We stayed at Garden &Villas resort in May 2013. I was looking for a perfect place to celebrate my mother’s birthday on the island of Ischia. We love Ischia for its vegetation, surroundings and the landscape and this hotel perfectly reflects the philosophy of this beautiful green island. We booked a standard room and we got a lovely bungalow which was nestled in the garden. The room was very spacious and decorated very well with cosy furniture and had a large terrace. I was pleasant to be able to sit there at the end of a warm day and enjoy a glass of wine.
As for the food, we booked a half board because we would not rent a car or scooter. For only a few days stay we loved the idea of remaining at the resort. The food was absolutely fantastic. I read a lot about the quality of the "Corbezzolo" the hotel's restaurant. Once we were there and could make our own opinion it was even better than what we expected. We travel a lot for business and holidays and we really appreciate a nice cuisine. For diner three course meals were offered with a huge antipasti buffet. They had salads, fresh vegetables, fish or pizza. First course consisted of homemade pasta or risotto. Then second course offered the catch of the day, meat and also a vegetarian option. Last but not least desserts came from a trolley where one could choose form a large variety of amazing Neapolitan pastry. All the products came from Ischia, in order to respect the "kilometro zero" philosophy, which means to use only fresh and seasonal products.
For my mother's birthday I ordered flowers and as a surprise we also had a yummy birthday cake with candles. Sunday night was also a lucky night, because there was a music performance by Dino who sings Italian songs accompanied with his guitar.
Breakfast is very good as well. I lived for ten years in Italy and never saw a breakfast buffet like this one in an Italian hotel before. There was everything one could want: many different kinds of home made bread, cakes, brioches, fresh fruits, tomatoes, mozzarella, ricotta, fruit juices and also ham, sausages and eggs.
During the day we enjoyed the beautiful garden and the swimming pool area.The garden is wonderful; you can find so many different mediterranean plants and flowers, such as lemon and orange trees, lavender, roses, lilies and jasmine and there is also a little herb garden which the chef uses for his dishes. If you want to discover the island you can reach the Negombo beach and thermal park in 15 minutes walking distance. The tiny fisher village of Lacco Ameno is just ten minutes away but if you do not wish to walk you can always use the hotel's shuttle.
In a few words Garden & Villa Resort is "la dolce vita" guaranteed we had a lovely holiday and it is the ideal place to spend a peaceful holiday, enjoy fantastic Italian food and discover Ischia.
Grazie Mille Rita, Emilio, Francesco, Mario and all the lovely people who work at Garden & Villa resort. We will certainly come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 48 rooms in 9 villas set in 3 hectares of Mediterranean greenery for a tranquil wellness holidayGarden & Villas resort is situated just outside the picturesque town of Lacco Ameno, Ischia island, at only 500m distance, and 350m from the splendid sandy bay of San Montano and Negombo thermal spa gardens. The resort is comprised of 8 villas of typical Mediterranean architecture, splendidly located in the resort’s 3 acre gardens, rich in Mediterranean and native plants and flowers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden & Villas Resort Isola D'Ischia/Forio, Italy