Just eighteen (sea) miles from the bustling port of Naples, and a ferry ride from glamorous Capri, Ischia offers a welcoming relaxed pace and has historically served as a health retreat. Proudly surveying the seaside vistas from a rocky headland is the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa. The main building rests on the ruins of a 16th-century watchtower, and its guest rooms and beautiful public spaces are tucked into seventeen acres of pine wood forest. The resort makes the most of its stunning natural setting, both above and underground. The island’s thermal hot springs, with healing properties, flow into three water therapy pools, while volcanic mud is used in spa treatments. Outdoor enthusiasts are also drawn to Ischia’s hiking paths, many of which snake around the coastline with sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.