Miramare Sea Resort & Spa
One of Italy’s best-kept secrets, the former fishing village of Sant’Angelo can be found on the volcanic island of Ischia, squaring up to the island of Capri across the Gulf of Naples in all its colourful glory. Set on the southern slopes, this tiny village brings charm by the bucketload – a cluster of white-washed houses with brightly painted doors tumbling down to the bay below, where beaches are dotted along the coastline.
On the very edge of the water, Miramare Sea Resort & Spa is in one of the most picturesque locations here, with incredible sea views at every turn – from the boutique-style rooms and suites, the bay-view bar terrace, and the indoor-outdoor restaurant. Behind its colourful façade, interiors are minimalist-chic with Mediterranean flair – think white-washed walls, patterned tiled floors and a handful of potted plants. Taking advantage of its volcanic setting, Thermal Park Aphrodite Apollon is home to eight thermal pools and a natural sauna set in a grotto, while the treatment menu incorporates mineral-rich ingredients into its massages, facials and body therapies – be sure to try the mud therapy to really feel the skin-softening effects.
Spend your days people-watching in traditional town squares, espresso in hand, before returning to take a dip off The Rock, an elevated stone-hewn platform topped with deckchairs – the direct sea access and views over Capri from this secluded spot are worth the stairs. There’s a private beach with sunbeds, deckchairs and umbrellas, too. All of the rooms overlook the bay of Maronti, but Superior Rooms come with custom-designed furniture and more generous proportions. The even larger Deluxe Rooms are finished with classic tiled floors, while Junior Suites open onto an outdoor relaxation area.