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... while the girls ran around like madmen, going down slid after slide, ride after ride -Paolo went with on the slides and I on the more scary rides, but the professionalism of all the lifeguards and staff allowed us to relax a little and let the girls explore on their own - it was hard to let go, though!
When we arrived, all the young kids were running around in jellies or socks and we rolled our eyes at their Italian softness, but they'd ...
... that gather in the evenings, here and in other towns we have visited. They sit and chat amongst themselves, raucously greeting newcomers with kisses and back-beating hugs and ogling women that pass by. They are wonderful to watch, but I'm curious...... Where are all the old women? At home, cooking? Looking after grandchildren? Run off with the pool boy? Swimming with the ...
... the end of siesta, or so we thought.....
Again, we parked at the foot of the town and set off on foot to look for pistachio delicacies and a toilet for Lia. Fifteen minutes later, it became apparent that this town didn't wake up until 4.30, and Lia's increasingly high-pitched enquiries as to the closest toilet made me start looking down narrow alleyways for a covered spot. Eventually, we found the only open bar, frequented only by old men, and dashed ...
... It is a fantastic hotel, quiet and the room is very spacious. However we will only be here one night as our tour of Sicily commences in the morning. We went walking around Catania and though it is very neglected you can see the old beautiful city it use to be. We assume there is a lack of money being spent on the city which is a shame. Or maybe the mafia are controlling everything!!! The first corner we turned we found some old ruins that use ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
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Not for the fainthearted
Every hotel has its good and bad points. Lets start with the bad. Firstly the beach and its facilities. On our first day we tried to get 2 sunbeds and an umbrella at 9am and were told that they were all occupied. Apparently you can book your sunbeds for your whole holiday which results in loads of empty ones for days on end. The Hotel has a huge conference centre and sunbeds are booked by them so the average holidaymaker gets the raw end.After a fuss at Reception we managed to get sunbeds costing 10 Euros (not cheap) and wish we hadn't bothered. The beach is stony and the stones are in the water, unless you have feet like leather or protective shoes on it is impossible to get into the water (freezing cold in July). This is definitely not a bucket and spade type beach for children unless they are aspiring to be stonemasons. There are two adult pools & two for children. The bigger pool has only sunbeds along one side and the smaller pool is surrounded by plastic sunbeds (no mattresses) and not enough umbrellas. The smaller pool could do with some refurbishment as it had broken tiles on the bottom and the metal steps to get in and out of the pool were narrow and unstable. There were no toilets at either of these pools which seems somewhat unhygenic. The hotel really caters for Sicilians and clients at its Conference Centre. The entertainment was all in Italian and mainly for children. Although the Animation team worked hard it was very repetitive. Now some of the good points. Our room had fabulous views of Mount Etna (worth visiting) and the sea. The Hotel has a card system for entry into your room, restaurant and payment at the cafes and bars which worked efficiently and you could top the card up at points all over the hotel. The hotel was very clean and quiet at night and the food we found to be excellent with lots of choice. Also the free wine and water with dinner were much appreciated. Would we go back? I dont think so and neither of us could face Catania airport again.
Yes, it's very good!
Just arrived home after a very pleasant week at the Naxos Beach Hotel. On arrival, after an hours drive from Catania it does appear very large, but we had a excellent check in, with a manager greeting you, and your cases took to your room quickly. The info given to us was in English, perhaps could have been a little more informative, about the beach sunbeds, and facilities etc. we stayed in the Main Hotel block, and as previously described was a typical 4* room, not a fantastic size, but okay, and we had a very large bathroom, and wonderful sea view. The air-con was excellent, and television received BBC World News,. and CNN - in English , the other channels foreign. The Evening meal I found absolutely fine, and I am a picky eater - lots of salad, main courses, desserts, and of course the free wine(a choice of three), and water, which was very nice. Breakfast I did not rate, a typical basic Continental - bread rolls, cake, tinned fruit, not very nice eggs, and sausage, cheese. I only went to breakfast for the coffee machine! which was excellent. The complex is in lovely gardens, some villettes (superior)are at the front, and others situated back a little. Everyone we spoke to seemed pleased with their accomodation. There are free sunbeds around the pools, which are large and square shaped, not free-form, but you have to pay for the beds on the beach, which we happily did for the week, on the front row (the different rows are different prices!). I did not like all the beach sellers, which targeted the front row, but I suppose they are all over Italy. The beach, and sea were fine, if a little cold!, and had life guards and security. We personally were a little disappointed with the entertainment at night - my teenage daughter was bored as there was no music for younger people, and it was not easy for her to socialise. After saying that myself and my husband enjoyed this holiday - Taormina is a gem, and there are a lot of nice places to visit. We would visit the area again, despite us not speaking Italian!, anjd would be happy to stay at this hotel. The Staff were all very friendly and helpful, anhd Mount Etna at sunset was amazing, if a little dirty!
We stayed at this Hotel for one week I wished I had booked for two weeks
First the place is very well organised from when you book -in to garden, catering, entertainment bar staff it caterer for all age groups but you won't see a football shirt in sight.Cleanliness has a high priority but the food did it for me the range of food from pasta to roast to fish and salads dishes were unbelieveable if you could not find anything you liked from the range there must be something wrong with your taste.The chefs and waiter were immaculate plus free local wine and water at table two if you wished the sweet table were covered with gateaux and local sweets of all sorts magnificant.You won't go wrong if you land here. I had my granddaugther with me she love it organised play for her 3 pools the beach other restaurants in the complex you could eat at.Entertainment every night at the open theatre or a bit more sophisticated go to the piano bar for after dinner coffee and drinks they have a grand piano with musicians of a high calibre quietly singing their songs and also they have a magician that come round the table who give you a personal show.Finally the garden are beautifull we stay in a villaette about 2miins walk from main Hotel, the room had AC,Fridge ,safe TV cleaned to high standerd every day plus you get transported there on arrival on electric buggy.Brillant place
Two weeks next time
We stayed at this hotel for one week in May 2004.
We had never been to Sicily before and felt that we could not have chosen a better spot for our holiday.
The hotel was wonderful, we stayed in one of the family Villettes, which is located on the vast, surrounding complex. The accommodation, the food and the array of facilities including three swimming pools was second to none. The staff were always friendly and helpful and our five-year-old son was captivated by the constant entertainment. - Even our baby of 13 months seemed to enjoy it.
This hotel would suit both families and couples alike, there's always something to do and if you like visiting the surrounding area then Taormina, a most beautiful and picturesque resport, is only a 15 minute bus ride away.
Unfortunately we cannot go back this year but we have just booked for 2006 - two weeks next time!
We would definitely recommend this one.
A Room With A View
We stayed in the main hotel block. The room was of moderate size and had twin beds but close enough to be touching. It lacked an easy chair or two in which to relax in. We would have preferred a bath to soak in, rather than the shower. The view from the balcony was superb overlooking both the beach ant Mount Etna. The hotel facilities were excellent and I would recommend a visit to the gym. The Hotel is surrounded with very spacious and well laid out grounds. The Hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. A free bottle of wine with the evening meal was a very pleasant surprise. The restaurant was perhaps a little disappointing in that the choice of main courses was a little limited. The antipasta, however, was a winner. Desserts were OK but I missed having an ice cream. The evening entertainment was so so, but I wouldn't rave about it, To be a little critical it was a cross between a gang show and its a knockout. The weather was very good and this made for an excellent holiday. Shame about Catania airport, which is an ordeal best to be forgotten.
What a fabulous Hotel - the best entertainment ever!
Stay here - you will not be disappointed. We had a 2-week holiday in July 2004 and wished we had stayed for a month. Location is excellent, the rooms are lovely and the food is of a high standard. Free wine with the evening meal - 2 bottles if you wanted. The atmosphere here is fantastic. The staff are lovely and the rooms are very clean - the whole hotel is spotless. We had a room in the main hotel block (described as deluxe rooms in the brochure but just your normal 4 star rooms - very modern and comfortable with fabulous views). The entertainment is unbelievable with live shows, dancing, theatrical productions in it's own amplitheatre etc. The brochure suggests a 'Butlins' type set up but don't be put off - it is classy and of a high standard. The resort is lovely and has fantatstic beaches but is only 15 minutes from Taormina which is the most fantastic place I have ever been too - we loved it - no football shirts, no gangs of girls/lads, it is cosmopolitan and well worth a visit. Go to this hotel in this resort - worth every one of its 4 stars. We had the best holiday ever and have already booked for 2005.
A truly value for money stay.
I highly recomend this Hotel.I had a 1 week stay at this place on the 2nd.week of August 2004.We stayed in a family villette at the village complex.
Great entertainment everyday,a really enjoyable stay.The staff were always nice and helpfull.Rooms were cleaned every day.
My wife and three kids thank all at The Golden Tulip for a really nice and comfortable stay.
You will definately see us again.
A holiday to remember
It is hard to know where to start with this hotel but practically everything was excellent and cannot be recommended too highly. The food, which was provided from a buffet, was delicious, varied daily with large choice each day and served with free water and wine, however, there was a charge for soft drinks. Unfortunately, the temptation was to begin at one end and work your way through all the dishes. The staff were of the highest standard whether working in the restaurant or hotel, providing tuition for the many sporting actvities or taking part in the nightly entertainment. The main performers for the entertainment were highly professional but could be seen helping around the hotel during the day and would be willing to talk.
Unfortunately, few spoke English but many of the other staff were fluent. Trips to places of interest were not cheap but worth taking. In particular the Aeolian Islands boat trip should not be missed nor should the Etna walk. Overall tremendous value and would satisfy all age groups from babies to senior citizens, although the size of site and the many steps might not suit those with mobility problems. A lasting memory was of one of the staff from the Kiddy Club, dressed in full bridal outfit, running to the beach, followed by her charges in a temperature of around 35 degress.
Club parco / naxos beach complex
Hotel and food wonderful, eat all you can buffet of very high standard with unlimited wine and bottled water. On 15th June, evening meal al-fresco. The gardens were sublty lit, and citronella candles prevented everyone getting eaten alive. Most of the staff wre helpful and polite, except the concierge. However that seems to be the same the world over. Impressive leisure facilities: 4 pools, one of which is Olympic size, tennis courts, mini golf, 5 a side football, basket ball, archery, gym, private beach, hairdresser, beauty salon, shops. Never had to worry about getting a sun lounger.The only down sides were that everything was in Italian, including how to book leisure activities and the hotel map (which you need as it's enormous). This made some aspects of the stay a little frustrating. Oh yes and as the food was so good, it made eating out at night a little uneccessary.Good base for those who want to be out of the main resort, and a little quieter, in good quality surroundings. We had a wonderful view of Mount Etna, much better than a sea view! It's also only a few minutes from the bus stop, where buses go every 1/2 hour to Taormina via Giardini Naxos at 2.5 euros return. Would recommend the hotel and especially the resort, would definately go back. Even my husband agrees, and he hates going on holiday !
This hotel is amazing. I really really loved it. It has 3 pools, 1 olympic size, tennis courts, football pitch, mini golfcourse and loads of activities.The staff are brilliant. Theres nightly entertainment and music for younger groups at night. The rooms are big, clean and have everything you could ask for from a 4star resort. The food was also terrific. I recommend this to anyone, its simply is amazing. Just talking about it makes me want to go back. Stay here, you won't be disappointed.