Staying at Il Monastero has to be one of the loveliest experiences I have ever had. I went with my husband on our honeymoon, and from being greeted to saying goodbye the staff made us feel so welcome and were extremely friendly and very polite. Nothing was too much trouble, and Giulio took so much time to tell us where things were on the island and how to use the local bus service (which we got used to in the end)! Thank you so much, Giulio, and all the staff, for making our stay so special and being so wonderful.
The location is absolutely breathtaking and so beautiful. I couldn't believe that we were actually staying in a castle!! I'd spent a long time looking at pictures of it all on their website, but when I actually got there it was even more overwhelming. The views are incredible, and being able to dine in the restaurant and have breakfast in the same part of the terrace every morning was amazing to say the least. The food was absolutely delicious. We had two meals in the restaurant - saving one as our 'final meal of our stay' dinner as it was such a special place. The chef is wonderful, and the dishes beautifully prepared. The breakfast was lovely as well - try the Breakfast Cake - it's amazing! The waiters are so helpful and polite, and very discreet - and were very encouraging and patient even when I was trying out my bad italian!
The castle is filled with so much history, it is an absolute joy to spend an afternoon - or a whole day - wandering around, and knowing that you're staying there makes it even more special. The room we stayed in had a french window leading out onto the terrace, and was very peaceful - we couldn't hear any noise from the restaurant at night. It was wonderful being able to walk out of our room onto the terrace in the morning for breakfast as it was very beautiful and very handy! Our room was spotlessly clean, had a very efficient air con unit and was tastefully presented - it would have felt wrong to have had any other style in such a historic place. It has been pointed out that the rooms aren't equipped with TVs, or any UK-style extras, however, when the location is as beautiful as it is and there being so much to do on the island I'm not sure why you'd really want to watch TV, and we really didn't miss anything at all. Ischia is nicknamed 'The Green Island', and with all of the boat trips and exploring we did, it was easy to see how it got this moniker.
It truly is an escape from everything. The hotel is so peaceful and calm, and the island itself is stunning. If you want to relax and get away from everything in a breathtakingly beautiful, unique hotel then I can't think of anywhere better.
ps - watch out for the cheeky seagull - he's curious, but loveable!
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