Garden & Villas Resort
What We Love
- Soaking in the outdoor thermal pool
- Peace and quiet; the resort is set apart from other hotels on the island
- The excellent restaurant serves dishes made from ingredients grown in its own vegetable garden
What To Know
- If you're looking for an active bar scene, this isn't the hotel for you
- The resort is spread across different levels, and it's a fairly long walk down to the beach, so it isn't ideal for those with mobility issues
- Free WiFi is available only in the public areas
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On the volcanic island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, the Garden & Villas Resort is a sleepy retreat set in two acres of palm and lemon tree–studded grounds. Low-rise whitewashed villas dot the resort and surround an impressive pool fed by the island’s thermal waters. Natural materials, including local stone and wood beams, feature throughout. The guestooms are housed in detached villas, and all have balconies or terraces overlooking the garden or the sea. They’re bright and breezy, with marble floor tiles and pastel shades. The bathrooms are decked out with colorful (if a little old-fashioned) marble floor and wall tiles. Il Corbezzolo restaurant serves dishes made with ingredients grown in the hotel’s own vegetable and herb gardens, and the delightful breakfast spread includes bread baked in a wood-fired oven. Spend your days hopping from the outdoor thermal pool to the indoor wellness center, or strolling down to the beach on scenic San Montano Bay.
In the Area
If soaking in the resort’s thermal waters isn’t enough, Ischia has plenty of other natural hot springs. The nearby Negombo Thermal Park has a series of healing pools cut into the mountainside, plus a hammam and a private beach. A short drive away, Giardino Poseidon Terme is a complex of 20 thermal pools of various temperatures set on different levels or cut into caves. For shopping, the picturesque village of Sant’Angelo is home to small shops and luxe boutiques. Or charter a boat or take the ferry to neighboring Capri.
How to Get There
We stayed here early in October and it was a relaxing, wonderful stay. All the staff were very friendly, and went out of their way to be helpful so we were able to fully enjoy our stay on the island. The food was exceptional, and the hotel setting beautiful, and the location ideal.
My partner and I stayed at this property for a week in early October, and enjoyed a very relaxing time. It was not over busy as coming to the end of the season. We met some wonderful staff (nothing was too much trouble) and other guests. Enjoyed the beautiful garden setting for the rooms and villas and enjoyed some fabulous food in the hotel restaurant. There is a lovely Spa with very welciming and friendly staff. The hotel has a very handy shuttle bus to Lacco Ameno the village nearby which is lovely, and upon request a bus to take you into Forio another lovely town a bit further away. The hotel is well located for walking, we walked to Giardini La Mortella which is well worth a visit. We also walked between St Francesco Bay and Lacco through Zarro Woods, something I found out about through the website Ischia Review.com. Dion at Ischia Review also organised our transfers from Napleas Airport to the hotel and return - well worth the money as the service was excellent.
I would recommend Isola Ischia and this hotel.
This is a lovely hotel. The location offers great views, and given the size of Ischia, the access to other places is good. The room was spacious and well kept. The hotel is really well laid out and the amenities are quite good. We particularly liked the Cocktail Bar in the evening. The spa services are excellent, we enjoyed a wonderful massage during our stay. The Reception staff was very helpful. The only reason for 4 stars versus 5, was the food and service particularly at dinner. It seemed to us that many guests had purchased a package that included food, hence the service and food was very much geared towards these guests. There was always a buffet of good hors d'oeuvres, followed by a limited offering of first or second courses that were usually small and not of the quality one expects in a hotel of this caliber. Breakfast and lunch actually offered more choices and better food. With this one exception, this is a really a very good place to stay in Ischia.