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A relaxing escape to Sorrento, the picture-postcard gateway to the Amalfi coast, before an Ischia spa hotel stay – includes all travel, optional airport lounge access and half board
The Gulf of Naples has beguiled many a poet and author over the years, not least the small clifftop town of Sorrento. The likes of Byron, Dickens and Tolstoy have all waxed lyrical about this romantic, picture-postcard destination, and it’s not difficult to see why – fragrant lemon trees line its passeggiatas, the sea glistens in the secluded bay below, Mount Vesuvius looms in the distance and the charming and glamorous Amalfi coast lies to the south.
Your stay in this romantic haven will be at theTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning Hotel Alpha. A restored 19th-century villa situated in the suburb of Sant'Agnello – a charming town within easy reach of Sorrento – the hotel is enveloped in verdant gardens and is only 500 or so metres from the beach. It offers classically styled guestrooms, a pool with solarium and an award-winning restaurant. They take their food so seriously here there’s even a cookery school, where Nonna Gianna is on hand to help you recreate amazing Med-infused dishes.
Next, you’ll transfer to the Tyrrhenian island of Ischia, lesser-known than its more famous neighbour Capri but offering the same lush treats – long stretches of golden sand, thick forests, stunning gardens and legendary mineral-rich thermal springs that are famed for their healing properties.
Set just on a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Naples, you’re assured wide-reaching views at the charming Continental Mare. Housed in whitewashed villas with traditional wrought-iron balconies and arched doorways, each of the rooms offer a real calming sanctuary. Expect simple, classic decor, tiled flooring, just the right amount of Italianate design flourishes and enough creature comforts to satisfy.
For eats and treats, the elegant restaurant showcases Italian and international fare, while there are two fabulous thermal pools with temperatures averaging between 28 and 30ºC, an onsite spa and gym, and a shuttle service to the sister property, Continental Terme, for mud-based rituals. You'll be superbly situated less than a mile from the renowned shopping streets of Via Roma and Corso Vittoria, not to mention less than two miles from the interesting old town of Ishia Ponte. The hotel scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Good to know
This holiday comes with airport lounge access at selected airports to make the most of pre-flight perks, from fast-track security, a bar service and complimentary hot and cold food to charging points, newspapers, Wi-Fi access and more.
Ticking off two Italian coastal treasures in one trip
Exploring charming Sorrento on foot, with so much to discover within walking distance
Staying in a clifftop hotel on the island of Ischia, with wonderful views of the Bay of Naples
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