My stay at Villa Maria was truly an amazing experience. This was a rare occasion for my family to all to be in the same place as we are spread across the world so it was important to us that we had a great time. We arrived on the 10th of August and left on the 22nd August. My father's 70th birthday was on the 19th of August and I was incredibly impressed with the way the hotel so kindly organised the cooking class that I had booked in February. We could not have asked for anything better.
We also received the most generous assistance from Profesori Palumbo arranging for my fiancé to visit a local doctor to examine his ear which he had some problems with for a few days. This was well beyond what I would normally expect from the owner of a hotel and we were ever so grateful for the help, which meant a lot to us. This is customer service at its absolute best.
The staff was amazing and one of the the lovely lady's working in reception organised for the delivery of my engagement ring from Minori to the hotel after some discussions with a local jeweller which saved us half a day which we could spend doing something together with the family.
If you do visit Villa Maria I would highly recommend taking the cooking class. The experience was truly great. The produce is picked from the vegetable garden and it is amazingly fresh and tastes gorgeous. This is a class where you cook yourself under the supervision of the chef and it was great to get involved and to make the great dishes we then presented to the rest of the family at a lunch which was served in the outside dining area by the old heritage kitchen looking over the valley. I now use what I learnt in my every day cooking and it is great.
The staff did everything to ensure that we had the best of the best throughout our stay and made us really feel like we were at home and not on holiday. The rooms were in great condition and the food at a top standard. The swimming pool is at the sister hotel Villa Giordano a few minutes away. Hotel Giordano also offers a spa with a wide range of treatments.
Please be aware that August can be very hot and the best time to be out on the many walking trails are in the early morning.
Great service, great food and all in all a great holiday!