Terme Manzi Resort and Spa, Ischia

A quick review of a three night stay with my mother at the  Terme Manzi Hotel and Spa on Ischia.  I found a great package at Luxury Link and at the time they were offering an additional 30% off their regular auction price. The package was a steal and included 150 Euro in spa treatments, breakfasts, a tour of the island and a fabulous dinner. We took advantage of everything and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

What sets this hotel apart is service. The staff were uniformly helpful, concerned, accommodating and pleasant. This is worth a lot particularly when traveling with older relatives and was greatly appreciated. Our deluxe room was spacious, light and attractive with a lovely balcony facing the street. The food was superb; innovative, beautifully decorative and elegant. When I went down to the bar one evening on my own they served a feast of small hors d'oeurves with their compliments, if only I had taken a picture! However I did take a picture of the welcome we found in our room. How could we resist a hotel that treated us like this?  Fantastic!

This is an old fashioned thermal spa hotel, somewhere to relax and partake in the "waters". In the tradition of Harrogate in the UK or Baden Baden in Germany this is a place that believes in the curative powers of their mineral spring. Whether you believe or not the spa will relax and enliven you. They have a beautiful facility and I had an excellent massage. As you enter the spa there's a wonderful old soaking tub on display and we were proudly informed that Garibaldi had come to Terme Manzi to take the waters after a decisive battle! Hard to imagine the British extolling that Churchill had visited to take a bath, but charming nonetheless, this may be the Italian equivalent of Henry VIII slept here!

Their spa facilities are extensive with an enormous indoor mineral pool decorated with spectacular mosaics. This is  in addition to various relaxation areas and cold baths. The only thing I missed was a schedule of yoga or pilates classes though I believe private sessions can be organized for a fee.

With the exception of the restaurant terrace there is very little outdoor space at the hotel and no garden to sit in. The lovely pool (which is also fed by the mineral spring) is on the roof and though it is small there are surrounding roof decks with loungers. However, I would have to say there was a noticeably absence of umbrellas in these additional areas.

View from the rooftop pool deck, Terme Manzi Hotel Ischia.

While Terme Manzi is not on the coast, or in one of the busier town centers, this didn't bother us. The hotel offers a small shuttle bus for free transfers and we found it very easy to coordinate a pick up at the harbor and any drop off we needed to the main towns nearby. On one evening we took a taxi to a hillside restaurant and I can say it was one of the most expensive taxi rides I have taken  - this was  one of the things I had been warned about on Ischia. Luckily for more common destinations around the island the local bus looked great but we were taking thing easy and didn't investigate.
Our balcony, the lovely tiled floor went through the room too.
I can highly recommend Terme Manzi, though some of the decor is rather over the top, in a very Italianate style,  this is a hotel with heart and a staff that will do whatever they can to ensure you enjoy your stay, thank you very much from my mother and myself, we greatly enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back.