Find rejuvenation and relaxation in Ischia

by Ali Spring
   
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Perched on the cliffs overlooking Maronti Bay, Miramare Sea Resort and Spa has both a classic elegance and modern Mediterranean feel. On arrival we were struck by the beauty of the place – the panoramic bay views could be seen from every window. Inside the hotel the tiled floors sparkled and the wicker furniture, soft white furnishings and bright floral arrangements created a warm, inviting atmosphere. Everything was right on our doorstep, from the romantic terrace restaurant to the 12 thermal water swimming pools, beauty centre and spa.

Spread over four floors, the hotel is divided into two wings. We opted for a Classic Room which was tastefully decorated and had a large balcony – we enjoyed many hours there, chilled cocktail in hand, gazing out over the sparkling water and the island of Capri in the distance.

Later, the staff directed us to the Apollon restaurant, set in lush gardens. We spent the afternoon lingering over a light lunch and admiring the many pretty plants and flowers. Afterwards we took the path down to the private sandy beach and spent the rest of the day lazing under a sunshade and cooling off in the shimmering sea.

I chose a Total Body Massage and for a blissful hour I was soothed and pampered. The spa offers a range of treatments and the therapists will even design a programme especially for you. I also recommend the Hot Stone Massage. Afterwards I headed to Aphrodite Apollon, the wellness centre.

The centre is set among beautiful shrubs and flowers, with greenery sloping towards the sea. It offers 12 swimming pools, each set to a different temperature (from 20° to 42°). It was bliss to spend the whole day dipping in and out of the thermal temperatures. I’m not sure if it was the natural setting or the curative powers of the waters, but I soon felt rejuvenated from head to toe. Other features at the centre include a sauna situated in a natural cave, plus jacuzzis and an Olympic-sized pool.

Spa highlights
  • 12 thermal swimming pools
  • Sauna in a natural cave
  • Massages
  • Thermal Body Fango (natural mud application)

The hotel is located close to town, so one afternoon we dragged ourselves away from our sun loungers and took a leisurely stroll down to the port. Sant’Angelo d’Ischia has enchanted writers and poets for centuries; we certainly felt inspired by the beautiful surroundings as we drank coffee in the famous piazza. With no cars allowed, it was peaceful and romantic.

After coffee we ambled through the streets, browsed the luxurious boutiques and shops and watched the boats in the harbour depart for Capri. The waters looked inviting, but instead of heading to the public beach we decided to make use of the hotel’s private deck. Feeling liking A-list movie stars, we headed back to our room for a quick change, before heading to the Miramare bar to watch the sun set.

It was a glamorous way to end our day; sipping cocktails and listening to live music as the bay waters turned silvery under the moonlit sky.

To enjoy together
  • A cruise to Capri
  • Piazza Sant’Angelo
  • Candlit dinner at Terrace Miramare
Facilities
  • Terrazza Miramare offers Mediterranean cuisine; Apollon serves snacks
  • Free wi-fi
  • Olympic-sized pool, 12 smaller thermal pools, canoeing, snorkelling, bicycle
  • Spa

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