Capovaticano Resort Thalasso & Spa, Capo Vaticano

  • Italy, Calabria

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We love staying at the Capovaticano Resort Thalasso & Spa – it has an incredible beachfront location with jaw-dropping sea views. You can even see the nearby Aeolian islands. The hotel’s been done in a modern style and feels really relaxing. There’s plenty of space to spread out including by the pool that stretches along the beach front. Grab a book and head here to top up your tan. A handy pool bar serves drinks all day. The beach in front of the hotel is just for its guests so you can use the loungers and parasols that have been set up on the sand. We recommend taking a dip in the sea, Calabria has some of the clearest waters we’ve seen. If you want to get active then you can play tennis, rent bikes or try out some watersports right at the hotel.

The location of the hotel is nice and peaceful but it’s quite easy to get out and explore Calabria. The popular town of Tropea is 10 kilometres away and well worth visiting for the day. It’s a historic town on the cliff edge with great views, family-owned shops and characterful bars and restaurants. There's a shuttle there from the hotel that you can use for a small fee.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 20 mins by private car from Lamezia airport.

  • No. of rooms: 123
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Sea Side Rooms are about 20-22m² and can sleep up to three people. They have a terrace with side views of the sea. Inside there's a king size bed or two super singles, the third bed is a futon/sofa bed and the bathroom has a walk in shower. All rooms have WiFi, TV, hair dryer, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, safe, mini bar, bathrobes and room service is available between 7.30am and 11pm every day. 

Superior Sea View Rooms are about 20-25m² and can accommodate up to four people. They have a double bed or two single beds, the extra bed is a double futon/sofa bed. From the private veranda you'll have fantastic sea views.

Classic Garden Side Rooms measure about 20-22m² and can sleep up to two people. They're located on the ground floor and have a terrace that looks out over the gardens. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Sea View Junior Suites are about 30-35m² and can sleep up to four people. They have lots of space with a living area and balcony with views of the Aeolian Islands. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Double Rooms for Single Use are available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Perched in the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, the sleepy region has remained untouched by tourism. Visit here and you can explore stunning landscapes of national parks that are home to rare birds and delicate wild flora. Or drive along the coastal roads that hug the cliff side and offer sensational views over the crystal-clear waters towards the Aeolian Islands.

If rest and relaxation are on the agenda, then Calabria won’t disappoint with plenty of sandy beaches framed by crystalline waters and sleepy fishing villages where you can stop for an authentic lunch. Seaside towns like Tropea are ideal for an afternoon stroll to stretch your legs or perhaps indulge in an afternoon prosecco in a local café. And Capo Vaticano boasts some of the most stunning coastlines of Calabria, perhaps even Italy itself.


Tropea & Capo Vaticano (half day)

This half day excursion combines the beautiful town of Tropea with the coast of Capo Vaticano. Begin by exploring the old town of Tropea with it's dramatic cliff top location and its iconic promontory, topped by the Church of Saint Mary 'dell'Isola. Visit the Cathedral built in the Norman times and see how it's evolved over the centuries. Next you'll head along the coast to Capo Vaticano. It's hard not to be impressed by the white granite rock formations and beautiful sandy beaches, set against the clear blue sea. Spend some time relaxing or exploring the coast that looks out over the Straits off Messina - so on a clear day you'll have great views of the volcanic Aeolian Islands.

Departs: Sundays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £31pp, entrance fees are not included 

Pizzo Calabro (3 hours)

Narrow lanes, small piazzas, churches and local treats at every corner. This little fishing village has kept its traditional charm. On this excursion you'll learn the legends of the church of Piedigrotta, a sea grotto excavated from the volcanic tufa stone, filled with moss covered sculptures. Next you'll visit the Aragonese Castle, which not only has a fascinating history, but great views back over the coast and village of Pizzo. You'll also have time for a bit of shopping. Your visit won't be complete until you've tasted the local Tartufo ice cream, layered hazelnut and chocolate ice cream. 

Departs: Mondays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £31pp, entrance fees are not included 

Taormina (full day)

Leave the Calabrian coast behind for the day by crossing the Messina Straits to Taormina, on the island of Sicily. High on the hillside, the town is a constant hive of activity. There's a cable car that links the beaches of Isola Bella in Taormina Mare to the old town of Taormina. Visit the beautiful ancient Greek theater and stroll along the bustling Corso Umberto - the main street which is lined by restaurants, bars and shops selling local trinkets and souvenirs. When you reach Piazza IX Aprile you'll have some of the best views of the bay of Giradini Naxos and you might even be able to see the volcanic Mount Etna in the distance. Here you'll see street artists at work and may be lucky enough to listen to Sicilian folk music being played. Seek out a shady spot in the pretty landscaped gardens of Villa Comunale, brefore making your way back across to Calabria.

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £58pp, entrance fees are not included 

Reggio Calabria & Scilla (full day)

On this excursion you'll be taken through the mountainous scenery of the Costa Viola, until you reach Scilla and the little fishing village of Chianalea. Take a wander along the narrow streets to the coast, where the houses are built right up to the sea and boats and dinghy's bob in the water. Next you'll visit the Ruffo Castle and Church of St Rocco that overlook the village. After you'll visit Reggio Calabria, where you'll find the National Archaeological Museum where you'll be able to see some of the best collections of Magna Grecia finds here. Take a peaceful promenade along the waterfront, beside Liberty style buildings before visiting the Roman Baths, the Greek walls and the Cathedral.  

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £44pp, entrance fees are not included 

Walking Tour of Comerconi and Spilinga (5 hours)

Grab your walking boots and get ready to try some of Calabria's tastiest local foods. On this guided walking tour you'll be led from village to village snacking as you go. Begin in Old Comerconi, a village known for its wine, olive oil and black truffles. You'll take a path through Calabrias beautiful natural landscape getting a real feel for the area and you'll see some spectacular views as you go. Spot and smell the fragrances of Mediterranean flowers and herbs like laurel, merytle, fennel and oregano. You'll stop off at a small family run bakery and see how the local bread and sweet biscuits are made. Hike through the Monte Poro plateau, with views of the Costa Viola, known as 'the coast of the gods'. You'll understand why when you see it. Walk beside the stream to the honeycomb cave, past an old watermill and the 14 marble depictions of stations of the cross until you reach the cave of the Madonna delle Fonti in Spilinga. End your walk with a small food tasting and even try the spicy Nudja sausage, famous in the region.

Distance: 12 kilometres / approx. 3 hours 30 mins of walking 

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: £44pp, entrance fees are not included 

Walking tour of Tropea and Monte Poro (full day)

Get off the beaten track on this walking tour into the rural landscapes of Tropea. The walks not too demanding and you'll be led by an experienced local guide. Begin in Caria at the beautiful Toralfo family castle. You'll be told the tales of the countryside as you cross into the Barone area and walk beside the Burmaria stream. You'll pass by the grotto that was inhabited until about 30 years ago. Walk down past the old watermill until you reach Tropea. You'll have time to cool off in the bay and relax on the beach or head up to the old town to explore. 

Distance: approx. 14 kilometres / approx. 5 hours of walking 

Departs: Mondays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

This walking tour is bookable in resort only.

Walking tour from Coccorino to Joppolo (full day)

Begin your day of walking through the beautiful Calabrian landscape in Coccorinello. It's the village that connects the 'coast of the gods' with the plateau of Monte Poro. On the hike your guide will take you to the top of Poros hill, which is one of the best places to get panoramic views over the Tyrrhenian sea. You'll continue on to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine of Monte Poro. Get you're energy levels back up, tasting some local produced food with a glass of wine, before heading on to the small town of Caroniti - the birthplace of Sait Gennaro. The final leg of your journey will take you along an ancient mule track to Joppolo. 

Distance: approx. 14 kilometres / approx. 4 hours 30 minutes of walking 

Departs: Fridays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

This walking tour is bookable in resort only.


Pool & Beach

The hotel’s seafront swimming pool stretches over 500 square metres with plenty of sun loungers and a pool bar serving drinks. You can also relax on the private sandy beach with two deck chairs and one umbrella included. Beach towels are provided.


The Thalasso Spa features three heated seawater swimming pools, sauna, hammam and a relaxation area.

General Facilities

  • Mini club for ages 5-11 years from 11 May to 13 October
  • Fitness centre
  • Two tennis courts
  • Bicycle rental (payable locally)
  • Boat rental (payable locally)
  • Shuttle bus to Tropea (payable locally)
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Spa

A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the Mantineo Restaurant where you'll find a great spread of pastries, cereals, fruit, yogurt, cakes, fruit juices, teas and coffee. If you upgrade to half board you can enjoy an evening meal here too. 

Stromboli Beach Restaurant is open for lunch serving a la carte dishes with a show cooking station. Its seafront location means you'll have views over the Aeolian Islands while you eat. The menu has lots of lovely fresh fish dishes and seasonal produce. 

Lunch is available between 12.30 - 3pm

Il Mantineo is the hotel's main restaurant. Every evening there's a large international themed buffet, as well as a seasonal a la carte menu. Expect light gourmet dishes and carribean inspired ingredients. The breakfast buffet's here each morning too. 

Dinner is served between 7.30 - 10pm

Stromboli Gourmet Restaurant is the hotel's exclusive dining option. Dress in your most chic outfit and get ready for some delicious dining experience. The Chef and his team use fresh produce to create, tasty, artistic culinary delights. They even have a tasting menu so you get to try the best of all the dishes. Book a table in advance as there's limited seating. 

Dinner is served between 8 - 10.30pm

Bergamotto Lounge & Raw Bar is located in the hotel foyer. The bright and airy space is perfect for a coffee or even pre dinner drinks - they have a wide selection of Italian and international wines. 

Open between 6.30pm - 12.30am 

Stromboli Beach Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a coffee, cocktail or glass of prosecco while enjoying the sea views. It's famous for its signature cocktails, so make sure you give one a try while you're here. They sometimes have live music out here too. 

Open from 10am - midnight

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.8293573
  • Latitude: 38.628987

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