30 minutes.
We were eating in the hotel this evening and first enjoyed a cocktail in the hotels ‘Jacky bar.’ I opted for a fruity cocktail and James had a Japanese whiskey cocktail served with a side of cream! This was accompanied by some delicious snacks and some appetisers from the hotel chef. After enjoying our strong but delicious cocktails, we headed upstairs to the Terrazza Tiberio for our evening meal. We both had the 7 course tasting menu and it was exquisite. Honestly, the best food we have ever eaten. We were informed on checkout that the chef is new to the Tiberio Palace using locally sourced, seasonal produce with a zero kilometre approach. The combination of flavours and innovative ideas this chef has are second to none. We had food during this meal that we would never imagine eating but each course was delicious.
The meal began with an appetiser of a mini fried pizza topped with tomatoes. Course 1 was a zucchini flower with cheese. It looked like a little green caterpillar on the plate but this was our favourite dish of all. It was incredible. I could eat this everyday and never get sick of it. Course 2 was a creamy fish broth with warm bread. I’m not a huge fish fan but this was absolutely delicious. The fish melted in your mouth and the creamy broth complimented the dish perfectly. I sampled the bread but only had a little as I was well aware I needed to leave some room for the rest of the dishes to follow. Course 3 was a lemon risotto topped with a prawn and a lemon foam. Again, perfection. I told the waitress at the start of the meal that I wasn’t a fan of raw fish so my prawn was cooked and James’ was raw.
Course 4 was spaghetti with pecorino cheese sauce with zucchini and topped with zucchini flower. The dish was so flavoursome, rich and creamy and a perfect example of traditional food from the Amalfi coast. Course 5 was a fish dish with king prawns and sea bass. This was my least favourite dish simply because I’m not a huge fan of fish. In comparison this was James' favourite course of them all. The fish was cooked beautifully and I’m sure if you are a fish lover, this would be a dream dish.
Course 6 we moved onto desserts and had a strawberry sorbet served in a hollowed-out lemon. This was simple, refreshing and a tasty palate cleanser. Course 7 was Millefoglie, a mouth-watering layered pastry dessert with cream and berries. This was light and airy and the perfect end to this phenomenal meal. This meal exceeded our expectations and was more than we could have ever imagined. This hotel really does have it all and if you choose to stay elsewhere during your time in Capri still make sure you stop here for an evening meal. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
With full tummies we managed to peel ourselves away from our table and waddled into the centre of Capri to experience this island after dark. The streets were still full of locals and tourists enjoying all that Capri has to offer with everyone extremely well dressed in their designer dresses and suits. We wandered to get a feel of the place and shortly headed back to our hotel. I think we’d tired ourselves out with all the eating! We arrived back at our hotel room to find our curtains had been drawn and water was left at our bedside. The service at the Tiberio palace is above and beyond and the staff can not do enough for you to ensure you have the most perfect stay.
We awoke, opened the curtains and the patio doors and then jumped straight back into bed to admire the view out onto our balcony. The sea view from the Tiberio palace is the view you want to wake up to every morning. After a fruit juice on the balcony we got ready and made our way down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. We sat on the terrace where we had had dinner the night before and looked out over the sea and to the colourful, towering buildings to our right. We were given sparkling water as soon as we’d sat down. We had opted for sparkling water the night before and the staff had remembered our water preference. We ordered two cappuccinos and then were asked what we would like for breakfast. Our favourite breakfast is poached eggs and avocado but this is not a popular Italian breakfast so we hadn’t had this during this trip so far. We were thrilled when we asked for this and the waitress took our order without issue. Our cooked breakfast was delicious and once we’d finished we wanted to sample some of the buffet breakfast. We headed inside and one of the staff members asked what we’d like. Usually the buffet breakfast would be self-service but due to COVID-19 a staff member took our order instead. There was so much to choose from pastries, yogurt, fruit, meats, cheeses, cereal, bread – everything you could possibly want. I had fresh fruit and a berry yogurt and James had some pastries. We had a second cappuccino as we made our plan for the day and relaxed on the terrace.
We showered, got dressed and reluctantly packed our cases ready for check out. As we checked out and paid, the receptionist asked what are plans were for the day. We explained we were heading to Sorrento by ferry and they immediately offered to buy our ferry tickets for us, again going above and beyond. The hotel staff also kept our luggage and a hotel ambassador dropped them at the port for us just before our ferry was due to depart. This was a great help as it meant we could enjoy Capri without having to haul around our cases.
A stay at the Capri Tiberio Palace is luxurious. From the rooms to the restaurant to the staff, this place cannot be faulted. The rooms are spacious, modern and unique ranging from double rooms to super-deluxe suites. The food is innovative, delicious and a perfect example of why the Italians are so famous for their food. And finally, the service at this hotel is incredible. The staff cannot do enough for you. They make you feel like an individual and that aren’t just any person staying at their hotel. They really care about how they can make your stay perfect for you and nothing is too big of an ask. Make sure you check out this hotel on your next visit to Capri. It will give you a taste of how the other half live.
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