For those truly in-the-know, it's common knowledge that the tiny island of Ponza is a chic getaway for leisured Romans and other assorted rich and famous Italians who prefer to keep a low profile. Just two and a half hours by ferry from Formia, an hour by hydrofoil from Anzio or three hours by hydrofoil from Naples, the island is reachable in a few hours from Rome. Combining spectacular volcanic scenery with secluded sun-drenched beaches, Ponza is an appealing and less expensive alternative to the more popular island of Capri, to which it's beauty is often compared.
The captivating Grand Hotel Chiaia di Luna is named for the beach it overlooks, a dramatic crescent of sand beneath 650 foot-high cliffs that creates a stunning natural amphitheater. This is Ponza's most popular beach and provides some of the most colorful people-watching on the island. Owned and operated by the gracious Signora Ilia, the hotel is built in typical Pontine island style with pastel colors and white stucco domes. The many terraces of the guestrooms and suites all face the sea, offering visitors breathtaking views from the harbor bay to the nearby island of Palmarola. All guestrooms feature conveniences such as air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar and safe deposit box.
The efficient and friendly staff at the Chiaia di Luna will pamper you during your stay and guests have at their disposal a free transfer service [to be requested when booking] to and from the harbor for arrivals and departures. For those who prefer to suntan poolside, the seawater swimming pool is an ideal place to relax with a drink and a quick snack. Also on the terrace, guests can partake in a fish barbecue, sample the best of the international cuisine and listen to music under moonlight when it becomes a piano bar in the evening.
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The beach is about 200 yards away and can be reached directly through a Roman tunnel. All the other public beaches may be reached by boat.