Ischia is a unique volcanic island with many different thermal springs along with a newly burgeoning boutique wine industry producing excellent wines from grapes grown in the island volcanic soil. There are many local highlights tucked away on this island that should be added to every crewed yacht charter itinerary.
Beautiful Negombo Spa Garden Pool with View , Ischia
Deep underneath Ischia, the volcano is still active, and is sending to the island’s surface hot thermal waters via springs and geysers each of which is laden with a different collection of various minerals. A mineral laden volcanic mud is also found on Ischia, and used in spa treatments. Considerable scientific research has been done in Ischia over the years to isolate the mineral qualities of each thermal spring and the different volcanic muds for the possible health benefits that the various waters and muds might provide.
Don’t miss the historic Regina Isabella Hotel and extensive Thermal Spa. Once the hideaway for famous movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, La Terme della Regina Isabella continues to offer high level medicinal and relaxation spa services for an afternoon of rejuvenation. And of course, there are pools of thermal waters for bathing, and baths of volcanic mud filled with minerals in which to soak. Your Captain can provide you a list of spa treatments available in advance and help make spa appointments.
Negomba Spa, Ischia
Unique to Ischia are “Spa Gardens”, where thermal pools of various temperatures and mineral content are spread throughout a park like setting. Nogombo Spa Garden has sculpture gardens interspersed among mini thermal pools and springs, with all on the property designed to cascade down a hillside, providing beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. At the bottom of the hillside, is the park beach for a refreshing salt water dip in the Mediterranean Sea after experiencing the various thermal pools. Portions of the park can be reserved for your group only, for an afternoon of private bathing and relaxation in the various thermal pools. Relax beside a steaming thermal pool and enjoy fresh shucked oysters and champagne, while enjoying a view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Towards cocktail time, head to a local boutique winery. Ischia is steadily gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of the wines being produced. At the vineyard of Vigne di Chignole, have a tour of the ancient winery operation, still in use after many centuries, and sample the wines with a selection of tidbits, designed to accompany each vintage. With a call in advance from your Captain, dinner reservations can be made to enjoy local fresh foods, paired with the boutique wines on the winery piazza under the stars.
Don’t miss exploring the Castello Argonese. Once a separate rock from the island, over many centuries, the rock causeway was built to permanently connect the rock with the island of Ischia. Inhabited for many millennium, Castello Argonese flourished from the 1500’s to the 1800’s, when over 2000 families lived inside the castle walls for protection against pirate. Today remaining interior buildings within the castle walls include a convent, monastery, and numerous churches. There are also several interesting museums. Today entrance is via a tunnel and after a small entrance fee is paid, the castle can be explored in around 2 hours.
View from Castel Argonese
Ischia offers so much to see and do, so spend time here and indulge in a mineral water Spa treatment and taste the local Ischia wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil, after touring the historic countryside on this island, and exploring the Castello Aragonese.