I have just returned from Villa Santa Maria on the Amalfi coast and I have to say it is the most luxurious and beautiful villa I have ever seen! The accomodation was second to none and I doubt if I will ever experience the likes of it again. My sister booked it for her wedding and it really was the dream location. I feel I do have to warn potential guests of a few drawbacks however! There are 150 steps down to the villa from the road, which becomes a major nightmare when you are struggling up them - especially in a bridesmaid dress or wedding dress! My parents are in their sixties and they found it very difficult. It is not a villa designed for the elderly, disabled or young children! Apart from that, everything went swimmingly until the final morning when Cristina, the owner, arrived and tried to fleece the newly married couple! Like they hadn't paid enough for the place in the first place! She wanted them to pay for the maintenance of her jacuzzi, despite no damage being done! As well as that, a child in the party accidentally broke a vase which said seven euro on the bottom. She wanted them to pay 145! It really ruined tha last day for everyone, especially the newly weds and really wasn't a pleasant experience. We are decent people who have respect for other peoples' property and we were treated like we had committed a cardinal sin! A word of warning to anyone who stays!
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