Strand Hotel Delfini Terme
What We Love
- A coastal retreat with a private beach, including breakfast, a dining discount and moreFollowing breakfast with a look over the bay and the Castello Aragonese, from one of the terraces
- Enjoying pools fed by a thermal water table for therapeutic dips
- Receiving a cocktail when you arrive, and getting to check out late
- The relaxing spa, where you'll receive one of your discounts – the other's at a partner restaurant
Enjoy the stunning beauty of the volcanic outcrop of Ischia, the largest island in the Bay of Naples that’s often forgotten by those who flock to the Amalfi coast. Their loss, however, is your gain, as fewer visitors to Ischia means you get more of the crystal-clear waters of some of the best beaches in Italy to yourself. Couple this with the intriguing Tyrrhenian culture, with necropolises, sun-kissed villages and mouthwatering seafood in its cuisine, and you have the perfect recipe for an Italian dream vacation.
In the midst of all this, Strand Hotel Delfini Terme is a destination and dream unto itself. Decked out with elegant neoclassical furnishings, and boasting simply incredible views from its selection of outdoor terraces, this escape has no shortage of special places to see and things to do. There’s even a private beach on the enchanting Cartaromana bay, framed perfectly against the backdrop of the majestic Castello Aragonese.
With pools fed by an ancient thermal water table, as well – one which the Romans exploited centuries ago – Delfini is like no other. And if you don’t find yourself relaxing and slowing down just being here, there are spa treatments that can help. You’ll be all recharged in no time – and you’ll need to be, if you’re to take on the bustling bars and restaurants of Ischia Porto when evening falls.
Rooms are bright, with a classic style, befitting the great views on offer. With a balcony or shared terrace at your disposal, you can enjoy winding down all the more. In the Deluxe room, in contrast to the Standard room, you’ll find a multi-function bath/shower for Turkish bath, plus music-therapy settings and intricate hand-painted floor tiles. In the Prestige room, you’re guaranteed a sea-facing balcony, with views of the Castello.
The opulent dining area is elegantly decorated, with its cuisine highlighting fresh produce from Ischian land and sea. Tables are set up by the pool area on occasion, a perfect spot for evening views of the bay.
A spa offers waters from the famous thermal water tablet that lies under volcanic Ischia, plus extra treatments for face and body, along with salon services. Features here include a swimming pool that’s heated to 96° F and hydro-massage facilities.
The hotel is set within one of the most romantic bays of the island, the Cartaromana, and is just a short distance from the center of picturesque Ischia Porto. About half an hour walk, this area is packed with pastel-colored trattorias and great seafood restaurants – with plenty of great bars to swing by after dinner.
How to Get There
We stayed for a week in a deluxe room. For the price we paid, the location and views were unbeatable (though as other reviewers mention, it may be a challenging location for less mobile guests as it's on a steep road, we didn't take public transport so can't comment on the convenience of that but it's about a 15 min walk to the restaurants and shops next to the castle, and about a half hour walk to the port area).
The breakfast was nice, fresh fruits, good coffee machine and selection of cakes, breads, yoghurts. The cleaning service was good every day and the cleaners were friendly but the reception staff seemed mostly disinterested with no attempt at a smile or hello when entering the hotel. When we first checked in, they showed us into the wrong room which already had someone's luggage in it, so we were asked to wait ten minutes in reception before being checked in to the room next door. On checking out, I asked the evening before if there was anything we'd need to do as we were going to be leaving very early in the morning. I was brushed aside as the person on reception was busy on the phone, saying check out wasn't until 8am despite me saying that was too late. So we intended to just put the key on the desk, but in the morning were told by the night staff that we had to pay a city tax. This was 10 minutes of faff we could have settled the evening before and meant we had to rush in the morning.
The room itself was fine with a jet tub, though somewhat aged. As other reviewers have said, the whole place needs a bit of doing up. We could mostly live with this but when we asked how to work the air conditioning were told it didn't work once it hit October. It was too hot to sleep with no air con and no fan in the room so we had a lot of mosquito bites!! Not pleasant. Suspect this wasn't helped by little pools of standing water around the pool area (fountains that don't work etc). The pool area in general needs some work. They had started to dismantle the decking on the sea platform and also the shades in the pool area while we were there so perhaps these will be improved by the start of next season but not very nice for us that we couldn't use them and a bit unsightly to have people doing work around you and exposed metal frames everywhere while relaxing in the sun.
Also sound proofing in rooms is an issue - for some reason the adjoining room next to ours had a piano in it so we were subjected to kids banging on that!
Overall we liked the hotel. Our room was clean, tidy, there was no damage or wear and tear as reported by other people and we had clean bedding every day.
The food is okay too and the wait staff were lovely. The peaches at breakfast were stunning and you do get a decent four course meal in the evening. Be warned that if you're half board, the price does not include any of your drinks at dinner.
Reception staff were a bit chilly; they just stared at us on our arrival and made no attempt to greet. The night reception staff member was lovely though and he speaks a little English.
The bathing platform needs some work because it's a little tired but to be honest you're swimming in the Med with views of the castle so it seems churlish to grumble too much about this.
It’s very difficult to review this hotel as the location is absolutely beautiful and when relaxing by the sea on the decking it’s absolutely perfect, however... the bedrooms in the hotel and the food is pretty poor. My bedroom had no shower, draws broken, mirrors smashed and wires all over the place, which for over £100 per night is quite a concern! I read another persons trip advisor review which said it’s like “Faulty Towers” they weren’t wrong.
The hotel COULD be absolutely beautiful if it had a bit of money spent on it.