Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa

Visit the Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa in Ischia with a salt water pool, private cove, and ancient watchtower where you can watch the sunset and beautiful boats sail by. Ischia, Italy - Photo by Sarah Stanfield and The Taste SF

 

 

If you haven’t visited Ischia yet, it should be at the top of your list for Italian summer vacation plans. The Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa in Ischia is the most important hotel re-opening in Italy this season. We spent a few days lounging seaside at this spectacular luxury Ischia hotel.

The Il Pelicano group, known for their unique style and unpretentious elegance, recently acquired the Mezzatore. They had just four months to turn the formerly tired property into a lavish seaside resort. Marie-Louise Scio hand-selected everything from the custom local ceramics to the Murano glass drinkware and gorgeous wallpaper. She also gave the thermal spa a complete overhaul in time for the hotel’s reopening, with chic green tile and luxurious loungers. The renovation is not complete. There are plans to continue improvements over the next few years, but you should not wait to visit this special place perched on a cliff on the corner of Ischia. The property also sits on seven hectors of lush gardens. You can choose to stay in the 15th-century coral watchtower or one of the park cottages.

 

 

Beautiful bougainvilleas at the best hotel in Ischia the Mezzatorre Thermal Spa, Photo by The Taste SF and Sarah Stanfield
The Mezzatorre Hotel and Spa Ischia in the Amalfi Coast has a beautiful private cove you can swim in as well as a salt water pool Photo by The Taste SF and Sarah Stanfield

 

The hotel still welcomes the European families who have been coming to the property for years, but it’s now attracting celebrities, fashion tastemakers, and journalists.

We visited during the European heatwave and spent most of our time cooling off from the hot sun and extreme humidity in the hotel’s gorgeous seawater pool. You can also lounge under the tulip umbrellas on a deck just above the sea. The property surrounds a private cove where you can swim in the Mediterranean or charter a boat to whisk you away to Amalfi Coast destinations like Positano, Napoli, or Capri.

 

Thinking of a vacation to the Amalfi Coast? You'll want to swim in the salt water pool or lounge under the tulip umbrellas at the Mezzatorre hotel in Ischia, Photo by The Taste SF and Sarah Stanfield
A few of the Mezzatorre hotel who offers private outdoor massages overlooking the Sea in the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Photo by The Taste SF and Sarah Stanfield

The Mezzatorre hotel in Ischia welcomes The Taste SF - Sarah Stanfield with fresh fruit to our garden room with a private porch.
The Taste SF - Sarah Stanfield shows you inside the elegant luxury ischia hotel the Mezzatorre with a lavish flower arragement

The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield enjoys cocktails at aperitivo time at the torre bar before dinner at sunset. Sip on a Negroni, gin martini, or try a custom cocktail.
Overlooking the Mezzatorre's La Baia restaurant, private cove, and pool in Ischia by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield
Sunset at the Mezzatorre Hotel and Spa in the Amalfi Coast. This is Ischia's best hotel that's been renovated by Il Pellicano group. Photo by The Taste SF and Sarah Stanfield

The Mezzatorre hotel in Ischia is set on six acers of garden with flowering plants everywhere. Photo by The Taste SF
Visit the Mezzatorre recently renovated and the best hotel in Ischia, Italy - Photo by The Taste SF

Swim in the salty sea, paddle board, or dry off in the sun at the Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia, Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

 

La Baia

Around 1pm each day, everyone at the pool begins to wander over to La Baia, the hotel’s poolside restaurant, for lunch. It’s a casual open-air restaurant serving melon and prosciutto, a variety of pasta, and roasted lobster. It’s also open for dinner with a different menu that includes a typical Scarpeiello style pasta and sea urchin specials. We asked if Chef Giuseppe D’Abundo would share the recipe with us. Fortunately, he agreed and you can now make the cheesy and cherry tomato pasta recipe.

 

 

Lounge in the sun and dry off from the sea under a tulip umbrella by the pool at the Mezzatorre hotel in Ischia, Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield
Try the tomato salad at La Baia restaurant at the Mezzatorre hotel in Ischia, Italy, Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield orders refreshing melon and prosciutto at lunch time by the pool at Mezzatorre's La Baia restaurant
Lounge by the seawater pool in Ischia at Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa, Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

Skip Capri, and try the fresh pasta dishes at the Mezzatorre hotel in the Amalfi Coast's Ischia, Italy, The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

 

 

La Torre

For fine dining, you’ll want to make a reservation at La Torre. The hotel’s main restaurant offers a tasting menu, but you can also choose from various a la carte options. Our favorite dishes included the red snapper crudo served in an upside-down wine glass filled with smoke and the octopus ragu. We loved both dishes so much we had them two nights in a row. We’ll be sharing the recipe for the ragu soon! Try the lemon and eucalyptus sorbet for dessert. It was recommended to us by Shay Mitchell, and her recommendation was spot on.

 

 

The Mezzatorre Hotel's fine dining restaurant, La Torre with custom whimsical designs like the ceramic elephant, by Maria-Louis Scio, Photo by The Taste SF, Stanfield

Find a tulip umbrella at the Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia to sit under day or night. Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield
The Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia's La Torre restaurant serving delicate fried zucchini blossoms as an appetizer. Ischia, Italy - Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

The Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia's La Torre restaurant serving red snapper crudo on a custom Villeroy & Boch chilipeper dish and zafferano glasses. Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

Dinner at the Mezzatorre Hotel's La Torre overlooks the seawater pool and the sea at sunset each evening in Ischia. Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield
The Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia's La Torre restaurant serving traditional Neapolitan ragu pasta. Ischia, Italy - Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

 

Marie-Louise collaborated with companies like Villeroy & Boch to create the custom Mezzatore china patterns. Yes, those are chili peppers that surround the edge, a good luck symbol for many Italians. We loved the aesthetic that she created so much that we ordered the beautiful aquamarine Zafferono water glasses for our own house. You can order them for yourself here.

Thank you to the Mezzatorre for graciously hosting us.

 Relax and play at Ischia's newly renovated luxury hotel the Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa. Take a boat or even paddle board with your dog! Ischia, Italy, Photo by The Taste SF, Sarah Stanfield

 

 

Bucatini allo scarpariello pasta recipe from the Mezzatorre in Ischia Italy, Photo by The Taste SF - Sarah Stanfield