Hotel Mare Blu
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Sweeping views of the ancient Aragonese Castle
- Two thermo-mineral pools
- Access to a pristine private beach
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- The hydrofoil from Naples takes around an hour
- Parking is available for an additional $13 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Fronting a wide private beach on the east coast of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Hotel Mare Blu Terme is a boutique retreat in a former patrician villa. Fully revamped in 2011, the salmon stucco exterior, tile balconies and humongous pool decks are a modern take on classic Mediterranean architecture. The 40 spacious guestrooms are decorated in soothing gold and blue tones, with terra-cotta floors, chunky country-style furniture and brightly colored flower arrangements. For added space, book a suite or a Deluxe Room; both feature private terraces and balconies with sea views. Soothe aching muscles in the outside thermo-mineral pools, or opt for a mud bath, a Turkish bath or a hydrotherapy treatment at the hotel’s state-of-the-art spa. In the evening, chill with a glass of prosecco amid palm trees and bougainvillea at the poolside bar, or dine on fancy Italian fare at the rooftop restaurant. Live piano music adds to the elegant, romantic vibe.
In the Area
It’s a short walk across a stone bridge to the Aragonese Castle, a medieval fortress built to defend Ischia from marauding pirates. Admire the views, then hop a taxi to nearby Villa La Mortella, where you can stroll five acres of subtropical garden surrounding the former residence of English composer William Walton. There are classical and jazz concerts held here from April to November. Ischia has been used as a location for films as diverse as Cleopatra and The Talented Mr Ripley, and every July Global Fest celebrates the island’s unique place in film history.
How to Get There
This hotel can not get enough credit! We stayed for 10 days during our honeymoon in early september 2018. And from start to finish they offered everything. They arranged a transport service from the airport all the way to the front doors and the other way around when we left and I absolutely recommend to do that.
And the fantastic staff took great care of us during the whole stay. We rented scooters, ordered sightseeing trips and booked tables at restaurants through the lobby and that made it so easy to relax and enjoy. And when one of the trips got cancelled by the company, the hotel took responsibility beyond what was expected and we got compensated with free tickets to another trip.
Fantastic location, staff and stay.
The hotel is very well situated in walking distance of the castle and the port so there's plenty of choice to eat and drink. The hotel was charming - it has a nice pool area and is right on the seafront. However, the rooms are small and this does let the hotel down.
I think we stayed in room 468, a superior room. The rooms are small (not much space for two suitcases) but they are very quiet and the balcony and view were fabulous. The bed was firm and we slept well.
The location was fantastic- across the road from the beach and its' many little lidos- great for a cheap lunch or a drink. There is a reciprocal arrangement with sister hotel Miramare Castello, just a few minutes walk away and we used the waterfront facilities there. Apparently the storms in May washed away the beach but the beach lounges and umbrellas were a lovely way to while away the hours while reading a book. Steps make access to the sea very easy for a quick dip in the warm sea. The pools at Hotel Terme also looked inviting but we preferred to be by the sea. It is an easy walk to Via Luigi Mazzella (leading to Castello Aragonese) with it's many shops and restaurants. We recommend a visit to the Castle, it was fascinating and the written guide is excellent.
It was the front-desk customer service which really impressed us. We arrived at 11.30 am but were lucky enough to check-in to our room straight away. The reception staff were always helpful and friendly. Needing to catch an 8.40 am ferry on departure, we enquired whether it would be possible to have breakfast half an hour early and this request was happily obliged. Breakfast provided a good range of options.
A taxi was ordered for us on departure- nothing appeared to be too much trouble. Excellent hospitality- we felt the staff had personality and appreciated their guests. Thank-you for a lovely experience.