Terme Manzi Hotel & SPA *****
The history of Terme Manzi dates back to over a century and half ago when, in 1863, Luigi Manzi decided to build a thermae spa that showed off the extraordinary properties of thermal water that flows out of the source at Gurgitello on Ischia. One of the first testers of the spa was Giuseppe Garibaldi who wanted to heal his wounds obtained during the battle of Aspromonte in August 1862. The Hero of the Two Worlds was the first of a series of VIPs who visited Terme Manzi Hotel, especially after 1960 when the property was bought by the editor Angelo Rizzoli, one of the main ‘sponsors’ of the island of Ischia. Another chapter in its history dates back to 2000 when the Polito family bought the hotel and renovated it, entrusting the styling to the famous architect Cesare Longo who wanted to create a design that represented all the populations that have inhabited the island during the last centuries. A true temple of well-being, thanks to the spa that expands over 1600m², Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa is suitable for meetings and congresses and can host up to 120 guests, and its catering options are of the highest level – there is a restaurant, a pizzeria and a snack bar on the roof garden.
In the 1600m² of the Privilege Spa Ischia in the Terme Manzi Hotel guests can make use of the indoor thermal pool, which is heated to 35°C-37°C, a Turkish bath, sauna, tepidarium, multi-sensory showers, a relaxation room and well-equipped gym. One of the hotel’s ‘gems’ is the Wellness Suite which has a marble tub and private Turkish bath. The spa also has a centre where medical and holistic check-ups are carried out by highly specialised medical personnel, but the true strong point at Privilege Spa Ischia is the use of the thermal water that flows out of the source in Gurgitello at close to 100°C, with a strong saline composition made up of bicarbonate, alkaline sulphate, sodium and calcium phosphate, which, respectively, carry out anti-acid, anti-inflammatory and re-mineralising actions. The water here is also used in the hotel’s pools, one of which is outdoors and boasts a beautiful view of Mount Epomeo, whilst the other is indoors and is enriched with vapours from the hammam and other charming decorations. There is a wide range of face and body treatments available here and they all make use of products based on the local thermal water from Gurgitello.
The 58 rooms at Terme Manzi Hotel are split into Deluxe, Superior, Prestige, Junior Suite and Suite categories. Decorated in a classic, Mediterranean style, the Superior rooms have views of the hotel’s garden, as do some of the Deluxe rooms which are decorated in warm colonial tones. A fresh and Mediterranean style characterises the deco of the large Prestige rooms, whilst the Junior Suites boast an entrance hall, two bathrooms, a living room and a night zone, and they face out over the patio. The Garibaldi Suite, which is the most prestigious area in the hotel, has two balconies and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath tub, it is furnished with empire style furniture, the ceiling is covered in gold leaf and the walls are covered in prestigious silk. Furthermore, this 80m² apartment features unique antique pieces.
Restaurant Gourmet Il Mosaico (open only for dinner) offers eight tables set on the patio and one table bordering the pool, inside or outside. Therefore, with it's limited capacity, it guarantees maximum culinary expression through uniquely created and refined dishes, prepared with pre-selected products and original interpretations of local recipes from the immediate area and beyond. There are 650, national and international wine brands in the wine-cellar. A more informal set-up can be found at another restaurant in the hotel, as well as a pizzeria, where Ischian and Campana dishes- also only served at dinner- either inside or on the "Gli Ulivi" terrace, which is actually set among the olive trees and provides live music and an ample choice of pizzas and Artisan beers. The Snack Bouganville is situated on the Roof Garden with a panoramic view of Mount Epomeo. With two bars; one in the hall with a large selection of coffees, teas and infusions with a small bakery, cakes made in-loco, and the other, Bar Il Mosaico, a more exclusive and refined setting in which cocktails and spirits can be enjoyed accompanied by live music.
Some of the hotel’s services and facilities:
Ischia is not just about spas though, as it also offers seaside, archaeological and general cultural tourism. The archaeological and historic repertory is very rich (interesting finds are preserved and can be admired in the Archaeological Museum of Villa Arbusto in Lacco Ameno), but the island’s main attraction is the Aragonese Castle, which lies in the centre of a fortified citadel on an island opposite the town of Ischia Porto, which it is connected to via a bridge. This castle was used for many years as a refuge for the population when they underwent frequent attacks from corsairs.
Ischia, which is the biggest island in the Gulf of Naples, is part of the Phlegraean island group, together with Procida and Vivara, and it is connected to the capital city of the Campania region via an efficient ferry service, as well as to other places, particularly in the summer months, like Capri and Procida.
If there is enough time, a trip to the Amalfi Coast is definitely worthwhile. The coastline is approximately 50km long, running from Vietri to Positano, passing through towns like Cetara, Ravello and Amalfi, and it is, by and large, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Not far from Naples is Vesuvius National and here you can climb up to the summit of the volcano and admire a landscape consisting of the Gulf of Gaeta, the Sorrentine peninsula and Capri, as well as the immense crater. The archaeological sites Paestum and Pompei are also easy to reach from the capital city of Campania.
Wireless internet access
SPA pool in the hotel
SPA in the hotel
Indoor swimming pool
Beach with sunbeds and umbrellas
Pay and display parking