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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.