As soon as we got off the taxi on the bridge that connects Ischia town to the islet where the 15th-century Aragonese castle and this hotel converted from an attached monastery, are located, we were immediately transported to another world and another time. Stunning as a description would do scant justice to this fabulous hotel!
Cave-like passageways with in-built lifts, carried us to the top where tourists were intermingling with hotel guests at the beautiful Caffe Il Monastero, looking over gorgeous views of the island, and the beautiful blue waters studded with boats and the occasional swimmers.
The rooms were minimal in their decor but very comfortable, again complimented by stunning views through the windows. The famed restaurant served delectable dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown in the hotel's gardens, and the staff was always courteous and prepared to help in any way possible.
Eager to enhance our holiday experience, my husband and I booked appointments with their newly offered spa services. However, it turned out to be a disappointment. The masseuse, though very sweet and amiable, couldn't converse in English, which perhaps led to a certain amount of mis-communication, and instead of giving us a nice massage, she ended up giving us a rather harsh and uncomfortable rub-down.
This minor gripe aside, this is a hotel that I would highly recommend to everyone, especially if just one of the perks is the blissful experience of sitting on the terrace of the hotel, observing a breathtaking sun set over the blue Aegean Sea, with a cocktail and snacks in hand, and only the friendly seagulls for company!
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Il Monastero Ischia
- Albergo Il Monastero Hotel Ischia