Things to do
Aside from gazing at the mesmerising sea views, either from the jacuzzi on your private terrace or the shaded gardens, your time at Botania is relaxation personified, encircled by the pretty surroundings of the hotel. Its access to the island itself though is a highlight: explore the authenticity of Ischia around cobbled streets of little villages, in the lush, tropical garden of La Mortella or relaxing at a beach club, Aperol Spritz in hand. You could also hire a private yacht and cruise around Ischia’s pretty bays and caves or sail over to Positano for lunch at a low-key restaurant such as Da Adolfo, accessible only by boat.
Botania has a variety of rooms, but we’d recommend opting for one for the suites. Decorated in a classic but chic Italian style, expect gleaming handcrafted ceramic flooring, a white-on-white colour scheme, heavy draped curtains with matching sofas and Italian marble bathrooms. The suites feel very private and have outdoor space – each has their own garden terrace, dotted with oversized pot plants and seating. Some also have Jacuzzis for that added touch of luxury.
Food & Drink
The fertile, volcanic soils of Ischia produce some exceptionally tasty produces which you’ll sample, crafted into delicious, beautifully presented dishes. Botania also has its own organic garden which features heavily on the menu alongside freshly caught seafood, fish and homemade pasta. Botania is also home to vegetarian restaurant Il Mirto – a rarity in the Amalfi, and it was recently awarded a green Michelin star. Don’t miss the chance to taste Ischian wines too; the millennia-age vines pack a punch.
“Staying at Botania was a such a treat but it also allowed me to explore Ischia, which is a real hidden gem, so unlike its glitzier neighbours on the Amalfi. My tip is to talk to the concierge at Botania – they know so much about the island and love sharing tips on where to shop and which little-known villages, beaches and gardens to visit. The vegetarian tasting menu I had at the hotel’s restaurant Il Mirto was a revelation – I had no idea that vegetables could taste so amazing!”
If you’re fond of a friendly yet utterly charming small hotel set in exceptionally pretty surroundings, then Botania will be the perfect place for your next Italian jaunt. Although children are welcome, we think this peaceful retreat is best for adults. Why not stay at Ischia after visiting cosmopolitan Naples and the archaeological site of Pompeii? To make it extra special, allow us to arrange a private yacht from Naples to the island to make your journey seamless and utterly unforgettable.