The Best Hotels In Ischia

Discover where to sleep and sunbath on Italy’s hottest island.

The island of Ischia is at the top of everyone’s travel list these days, and for good reason. Renowned for its thermal waters, sandy beaches and verdant gardens, this idyllic island is a paradise for sun-seekers and culture hunters. The island even boasts vineyards where you can visit to taste local volcanic wine! In addition to its chic beach clubs and relaxing spas, Ischia has dozens of luxury hotels and boutique B&Bs. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or a week, here are our favorite hotels on the island of Ischia.

Albergo Il Monastero

Set upon its own rocky islet, the medieval Castello Aragonese is one of Ischia’s landmarks. With a birds-eye view of the island, the castle’s prominent position ensured its safety over the centuries. In fact, thousands of families lived within its fortified walls, which still house ruins of a cathedral, quaint little streets, panoramic terraces and a dozen churches. Visitors can take an elevator up to explore the castle, which is open 365-days a year and hosts events including the Ischia Film Festival. But few people realize they can even sleep within the castle.

Tucked within a 16th century monastery, Albergo Il Monastero is a unique heritage property on the island of Ischia. The rooms are simple, but this is a great place to linger over a sunset aperitivo and enjoy a scenic meal high above the sea. It’s worth splurging for Suite 8, the most spacious room in the hotel which features large windows and its own private terrace.

The hotel’s rooftop terrace and restaurant are also open to external guests.

Excelsior Belvedere Hotel

Located right near Ischia Porto and the castle, the Excelsior Belvedere Hotel is a sumptuous, grand dame hotel set within a former mansion. The suites feature exuberant patterned floor tiles and regal king-sized beds to stretch out in. Helmed by Libera Iovine, Ischia’s first chef to be awarded a Michelin star, the poolside Belvedere restaurant offers thoughtfully-curated tasting menus. Choose from an array of fresh seafood dishes, a rabbit tasting menu celebrates the island’s famous coniglio or a plant-based option that exalts seasonal produce from the hotel’s vegetable garden.

We love Excelsior Belvedere’s private beach with pearly sand, crystal-clear water and views of the Castello Aragonese. The hotels also has an array of swimming pools, with ambient evening lighting, bordered by fragrant flowers and ferns. We recommend ordering breakfast delivered straight to your room, and enjoying thermal spa treatments for an added dose of luxury.

Giardino Eden

For a luxe spot to top up your tan, Giardino Eden is a hip beach club offering views of the ancient bay of Aenaria and the Roman castle. This elegant, underrated spot is best known for its saffron yellow deck chairs and shady palm trees, but it’s also a hotel with quaint rooms where you can relax in between dips in the sea. Go for the day or book an overnight stay at this Capri-style beach club.

Near their swimming pools, Eden’s outdoor restaurant is arguably one of the most Instagrammable places in all of Italy. The property can also arrange private candlelit dinner on Eden’s Rock — perfect for a proposal or anniversary night!

Mezzatorre Hotel

A glamorous hotel with a theatrical feel, Mezzatore is set within a 16th century watchtower overlooking the seas. With powder-ruby walls and thickly lined black windows, the hotel still has an air of when Italian movie director Luchino Visconti was owner and resident in the 1950s. Now the property is part of the Pellicano Hotel family and has been exquisitely restyled by Marie Louise Sciò, one of the leading tastemakers and hoteliers in Italy.

Suites with sharp white walls and bright ivory sheets are breezy and spacious, yet unashamedly authentic with bohemian fabric prints above beds or covering the cushions. For an even more secluded experience, a cottage is available to hire, nestled amongst ethereal woodland.

Mezzatorre is particularly charming in the spring and autumn when ochre sunlight dapples through their many trees and restful days can be had in their dreamy thermal spa.

Botania Relais & Spa

Right around the corner from Mezzatorre, Botania may not have seaside views but it’s a chic, secluded oasis in Ischia — one that we love for a romantic hideaway. An artisanal marvel, this upscale boho-chic hotel feels like a union of Puglia and Bali. Surrounded by ancient olive trees and added ferns, guests can feel connected with the natural world from the moment they arrive. Well-known for their vegetarian restaurant, Il Mirto, fresh vegetables are their focus: cooked with Mediterranean flair and heart. They also have Il Corbezzo restaurant which has an impressive spread of tantalizing pastries in the mornings. For an evening aperitif, sip a chilled cocktail in their natural yet trendy grotto bar, La Grotta.

We recommend their bio-snorkeling experiences for visitors looking to see for themselves the impressive coral and vibrant fish lacing Ischia’s waters.

Umberto A Mare

Set on a promontory near the town of Forio, Umberto a Mare serves some of Ischia’s best seafood. What few people realize is that this popular gourmet restaurant doubles as a guesthouse with cozy bedrooms and beautiful views. This is a 3-star hotel that punches above its class. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the sea, and loungers are provided for sunbathing. A family-run hotel since 1936, Umberto a Mare is the sister property of Eden Ischia mentioned above.

San Montano

With five panoramic thermal pools, a saltwater swimming pool and numerous lounge areas, San Montano is one of Ischia’s leading spa hotels. Perched above the bay of San Montano, this world-class resort boasts 73 rooms and suites, alongside four restaurants, a beach club and sea views for miles. For the most space and privacy, opt for one of the villas, or book a suite with access to a private infinity pool to watch the sun set before you each evening.

Stroll through San Montano’s grounds to admire Ischia’s verdant coastline, or hop on a helicopter excursion for a bird’s eye view of the island. Indulge in massages and beauty treatments at the Ocean Blue Spa and decompress in the balmy steam of the sauna — nestled in the rock of an ancient cave. The relaxing Lemontano Massage takes place outdoors in the hotel’s citrus grove.

Regina Isabella Resort

Located on the northwestern corner of Ischia, Regina Isabella Resort overlooks the pretty harbor of Lacco Ameno. The hotel has an impressive wellness center which includes four swimming pools, two tennis courts and a state-of-the-art gym. Hotel rooms are decorated in a mid-century style with tiled floors, period furniture and modern accents.

You can’t miss booking a table at Indaco Restaurant, a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking a quiet cove. Indaco’s head chef Pasquale Palamaro has designed an unforgettable menu for guests. It presents imaginative, flavorful dishes served in a fanciful way. Seaweed dumplings served with black garlic and sour peaches are a swirling combination telling a historical story about the ingredients from the area. Keep an eye out for their guest chefs who come for pop-up events throughout the year.

Casa Celestino

Just a 2-minute walk from the charming borgo of Sant’Angelo, Casa Celestino is a bright hotel with views for days. Enjoy sunbathing on your private terrace before strolling into town with a gelato in hand. Although the town is a little remote, you can easily catch a boat from Sant’Angelo to a sandy beach at Spiaggia dei Maronti. Or hop over to the secret, rocky cove of Club Scannella, an Instagram favorite.

Villa Ravino Eco-Hotel

Searching for a truly unique stay? Villa Ravino has the biggest succulent garden in Europe, and also offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight in this verdant oasis. Established in the 1960s by Peppino D’Ambra, the property exudes Bali vibes from every leafy corner — and is a perfect place to explore with children. We suggest after strolling through their park, stopping at their bar for an infamous ‘Cactus Cocktail’ and their Ravino Ecolodge even welcomes visitors in the cooler Winter, as well as remote workers in need of wifi and desk space – all year round.

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