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 returned for another 2 week visit to this wonderful resort, lovely welcome, great to see so many familiar faces from 3 years ago, the staff are all hard working and so friendly. We booked the Seaview Deluxe Suite  and it was amazing, plenty of room inside and out, it was great to have to have a choice of a sunny or shaded space to relax outside.The view was described as a Million Dollar view by another guest who popped in to have a look and I could not agree more. We arrived early but our room was ready which was great, had lunch, pizza day which was really good. We spent 2 weeks just relaxing, enjoying our amazing room and outdoor jacuzzi, breakfast was a nice easy start to the day, we always had a glass of Prosecco and orange juice to finish with. DH had crepes every morning freshly cooked by the wonderful chef. We hope to be able to return again for a 3rd visit in the future.
We had a lovely stay here. It’s really about the gardens; magical. There’s a good pool which is very warm, and a very special beach a shuttle ride away.
Although the hotel was mainly full of retired couples there were also quite a lot of small children when we stayed and the pool area could get quite noisy. I preferred to find a nice quiet spot at Negombo or the free beach.
We booked a superior room; 167. I didn’t think it had particularly good interior design but it was pleasant and had a blissful little private rock garden with lizards and sometimes kittens!
Be aware that there are some greedy mosquitoes and pack your bite cream / repellent. We bought a natural one in Lacco Amena which worked quite well, unfortunately my husband had a nasty allergic reaction but the hotel gave him some good cream.
The beach and Negombo are amazing. On the last night (a Saturday) I went for a swim at 7pm and had the beach entirely to myself. The water was still warm and the waves gentle. It was a sublime experience. Negombo is an unmissable spa - allow a day pretty much although I did it in an hour! Check out the hammocks high up on the terraces - another magical moment.
The waiters at the resort make it IMO. They are so kind, fun and helpful. The food at the hotel is good but not amazing. Do try the delicious clementine jam for breakfast. The concierge will give you great recommendations for special meals out.
There was quite a lot of travelling. Maurizio is brilliant at ferrying guests between the beach, Lacco Ameno, Forio and other nearby places but if you’re a culture vulture you will find it quite limited. We spent a fortune on taxis and ferries. The buses are pretty cramped and hot and I felt it wasn’t a holiday if we had to use them. But 25 -30 euros per taxi journey mounts up quickly.
We didn’t use the hotel transfers or tours. The Capri tour looked good value though. It only goes on some days do plan in advance. We travelled to and from Naples airport by alibus and ferry and taxi. This was fine and a lot cheaper but would have been easier if we had gone via the Forio port as the hotel does a free transfer from there.
We visited Pompei, booking our own private guide. It was incredible but a long way in the heat!
We also visited Capri. This was great fun although we almost missed the last boat home. FYI The ferries get very booked up so it’s best to book in advance to be safe.
Mortella is extraordinary. We went to a concert there. I must admit that the story of the Waltons made me enjoy the garden less when I read that he forced her to have an abortion. But the garden is very impressive.
I think that’s it! All in all a wonderful experience.
Stayed here for 10 days at the end of May. What a beautiful place. We had a superior room number 199 which was a good size with a lovely balcony and view across to the sea. Very glad we upgraded to this room. The staff are very friendly and helpful there is a shuttle taxi service to the local town, Negombo Thermal spas and across to Forio which is free and very good.
We stayed half board and the food was excellent meals not repeated in the 10 days with waiter service in the evenings. The breakfast was excellent. It has a very peacfull and tranquil feel to the whole place. The pool is heated to around 28 and they also have a small gym and turkish bath area. You can walk down to ameno in aboht 10 mins turn right out of the hotel walk anbout 100 meters and across the road by some green gates are some steps. It is also very close to Negombo thermal park, well worth a visit. Every where is very lean fresh pool and room towels daily.
There is no tea and coffee facility in the room so we took a travel kettle. A small fridge in our room topped up daily is fresh water and soda drinks.
Lovely place on a beautiful Island. Highly recommended if you want peace and quiet in a beautiful place.
A week half board in May 2018 and what a wonderful experience. The Gardens and Villas resort is exactly what it says on the tin. It is built within the most lovely and beautifully maintained gardens and all rooms are little villas of their own. No high rise here. Our room, 163, was located close to the Gym and Spa and the Library. Birdsong and tranquility on our private terrace created a peaceful ambience and a place to enjoy a cold glass of wine in the evening. The pool was crystal clear and for the week we were there, never more than two or three people using it despite the water temperature being a very comfortable 28 degrees. The location is quite hilly so there are ups and downs throughout the complex but there is an electric cart available for anyone who may find it too much. The reception service was polite and informative and all the staff were easy to talk to. Dinner in the evening was a three course waiter service, having three or four choices for the starter and main course. The suite was a choice from the trolley. The waiting staff were all without exception, first class at their job and worked very hard to please every client. The quality of the food at dinner was extremely good and drinks not too pricey. Breakfast had a wide selection of cold buffet meats, and cheese, plenty of pastries and home made cakes. Cold fruit juices, yoghurts and home made loaves of bread in abundance. Omlettes or scrambled egg available if wanted.
The room was quite large with king sized bed and the en-suite shower of good size and always hot water available. The bed in truth was really too firm for us but nevertheless we survived ! Fresh bottles of natural and sparkling water were restocked in the fridge on a daily basis at no charge. A nice touch. It was advertised as having Sky TV but probably 98% were Italian programmes and we only found Sky News or BBC news in English.
The town of LLaco Ameno is less than a ten minute walk downhill from the gates of the resort but is quite steep coming back up. There are no pavements (sidewalks) and the road users appear blind to pedestrians so beware. There is however a free Hotel shuttle bus that runs regularly to and from town.
We are not beach people but we took the walk through the hotel grounds and down steps and pathways (about 10 minutes) to a very nice beach in a cove that has private and public areas.
All in all, a very good experience and one that would happily entice us back.
Visited in May and overall was really happy with this resort. The superior rooms were really great. Lots of space, plenty of wardrobe space, huge bathroom with bath and shower, towels changed every day alongside pool beach towels, comfy beds and nice outside seating area. Although we didn't go into the classic rooms they looked quite dark from the outside, so very glad we didn't have one of these.
The grounds are beautiful, peaceful and clean and the smell of jasmine every where was lovely and we loved the swimming pool. There was never more than a handful of people around or in the pool - fab - although it was only May.
Re the restaurant, breakfast was ample and always very nice. However I personally didn't enjoy evening meals. Choice was quite repetitive and, I felt, often had very little to no taste apart from too much salt. My partner usually had the fish and always enjoyed this and everyone else we spoke to also enjoyed the food so perhaps I'm extra fussy. That said the staff WERE extremely accommodating and would offer additional dishes outside of the menu in support of differing tastes. This was the only thing that let it down for me.
All of the staff here are extremely accommodating and caring from reception to restaurant and work extremely hard to ensure guests enjoy their stay. Exceptional service from Roberto (the one that's getting married soon) - he makes the best cocktails and pre dinner snacks and found us a blanket when cold in the evening, Mauritzo (shuttle bus driver) and reception staff who went out of there way to accommodate requests and offer advice on day trips.
Although the resort is on a busy main road, the bus stop is only a short distance away and once you step through the gates the peace and quiet of the gardens and open space make this a resort definitely worth visiting