We loved this place. It was the only 4 star hotel on our trip through Sicily, Calabria and Tuscany, but it easily outclassed the other properties, which were all 5 star. The resort is set in a beautiful garden, perfectly landscaped and maintained. It escapes me how they keep the grass so fresh and green in high August when the whole Sicily feels like a desert. But they do. You live in simple but nice houses, each with its own terrace. Very quiet, absolutely no disturbance from the other guests. The pools (one small, one mid-size) are lovely and they never felt crowded, in spite of the August holiday fever. The staff is extremely friendly, they joke with the kids, they absolutely have the can-do attitude which you don't always find in Europe. You can see Etna from the hotel grounds and you can walk to a grocery store in Gaggi, and if you wih, you can drive to the insane hustle that is Taormina, but when you are at Alcantara, it's quiet. It was a good base to explore Etna, Taormina, Siracuse, yes we even drove to Agrigento and it was great. My only complaint would be that the pool time ends at 7 pm which feels too early. We did not know about the rule on the first evening and the kids took a swim, but no one gave bad looks, which is in line with the friendly attitude of the place. Just make it 9 pm guys.
- Also Known As:
- Alcantara Resort Sicily/Gaggi, Italy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alcantara Resort is set in the beautiful valley of Alcantara, 7 Km. away from Taormina and very close to the magnificent gorges of Alcantara. The resort has 21 rooms, all them arranged in sicilian style and all of them are spacious and bright, classically furnished and equipped with private bedroom, mini-bar, piped music, TV with satellite channels, Internet Wi-fi. ... more less
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