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“Good value apartments set in a cactus garden with lovely views.” 5 of 5 stars
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“Good value apartments set in a cactus garden with lovely views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed here for a week in late October/early November, and we really enjoyed it. Our apartment was simple but comfortable, with its own tiny kitchen, adequately equipped with just a two-burner stove and a microwave (no oven or dishwasher). I was glad we chose one of the slightly bigger apartments, because at this time of year you don't spend all your time outside on the patio, and I suspect the smallest apartments might have felt a bit cramped.

In front of the apartments, between them and the busy road, there is a wonderful cactus garden, which is a local tourist attraction in its own right - visitors come just to go round the garden, but residents can visit for free any time, of course. And looking beyond that, there are splendid views out to the west - I imagine the sunsets in summer could be spectacular.

The local town (Forio) is lively, a bit touristy of course, but not at all in a tacky way. You can walk there in about 20 minutes, or there are buses, which can be amazingly crowded. They don't seem to run to any sort of timetable, but they are reasonably frequent.

As others have reported, VIlla Ravino is exceptionally well run by friendly, helpful and hospitable people. For example, we arrived on a dark wet evening, without a car, and one of the family cheerfully offered to drive us down to the local supermarket and wait while we did some food shopping.

I would thoroughly recommend this place. It's simple, well-situated and very good value. In fact, I couldn't put it better than the poster who wrote 'recommended to like minded independent travellers looking for a bit of character and no frills.'

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Family of four staying for 7 nights In July / August . Simple but adequate accomodation in very relaxing intimate complex with amazing botanical cactus gardens . A small oasis in a busy summer holiday Island . Small pool but separate hot thermal pool and steam room make up for this , many secluded spots to read / sunbathe . Great sunsets either from front terrace or main roof top great . Cactus bar great for evening cocktails with live music most nights also serving snacks during day hosted by helpful barman . Family run with owners living on site are very helpful and charming . Recommend pizza opposite with chickens roasted on open fire ? price for quality could not be beaten . Provisions from small supermarket up the road at Cuotto a bit of walk and have to negotiate narrow corner with no pavement at one point also known by our children as death corner - owner has others have advised happily offers lift back or stops to pick you up when he gets to know you including once on back of scooter . Recommend Pizzeria Terra del Fuoco at Cuotto but for a real treat but not expensive head up the hill to Trattoria Da Peppina panoramic views with specialist first courses to die for -no menu as such as depends on what's fresh - owned and run by brother of Villa Ravino who is a charming host . Recommend take bus to San Angelo a pretty cliff side small port and also taxi boat to Sorgeto thermal sea waters with lunch at cafe excellent . Would return to see more of Island and would defintely recommend staying at Villa Ravino.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in June. The location on a hillside overlooking the sea was wonderful; the family owners treated us like their only guests. As we soaked in the pools, live opera drifted in from the house next door. I was here finding my mom's family, and found relaxation as well. I would return.

Room Tip: There is no AC, so ask for a room that stays naturally cool. We were there during unnatural heat!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

It was my mom’s 85th birthday and offered to take her on a trip. She wanted to go to Italy and since her mother was from Naples, I thought that maybe Ischia would be the perfect choice as it is a more relaxing place for her. She said she wanted to “live like an Italian” meaning she wanted an apartment, not a hotel room. I found the perfect place. I arranged a pick up from Naples airport to take us to the ferry and then to Villa Ravino through Edith, the owner. The apartment was perfect. My mom had her own bedroom and I slept in the “living” area, which had a single bed (used as a sofa during the day). The kitchen was supplied with everything you could think of (including a hand juicer for the lemons that grow on your tree right outside your door. Plenty of closet space and a large patio area surrounded by grass and trees and lounge chairs. There is even a grill and table and chairs. All with a wonderful view of the water and fantastic sunsets!!
The property has a swimming pool (not heated) and an indoor hot tub which is filled every morning with the natural thermal waters. There is also a small gym. There was a sundeck which was on the roof of our villa that also faced those fantastic views.
We stocked up on some food from the suggested Mini Market (they drive you back to the Villa to deliver your groceries). Gardino also has a small café. We went there for breakfast the first day and it was great. We walked through the cactus garden and never saw so many varieties. The resident peacock was putting on a show for everyone too!
While we were there, we received an invitation to an opening of a photography exhibit held in their Moby Dick lounge. Wine, appetizers and their very own Cactus Cocktail, which is non-alcoholic – perfect for my mom. We also happened to be there for Peppino’s birthday! Edith hosted a birthday party for him at the Cactus Lounge. Very nice with homemade potato crochettes and other appetizers along with drinks.
The only problem we had was that the Villa is up a steep hill from the main road. On the day I went food shopping, my lift home could not get the car up that hill because of the rain, etc. So we both had to climb the hill with the groceries. Another time, we came back from Forio by taxi and the driver would NOT go up the hill and we had to walk. Not bad for me, but my poor mom had a hard time of it. When we told Edith about it, she was upset. She gave us the key to the Garden entrance which is on the main road in case that should happen again. Very kind of her. Even with that, however, my mom would go back to stay there in an instant!
Edith, Peppino and Luca (their son) all went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Upon our departure Edith arranged for a driver to meet us in Naples to take us to the hotel there. In the morning Peppino himself drove us to the hydrofoil in Forio. I highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a nice relaxing vacation. My mom was so happy she said she felt like she had moved to Italy and it was her own apartment. A week after we were home she said she missed it. I think I made the right decision in choosing Villa Ravino.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

This property is actually just out of Forio on the western side of the island of Ischia. There is a town called Ischia on the island of Ischia. Yes the units are located at the top end of a beautiful botanical garden. Yes the folks who run the place are very friendly and helpful (though not always around). The property is somewhat whimsical with a slight edge of required maintenance... that to me provides a level of charm. However the rooms are very clean, reasonably furnished and very well maintained. We had a very happy time at Ravino. Luca was a great help in arranging things for us. Our room was very clean and reasonably equipped. Only negatives relate to our room location- the stairs to the pool and hot spring-fed spa went past our door so there was some chatter and a bit of a lack of privacy as people went to and fro, and our front (west facing) door with our little patio was in the shade all day due to the large tree immediately in front of our room. Minor things. There is a wonderful terrace facing the ocean where you can watch the glorious sunsets. It's rare that anyone is there so we had our pre-dinner drinks in that location. There are MANY restaurants on Ischia so you won't want for selection. One can also make easy arrangements to see the Amalfi coast, Positano, etc from Ischia. We would definitely return to Ravino. Definitely good value and a nice relaxing ambiance.

Room Tip: Rooms facing south get more sun and are a bit quieter
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed at the Villa Ravino for 11 nights in late March\early April. On arrival on our first evening, Luca gave us a very warm welcome and helped us with our luggage to our room. We ate at the take-away right across the street from the Villa, and ended up eating there many more times during our stay as the pizza and roast chicken were so delicious and a good value. We were able to get a large, basic hot pizza for less than 4 Euros and supplement it with our own salad, etc.

The residence is well-situated just off of the island's main road where the buses come by about every 15 minutes or so. You're high enough above the traffic to be able to relax and enjoy, but it did take some getting used to to walk along as it is very busy and the locals drive a little crazy. From the residence, you can either hop on a bus (but be aware they are often totally overcrowded) or walk into Forio in about 20 minutes. Buying your food (as this is self-catering accommodation) means either two choices (assuming you have no vehicle): you can either buy things in Forio, or walk further along the main road until you reach a little town called Cuotto. There's a fairly well-equipped grocery store there that apparently will deliver if you buy enough things, but we were uncertain how that worked and probably didn't buy enough in one go for them to offer. Just be aware that if you do choose to walk along the main road to the other little town, it is very busy and much of it has no sidewalks. I was pretty terrified, to be honest (I'm from the midwest where we have wide roads, and when they are available, wide sidewalks!) Had we had children, I don't think I would have allowed them to walk along this road as it's more of a highway given that it is the main road of the island. I felt a little like I was playing Frogger when walking along, waiting for a car to pass by before I could go around the car parked on the road. (You can check out Google Streetview to get an idea of what I'm talking about.) Should we stay at the Villa again with children, I think a car would be enormously helpful as you can take care of shopping and avoid walking along this busy street. (Of course, then you have to deal with driving on the narrow, winding streets and the locals whizzing around you on their Vespas!)

We went with a slightly larger room as we wanted to be sure we had enough space, and we were very pleased with how well-equipped and spacious it was. The shower was absolutely fantastic. Roomy and with a nice strong jet of hot water, I really enjoyed using it. We had our own little private patio with table and chairs that looked out onto green grassy space where all guests can sit and relax on sun chairs. When we arrived in late March there were only a few other guests, so it was nice as it felt almost like we had the place to ourselves. If we were to stay at the Villa in the high season, I would possibly prefer a balcony to the ground floor as you would have a bit more privacy.

The best part of the Villa, however, is without a doubt the grounds and the botanic garden. First, a bit about the grounds themselves: The grounds of the Villa are stunningly beautiful, and guests have both a thermal pool with its warm water that flows in fresh every morning and a swimming pool available for use (it was too cold for the swimming pool while we were there). There's also some exercise equipment, though we never tried that out. There are some pretty amazing outlooks down to Forio and the sea, and we watched almost every sunset while we were there. You also have views of the mountains behind the Villa. The botanic garden (you take some steps down from the Villa or you can enter the garden directly from the street) is breaktakingly beautiful and interesting. When you stay at the Villa you can visit the garden anytime for free while it is open, which was a wonderful perk. There's also a lovely bar in the garden where we would sometimes just sit and relax and have a drink.

The owners of the Villa are also what make it such a special place. It's a family-run business, and they seem to genuinely enjoy having guests and chatting with them, and were often offering helpful advice and going out of their way to accommodate their guests. A few examples: Luca drove us down to Forio on our first morning at the Villa as they weren't offering breakfast yet so we had nothing to eat; he also gave us a lift to the Hydrofoil in Forio when we left Ischia, saving us either a crowded bus ride or an expensive taxi.

A few random notes:

Wireless: there IS wireless at the Villa. Nothing in the literature we had read mentioned it, so I assumed they didn't have it, but towards the end our stay my husband noticed a wireless router so we gave it a go and voila - Internet! Could be that they were just installing it, so possibly it's already mentioned in their literature by now.

Toilet paper: we weren't sure whether they provided it or not. They did give us some during a weekly change of sheets service they provide, but we definitely had to buy more as that wouldn't have been enough.

Books: they have a great library of English and German books where you can borrow whatever you want during your stay.

In summary, I would highly recommend Villa Ravino as it is a beautiful, very unique place whose owners make it extraordinarily nice. A final word of caution to those with young children who aren't planning to use a vehicle that the street below is very busy and much of it is with no sidewalks, but as long as you are aware of the situation and prepared for it then it is perhaps no problem.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

This family owned residence has very helpful and friendly atmosphere. Service and arrangements are excellent. In supermarket they asked do we live at Villa Ravino and when we said yes, they drive us to the front door of the villa!!!! There is thermal pool at the hotel and it really felt good to relax in warm water after hiking. We were there at November and the temperature was over 20C and sunny, and "winter" price for accommodation was very reasonable.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Bocca 1, 80075 Isola d'Ischia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Isola d'Ischia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome To The Residence VILLA RAVINO, A Family Establishment With Self Catering Apartments Offering You A Relaxing Holiday On The Charming Island Of Ischia. An Enchanting Place Lying In The Heart Of The Mediterranean, An Hour's Sea Journey From The City Of Naples. Renowned For Its Volcanic Origins And Rich Soil, Ischia Offers A Wonderful Climate All Year Round With ischiaUnforgettable Landscapes Immersed In Blooming Flora Of Vivacious Colours, Lemon, Orange, Olive Trees And Grape Vines. Your Days Can Be Taken Leisurely On One Of Ourbeaches Or Small Romantic Bays Looking Out At The Deep Blue Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively You Can Explore Ischia's Historic Villages And Museums Or Take In The Beautiful Scenery On A Walk Or Via Horseback Trekking. An Unforgettable Visit Is To The Beautiful Garden "La Mortella" Created By Lady Susana, The Widow Of Sir William Walton. Here You Can Listen To Classical Concerts.With Our Mediterranean Time-Clock, You Would Have Enjoyed An Afternoon's Siesta And Can Now Shop Late Into The Evening. Otherwise Evenings Can Be Passed Peacefully Watching The Sun Setting Over The Sea Whilst Sampling Fresh Local Dishes And Wines In One Of Ischia's Rest.Nts. Ischia Has Many Religious Festivals Often Resulting In Evening Fireworks And Street Entertainment. ... more   less 

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