When we arrived at the front doors I was a little concerned that the hotel wasn't what I thought it would be. But once inside, it was fantastic and more than I had hoped. The front desk was very helpful and checked us in quickly. Unfortunately, thanks to mechanical difficulties on our flight we arrived a day late. The hotel was welcomed us warmly and quickly changed our mood of our trip. Our room was lovely, very clean, and with excellent amenities. We had a delicious lunch by the pool and then relaxed our weary bodies in the roof top pool and then in the healing spa pool.
We were very lucky to celebrate my birthday by dining at the Chef's table at Il Mosaic. WOW!! Normally we prefer simple rustic Italian food and see no need to dining at high end restaurants in Italy. Well, Il Mosaic proved us very wrong. It was definitely one of the best dining experiences of our lives and we have had some amazing ones. Every details was thought out and executed with perfection. So delicious! When we thought we could not eat another bit, something new came out and we found room. While it wasn't an inexpensive meal, it was a tremendous value. It certainly was a highlight of our trip, but really every experience at Terme Manzi was spectacular. The spa services, the spa itself, the roof top pool, breakfast, Gli Ulivi, and the staff were all top notch. Dinner at Il Mosaic was a once (or hopefully twice) in a lifetime event, our simple dinner at Gli Ulivi the next night was just as delicious - just different.
Honestly, I could never understand people that go to a hotel in Italy and never really leave. Well, our stay at Terme Manzi helped us understand why people do that. Since our stay was cut short with our late arrival, we never left the hotel during our 2 days. We actually tried to figure out if we could change our plans to get to Positano so that we could spend more time in Ischia. Sadly, it didn't work out, but we agreed that we definitely need to return to Terme Manzi and maybe next time we'll actually leave the hotel. But seriously, I'm not so sure as Terme Manzi was such paradise.