Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ischia, A Magical Place - By Luisa

A very nice ride by hydrofoil from Naples. As you approach Ischia, it is like arriving in Shangrila....

Ischia is composed of many small, chic, lively, towns. Starting with the Port of Ischia, San Angelo (one of my favorites) the people are charming, warm and helpful in every way. We had a tour of the Island and at each bend of the road found each view more breathtaking than the other. There are lovely little restaurants,and even a winery where we had a great wine tasting.

But of course Ischia is not complete without the Mezzatorre Resort and Spa, where you "float" into, not just arrive....

Reception is housed in a separate, delightful building, adorned with white drapes flowing from a wonderful white canopy. Reception could not be more welcoming and warm.

We were housed in the Tower Rooms, the most central location, absolutely beautiful tower, where each and every room and suite is different. The colors, the decor, the views. I had a beautiful room overlooking the pool, grounds, and partial bay view. The colors reminiscent of Pompeii. The bathroom gleaming white tiles (and my bathroom had a window which I happen to love a window in the bathroom). One of our agents had an adorable single room another floor above with a tiny balcony. The Deluxe Grand Suite (which was housing a British actor - but we were able to take a peek at) goes on and on and on. Private pool. The jacuzzi tub by an enormous picture window, and so many other special features. Absolutely gorgeous!

Other wonderful rooms & suites, located in the Parco, Villette Serra and Foresteria buildings, scattered up on the hills (not recommended for those with walking disabilities) are large, airy, beautifully decorated. All different. Some of these units have seaviews, some gardenviews. There is also a Family Villa with absolute privacy (nobody can hear the little ones....). This Villa has a loft that will sleep 4 or 5, lovely gardens, and even a small slide (pretty much for the 2 to 3 year olds). Wonderful choice for a family.

No matter where in the property, each room and each suite is special in its own way. Dining is divine. Gentle service, delicious food and wines.

Last but not least - the spa and the indoor therapeutic pools where one is guided by a technician to which one to start off with, which sequence to continue, and how long at each, what to do, etc., Then, when you are finished, the technician comes and wraps you up in a soft white sheet and helps you plop (and yes you can barely "plop" you are so relaxed) down on a lounge and then covers you with with a big fluffy white towel... from there try a massage and then order a cart to wheel you out... you won't be able to walk.... Let's not forget their facials... the creams, produced in Milan, are amazing.

For the exhausted executive, no place to unwind like Mezzatorre. Ladies travelling on their own, absolute safety and one just walks around wrapped in their fluffy white robes. Don't worry about makeup.... until dinnertime of course...

Relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere. Perfection personified. I highly recommend Mezzatorre Resort and Spa.

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