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... there last night (performances are booked out months prior), and a popular Italian singer was playing tonight to a full house. Even at the back of the amphitheatre, you felt you we're right at the stage, very personal. All Greek amphitheatre's have a great backdrop, this one is no exception...Mount Etna! To complete the wow factor, at the top the back of the amphitheatre gives stunning views of the coast in front and behind from so high up. You can ...
After a good nights sleep and a full breakfast, we were well fuelled for our trip to Palermo, which we was 80kms from where we were staying. Uneventful drive until we hit the town itself. Wow, it is hard to get around with numerous one ways streets. We finished down near the sea and stopped to get out a stretch our legs. It would have been hard to drive around Palermo, so kudos to Neil! Whilst we were stretching the legs a bloke called Christian who had a tuk tuk got talking ...
... the coastal road to Cefalu for around 15 kms which was very scenic. Got to Cefalu. Drove down a narrow road to a dead end. Managed to turn around and get back after a few hairy moments. But worse was to come. We went around the side of a mountain to find old Cefalu. Thought we would continue and we did taking no notice of signs in Italian we did not understand!. Problem was the streets got narrower and narrower, with yours truely driving! We made our ...
... a working passenger train for all the towns around the mountain. Eventually we got to Catania, the end of the line. We caught a normal train back to our where we thought our car was, but it was one station away from where we needed to be. A local couple rescued us and took Neil and I to our car and showed us the way back, which we would never have found, probably stranding the girls back at ...
Well bloggers, today was a hot one in more ways than one. Sicily showed it can dish up some heat...42C it got to today, right about the time we were walking through the ancient ruins at Siracusa. Day started rather late as Neil had a couple of things to attend to, so down towards the south of Sicily we went via the auto strad (freeway). It still took us around 90 minutes to travel some 100 kms (via Catania) to get there. Thank heavens the air con in the Volvo is good, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hellenia Yachting Hotel Giardini Naxos
A good base
Just back from here last week. Went to 10 days independantly. The hotel was very clean and the staff, once we made the effort to speak in Italian were great. The hotel bar staff were lovely (even the Peter Andre wannabe eventually cracked a smile). We stayed B&B in a standard room. We were over the main reception area and other than no lovely sea view this was fine. The rooms were smallish but perfectly functional. Always clean. The breakfast staff were very good, remembering our beverage order each day. We had to get down to the pool area early each day to secure a sunbed. Otherwise there was charge to sit on a bed on the private beach - didn't understand why as we were hotel residents? We went on three trips. Sunset over Etna - wear trainers and take warm clothes as it involves trekking and there is still a touch of snow at the top. An island trip to Panarea and Stromboli which was great (i'd go back to Panarea if I wanted a 5 star chilled out break) and then a boat trip with 'Pepe' who called each day at the beach with his serenading and 'Hello, hello' call. Was a short but fun trip. Our real discovery was taking the bus up to Taormina - 15 minutes and 2euros60. This place is perfect for evening storlling and dinner. Couldn't fault it and there were so many places to eat or drink plus some lovely designer boutiques with bargains. We also went to the Greek Amphitheatre to see a concert and this was another amzing evening. Hotel Hellenia was a good base to go off and explore. One last tip - the cab from Catania to Hotel Hellenia was 100euros, but we got the bus back to the airport from around the corner from the hotel and it was 4 euros each!
Nice 3 star hotel, but certainly not a 4 star. At least for their standard rooms. I visited a Deluxe which consists of a view and little more surface.
Rooms are not that comfortable and beds are extremly hard.
Front Desk staff rude. Breakfast crew very nice.
Nice location for the beach. 15 mn walk to the center of the town. Keep it in mind if you are not willing to walk too much.
Not worth the money I spend. I won't go back if I ever go to Giardini Naxos again.
Simply One Of The Best!!!
Stayed at the Hellenia Hotel from June 26th for 1 week with my wife. As soon as we arrived we had made a good choice, after a recomendation. We paid for an upgrade to a delux room with sea view and very large balcony, definatley worth the extra.
All the staff were excellent, especially in the dinning room at breakfast & dinner, fantastic choice of meals and wine. Hotel is located right on the beach which is fine for swimming and bathing, the hotel pool was very good and the pool bar service was excellent. The only down sound to this wonderful hotel was the location, surrounding area not to good, worth the 20 minute bus ride to Taiormina which is a wonderful town. My wife and I have stayed at a number of 4 star hotels and this has to be quite simply.... one of the best!
We were referred to the Hotel Hellenia Yachtimg by an agent. He couldn't have selected a better place for our needs with clean, old world atmosphere almost lush, bright, great with friendly staff and great dining (morning & night). Our room had a terrace looking out over the pool and sea. It was magical & worth the extra charge. The location is excellent and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and other diversions.
Will return next year with a group as our first choice in this wonderful area.
You can't go wrong.
If you want a great 4* hotel, then you cannot go wrong with the Hellenia. The location is ideal, quiet enough for a relaxing holiday, but close enough to the resort for shops and restaurants. The staff at the hotel were great and the restaurant offered high quality food, especially on the Sicilian night where you get to taste a vast amount of local dishes. This hotel comes highly recommended.
Loved the view from our Hotel bedroom
We spent 8 nights at the hotel (Parents and three teenage children) - Bed & Breakfast. Rooms were excellent and as we had a balcony with sea view I would highly recommend this option which was worth the extra amount. Staff were very courteous. Except for the outdoor swimming pool there wasn't much too encourage you to stay around the hotel so we certainly explored the locality, having hired a car in Catania Airport in advance. Mount Etna was very spectacular and certainly is worth a visit. Giardini Naxos doesn't really have too much to offer in the unspoilt beach department so one needs to travel further afield.
Like a Paradore
We enjoyed Hellenia Yachting hotel very much . It placed in a very conveniet spot, Not crowded, The see view is charming so as the privet beach of the hotel. The room is big, convenient and has all 4 star hotels offer. The in site vew remind us paradores in Spain We got excellent treatment from all the employees. If we will vizit Sicily once more we will make reservation at Hellenia Yachting hotel again for sure. (The only thing that shuld fixed is the flowing water in the bathtub, it's very weak). Thank you again
Hotel with a Great Attitude!
The Hellenia Yachting Hotel is by far the best hotel I have stayed in throughout Italy and Sicily. Others establishments should take note.
The staff is friendly, most helpful, and courteous. The constantly go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant experience. The dining area on the premises is elegant, with superior professional service.
Every meal is a 5-star event.
Hellenia Yachting Hotel Excellent
We have just returned from Sicily and had a wonderful time at this hotel. The service and food were excellent the best we have ever had. The choice and variety will be hard to beat. All the staff were friendly although some didn't speak much English, but we had no problems making ourselves understood. The only down side was the swimming pool, which urgently needs refurbishing. It is only a short bus ride to Taormina which is well worth the trip and highly recommended. A great hotel booked with Blue Sky Direct.
The Hotel is beautiful, not a giant commercial lump of cement, but certainly a cosy well decorated and tasteful affair, Located in the Heart of Giardini Naxos, it has it's own Private Beach which we found to be pleassant, clean and peaceful. Staff are helpful and charming.The highlight of this Hotel has to be the absoloutely exquisite dining rooms, and the sumptuous breakfast, lunches, and especially dinners, served in the highest professional standards I have experienced for a long time in any hotel, the food is a real culinary experience. Highlights are the weeekly outdoor pool side b-b-q's with entertainment, I highly reccomend this place, we'll be back yera after year, thats for sure.