The scene for this summer’s vacation was, again, thankfully Ischia. It’s an island I am getting to know (and love) more and more each year. I was educated about Ischia by Tom Kalenderian from Barneys, a man who will always be light years ahead of me when it comes to matters of good taste. My fiancÃ© and I visited in June, a month in which the island ticks along with very nice weather and about half as many people as you would likely find in August. The combination of those enjoyment related two details all but guarantees me a return visit next year.
In my mind, there’s no better place to be really, and a lot of the charm has to do with the simple way of the island. When you visit don’t expect to see rows of luxury shops, because there aren’t any. There isn’t much to do there really, which is actually very nice. If you are get tired of sitting by the pool or swimming in the sea, hire a boat to take you around the island to have lunch in one of the hidden coves that only the locals know about. Or start in on the wine and get to bed early. There’s no fear of missing out – nothing is happening anywhere else, and even if it were, who cares.
We stayed (again) at the Mezzatorre Hotel near the town of Lacco Ameno. It’s an amazing place and a terrific hotel. When we decided to go back, there was not even a moment of consideration for hotels – we knew we wanted to be back at Mezzatorre. When I go back next summer, that’s where you will find me. The pool at the hotel can make a day feel like 10 minutes, it flies right by. The food and staff are all excellent. The worst part about being there is knowing you are going to have to leave one day. At least you know that, thankfully, Ischia doesn’t change much. Oh, and there’s always next summer.