Just got back two days ago from a one week stay at Kamarina Club Med. I went with my Mum, Dad and 11yr old sister and being a 17yr old as I am, I didn't mind where I was going, as long as I got a tan. But I looked up resorts/hotels and actually found this resort myself, read a couple of reviews good but bad. This got me slightly concerned, but it was too late as my dad already booked it for the week of my Mum's birthday (which she fancied going to Sicily anyway).
We arrived there, luckily along with a couple other ENGLISH families by coach. Eventually we separated out to our rooms. My family and I went first to our bungalow right on the far end of the Villagio, as dad thought it would have less chance of noise, and more privacy. Being hot and bothered of the journey, it was nice to come in to a cool air conditioned room. It was about 6pm, so the resort was quietening down, when my father and I went to look around.
The main pool was massive, a big shallow end, then a long bit for pro-like swimmers to do some strokes and such, then a deeper end shallowing towards the edge. This place was always lively. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the foam pool party about an hour before we arrived. There's easy access to the Agora bar and just a pathway down from the opposite side of the bar to the main beach. Also the Spa and Gym are just up the steps from the pool. You have to make sure to book as early as you can for the Spa. My mum was lucky enough to have a session booked on the last day. The gym was good, alot more younger people tended to be there. Then there's the hotel pool, where my Aunt and Uncle were at most of the time as they were staying at the hotel. They arrived a day before us. This pool is smaller, but quieter for those who prefer the relaxation. The beaches were like the pools. One busier than the other. However I went to the busier one as that's where some activities where, also a beach restaurant as well.
Regretfully, my family and didn't do many activities during our stay. Some of the good ones had to be paid for and where quite expensive, e.g. Paraflying. But I'm happy we went for quad biking which was a lot of fun. Paid for but worth it! Never checked out the Passworld club, as my English friend went to see it and said it was fully packed of Frenchies.
There are alot more activities we could of done, but what was a shame was all the French! And because of the French, the staff bothered to speak French only. Therefore, us Brits started feeling alienated. We couldn't understand the shows, the announcements, the staff telling us what to do in the unpaid activities. I was getting desperate to find some more english people, especially those of my age. Luckily I did after a couple of days. An English family of 5 teens, 8yr old and parents. Eventually, by the end of the week I seemed to have form a big english group, some leaving, then more joined. I spent every night with them clubbing at the El Cavillo Marino, which i found better than the Ibiza beach parties. Then we eventually hung around with French people who could speak a little English and some Belgium families.
What I thought was quite rude, was when some staff found out my family and I were English, they then didn't bother to really talk to us like they did with the French. Again, favouritism. But I give big shout-outs to Jami (canadian barman) who made my Mum smile all the time. And also Ricardo (reception 12-8am), I think it was, who me and my friends talked to on my last night, who we just all seemed to like.
All restaurants served equally a good range of foods/buffets. Don't be afraid of the beetle bugs that you see flying around the Resort, if they end up curled in your hair, ladies. The staff told me they are a good sign of healthy long lasting hair when i was at the Volcano restaurant! Haha. I would like to mention as well, that every night there is a dress code, it might be a good idea to ask about that before you go or look it up on the activities board when you're there. We had no clue about it on our first nights, which made us Brits stand out! You'll eventually turn keen to join in with the clothing, so they'll have some really nice good quality clothes for you at the resort shops.
Last thing to mention is if you are either staying for two weeks, or don't fancy a lot of the resorts activities, then I would go to some of the excursions they do. I really wanted to go to Syracusa, however they only offer this trip on Wednesdays. They did not mention this on the website, as we could of booked to come earlier in time. Instead we went shopping in Ragusa. A quite town, but really nice shops. Shame they closed after a couple of hours for Lunch or something, so we stopped at the shopping centre which was still open. Club Med also suggested a restaurant called L'Oste Nero outside the resort, along the coast. We decided to go there for my Mum's b'day. The food and service was absolutely brilliant. As we left the restaurant, the village was so lively and beautiful, we finally felt more in Sicily, everyone Italian. It had a band up on this stage by the church and it was one of the best nights!
By the end of our stay, I started to slightly enjoy it, and now miss being there with all my friends. On the down side, I doubt the rest of my family had a better time than me at the resort, and there's a very small chance we will be back at this Club Med. But it's a good note to say for ourselves that we have experienced the worst now, being our first, and hope that other Club Meds won't let us down again. If you still think of going here, I also suggest to go in August, as my friend went that time and said 'as there were a lot more English than French, all staff in shows etc talk in English.'
*sorry for the long note. Teen's say!
- Also Known As:
- Club Med Kamarina Hotel Ragusa
- Club Med Kamarina Hotel
- Kamarina Club Med
- Club Med Ragusa
- Ragusa Club Med
- Club Med Kamarina Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the land of Etna, where steep alleyways and flower-filled squares look out over the Mediterranean! Kamarina is where you can appreciate Sicily from beneath the shade of its olive trees. You can inhale the scent of the bougainvilleas as you stroll the paved walkways of the Resort, or freshen up in Club Med's largest swimming pool. In this vast 96-hectare Resort, which offers the pleasures of roller blading, tennis or sailing, children and adults alike can discover a 100% family holiday. ... more less