Imagine stepping into a 5 Star deluxe professional Mediterranean kitchen and cooking with an award winning Italian Chef! This is our Royal Ischia program where the talented Executive Chef Pasquale and his team cook up a storm for your Mediterranean cooking program. The renowned hotel, winner of accolades from Michelin and Gambero Rosso, promises a magnificent cooking & relaxation vacation you will never forget. Your program includes two full-menu cooking classes, as well as a beauty treatments with natural healing properties found only on the Island of Ischia. This program caters to healthy well-being cooking. It also immerses you in natural spa treatments uniquely offered on Ischia with natural thermal springs, nutritive floras, sea salts, herbs & muds indigenous only to Ischia. The Island is a natural for healthy eating, the Mediterranean diet, and the natural thermal springs & spas.
Ischia Cooking Classes
Your cooking classes are held in the 5-Star hotel’s professional kitchen. Chef Pasquale and his team are your teachers for your hands-on classes. Each cooking class features traditional dishes from Ischitan and Neapolitan cooking styles using delicious, healthy ingredients. The full menu includes an antipasto, pasta, main and dessert. After class, lunch or dinner follows with the foods prepared in class (or tastings after the dessert class).
Ischia is known for its signature dish coniglio alla ischitana, rabbit cooked in white wine and tomato, and the result is nothing short of exquisite. However, if rabbit is not your fancy, seafood such as anchovies, octopus, calamari, totani, a local squid, scorpion fish, mussels, clams, lobster, and other local Mediterranean varieties are used in a plethora of traditional dishes. But Ischia’s nickname is L’Isola Verde, The Green Island, and true to its name, fruits and vegetables grow in abundance and anyone who loves their greens will appreciate the pizza di scarola, escarole wrapped in a pizza-dough crust, peperonata, red and yellow peppers with capers and olives, borlotti con zucca, borlotti bean and pumpkin soup to name but a few examples.
Mediterranean cooking combines the finest ingredients to provide a healthy and balanced diet for your Ischia experience. Our chefs use local produce and ingredients to offer dishes based on fresh fish, together with a wonderful variety of vegetables, salads and fruit. In the finest Italian tradition, fresh and light foods do not mean sacrificing taste, as recipes use extra virgin, first cold-pressed, olive oil to exalt the delicious natural flavors of foods, rather than hiding them under heavy sauces.
The hotel boasts a vast wine cellar of outstanding Italian and international wines, and for those interested, a carefully chosen selection of cigars, stored at precisely the right temperature and humidity level.
Ischia – The island in the Bay of Naples
Since the Roman Empire, the natural thermal springs of Ischia have attracted those needing the healing powers of these natural spas. Ischia is a volcanic island and the vicinity of Mount Vesuvius attributes for the natural steam, sulfuric waters and natural hot, mineral-rich springs that run through its landscape.
Every stone on the Island of Ischia’s reflects its 2,700 years of history and traditions. The island, the largest island in the Bay of Naples, offers several interesting places to visit, including, Gerone’s Aragonese Castle, dating from 474 BC, and the Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae. Moving from ancient times to modernity, La Colombaia, summer residence of the film director Luchino Visconti, has now been transformed into an International Cultural Centre, well worth a visit. And for walkers and nature lovers, visit the Maddalena woods and Mount Epomeo, along with the magnificent gardens of La Mortella, created by the English composer William Walton.
Each year, the hotel hosts the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, attracting celebrities from all over the world, and honoring both Italian and international directors and screenwriters such as Mario Monicelli and Ron Howard.
Spa~ For Body & Soul
The waters of Lacco Ameno are known for their regenerative and therapeutic properties. The hyperthermal springs of Lacco Ameno at about 175 °F, are rich in chlorites, sodium, bicarbonate, sulphites and magnesium. The fango, mud, from the springs, gathered from the natural caves, is allowed to remain for about six months in the thermal waters where it absorbs minerals and develops medicinal qualities.
The hotel’s award-winning spa offers an ample range of treatments including essential oil massages, mud therapy, thermal vapor for the respiratory system, osteopathic treatments for bone and joint health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, mind and body balance, facials, vein and skin treatments, lymph drainage and more.
With so many treatments available, the only dilemma is which wonderful therapy to indulge in. However, the hotel’s knowledgeable staff will be happy to suggest the best and most beneficial treatments for you based on your needs and wishes, and your program includes an antistress massage followed by a hammam body bioactive mud treatment and mud mask.
Ischia Accommodations – 5 Star Deluxe Luxury!
Angelo Rizzoli, Italian publisher and film producer, founded this 5-star deluxe luxury hotel in the 1950s, attracting stars and exuding glamour at the height of the golden years of Italian film-making. Rizzoli later founded the Rizzoli International bookstore on Fifth Avenue in New York, which has been featured in Woody Allen’s film, Manhattan, and in Falling In Love, with Robert DeNiro & Meryl Streep.
The island of Ischia with its thermal springs enchanted Rizzoli, who with his fortune and fame decided to build the hotel on an ancient site of Greek-Roman ruins in the quarter called Lacco Ameno. Over the years, the hotel has been host to Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, Maria Callas, Alberto Sordi, William Hoden and more.
Everywhere you look, you are reminded of Rizzoli’s pursuit of beauty, with bright and majestic spaces decorated with genuine Capodimonte and hand-painted majolica ceramic floors, Naples patrician-style furniture and Murano glass chandeliers. Modern design features and contemporary art complement the classic 1950s-style décor.
Guests may enjoy a bath in luxury in any of the hotel’s four swimming pools; each with features to help you relax entirely. The waters of one of the pools are purified sea water, one is hydrothermal, one pool for thalassotherapy and the Sensual Revival pool offers music, color and aromatherapy.
Each bedroom has a private bathroom and modern amenities including air conditioning, satellite radio and TV, safe, minibar, telephone with direct international dialing and high speed internet connection. Terraces and common areas in the hotel offer high speed Wi-Fi internet as well.
Itinerary: 3 Days, 2 Nights
This program is available April to November, except ferragosto during August –check with us for exact dates. You can check in and start your program on any day of the week.
Day 1: Arrival & Cooking Class 1
- Arrival & Check into your 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotel
- Settle in and enjoy your welcome cocktail
- Possible time for Massage Spa. To be scheduled upon arrival.
- Cooking Class 1 under the expert guidance of Chef Pasquale.
- Dinner follows on the foods made in class. Wine not included.
Day 2: Morning free & Cooking Class 2
- Breakfast is served.
- Morning free to relax or take an excursion of your choice (at extra cost). You may choose one: Visit To The Ischitan Wine Cellars, learn about the wines grown on the ‘Green Island’ during a visit to this noted cantina. Or perhaps you’d prefer a Market Visit to the local morning market. Explore the varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, as well as fish, meats, freshly made cheeses and more. Or even a Limoncello Factory, where you’ll learn the process for making this unique lemon liquor from the Campania region, possible thanks to the variety of thick-skinned fragrant lemon that grows abundantly in the area. Or why not a Fishing Trip, Excursion by private local fishing boat for a morning of fishing with our captain. Find out about local fish that can be caught in the waters of Ischia, and, of course, the best way to cook them in the kitchen. (These excursions at extra cost.)
- Lunch on your own.
- Possible time for Massage or Spa in the afternoon.
- Return to the hotel in the afternoon for your hands-on Cooking Class 2 with the expert guidance of Chef Pasquale.
- Dinner follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine not included.
Day 3: Departure & Arrivederci!
- Breakfast is served.
- Possible time for Massage or Spa.
- Check out & departure.
Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saints days; festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.
- 3 days, 2 nights 5-Star Luxury accommodations, based on double occupancy.
- Daily breakfast.
- Special welcome gift in the room.
- Welcome cocktail.
- 2 cooking lessons, followed by lunch or dinner on the foods prepared in class. Wine not included.
- 1 Antistress massage lasting 45 mins followed by a hammam body bioactive mud lasting 15 minutes, along with a mud mask with lift form and shower lasting 30 minutes.
- Use of the three swimming pools.
- Free access to the relaxation area to enjoy herbal tea infusions.
Low Season (April 4 to June 20, Sept 7 to Nov 2)
$1,595 starting price per person, garden view room, based on double occupancy.
$1,695 starting price per person, sea view room, based on double occupancy.
$2,495 starting price per person, sea view room, based on single occupancy.
High Season (June 21 to Sept 6)
$1,750 starting price per person, garden view room, based on double occupancy.
$1,895 starting price per person, sea view room, based on double occupancy.
$2,695 starting price per person, sea view room, based on single occupancy.
*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.