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Le Capase Resort Salento

SP 358, Km 12 Villaggio Paradiso, 73020 Santa Cesarea Terme Italy
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#2 of 12 hotels in Santa Cesarea Terme
In Puglia, along the Salento east coast, in the Natural Regional Park which goes from Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca, is located "Le Capase". This brand new Resort perfectly combines the strength of the landscape, respecting the traditional local constructions. The 16 rooms, with en suite bathroom, are approx 22,5 mq. each with approx 11 mq terrace and pergola and air conditioned. The infinity pool and the restaurant enjoys an enchanting view over the sea. From the garden, it is possible to go down along the cliff to the sea and reach marvellous little lonely coves. Superb the dinner that offers every day the best dishes of the Salento cuisine. The natural park where the Resort is located, offers breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and prehistoric traces. Few km. South, Santa Cesarea Terme is characterized by the presence of thermal therapeutic sources. Few km North, Otranto streets are full of life, attractions and to the various restaurants.
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SP 358, Km 12 Villaggio Paradiso, 73020 Santa Cesarea Terme Italy
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bouchee wrote a review 9 Sep
San Francisco, California433 contributions190 helpful votes
Sure there may be fancier places on the Amalfi Coast. And places with sea views around the world. But Le Capase combines everything we were looking for in Puglia. A peaceful, quiet spot to use as a base for exploring Salento. A place to lounge around an infinity pool when not exploring the surrounding areas. A place with free mountain bikes for use on backroads and dedicated bike paths through olive groves and small towns. A place with an excellent open-air restaurant with fresh fish, good pasta, lavish breakfast, good beer and wine. An outdoor gym with exercise equipment. And perhaps most of all, a welcoming staff from the two friendly and accommodating receptionists to the Milan woman who tended the bar to the Norwegian transplant who served breakfast. And on and on. They made excellent recommendations for dinners in the nearby small towns where you wouldn't think you could find such memorable meals. (See my restaurant reviews of Meraki and Origano). For those who love swimming in the sea, it's a 10 minute walk down the path on the cliff to metal stairs that dip into the sea. But you need to be a strong swimmer most days. Better bet for most is to drive a few kilometers north or south to some of the most stunning beach settings, e.g. Porto Badico or south to S.Cesaeria Terme or further south where you will find sandy beaches. If you want a hotel fronting on a sandy beach, good luck finding one in this part of Salento. You need to go to the Ionian Sea side but you pay a price in terms of crowds and tackiness in my opinion. The public beach at Gallipoli is a real Italian experience if you want a sandy beach, but no beachfront hotel there. Better off on Miami Beach if that's your thing as it appears to have been for one reviewer several years ago (who incidentally is suspect having submitted only one review in her lifetime apparently; I always discount reviews from one time reviewers). There's lots to do in this area, ranging from hanging out at the pool all day to taking advantage of their boat to tour the caves along the shoreline (Euros400 for four hours) or drive to Leuca and take a boat tour on your own (either small tour or private, easy to arrange on line), to biking around the area, to whatever else strikes your fancy. To be balanced, a couple of things that might bother some people but are no reason not to experience this wonderful spot. The yellow jackets can be annoying at breakfast and lunch. We were warned to keep doors closed after 6 pm due to mosquitos but never had a problem with them as it turned out. The floors in the room are painted cement but fit in just fine with the setting. The rooms are not fancy or elegant; but clean and functional, and the sea view is quite forgiving. The lobby and outdoor lounge areas off the lobby are charming and so well decorated. The landscape and plantings are perfect for the setting. Our four days and nights at Le Capase were exquisite, and I just wish all of our friends and family will be able to enjoy this treat some day.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: The standard rooms with sea view are fine. The prestige rooms have the same view basically but...
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cdpinNYC wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York334 contributions181 helpful votes
Every time I see widely varied reviews for a place, I'm wondering what transpired, and I take all of these seriously. I can only relate our experience. We had a magnificent stay at this beautiful place; it was a mid-point stop during a bike tour of Puglia, and our room was well positioned with an ocean view overlooking the pool. We had several meals there, breakfast on two mornings, and a group dinner. Starting with our room; spacious, comfortable, great bed and a well equipped bathroom. We loved the quiet and the distant sounds of the ocean. Beautiful balcony and view. Meals were outside, largely (it was warm) and the only complaint I will register was the consistent appearance of large hornets; fruit and sweet things, and they come to visit. Fortunately no one was stung. The pool was fabulous, configured as an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Hot tub was also a great stop after riding. Unfortunately, they turn the heaters off intermittently, and it doesn't heat up very fast. Best to warn someone ahead of time if you're going there. Drinks in the restaurant are okay; stick with wine. Relatively inexpensive and good selection. Food in the restaurant was quite good. True - there is no beach access, but there is a beautiful trail down to a swimming area and lounge chairs. It is a rocky beachfront. Don't swim unless the tide is quiet; you could get in serious trouble on the rocks. The view from the ocean is magnificent. We'd love to go back, and hopefully will.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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DROPARIS wrote a review Aug 2019
Paris, France149 contributions74 helpful votes
Amazing views, beautiful nature, perfectly decorated rooms and common spaces , spectacular terrasses, great service with lots of attention, fantastic pool, good food ( great breakfast) It is true that there is not a private beach ( but an incredible sea access through stairs in the rocks) , that the phone might not work, that it is an italian boutique hotel ( not an Hilton with standard services..) , that you need a car ....but the experience is just amazing, the landscapes breathtaking... For us it tasted like paradise....
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jbilik wrote a review Jul 2019
Venice, California1 contribution5 helpful votes
My husband and I reserved Le Capase for a beach and pool vacation based on photographs, descriptions, and reviews. The reality was far different, which leaves us scratching our heads at the other reviews — from real people? Or 'bots? First of all, THERE IS NO BEACH ACCESS from Le Capase, no private beach whatsoever. The confirmation email we received from the onsite booking manager promised private beach access from the hotel explicitly, in writing. They did not say this at the time of checking in, hedged their responses when we asked, and then finally said there had been a storm that had blown away the beach steps and “You can’t help the weather.” They said the steps were in the process of being rebuilt and would be finished in a week. However, when we looked back to other reviews, one from 2017 said no sea access, and the word “beach” returned nothing. We asked why they hadn’t contacted us about this to see if we’d still like to come on this “beach holiday,” and they shrugged. However, we learned that there likely had never been beach access, and when we took it upon ourselves to hike to the likely beach access point, we saw construction for what appeared to be entirely new, vs. repaired, beach decks and stairs. Plus, Google Satellite from the past indicated no beach access, ever. THE POOL WAS UNHEATED, despite their having promised us a heated pool at check-in and alleging that the pool was indeed heated. It was freezing cold, and with the weather unseasonably chilly (around 70 degrees F), the pool would have had to be heated to enjoy and make the best of our vacation. They continued to lie to us about the pool having been heated -- trust us, you can tell. They provided you with one beach/pool towel per person, and there were no additional towels at the pool. Everything seemed designed to be as cheap as possible. The original room they had us placed in for, around 350 Euros per night, was off a corridor that looked like a bad old-folks home, the kind you see on news investigation exposés. The room itself was tiny and smelled of mildew. We asked if there were possible upgrades and were told that for about 80 Euros more, we could have a sea-view room, the “quietest” in their hotel. The room was little better (though still smelled of mildew), though the private patio overlooking the beach was indeed lovely, though plagued by flies (which other reviews reference), with no fly mitigation in evidence. It wasn’t so quiet after all, as there was construction going on, the pool machinery heard, and staff and construction people and other guests walking back and forth. When we'd tried the unheated pool, there was loud construction going on right above our heads, building a deck during HIGH SEASON at about 4pm, high pool time. When we asked about all these things, the reception person shrugged. We then decided to leave the hotel and get our money back on our four-night stay. The wi-fi was terrible, and after the reception person had said “Welcome to paradise, where there is no cell reception, you leave everything behind,” our cell service worked better than the wi-fi (but not great, making it difficult to research our next move). The cell service also jumped to Greece, not Italy, bringing additional international charges to our plan. When we announced we were leaving, the reception person (Lily) just shrugged, and the owner, who was sitting right there, didn’t look up from our computer. When we actually left, Lily said goodbye and the owner didn’t look up. We think this hotel may be a scam, because it’s so possible nowadays to take beautiful pictures of orange juice and flowers rather than showing what the entire thing actually looks like — which is not nearly as nice as what it was in real life. It was a classic case of the clash between expectations and reality — and terrible value for the money. When we called BofA to dispute the use of points to pay for the room, Simona the booking person asked to see the email that she herself had written promising private beach access. She still fought it -- and, sadly for us and unethical for BofA, won. Some of her tactics with BofA, with which we spent, quite literally, at least eight HOURS on the phone, only to lose? To say she didn't speak English (she does), but instead Spanish (they are Italian). BofA has a Spanish speaking agent, not Italian (huh, BofA?). They told us they couldn't go further until they got their Spanish agent for this Italian resort. Just another FYI, should you go to this sham -- YOU NEED A CAR WHEN YOU’RE THERE. Another thing they told us? Car optional -- but this podunk ripoff of a place is in the middle of nowhere, and your only option is their food and drink, and terrible wi-fi; it’s just not the kind of place that can provide everything you need for a full-service getaway. We are really shocked at how little they seemed to care and how much they changed their story about the beach and pool and the construction as we, and BofA, spoke to them about it. They are liars, and there's nothing more enraging than true LIARS. The only thing worse was that BofA didn't seem to care about our actual proof -- the emails from Le Capase itself, our dated pictures of construction, the dated Google Maps satellite images, Le Capase's changing store with BofA itself. There were other odd, inhospitable things (believe it or not), but best not to keep going here. STRONGLY ADVISE RESERVING SOMEWHERE ELSE!
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Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Not possible, for the money (poor cost-to-value ratio).
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stu18 wrote a review Jul 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom269 contributions107 helpful votes
It seems Le Capase isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but we really enjoyed our short stay here at the end of a two week tour around Puglia. Admittedly we had stayed in more luxuriously equipped hotels but none had the cliff top location (there definitely isn’t a beach) and spectacular view across the sea. The service from the breakfast and dinner teams was also excellent and the food was good and not overpriced given that there’s nothing else around. Our rooms were also the best available with an ample terrace providing further views of the sea. If WiFi is your thing, then this worked fine for our needs and it was fun seeing the time and location on our phones change between Italy, Greece and Albania depending where you were in the hotel, the hotel really is on the eastern edge of Italy. All in all I can’t think of a reason not to stay here unless you’re looking for a beach holiday with lots of attractions nearby.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Le Capase Resort Salento
Which popular attractions are close to Le Capase Resort Salento?
Nearby attractions include Artefatto - L'idea in Terracotta (7.3 km), Delizie in Contea (7.3 km), and Punta Palascia Lighthouse (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Le Capase Resort Salento?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manna dei Re, Masseria Bandino Restaurant, and Lu Passatiempu.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Le Capase Resort Salento?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Le Capase Resort Salento?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Le Capase Resort Salento?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Frantoio Ipogeo Mulino a Vento (4.3 km), Villa Sticchi (2.9 km), and Torre Miggiano (3.9 km).