Angela Proffitt Brian Worley

Travel

27 Apr
2022

Activities In Ischia Italy

Headed to Italy? I’ll be heading back in the fall for another special event, and as we start planning I went back to my notes of the last time that I went to Italy last fall, and reminisced about the awesome experience we had.

There are a lot of activities to explore that you won’t want to miss out on in Ischia. Most likely, when you think of Italy, you think of images of picturesque villages nestled in the hillsides, vibrant colors and friendly people come to mind. However Ischia, a volcanic island located in the gulf of Naples, Italy— is much more than a beautiful postcard destination. This island is packed full of activities that will appeal to you if you are looking for an adventure for your special event, wedding, company retreat, family reunion, and etc. From wine and local cuisine tastings to exploring history, there is always something for everyone.

In this blog post, we will share with you one of the tips to make your trip unforgettable. When it comes to investing in the time that you have when you’re traveling, one of the best investments to consider is to hire a tour guide or a local travel agency that can help build the experience for you. It’s absolutely priceless!

All the activities you see in the video were executed by Foraday, an experiential tourism company. Their team is incredible and extremely knowledgeable in Archaeology, Geology, Biology, History, and Anthropology

Foraday’s knowledge will take you to the most exclusive places led by the most appropriate person for the kind of activity you’re wanting. The unique experiences that Foraday offers will have you living your vacation and or holiday as a local instead of a tourist.

Visit Foraday’s website here, to discover your next vacation activity.

04 Mar
2022

International Event Certification (IEC)

It has long been my passion to bring education to the wedding and events industries, specifically in the luxury space. It is my goal to build not only a wonderful event, but create an experience with memories that last. I have been so honored to be a part of a wonderful journey alongside Monica Balli, the global coordinator of the International Event Certification— and countless amazing wedding and event professionals aiming to bring a streamlined certification program to the luxury wedding and event space.

Over the past year, myself and our group of luxury wedding and event professionals— who I like to call my travel family, have been traveling the globe and sharing our mission to build a certification that can be used across the world and ensures a quality experience.

The Aim Of The International Event Certification

The aim of the certification is to create a proven professionality through international standards. Country Partners and Examiners with proven credibility and the highest professional standards from around the world.

The power and strength of our certification, in its essence, lies within its Country Partners and its Apprenticeship Partners. Together with AJA Europe, we’ve created the first certification with partners, valued and celebrated for both their professional and personal excellence. 

IEC aims at internationally acknowledging professionals’ quality, thus creating a community of networking, apprenticeships and growth. 24 countries are represented by 17 international professionals of undisputed fame, enrolled as Country Partner Examiners, plus another 100 leading international partners for post-exam apprenticeship programs.

IEC is available in the following versions:

For professionals

Wedding and Event Planner and Destination Wedding and Event Planner
Virtual and Hybrid Event Planner
Wedding and Events Designer
LGBT Weddings and Events Planner
Wedding and Events Producer

For venues

Specialized Wedding and Events Venue

For suppliers

Weddings and Events Vendor

Eligible suppliers: Catering and Banqueting, Audio/Visuals, Florist and Decor, Photographer, Videographer, Entertainment (DJ, performer, band, talent agency). To be stressed that IEC is not a course: it is a professional certification guaranteeing the skills’ compliance to the standards set by Aja Europe Group and its partners. The aim of IEC is not to sell courses but to verify whether or not the candidates know how to carry out an event in every detail of its design, planning and implementation.

IEC is certified by the AJA Europe Group, an organization based in numerous countries around the world, holding many accreditations and/or awards through related companies. It operates through a network of local offices managed and coordinated by the Group itself. The local offices are responsible for assessment and implementation of economic and financial relationships with client organizations.

AJA Europe is accredited by the main international Accreditation Bodies:

UKAS United Kingdom Accreditation Services – System Certification ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO22000, ISO 13485, ISO 45001 (ISO 17021)
EFfCI – European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients
EXCiPACT
SAC Singapore Accreditation Council – GDPMDS (Good distribution practice for medical devices) certification, ISO 9001, ISO 45001 (ISO 17021)
GNI – Global Network Initiative
ACCREDIA - several Products Certification Schemes (ISO 17024)
ACCREDIA - several Persons Certification Schemes (ISO 17065)
ACCREDIA - IFCC Certification (ISO 17021)
European Commission notification for Construction Products
Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation for Construction Products

List Of Country Partners

Malta, Australia - Sarah Young Events
Giordania - My Event Design
UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia - Vivaah Weddings
Kuwait, Qatar - Q8Planner
India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - FB Celebrations
Iceland - Pink Iceland
Pakistan - Catwalk Productions
Australia - Nadia Duran Events
USA, Lebanon - Elie Berchan Events
Italy - Monica Balli Events
Principality Of Monaco, France - Montecarlo Weddings
Germany, Austria, Switzerland - Mr. Froonck
Greece - EZ Greece DMC
Turkey - KM Events
USA - Brian Worley
USA - Angela Proffitt
USA - Bob Conti

To learn more about the International Event Certification, visit the website HERE. 

23 Feb
2022

Giardini Ravino Botanical Park and Ecolodge

If there's one thing I've learned from my travels, it's that you can always find a quiet spot to relax and take in the sights. One of my favorite places to do this is at Giardini Ravino, a beautiful garden in Ischia Italy. It's the perfect place to escape the crowds and spend some time surrounded by nature. If you're ever in Naples, be sure to check out this hidden gem.

This is one of the biggest and widest succulent plant collections in Europe– only found in Ischia island.

Recognized by the Tourist Commission of the European Parliament and Council of Europe Observatory for being the most distinguished activity in southern Italy, in the area of tourism for environmental and social enhancement.

A fascinating journey through the greenery to discover surprising scenery and rare, precious botanical specimens.

Rooms and Apartments

Ocean Blue - Impressive two rooms modular apartment with bedroom, extensive living room with equipped kitchenette and sofa bed, master bathroom and second toilet, patio with sea view. The beauty of a Mediterranean environment dedicated to relaxing holidays.
Domus - The Domus Open Space is the most recent typology in Ravino Resort. Stand-alone apartment unit for 2-3 persons, and outdoor private garden. A refined flat with living room and bedroom split on two levels, equipped with a kitchenette, bathroom, and two independent exits on the sun terrace.
Double Room Superior - Villa Ravino also offers superior double rooms equipped with bedroom, living area, bathroom, and garden terrace. Suitable for disabled guests. For those who look for the comfort of a hotel in the Mediterranean style.
Classic Type A - Suitable for up to 2 persons. It is composed of a sleeping area, dining with equipped kitchenette, bathroom, and garden terrace.
Classic Type A Sea View - For two persons with sea view. Comfortable attic studio apartment consisting of bedroom, walk-in closet, equipped kitchenette, dining area, bathroom, balcony, and sea view.
Superior Type B - It is composed of a sleeping area, living, and dining area, equipped with a kitchenette, bathroom, and garden terrace. For up to 3 persons.
Superior Studio Type B With Balcony And Sea View - Recently renovated, it has a sleeping area, living area, equipped kitchenette, bathroom, and wide balcony with sea view. For up to 3 persons.
Type C Sea View- Two-room Apartment, on the upper floor, for up to 4 persons. It is composed of a 1 bedroom, 1 living room with sofa bed, equipped kitchenette, 2 bathrooms, and a wide balcony with sea view.
Type D Sea View - Three room Apartment on the upper floor, suitable for up to 5 persons. It is composed of two bedrooms, a wide equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and a large terrace with sea view.

The Cactus Lounge

Once a vineyard, some time ago this area inside Giardini Ravino turned into our gorgeous Cactus Lounge Cafe, an airy, unique place immersed in the lush vegetation of the garden, built and furnished according to several ethnic and Mediterranean styles which melt and create a relaxing and regenerating ambience.

In its surroundings Villa Ravino guests can taste their breakfast, whereas visitors of the botanical garden can have lunch, dinner, a snack or drinks at sunset.

One of the most intriguing services is the opportunity to rent a small private area in the open air for a whole evening, located on the roof of their cafe, to spend some time in a romantic and discrete atmosphere and taste fresh snacks, appetizers and drinks. Moreover, the whole location of the Cactus Lounge Cafe can also be rented for special events such as weddings, graduation or birthday parties, corporate conventions, and private meetings.

Weddings and Events

Celebrate your wedding at the Ravino Gardens. The happy kingdom of succulent plants, after turning out to be an evocative setting for live musical evenings, theatre performances and book presentations and revealing itself as an attraction for fashion shoots and videos, once again confirms its versatility, transforming itself in the ideal setting for your wedding party.

A perfect place in which the bride and groom fit in harmoniously, choosing nature as the unique setting for their special day. Magically, romantic atmosphere, colors and scents mix in a highly expressive ensemble.

To book your event, contact us today at: connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Pools

Their wellness area includes large and equipped sun terraces, an outdoor swimming pool with fresh water and a small indoor thermo-mineral pool (not available from November to March).

All around their unique garden, are small areas where to find quiet corners for relaxation. Therapeutic & beauty thermal treatments can be provided in thermal centers in the neighborhood with transfer inclusive.

To book your event, contact us today at: connect@angelaproffitt.com

Photos in the blog post are from Giardini Ravino's website.

08 Feb
2022

Borgo Sant’andrea At The Amalfi Coast Of Italy

If you're a fan of visiting the world's most romantic destinations, then you'll want to add Borgo Sant'Andrea to your list of must-see destinations. It is a serene haven situated in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, with stunning views that will surely captivate you. Overlooking the enchanting centuries-old fishing village of Conca dei Marini, nestled 90 meters above sea level--- the resort-style hotel features full-service rooms and luxurious suites which offer uninterrupted views.

Their pristine Mediterranean-style gardens and scenic terraces seamlessly connect their rooms and facilities to a private sandy beach, the only one of its kind on the Amalfi Coast, immersing each guest into an unforgettable beachside experience of a lifetime.

So if you're looking for a little slice of paradise to discover the iconic beauty and rich culture of the Amalfi Coast, Borgo Sant'Andrea is definitely for you!

Rooms

Superior Room - Elegant and private, their Superior Room offers breathtaking coastal views. Individually designed and furnished, each room features artisanal handmade ceramic tiles and bespoke furniture. A full-size Italian marble bathroom and thoughtful amenities lend an intimate yet luxurious appeal.
Deluxe Sea View Room - Especially comfortable and roomy with modern amenities, the Deluxe Sea View Room creates a spectacular setting for those looking to enjoy the panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast. Decisively luxurious, the room features handmade ceramic tiles, a full-size marble bathroom, with private balcony and stunning sea views.
Junior Sea View Suite - Spacious and private, the Junior Sea View Suite features some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast. Full size Italian marble bathroom and handmade tiled flooring, the sun kissed suite encapsulates the very essence of la dolce vita.
Executive Suite - Especially comfortable and spacious, the luxurious Executive Suite combines modernist architecture with Mediterranean flair. With unrivalled panoramic sea views, an Italian marble bathroom, indulgent bathtub and handmade ceramic tile flooring, their Executive Suite offers the ideal retreat for anyone looking to escape the ordinary.
Corner Suite - It is the ultimate luxury, where unparalleled views meet the finest design. Spacious, private and decorated with the purest forms of elegance, their Corner Suite welcomes those willing to admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast from a privileged perspective. Full-size marble bathrooms with a large sitting area, handmade ceramic tiles and the attention to detail make it the place to be for indulging yourself.
Deluxe Suite With Terrace - Uniquely designed with curated details, their lavish suite brings the finest of Italian craftsmanship into a spacious and luxurious layout. With flooring made from handmade ceramic tiles, a full-size marble bathroom, sun kissed terraces and sweeping sea views, the Deluxe Suite with Terrace is a lesson in iconic Italian hospitality.
Premium Pool Suite - Spacious, luxurious and indulgent, their Premium Pool Suite comes with its own private garden, allowing you to enjoy the stunning views of the coastline from the sparkling waters of a private infinity pool. Featuring artisanal handmade ceramic tile flooring and a majestic Italian marble bathroom, this suite epitomises iconic Italian glamour.

Dining

La Liberia

For the gourmet restaurant La Libreria, Chef Crescenzo Scotti considers each dish as a gastronomical work of art. He takes inspiration from the fresh and abundant produce of the Amalfi region to take you on a culinary journey designed to delight you.

Alici

Here is where the day begins at Borgo Sant'andrea, welcoming you with breakfast and providing culinary treats throughout the day. A sunlit room and terrace with breath-taking views of the coast are complemented by an open kitchen where guests can interact with their chefs creating the most exquisite culinary treats from the finest ingredients of the region.

Beach Restaurant & Bar

The Beach Bar ensures guests have no reason to leave the beach. Guests can choose between beach service or to sit in the beach bar or on the terrace. Traces of the past embellish the environments of the beach bar. The ancient building used by fishermen in the nineteenth century as a boathouse full of nets has the charm of authenticity and history of a people.

Curated by Executive Chef Crescenzo Scotti, dining at Borgo Sant'andrea is a culinary journey centred around the preservation of local flavors and ingredients. The three restaurants and two bars celebrate Italian dining traditions; each catering to the different occasions and unique moments that come together to create unforgettable memories of time spent on the Amalfi Coast.

Beach Club

A private beach bathed by a crystal clear sea, a unique place on the Amalfi Coast, an exclusive location reserved to the guests of Borgo Sant'andrea. Surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis, the experience at the Beach Club will be like a sweet embrace of the Amalfi nature.

The comfort of sunbeds and umbrellas is filled with the sea accessories of Borgo Sant'andrea. The soft cotton terry sheets, the linen bag and comfortable flip-flops will contribute to the well-being of the time spent on the beach.

Destinations

Conca dei Marini, an emerald jewel in the heart of the Amalfi Coast.

A small fishing village with centuries-old maritime tradition, Conca dei Marini is a natural terrace over the sea surrounded by the unmissable destinations such as the towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. The famous Emerald Grotto is located in Conca dei Marini and is a true gift of nature with its waters, suggestive green and turquoise glow.

If you’re interested in a wedding or a special event, reach out to us at connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Photos in the blog post are by Italy based photographer, Sam Sacramento.

04 Feb
2022

Botania Relais & Spa In Ischia Italy

Botania Relais & Spa is an eco-friendly resort, which has received accolades for its sustainable practices. It is a perfect destination for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or host a special event like a wedding, retreat or family reunion. The hotel offers peace, tranquility and relaxation in what can only be described as paradise.

Botania also has an excellent spa with treatments that will help you relax even further than before you arrived! It is also quickly becoming known as a destination wedding spot due to its private beachfront access and beautiful scenery.

This blog post will explore the features of this one of a kind place in Ischia, Italy.

Rooms:

Ortensia Suite with Sea View - A clear view of the sea. An elegant and refined villa where nature offers an unforgettable spectacle at dawn: the sun rising from the sea, illuminating the gulf and the surrounding landscape. The mini Jacuzzi pool on the large terrace is the ideal place for those who love to relax in total privacy.
Suite Lavanda - Ischia's charm and authentic style. With a large terrace overlooking the park and the verdant Mount Epomeo, the Lavender Suite is perfect for spending your travel experience in complete privacy and in close contact with nature.
lsomino - Spacious and comfortable. This suite was made for those who research space and comfort. Spacious room, comfortable extra-large bed with exclusive headboard. Living room and two bathrooms with shower. You can relax on the large outdoor terrace or have breakfast, drink or an aperitif in absolute privacy on the exclusive roof, from here your gaze is enchanted by the breathtaking reflections of the sun that caresses the surrounding nature.
Junior Suite with Jacuzzi - In harmony with nature. Relaxing whilst soaking in the Jacuzzi on the terrace overlooking the park is the ideal setting for a perfect holiday!
Junior Suite - The elegance of white. Here too the elegance of white prevails, making the rooms fresh and refined. You can perceive the care with which this room was created and the details that makes it unique, such as the choice of prints with natural details on the walls, the colored tiles in the showers and the colors of the headboard perfectly coordinated with everything else.
Master - Romantic relaxation. Romantic and secluded: a mini Jacuzzi pool to soak in, a solarium on the private garden terrace overlooking the park. The 32 sq. m room is a refined and elegant environment that has been harmoniously furnished in warm terracotta and ivory tones.
Premium - Balance and spaces at your service. A welcoming and relaxing atmosphere furnished with elegance and Mediterranean style. This 28-33 sq. m room includes a terrace overlooking the garden. A splendid view of the park, floorings and bathrooms in Italian marble or coloured Vietri ceramic, a large and comfortable bed and, as the “dulcis in fundo”, true luxury expressed in the ample spaces available to the guest.
Superior - Elegant simplicity. As an intimate and enveloping space that invites you to relax, the 23-28 sq. m Superior Room with terrace overlooking the garden is perfect for your stay in Ischia. Fresh and furnished in typical Mediterranean style, it is characterized by ceramic flooring and walls in light and bright tones.

Dining - Il Corbezzolo Restaurant

Surrounded by a bright Mediterranean atmosphere, breakfast and dinner are served on the wonderful and unique outdoor terrace. Most of the vegetables and other fresh ingredients utilized come from the Relais garden or from local producers. The refined and light cuisine blends perfectly with the well-being inspired by the Spa.

Dining - Il Mirto Restaurant

This vegetarian restaurant, perfect for savoring the dishes prepared with fresh vegetables, grown in respect of the seasonality and only using natural fertilizers. Healthy food, as is rooted in our peasant tradition. From the land to the table for the well-being of the body and mind.

La Grotta Bar

The La Grotta bar came about from the renovation of the old cantina that had been hewed into the tuff rock. Here you can enjoy red, white or rosé wines from the island’s finest wineries. Local grapes grown in areas with perfect exposition give life to delicate wines of fine aroma and hints of dried fruit. The vineyards are usually located in areas of the island that can only be reached on foot over ancient paths and if on one hand this makes it difficult to tend to the vineyard, on the other hand it helps make it a unique product.

Iris Bar

Is the ideal place if you want to enjoy a refreshing drink just a few steps from the outdoor pool and the park. Both during the day and at night, in the shade of a beautiful pergola, you can relax and enjoy refreshing cocktails and light and delicious snacks.

Events:

Organize your event in Ischia at Botania Relais & Spa. Ischia is the island where nature is the protagonist and the perfect setting for meetings and events. Ideal for a business meeting or an exclusive party, the meeting and event area of Botania Relais & Spa can accommodate up to 100 people, with its bright and multifunctional hall, characterized by a relaxing and private atmosphere.

Meeting Hall - Organize your conference in Ischia. A large space that turns into a multi-purpose hall equipped with all the amenities required for a perfect meeting. The spacious and airy spaces are illuminated by the light that floods in through the windows, creating an ideal environment for a business meeting, a brainstorming session or a presentation.

The hall, which can accommodate up to 100 people, can be set up according to your needs and has comfortable chairs, functional work tables and a coffee break area. Moreover, their qualified staff will help you plan and organize a perfect event in Ischia!

Your Wedding - Located in a strategic position, far from the daily chaos, Botania Relais & Spa with its magical atmosphere is the perfect location for your event in Ischia.

An event space that can accommodate up to 100 people, and also an elegant setting to celebrate a ceremony or a special occasion. The fine zero-mile cuisine of Botania Relais & Spa will help you make your receptions and banquets unforgettable. Their team will be at your complete disposal: a qualified and experienced staff will offer you a perfect service, meeting your needs and all your requests.

Spa

Rediscover the energies of the body and restore inner peace. Their team will welcome you and can provide advice on the most suitable treatments for your needs. For the water pathway, a recommend a dip in the pool at 32° C for 20 minutes, before continuing to the 35° pool with 5 types of hydromassage for another 25 minutes. Next comes a session in the Turkish bath for another 15 minutes, immediately followed by a relaxing massage and—to complete the journey—a beneficial and rebalancing herbal tea.

Park & Gardens

Extends over 3 hectares, embracing the 10 villas that host the rooms, ensuring guests' privacy and a timeless atmosphere. Part of this wonderful green oasis is destined to be a garden where, within traditional stone walls, aromatic plants, centuries-old olive trees, carob trees, strawberry trees and other fruit trees grow. It is ideal for taking a stroll or for outdoor activities such as jogging, light exercise or yoga.

The hotel team can help arrange activities and excursions you can do around Ischia Island.

If you’re interested in a wedding or a special event, reach out to us at connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Photos in the blog post are by Italy based photographer, Sam Sacramento: @samsacramento. And Botania Relais & Spa website.

28 Jan
2022

San Montano Resort & Spa In Ischia Italy

Looking for a luxurious, relaxing getaway? Look no further than San Montano Resort and Spa on the enchanting island of Ischia. This luxurious resort offers guests the true essence of Ischia island— whether you're looking to unwind with a few days of pampering or explore the local sights and sounds. With stunning ocean views, top-notch amenities, and excellent service, San Montano is the perfect destination. 

It is a 5 star hotel overlooking the sea at the bay of San Montano and the gulf of Naples, surrounded by three hectares of parkland (approximately 7+ acres), at the heart of a wonderful mediterranean garden. Experience the hidden bays and coves, the rustic charm of the natural world, as you wait for the sun to set in a red blaze.

This blog post will explore the features of this beautiful place in Ischia Italy to guide you on your next adventure!

Rooms:

Comfort With Garden View - Located either in the park or in the internal garden of the Resort, these rooms feature classic furnishing and pastel colours ensure guests maximum privacy— some possess private terraces overlooking the internal courtyard.

Side Sea View - A picturesque view that ranges over nature between sea and mountain, or over the resort’s garden. The private balcony with comfortable seating allows you to enjoy the picturesque view of the surrounding nature in complete relaxation.

Superior Front Sea View - The Superior rooms offer the most beautiful panorama in the sea view category. Elegant and jazzy, they feature a private terrace or balcony, to enjoy the view of the gulf of Naples in the comfortable surroundings of your room.

Suites & Villas:

Prestige Vesuvio - Two separate rooms on the same level: a living room with a balcony overlooking the sea and a bedroom with a balcony overlooking the internal garden. All the space you want to enjoy a relaxing getaway. The resort has two Prestige Suites.

Infinity Pool Suites - The resort’s two-floor suites exclusively enjoy the private panoramic swimming pool with solarium. Breath-taking view of the bay where one of the most beautiful sunsets found anywhere lights up every night.

Ischia Sunset - Overlooking the bay, the large terrace plays host to an exclusive jacuzzi for two. A romantic little gem for an unforgettable getaway. Two rooms and a double bathroom ensure all the comfort and privacy you could wish for.

Amalfi Sunrise - The resort’s most gorgeous suite. The brand new Sunrise Suite joins the Elite room category to offer you a totally relaxing stay. 80 sqm split layout with a modern, Mediterranean design. Spacious terrace with sun loungers and awning with a thrilling infinity pool overlooking Vesuvius. 

Olea Gran Suite - Two Olea Suites, which can be joined to become the 100 square metre suite. Surrounded by a marvellous private garden equipped with seating and sun loungers and with two jacuzzi tubs, with a patio that offers shaded spaces in the hot summer days, making them a true pleasant retreat on the green island.

Zagara Suite - The resort’s most exclusive suite, bright and spacious, with garden and panoramic sea view, overlooking the port of Lacco Ameno. The perfect option for anyone looking for luxury and discretion, for a relaxing, tranquil getaway.

Villas - Special services, unique experience in three super-new suites, two of which are communicating, surrounded by olive trees and lemon plants with the aromas of the typical Ischitan garden. Three swimming pools with parasols and sun loungers, a patio with a Vesuvius view where you can start your day with a panoramic breakfast, or conclude it in beauty with a private dinner. An “al fresco” massage is not to be missed, enjoyed in the privacy of your own garden.

Dining - Franco’s Restaurant

The sea’s rich bounty takes centre stage at Franco’s, but the luscious, verdant island offers up exceptional homegrown produce to create dishes with harmonious and balanced combinations. This is the alchemy of a kitchen with its roots steeped in the culture of the Mediterranean but that looks out to the wider world, with its scope being contemporary and international.

Franco’s Restaurant is open for lunch and for private events and special events, offering guests attentive care and personalized service with all the privacy and security they require.

Dining - La Veranda Restaurant

Enjoy a sea view breakfast or dinner, or else in the elegant indoor dining room decorated in the colours of the Mediterranean. In addition to the delicious a la carte menu, there are the unmissable land and sea tasting menus to sample all the area’s most representative dishes.

La Veranda offers cooking strongly bound to the Ischian and Italian culinary culture, reinventing the traditional dishes with a modern spin – with particular focus on the freshness of the ingredients.

Bar - Acropoli Pizza & Bar 

Mediterranean cooking with its intense, enveloping flavours inspire the light lunch menu at the Acropolis Swimming Pool Bar. For anyone seeking a speedy poolside snack in order to enjoy a day in the sun between a swim and a thirst-quenching drink, the pool bar offers truly appealing options with classic sandwiches and salads alongside forays into the traditionally Ischian and Neapolitan.

Bar - Sunset & Piano Bar

The Sunset & Piano Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a breath-taking sunset with a unique drink in hand, enriched by the scents of the island, accompanied by a refined musical selection, with live performance from their pianist and harpist, or a DJ set.

Sea Pool & Beach

The panoramic saltwater pool is one of the best loved in the San Montano thermal pool complex. The furnished solarium and the pool bar only a short distance away complete the wellbeing offering and create an atmosphere of absolute comfort.

The well-equipped beach at the Bay of San Montano is the picturesque location that guests can get to daily with the Hotel’s free shuttle. There are convenient sun loungers and umbrellas at your disposal for comfortably spending the day at the beach.

Thermal Pool 

There are five panoramic pools in the H2O complex: the realm of water. The five panoramic pools overlook the harbour in Lacco Ameno, with the island of Procida and the Bay of Naples in the background. The perfect place to relax amidst cascades and water effects, surrounded by a spectacular and truly unique panorama.

Weddings & Events

Unforgettable settings, terraces and gardens, a bright dining room with floor-to-ceiling glazing looking out over San Montano, exclusive services and an expert wedding planner to plan every single detail of the festivities. All of this is the hallmark of a San Montano Resort wedding, an exclusive and unforgettable event, where every last detail is made perfect to enhance the joy of the happy couple and their loved ones.

The wonderful Oleas Garden is a place where you can celebrate your wedding ceremony, while the wedding banquet is held in the dining rooms of La Veranda Restaurant with its spectacular sea view onto San Montano Bay.

If you’re interested in a wedding or a special event, reach out to us at connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Experiences

Yoga Session - The Hotel garden is the perfect location for a yoga session, surrounded by the natural setting, in an oasis of peace and with the warm, golden light of dawn. 

Massage at Lamonato - Within the citrus grove, their masseuses’ expert hands will treat you to a totally relaxing massage, a true wellbeing experience for body and mind, bathed in the fragrance of the lemons and with a view of the sea to complete this enchanting scene. 

Private Boat Tour - On their private boats, Gozzo and Lobster, an expression of the great Italian tradition, a trip or minicruise is the opportunity to discover the beauties of their coast. Main destinations are Capri Island, Nerano, Ventotene and of course an unmissable tour around Ischia island looking for hidden treasures.

Seeing The Stars - From an ancient tower in the Hotel San Montano parkland, accompanied by an astronomy expert, observing the sky and recognizing its constellations is the unforgettable, unique experience of an Ischia getaway. The allure of the stars is uncovered by a telescope, and its enchantment is amplified.

If you’re interested in a wedding or a special event, reach out to us at connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Photos in the blog post are by Frank Farrugia Photography, and San Montano Resort & Spa website.

31 Dec
2021

Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa

As a business owner, how often do you take a vacation? And there is a difference between going on vacation and taking a vacation and actually being present. We all know that time off from work can be extremely rejuvenating and beneficial for our health, but it's hard to really enjoy the break if we have so many things in our mind. One of the best investments you can make is in yourself, so if you're looking for an escape where your worries are left behind, escape and rejuvenate, definitely go visit Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Resort in Naples, Italy. 

Mezzatorre stands proud on the northwest tip of Ischia, above their private bay. The two charming beach towns of Lacco Ameno and Forio are minutes away. A complimentary shuttle takes guests to and from the shore side town of Lacco Ameno. You pass San Montano Bay where the Greeks first landed on Italian shores, leaving a wealth of historic pottery to discover. Forio is another charming beach side town, and the location of La Mortella, the world famous tropical gardens created by Lady Susana Walton.

This blog post will share some of the features of this one of a kind destination getaway. 

The Hotel’s History

The castle of Mezzatorre has an ancient and fascinating history. The name “Mezzatorre” derives from the presence of an ancient watch tower that remained unfinished (from here “Mezza”) and built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century by the Aragonese as a watchtower. It was enlarged in the eighteenth century by the dukes of Rancidello.

In the thirties, the tower was used as a pension until one of the owners was Luigi Patalano, a distinguished scholar, politician and poet. Founder of political and cultural magazines, he transformed the tower into an active cultural cenacle. Patalano also built “La Colombaia” in the same park as Mezzatorre, just a short walk from the hotel.

After being owned by Baron Fassini, an educated aristocrat, elegant and lover of good life, the beautiful villa was bought in the 50s by Luchino Visconti, the eclectic Italian movie director, who brought an atmosphere of fruitful culture to the island.

Dining - La Baia Restaurant

Snatch up that catch of the day, enjoy it carpaccio or cooked to your wishes. Taste all the mediterranean flavour of “Tubettoni” pasta with mussels, pumpkin flowers and pecorino cheese or a Free range cockerel breast, grilled or Biancolella white wine sauce.  The restaurant menu is truly a must try!

Dining - La Torre Restaurant

Chef Giuseppe D’Abundo’s tasting menu is a showcase of culinary versatility, anticipate local snapper, rockfish and crustaceans presented crudo, tossed and cooked. Among the most typical and traditional dishes we will taste Pennoni pasta with Neapolitan ragout and the Ischia style rabbit “pasta and main course”.

Bar La Torre

This is where the Greeks first landed and brought vines and wine to Ischia. They also left a treasure of artifacts including ‘Nestor’s Cup’, with the oldest known inscription in the Greek alphabet, quoting the Iliad. If you sip from Nestor’s cup they say you will be seized by irresistible sensual desire.

Rooms With A View

One of the known features of Mezzatorre is of course their beautiful architecture and views from your bedroom. You can choose below based on your preference. 

The Cottage - The Mezzatorre Cottage is a three bedroom hideaway in the park, with a lovely wooden terrace and garden. 
Grand Suite - If Mezzatorre is a hidden village, our Grand Suite is the nobleman’s residence. The most gorgeous suite for a couple, with lavish amounts of character. 
Bellevue Suite - This is the place to fall in love in Ischia, just as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton did, just as Visconti did with our cove. Glorious secluded suite with glass wraparound balcony so nothing interrupts the blue bay views.  
Deluxe Suite - A cottage in the park, only bothered by the rustling of the swaying trees, or a more spacious suite inside the tower.  
Junior Suite Sea View - Mezzatorre has a history and it is reflected in the 16th century architectural details found in circular bay walls and arched windows, though views are eternally changing with the ebb and flow of the sea. All junior suites are in the lookout tower and have neat sitting rooms with sofa beds. Sofa beds in the sitting room are ideal for families.
Double Deluxe Sea View - Step into a room and catch your breath, the azure view is fabulous, watch the sea spray splash on rocks by the entrance to Mezzatorre’s private bay.  
Double Sea View - Stay in the bay that seduced Visconti, the great director who had seen all things beautiful through the eye of his camera. 

Events: For Weddings

On occasion Mezzatorre can be made yours exclusively. Their 52 guest rooms, two restaurants and cascade of terraces and bars, becomes your private party place. Or take a smaller celebration into the event marquee above the pool terrace. For even more intimate events The Cottage in the park is ideal, with two floors, four different party rooms, and a sprawling terrace that runs down to a clifftop spot above the sea.

To book your event, contact us today HERE.

Events: For Meetings

The Cottage is excellent for meetings, secluded in the park, yet easily accessible to the torre, pool and facilities. Their Ischian idyll is a delicious reward to incentivize your team, while the spa, pool and sea provide a refreshing revival for body and mind. 

Thermal Spa

The source is alkaline, containing sulphur, iodine, chlorine, iron and potassium, which specifically benefits respiration, arthritis and dermatitis. Inviting all the guests to journey through the pools and heat rooms. 

Experiences

Aside from having such an amazing view from your room, delicious meals from the restaurant, and relaxing experience at the spa. They also offer these following activities for you to do during your stay. 

If you’re interested in a wedding or a special event, reach out to us at connect@angelaproffitt.com.

Photos in the blog post are by Italy based photographer, GI Photography: @giphotositaly, and Mezzatorre Resort and Thermal Spa website.

24 Nov
2021

Rome Italy Getaway: La Posta Vecchia Hotel

La Posta Vecchia Hotel

When arriving in Rome for a marketing meeting for the Hospitality industry, the first hotel was amazing. The views were breathtaking being right on the beach. This was the perfect location to be for a group of around 50 people. The customer service and attention to detail was top notch. Each of the rooms are decorated uniquely since this used to be an old home. The food was awesome and we enjoyed preparing for the AJA certification for wedding & event planners.

If you are looking for a vacation destination that is out of the ordinary, a breathtaking place for your wedding, retreat, family reunion or just looking to get away from it all and really immerse yourself in another culture? If so, then look no further than Hotel La Posta Vecchia in Italy. The historic seaside villa is in the Palo Laziale and it is in the perfect location where they have been doing business since 1875. It’s so intimate and charming!

The views from your room will be something that you will never forget! The beach and landscaping was exquisite. And the food they serve is just as delicious as their surroundings are beautiful! And it’s easy to get to; only 18 miles to the airport and 24 miles to the centre of Rome, which guests frequently enjoy for day trips.

This blog post will explore some of the amazing features of this historical landmark.

The Italian Story

La Posta Vecchia is an intriguing witness to Italian history. A ‘voluptuous seaside resort’ favored by Roman imperators, a Renaissance villa for the noble Orsini family and home to John Paul Getty a billionaire who filled it with Italian art treasures. Finally with typical Italian passion, Roberto Sciò who confesses to a love affair with beauty, found La Posta Vecchia irresistible and made it his family home.

This rich history has been captured by todays your host, daughter of Roberto and creative director and Italy’s contemporary tastemaker Marie-Louise Sciò. La Posta Vecchia balances the Baroque exuberance of a Fellini film with her renowned artful elegance. So guests live in refined style above Roman mosaics and ancient artefacts.

It is a living museum; as you enter La Posta Vecchia you are presented with a glorious 17th Century tapestry, dignified marble busts of Roman emperors Flavio Vespasiano and Agrippa, and an antiquarian map by Giovanni Battista Piranesi one of the greatest printmakers in the world. This is a taste of the magnificent furnishings that adorn every wall and room of La Posta Vecchia, a collection made by Getty with his art historian Federico Zeri.

Guests are invited to live in elegant style amongst some five hundred treasures, just as the private collection was intended. During Getty’s restoration of La Posta Vecchia, a Roman villa dating back to the 2nd century BC was revealed. First in the gardens, where the ruins remain open to nature and our guests, then beneath the Renaissance foundations.

The Archaeological Authority carried out excavation work, discovering ancient walls, colorful mosaics, African and Greek marble as well as an array of plate, amphorae and ampules. Today our guests have a private view of these valuable discoveries in La Posta Vecchia’s museum on the lower ground floor.

Events

La Posta Vecchia offers you an extraordinary location with historic style; romantic enough for a Renaissance princess, rare enough for Pompeii and his peers, rich enough for J Paul Getty. Their palazzo has been sought out by all who can choose the most privileged setting. Inviting you to join the exclusive set for a celebration or business retreat at La Posta Vecchia Villa Rome.

Their five star luxury hotel is available for intimate private occasions or can be reserved in its entirety for your exclusive event.

What you can do with the Exclusive Use:

19 rooms and suites at disposal, with breakfast included (max. 45 guests)
Use of all indoor and outdoor spaces
Complete use of the sea-view front terrace
No time limits for your music
Fireworks
Personalized set-up of the venue
Arrival at the hotel by helicopter
Arrival at the hotel by boat
Installation of a marquee also in the common areas
Possible customized tensile structure available in the common areas
Exclusive use of swimming pool
Exclusive use of the beach
Exclusive use of the SPA and Wellness Centre
Exclusive use of the tennis court
Guided tour of our private Roman museum from the II century
Full-time assistance in organizing your event
On-site presence of one of the Events team members the day of the event
Coordination service with all suppliers of event

What you can do with the Non-Exclusive Use:

Use of the gardens, sea view
Use of The Cesar terrace, sea view
Music until midnight
Arrival at the hotel by helicopter
Full-time assistance in organizing your event
On-site presence of one of the Events team members the day of the event
Coordination service with all suppliers of event

To book your event, you can email at: events@pallicanohotels.com, or submit your event booking through clicking this link HERE.

Dining - The Ceasar Restaurant

Their executive chef Antonio Magliulo has many passions. He has worked at La Posta Vecchia since 2011, where he has free rein to achieve the gastronomic heights his guests demand. One of his many passions is perfecting Pasta Pomodoro, for which, like everything he cooks, he demands the absolute best ingredients.

Antonio is always very attentive to local products but if he sees something truly special, he is going to buy it for his guests be that Icelandic cod or Ronce oysters. Chef Antonio is fierce on these small details, which is what makes him a superb chef and La Posta Vecchia a truly fine Italian restaurant. Season opening from April - November.

Italian Cooking Classes

With such a passionate chef, they also offer cooking classes and courses for you to experience during your stay. Learn to create a two course Italian lunch and then enjoy the fruits of your new found expertise.

Chef Antonio Magliulo will share his rich knowledge and together you will prepare a two course lunch. The class will be tailored to your interest and ability, either something from the Cesar menu or an authentic Italian dish you would like to replicate at home, perhaps Antonio’s perfect Pasta Pomodoro, making the pasta by hand.

Leisure

They also offer you a private Beach Club, Beauty and Sports Centre, for active mornings and lazy afternoons. Swing in the garden hammock, Lampedusa’s work in your lap, and listen to birdsong as melodic as a Boccherini chorus. Stroll from topiary to tennis courts, and stride from fitness trail to pool. Put body, mind and spirit in the hands of our massage therapists and let stress drift away on the flickering candlelight and scented air.

For more info check out their website and book now!

angelaproffitt.com/lapostavecchia

All photos in the blog post are by GI Photography, Italy based photographer. View more of her work here: @giphotositaly.

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2020

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