Just offshore from Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the isle of Capri has long been a playground for the rich and famous. The Roman Emperors built lavish villas on the island, and today fashionable jetsetters flock to this piece of paradise for its couture shops and happening nightlife scene. Arguably the island’s most breathtaking views can be found at Hotel Caesar Augustus, situated on a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea in the hilltop town of Anacapri. From the in-room balconies, guests can take in vistas over the entire Bay of Naples: sweeping views over Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, and Ischia. The hotel is also known for its panoramic restaurant, where guests can tuck into local cuisine made with produce plucked from the hotel’s organic gardens while staring out to sea.
The five-star hotel has opened for the summer season with some splendid refurbishments. The famous infinity pool-- where guests can relax while surrounded by endless sea and sky-- is now heated. New Jacuzzis have been installed in all guest rooms and suites. And the hotel’s entrance has been made over with Roman columns and a new statue of the hotel’s namesake. Rates from $647.