In 1998, Julia Roberts booked a room at the Capri Palace Hotel. Soon after, Harrison Ford was knocking on the door of the grand Anacapri hotel, designed in 1960 by architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini.
That was when Tonino Cacace started to think – a shiver running down his spine – he had finally made it. He had inherited the gorgeous structure in 1975, after his father died. He was mostly interested and passionate about philosophy and art, and never thought he would end up being responsible for the hotel, which was a complex challenge even for experienced managers.
So he jumped into this new adventure, but decided he would keep his focus on imagination and on his love for beauty. He came up with placing pools in rooms’ gardens: something everyone considered crazy at first, but which years later would become a widespread fashion. He introduced contemporary art in his hotel with works by Pomodoro, Velasco, and De Chirico. He added the Capri Beauty medical center and holistic spa, staffed with over thirty doctors, therapists, beauticians, nutritionists, and chefs.
“Nobody, nor in Capri nor in the rest of the world,” he says, “was creating structures that could endow hotel rooms with a whole new concept, tied both to luxury and to an aesthetic experience out of the ordinary, to an elegant lifestyle that could take into account emotions and quality, beauty and exclusivity. I realized that was my goal, and that I would achieve it with the Capri Palace.”
He placed his bet and won it.