Ischia - 16 September 2016 - Edgar Filatov
Ischia is a welcoming Mediterranean island in the north of the bay of Naples. Geography has blessed it with a wonderful mild climate that makes it possible to visit the crystalline waters and uncontaminated landscape all year long.
The thermal waters of Ischia have been appreciated since ancient times. For the ancient Greeks thermal waters were a little bit like what yoga represents for us today, not only doing good to our bodies but also something to refresh the mind and spirit. The Romans recommended the benefits of thermal waters for relaxation as well as for health benefits. Archaeological finds provide evidence of popularity of these thermal springs. Votive tablets have been discovered at Barano d’Ischia on the sites of the temple dedicated to Apollo and the custodian of the springs, the water nymphs, the Nitrodi.
The temperatures of Ischia’s mineral springs are between 18 and 90°, gushing from underground potassium – rich volcanic rocks. However, it is not the waters alone which restore the body and relieve stress, there are many other thermal cures on offer, including mud therapy.
This mud is a special mixture of clay, algae and thermal mineral water. It has a temperature of 45/50° and is spread over the body and then covered with a cloth to keep the heat in. This is usually followed by a hydro-massage – balneotherapy – at a temperature which is slightly lower than that of the mud. Following this, patients have a relaxation period of about 30 minutes where wrapped up well, in comfortable surroundings you can completely let yourself go.
Let us discover some of the most beautiful thermal resorts that Ischia has to offer.
L’Albergo della Regina Isabella is a historic hotel located in Lacco Ameno, the smallest town on the island. It began life in the 1950s to expand the Terme della Regina Isabella. A privileged destination for Hollywood stars, it stands out for its luxurious architecture, the refined atmosphere and the warm welcome offered to all guests.
Mezzatorre Resort and Spa is situated on the cliffs overlooking the sea, with a fairy-tale view. This resort welcomes guests in a unique, enchanting location. The thermal centre is located in 16th century tower, its waters flowing from a private spring situated near the sea at a temperature of 45°.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Terme is a noble residence immersed amidst the rigorous Mediterranean landscape. It offers a wide range of thermal treatments in a wonderful atmosphere where the pleasure of relaxation can be combined with the benefits of the cure.