It's always interesting to see what other people have to say and I always look at the extreme opinions , mostly for entertainment as they usually say more about the reviewer than the reviewed. This place rates only one terrible vote from a Viennese businessman. What was he doing in Menfi on business? He proves my point. The management were wrong to respond to him and should just blacklist him!
It's difficult not to give this place 5 stars but on the other hand there is no point reviewing if not to criticise. There are a few points
You really have to understand that it is quite remote. Not their fault---that is just where it is. So it's a good drive for any days out. That means Agrigento, Erice etc
The hotel is non smoking. Sort of. Our German neighbour puffed his disgusting cigar on the terrace next to our open window (ugh) and by the pool and nobody stopped him. I wasn't in the mood for a fight so just moved away. This is very very bad. I suppose the old allies have to stick together!
The food is of course very good. But the menu did not change all week. That means that if you have any food restrictions at all you may get stuck.
Breakfast. Lovely setting but sameish and no great spread.
Staff mostly v good but some of ( I should say one of) the girls a bit on the cold side.
We would certainly go again for a good rest. Take plenty of books.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The La Foresteria resort is the hallmark of the hospitality of the Planeta family, the ambassadors of Sicily and of its fine wines and oils throughout the world. Located on the southwestern coast of Sicily, in Menfi, a town between Selinunte and Agrigento, it bears resemblance with a typical village of rural homes standing on the hill to watch over the surrounding vineyards and olive groves. An enchanting site located just 4 km away from the crystal-clear sea and the beaches of fine sand of Porto Palo, which has attained 16 Blue Flags, an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to seaside resorts that meet criteria on sustainable environmental management. La Foresteria has 14 spacious rooms, each of which blends together a sense of essentiality and style to offer a vacation truly Mediterranean in spirit in a place of genuine beauty and superb hospitality of the Planeta family. A stay at La Foresteria means enjoying a special vacation and unique experiences: the cooking course that our chef Angelo Pumilia holds to teach you the recipes of the Planeta family and the secrets of traditional Sicilian cuisine, from Sicilian-style pasta with sardines to "true" caponata, from the superb timbale in Ricotta cheese crust to scabbardfish with herbs. Every recipe is made with local ingredients and finely matched with the best Planeta wines. While staying at La Foresteria, you can visit the wine cellar where you can taste wines matched with the dishes of "Casa Planeta". The resort also offers a wide range of services: a restaurant, a marvelous deck level swimming pool, a relaxing Turkish bath, fitness area, bicycles at your disposal for ride to explore the nearby olive groves and vineyards, guided tours to archaeological sites of Selinunte, Agrigento (Valley of Temples), and Segesta. Please refer to the calendar of events and happenings with all the available offers to choose the type of stay you prefer: wellness, sea, romantic, fine cuisine (and drinking), cultural, weekend, last-minute. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Foresteria Planeta Estate Menfi, Sicily, Italy