We spent two weeks with Thomsons on this beautiful, quirky little island where everyone is laid back and friendly. The transfers from Naples were made very easy, all the mini buses were comfortable and air conditioned - we never moved our luggage once. A 20min drive to Napoli port, an hour on the hydrofoil to Ischia then a 10 minute drive to the hotel which is wonderful - more like a large friendly house and so much nicer than the commercial high rise hotels. The private gardens are beautiful with amazing views, and everything is kept very clean and tidy. There are plenty of sun beds around both of the lovely pools. Breakfast is on the open terrace and consists of a varied buffet, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, breads, meats & cheeses, pastries and as much coffee/tea as the waiters can bring you! We didn't have a problem with choosing our evening meal at breakfast - it was just something else to look forward to. Every meal was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful, again all waiter service. If you dont finish your wine with your dinner, it is kept and placed back on your table the following evening and we loved the fact that you are given the same table for your entire stay (especially as we sat at the window overlooking the bay!) The staff were great, from Mario the manager who wants to please everyone, the girls on reception who speak English, to the waiters who are very professional but so friendly - they are led by the wonderful Nando - such a great character. Even the cleaners, porters and gardeners always have a smile. We recommend the island tour with Thomsons, again a nice mini bus - just 6 of us with stops at Lacco Ameno, Forio and more - you could get out and admire the views and take photographs. Half way thru there was a tour of a small family vineyard where we had wine tasting and a lovely lunch on the terrace. We visited La Mortella gardens thru Thomsons, the taxi took us to the gate and asked when we wanted to be collected - we spent 6 hours there and still didn't see it all - beautiful. The castello Arogonese is not too be missed, and the boat trip to Capri (which we easily organised ourselves) was wonderful. On one or two occasions we spent the entire day in the hotel gardens, just sunbathing and reading, you ask for a drink and it is brought to you on a tray with fresh fruit etc We have absolutely no complaints about our holiday, we were sorry to leave but felt very relaxed and happy as though we had been away for a month. We had a lot of laughs, made some freinds and would recommend you give it a try. If anything went wrong the lovely Mina (Thomsons rep) is only a phone call away. We will defiantely return - it can only get better!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Continental Mare is situated on the hillside below the main coastal road approximately two kilometres from Ischia Town and from the resort of Casmicciola; frequent local buses run along this road. The hotel is set in extensive, lush gardens‚ with stunning views over the Gulf of Naples and Italy’s coastline. The island of Ischia is the incarnation of natural beauty and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with one of the many spa treatments available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Continental Mare Ischia