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Trip to Ischia by Edward Tucker

I had one of the best meals of my life during our trip to Ischia. Ischia is the largest island in southern Italy and requires a ferry to get there. We left the Vesuvian Institute very early, around 7:30am in order to catch our ferry from Naples. Once we arrived in Ischia, the hotel was just a short walk from the port. The island of Ischia is famous for its natural hot springs and the Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa is a five-star property that takes advantage of this natural resource. It is a beautiful property that includes antiquities, thermal pools, turkish baths, a huge and high tech spa, as well as a 2 Michelin star restaurant, II Mosaico.

The Hotel only caters to adults, but does offer a babysitting service upon request. The property focuses on rest and relaxation which was easy to tell because every guest we saw was comfortably wrapped in a plush robe and slippers. We were given a comprehensive tour of the property which included 3 rooms, the spa, the thermal pools, the galley, and a special presentation from the on-site executive chef.

The spa was huge and takes up an entire floor. It is equipped with amazing devices that looked more like something you would see in a hospital. I could tell that the Hotel spares no expense when it comes to providing the very best technology to its guest. I realized just how important the details are when it comes to building a positive relationship with guest.

The tour concluded with an amazing 5 course meal at II Mosaic. Everything from the Mozzarella and cherry tomatoes to the dessert tree was simply delectable. Each item tasted better than the last. After lunch we changed into our bathing suits and relaxed on the beach for the rest of the afternoon. Such fun!