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The new global hotspots rock­et­ing to the top of travel hit lists.

You no doubt fell in love with the beauty of Italy’s Ischia in the 1999 film The Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley, but de­spite the glis­ten­ing en­dorse­ment, the is­land still only re­ceives a frac­tion of the tourists that de­scend upon its south­ern neigh­bour, Capri. They don’t know what they’re miss­ing. If you want to party, the north­coast towns of Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte are dot­ted with flash ho­tels and night­clubs. For cul­ture lovers, the north-west town of Lacco Ameno has two ex­cel­lent mu­se­ums with pre­his­toric finds and ce­ram­ics from the is­land’s early civil­i­sa­tion. And if you want to chill out, the south­ern town of Sant’an­gelo is all idyl­lic sandy beaches and nat­u­ral hot springs, with a zero-car pol­icy to pro­tect the peace.

Fancy spend­ing the night in a 16th­cen­tury monastery atop a pre­cip­i­tous rock in the sea? Reached by a cause­way from Ischia Ponte, then up in a lift cut into the rock, the 20-room Al­bergo Il Monas­tero ho­tel (al­ber­goil­monas­tero.it) mixes spar­tan fea­tures with cool in­te­ri­ors and ab­stract paint­ings. Or if or­nate ma­jolica tiling, pas­tel pal­ettes and hot tubs on the bal­cony is more your vibe, L’al­bergo Della Regina Is­abella (regi­nais­abella.com) could be for you – the 128 rooms are so lux­u­ri­ous that Hol­ly­wood cou­ple El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton used to stay. Swim off a pri­vate beach, en­joy Miche­lin-starred Ital­ian din­ing and spend time in the spa, in­dulging in its ther­mal baths and min­eral mud wraps.

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