Last week, on Wednesday, the class traveled to the island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, to tour another 5-star hotel and spa, called the Terme Manza Hotel and Spa. It was absolutely beautiful! The island of Ischia is an active volcano which has thermal springs all around it, so the spa is built on top of those thermal springs. This allows for the water to be naturally heated and used for not only typical spa treatments but also for medical treatments as well. We even got to meet the doctor on site who gives medical consultations to the spa’s clients. After touring the spa, we got to tour a couple of guest rooms with the Rooms Manager. They were huge, and absolutely stunning. Even the floor tiles were incredible, as each individual tile was hand-painted! It was an absolutely beautiful property.
After the tour, which also included getting to see the kitchens and meeting the Executive Chef, we got to eat lunch in one of the hotel’s 2-Michelin star restaurants! Jealous? The food was delicious - first course was the best caprese salad I have eaten in my life, second course was a seafood platter with delicious red pepper sauce, and third course was a dessert trio as well as a bite-sized dessert sampler platter for the table. Can you say YUM??
After lunch, the group headed down to the beach to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather for a couple hours. About ten of us went into the water, and it was freezing! I got out after about five minutes and relaxed on the beach, but it seemed like everyone had a lovely time. We then jumped back on the ferry to return to Naples, then got back on our bus back to Castellemmare. What a lovely day!