This review is slightly delayed having returned to the UK on 29/09/09 from what can only be described as one of the best holidays we've ever taken.
The charming Capo la Gala is built into the cliffs of Vico Equense and is every bit as breathtaking as you would imagine. Links to Sorrento are quick and easy by train with the lovely reception staff providing a complimentary shuttle service in one of the hotel vehicles both to and from the local train station. A one day trip was all that was required to also take in both Vesuvius and Pompeii due to the ideal location of this hotel.
The rooms are beautifully decorated in a unique style with a nautical theme running through the decor of the entire hotel. The attention to detail and cleanliness throughout is faultless.
We are glowing in our praise of Capo la Gala as a hotel but our experience was heightened even more by the incredible Maxi Restaurant. Having heard some of the stunning reviews about the food at Capo la Gala we decided to take advantage of the Kuoni half board package deal. Talk about value for money. But this was not just about cost.
Being a pair of foody geeks we would say that this restaurant is more than worthy of a coveted Michelin Star. What struck us was the incredible talent on display from all the restaurant staff....they are not only knowledgable about food but are multilingual, polite, provide superb service and are tolerant of what we observed to be some very rude customers. We would recommend engaging with the staff at every opportunity. They love having you in their restaurant and sharing with you the delights that their head chef has to offer. A conversation with our Maitre'd Costanzo Cacace (a thoroughly outstanding professional with a warm welcoming personality) revealed that prior to joining the team here he had been Maitre'd at a 3 Michelin starred restaurant elsewhere in Italy. He has clearly embedded his high standards in his current team and it is without doubt they will be the proud possessors of a well deserved star in the not too distant future.
We have never felt the urge to return to a holiday destination previously but Capo la Gala may very well prove to be an exception to this rule, even if only for a long weekend of peace, quiet and very fine food!