We are long overdue in writing this review. We just got back from a visit with Umberto and Marco. Their incredible restaurant and lovely little hotel is just a idyllic as when we celebrated our wedding there on a beautiful summer day 6 years ago. It's the sort of spot you always dream of having your wedding celebration, but think could only exist in a movie. The restaurant and hotel sit on a promontory directly over the water, and the breathtaking Forio sunset drops the sun into the Mediterranean right off the balcony of Umberto a Mare. We were married in the little Chiesa del Socorrso above, and then walked down with our guests to Umberto a Mare directly below. When we walked in, Umberto, Marco, and the staff were waiting in the entry way of the restaurant to shower us with flowers and hand us Prosecco! The food is phenomenal, Umberto takes traditional Ischia delicacies and gives them a gourmet flair. Needless to say, none of our American guests had ever experienced anything like this!
We live in Santa Monica California, and looked at many locations when choosing where to celebrate our wedding, and we can easily say that the celebration we had with Umberto and Marco was far more reasonable than anything we found elsewhere. As anyone who's paid for a wedding knows, when you separately break down the cost of a beautiful location, seating, and catering in any major US city, the costs are ridiculous! At Umberto a Mare we had everything under one roof. They gave us a 5 course gourmet Italian seafood dinner for 70 people with wine included, for less than the per person cost of your average wedding caterer who only gives your guests the choice of Chicken or Salmon. Aside from the breathtaking location and incredible cuisine, the warmth, humor, and hospitality of Umberto, Marco and their staff are priceless. Though we are not able to get to Ischia and visit with them as often as we'd like, upon returning we all share the embrace and tears of overdue family. As you can tell at this point, we can't say enough about Umberto A Mare, which to us will always be a magical memory, and a warm loving home and family.
André & Justine
Santa Monica, California
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Piccolo Albergo sul mare di Forio, in attività dal 1936, da sempre meta fissa di chi ama sfuggire i posti di massa ed è alla costante ricerca del “luogo incantato”.Il modo giusto per descrivere questo splendido luogo è: “Albergo nel mare” in quanto occupa una posizione unica nel suo genere. Poggiato sulla scogliera di pietra lavica che protegge la famosa Chiesa della Madonna del soccorso dai marosi, è indicato in tutte le guide come posto unico per godere dei tramonti più belli dell’intera isola e del celeberrimo raggio verde.Il piccolo albergo, sole 11 camere, tutte ….nel mare, al suo interno è dotato anche di lido privato con discesa in mare, solarium attrezzato e docce di acqua dolce, ad esclusivo utilizzo dei soli Ospiti di casa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Piccolo Hotel Umberto a Mare Isola D'Ischia/Forio, Italy