Big news from the Oetker Collection: The company, CEO Timo Gruenert announced Tuesday, plans to open its first Italian “Masterpiece Hotel” and 11th total on the island of Capri. Hotel La Palma, Capri originally opened in 1822 as the island’s first hotel (formerly known as Locanda Pagano) and is undergoing a renovation before it debuts in April 2022.
Here’s what guests can expect after being whisked to Capri by helicopter, yacht or boat from the Italian mainland: The hotel—whose design is being led by Rome-based Delogu Architects for the rooms and lobby and New York-based Tihany Design for the restaurant, pool, spa, and beach club—will be offering 30 fewer rooms than previous (from 80 to 50). Among the 50 larger guestrooms will be 18 suites—each complete with its own private balcony or terrace. Gruenert said that “classical and heritage aspects” of the hotel will remain in the new design, while all ceramics and textiles will be sourced locally.
Guestroom at Hotel La Palma, Capri
Leading the hotel’s culinary scene is chef Gennaro Esposito, who has run his own two-Michelin Star restaurant, Torre del Saracino, for 23 years. Gennaro’s restaurant bar and terrace, according to Gruenert, will serve “unpretentious Italian cuisine.” The hotel will also be home to Bianca, the new rooftop restaurant and bar, which will be open late, offering views of the sea and Capri Village.
Also new to the hotel will be a pool and pool deck, complete with an elegant bar. A spa will offer three treatment rooms, including one double treatment suite, a sauna, steam bath and ice shower, relaxation space and fitness center. The hotel will also be home to three boutiques.
Bianca rooftop restaurant
Hotel La Palma is located in the heart of Capri, just around the corner from the Piazza Umberto U (also known as the “Piazzetta”) and only a short drive to the island’s southern coast. At Marina Piccola, the hotel will operate a private beach club (aptly named La Palma Beach Club), which will also serve food by chef Esposito.