Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Islands

by Jason H. Harper

ISCHIA, ITALY

Perfect for: Frazzled lovers who need some R&R away from the daily grind

The scene: Capri may shine in the limelight, but nearby Ischia is ideal if you're looking to drown out the hubbub. Only 20 miles from the madness of Naples, this volcanic isle is freckled with geothermal pools. It's a green, sun-spoiled place where the major pursuit is lounging on the rocks between dips in the hot springs and spa sessions. It's perfect for quieting those aching BlackBerry thumbs. And if you want to get a little dirty, there's plenty of volcanic mud in the offing.

Don't miss: Doing as the Italians do: Rent one of the many small boats from the port town of Ischia Porto and circumnavigate the small island. Make time to stop at the many beaches and coves accessible by sea. Waters are usually calm and the locals good seamen, so even a dinghy will do.

Between the sheets: Talk about drama. The très chic Mezzatorre Resort sits on a rugged cliff overlooking the sea. Located on the northwest point of the isle among ample greenery, it feels remote but is actually only three and a half miles from town. There's a large pool, and you can swim in the bay below. Opt for an "open plan" suite, which has a living room, private garden, and plunge pool with Jacuzzi.

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