This hotel is great, i had my 19th birthday there and didnt feel to young at all (they supprised me with a birthday cake after dinner on my b'day which was a nice touch), i was treated the same way as everyone else. I felt more out of place in the shopping area on the island being the only person with blonde hair and pasty white skin lol then being to young.
Me and my partner stayed in one of there suites, we had a bedroom and seprate lounge both with 2 armchairs and flat screen tvs, we also had 2 bathrooms, one with shower and one with a whirlpool bath. On arrival the staff were extreamly friendly and spoke ok english as we dont know any italian at all. Room was imaculate cleaners came in twice everyday, once to clean and once to lay the beds in the evening and leave us bedtime treats.
They have 2 pools both clean, one with hot thermal water. There beauty farm is quite small but there treatments are to die for (the only downside is that the beauty theraphist didn't speak to much english so we found it slightly hard to comunicate at times)
The food was also to die for, a buffet starter of a wide range of meats, vegitables, oils and dressings, mini pizzas, fish rolls ect... chioce starter and main course, and a buffet desert of at least 20 fresh cakes, ice cream, crackers and cheeses ect.... on our final night they layed on a spectacular buffet and brought out a pig, veal, turkey, fish, volancano ect.. all alight on fire, and the dessert was also full of masterpieces , carved flower water melons ect...
There piano bar is quiet most nights, but the singers are good and the floor is bigger enough to do a waltz and a cha cha cha on lol.
All staff were very very very friendly and yea we were the youngest couple there but there were a few familys with children there also.
The island is great for shopping, "SALDI" means sale lol although they dont mark there items down like selfridges over here do, i was buying things and getting to the counter to realise there was up to 60 %off some of the items which was great when i was about to pay 800 euros for a satin suit, and it was 300 and somthing lol. Gucci is no cheaper over there though even thou i thought it might be because its italian.
Ischia castle is a must see (10 mins walk from the hotel) , they have a lovely cafe at the top as well which is nice to eat at. The local pottery is really cheap, we brought some lovely hand painted dinner plates and its nice because you can see them making them. We also went to the st maria festival on the 26th of july which was lovely all of the island got together around the castle to celibrate and it was nice to see there local culturebeing displayed there.
Going back to the hotel, there beach is small but theres public beaches all around there island what are clean. I have visited lots of hotels and places around the world and i did really enjoy it here very relaxing!. The hotel is 5 star exculsive in its own means, its on a small quiet island which isnt the richest place around, if the hotel was in london then it probably would only be 4-5 stars, but its probably the most exclusive place on the island.
Would indeed go again.
please veiw some of my pics of the castle and hotel (i am not a professional photographer and i have not altered any of the pics)
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