Mezzatorre Resort & Spa
Once a lookout tower to guard against the marauding Saracens, Mezzatorre’s 16th-century, red-painted fortress opened in 1989 as a 20-room hotel on the volcanic Italian island of Ischia, famous for its hot springs. Over the years, 37 rooms and suites were added in a cluster of modern buildings, scattered throughout the surrounding 17-acre Mediterranean park. Interiors are fresh and uncluttered, combining crisp color schemes (blue, red, lilac, and white) with antiques and pampering details such as Etro products and bathrobes by Frette. Rooms in the fortress lack terraces and are slightly smaller, but make up for the intimate scale with original details such as hand-painted ceramic tiles and crown molding. Park rooms (many with terraces) are larger and more secluded. Throughout the property, all but four rooms have sea views. On an island known for wellness activities, the extensive spa and treatment pools—all of which use natural thermal water—are the main draw.