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 visited recently with our two grown up daughters and really could not find fault with anything!
We chose the hotel initially for its lush gardens and proximity to interesting amenities and we were not disappointed.
All the staff made it their priority to provide us with a first class memorable experience.
Highlights for us were our comfortable villas which in our case were a few steps from the large warm pool, imaginative tasty dishes enjoyed in the dining room and the pleasant evenings spent in the bar.
The ambience was relaxing and friendly and the week’s end came all too soon.
Thanks to everyone who looked after us all so well.
We booked a break through Fleetway Travel. Transfers from Naples airport to the resort were included. We cannot stress enough how well this all went - we were met at the airport by the local travel team, and at each stage of the transfer, were passed to the next person until we reached the resort. We even had our luggage put on the ferry for us and unloaded the other end. It was seamless.
I would agree with previous writers that tea/coffee facilities in the room would be nice. That aside we felt the resort was superb- nice plants and greenery and very quiet. We had upgraded to a superior room, and could not fault it. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We were on half board option, and the restaurant food was extremely good, as was breakfast. All the waiting staff were very attentive and made every effort to please. Reception staff all speak good English and can help with any queries.There is a shuttle bus at various times taking you in/picking up from the local town- Lacco Ameno. We would recommend this place to anyone wanting a nice relaxing break.
Chose this resort for some family R&R time at the end of a trip exploring the Amalfi coast. I selected it for its location, near the thermal park and it’s facilities - gardens, wellness centre and gym. We had a good stay but it’s an unusual place, somewhat faded with the air of having been something grander in a former life. It rather feels as if it was built for a different purpose and has been converted into this hotel resort, but still lacks the touches that would really make this a top hotel.
The gardens, though lovely have the air of being somewhat overwhelming to maintain and the pond - a mosquito breeding ground - makes bite-free sunbathing hard to achieve.
The rooms are clean and generously sized, though have a depressing air, little furniture, rather dark and have a sparseness which doesn’t make them comfortable or inviting.. A kettle and some tea making facilities would be a welcome addition.
The gym was small - a couple of running machines, a cross trainer and some weights. The wellness centre, despite its lovely hot pool and steam room, had a soviet or sparse hospital feel and lacked the comfort, wafts of essential oils and fluffy towels which have come to be associated with wellness centres. The main outdoor pool area was large and attractive and beautifully warm, though the sun loungers lacked comfort or style. Wider sun beds, cushions and towels would give a feeling of greater luxury.
There are some areas that could do with some attention: for example there is a table tennis table in a fairly dirty covered area and seemingly no balls available to play a game which clearly renders it totally useless!
The food however was good. There’s a good choice at both breakfast and dinner and decent variety and were served by friendly attentive (perhaps sometimes overly so) waiters.
The reception staff are ok and functional but not with a great sense of “can do” or going the extra mile.
In conclusion: the resort does have many good things going for it, but it also falls short in some of the areas that make a 4* star resort special rather than ok. We were spoilt as we came here from a very nice hotel in Sorrento (also 4*) but really superb. If I am being honest, overall we were rather disappointed. Maybe our expectations were too high (and the other reviews on TA were very glowing and positive), but for us it did not really live up to its reviews.
This hotel has great service, is in a good location, and the facilities are awesome. I recommend if you’re looking for an affordable place to stay. Close to negombo thermal park and they have a very convenient shuttle to free. Beautiful gardens and simple, but tasty restaurant.
We have just returned from a 10 day holiday in this beautiful tranquil hotel! The rooms are spread out throughout the gardens giving you peace and privacy. Spacious cool room with lovely bathroom located close to the pool and bar but still perfectly quiet. All the staff at every level were charming and so welcoming so many thanks to all for looking after us so wonderfully. It was a 10 minute walk down the steps to Lacco which was charming with several bars, restaurants and shops and a lovely harbour where you could get a choice of boat trips, we chose to visit Capri and Amalfi which were stunning. I would certainly recommend this wonderful hotel and I hope we may visit again in the future.