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Valle di Mare Country Resort

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Welcome to Valle di Mare Resort…dipped in the nature, between olive-trees and orange blossom scent, is the ideal for an holiday where time, space, colour and smell are melted in a serenity harmony…Valle di Mare Resort is located in Fontane Bianche, just a short distance from Siracusa and Noto. This evocative resort is a perfect retreat for relaxing holiday, offering comfortable accomodation and an informal atmosphere, complimented by beautiful surroundings and tasty Sicilian cuisine. This is a perfect place to enjoy the magical blend of tradition, history and the sea along with the warmth and hospitality of the Sicilian people.A charming and comfortable resort that offers guests the possibility of a holiday of relaxation and fun. A fair mix to please the expectations of all guests.Some of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Sicily are within easy reach, including Siracusa, Noto and Pantalica (United Nations World Heritage Sites). Futhermore, the nature reserve of Vendicari and the protected coastal area of Plemmirio are just a short distance away.Our philosophy of you will forget about your daily routine…You will live your vacation without rigid schedules. You can manage your independent holiday. The reception is open from 7.30 to 21, will always be at your disposal for every need.A casual atmosphere to enjoy a stay in freedom, in the magical blend of tradition and history on the one hand, the hospitality and the warmth of our land other. You will enjoy the ease and care for details, in contact with the extraordinary beauty of the sea, with nature and with the ancient history of our land.From morning to night, you will experience days full of activities.Sea, pool, sun, wellness, exscursions, live music, disco-bar, waiting for you to
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Free parking
Restaurant
Pool
Free Internet
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Breakfast included
Airport transportation
Banquet Room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Concierge
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Sauna
Wheelchair access
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Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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My husband and I celebrated our wedding with friends at Valle di Mare this Spring. I booked almost all the rooms for the weekend and organized a small ceremony and the reception at the resort. The place was just perfect. Staff: The owners Anna, Alessandro, Lara and Alessia are just amazing people that helped all the way accommodating every request with kindness and grace. Their team helping out at the resort (bar, restaurant, rooms) is outstanding and a special thanks go to Noemi, who was extraordinary in helping us out during the whole weekend. If you want to organize a classy wedding or any other kind of party tailored to your need Anna is the perfect person to contact. She has great organizational and emotional intelligence and has been my understanding my needs and anticipating my requests better than any wedding planner could ever do. Location: 10/10 the garden is stunning, the resort has 27/28 rooms which are connected to the poll/restaurant area and reception. The beach is 10 minutes away and reachable through a very beautiful walk in the Sicilian vegetation (lemon trees, figs and olive trees). The resort is a bit outside but walking distance from Fontane Bianche, so only 15 minutes by car away from both Siracusa, Avola and Noto. Marzamemi and Ragusa are also easily reachable and the place is easily reachable from CTA and Comiso airports. The resort has plenty of parking space. So all my friends were in the same place at different times of day and not just for the actual ceremony, at the same time they were able to easily tour nearby beautiful locations! Food: 10/10; Breakfast Sicilian style was very good. The restaurant and bar service was spotless. The catering at the reception exactly as I requested - the wine was very high quality and the oysters huge!! Overall very fairly priced. Accommodations: the rooms are very very clean and pretty. There is no wifi in the rooms but you are not gonna spend much time there as the nature around is so gorgeous and there is a lot to do, Internet can be easily accessed around the reception area and reception is good with data.
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This is definitely not a 4 star resort, 3 star at best. The positives are very nice surrounding gardens, very good pool, very good breakfast (with fresh eggs), staff friendly and attentive, trying their best for the customers, ample secure parking, very close to the beach (with public beach areas which are free) where it is safe to swim. There is WiFi but only in the reception/breakfast area. You will definitely need a car and drive to Syracuse for restaurants, bars, shops and wonderfully picturesque old town (the best in Sicily). The downsides are the rooms are dark and gloomy (though the bathrooms are good size and brighter) and beds and pillows are hard and rather worn. No soap. You must keep all doors and windows shut at all times otherwise you'll be massacred by mosquitoes. It's a long walk to find any bars or restaurants (extremely limited choice in Fontana Bianci). The beach is small and dirty. Unfortunately during our stay there were heavy thunderstorms resulting in some flooding and the water poured into the room through light fittings and air conditioning unit. So the chalets desperately need maintenance and updating.
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We were originally staying in Hotel Bella Regis but we're offered this instead by Said hotel because of a technical problem. We were told it was a four star and normally more expensive but that we could have it at the price of our booking at Bella Regia and this part of the offer was fulfilled. It wasn't ideal because we wanted to be within walking distance of other restaurants but as Fontane Bianche was quieter than we expected and as the pool at Valle Di Mare is very good we decided to give it a go. The whole place has a grand entrance to the main driveway and secure parking which is fine. The reception doors need updating and the whole place feels as if it needs an update to deserve a four star rating. The chalet style accommodation is disappointing. You expect a window at least but the only external light is through louvered slats in the front door (which is not very secure). There is a window in the bathroom but obviously you don't want the bathroom door open all the time. The bedroom is a small double and adequately equipped as described on the website but again needs updating and feels gloomy. End of season there is the risk of rain for a day at least so spending some time watching TV in the chalet is unavoidable. We were lucky with the weather until the last night when there was very heavy rain. I woke up at 6am and found a leak in the bathroom, investigating further I found it was dripping down the main light fitting, the air-conditioning unit and down the wall over the fusebox. I was concerned about losing power completely and we parked up our belongings to get these in the car before anything got wet. Here there is another problem, reception is not open overnight, only from about 7am to 9pm, so we waited until breakfast and during a break in the rain. Reception were helpful and offered to find us another chalet but this would take at least two or three hours. We decided to cut our losses in the end and get a hotel near the airport for our last night in case there were more problems caused by the rain. This was heavy rain even for this time of year and there was some flooding on the roads. However we felt that even given that it was the end of season the place was poorly maintained. Except for the pool which was great.
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Beautiful place, amazing swimming pool, first quality food, staff very welcoming, kind and helpful, rooms very clean and tidy, garden are green and well looked after, nice playground for children Anna, the owner, she is always special to us. We love Valle di Mare!
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We stayed at this hotel for about 5 days, coming on a late evening and leaving on a monday. There are many positive aspects by choosing this hotel, but especially for a family with two small kids, some things didn't turn out as we expected. The hotel is in a beautiful green location, the garden is very well taken care (although, on our first morning - we were already awake - some of the hotel guests got woken up by the gardeners cutting the grass nearby their room) and everything looks charming. Appearance wise it was like being in a very peaceful oasis. And we were grateful to not be too closed to the beach, in a sense, in order to appreciate better the calm and general quietness. Our double room was quite spacious with two decent wardrobes. A small fridge could accomodate just a couple of water bottles. The air conditioning was our saviour and thankfully it worked just fine, however, it didn't remove the smell of humidity and mold that was the first thing I felt when entering the room. Small humidity problems were visible in the bathroom (between tiles and wall) and in our bedroom wall. The bathroom was quite big, but unfortunately the shower was definitely old, that gave a very strong "3 stars" footprint. The cleaning of the room was quite alright but I would expect, nowadays, a more environmental approach to both the soaps and amenities provided in the bathroom, and to how to sort out trash, although I know that generally in Sicily this aspect is not very well considered. The playground just outside our door was nice, but needs to be fixed up and made more safe. It would be good also to place some benches around the place so that the parents do not need just to stand up. The pool area was amazing! Although the pool should be with tiles and not a liner for being in a 4-stars hotel, watching the sunset while eating dinner or bathing in the pool when we were too lazy to go to the beach, was just great. It would be nice if the bar would offer a small menu of finger food, fresh fruit, kids snacks to offer to the guests. The staff (except some rare cases at the restaurant) were incredibly helpful and kind: this was definitely the best aspect of the whole staying! We booked also the beach service although we didn't exploit it fully since between bad weather, lazyness and kids, sometimes it was a bit heavy to decide to take the care to go there. We never took the "bus service" (which I think was merely a car driving us to the beach) because we wanted to have a certain degree of flexibility to leave whenever it would be necessary. We did have then to pay some parking fee (3 euro per day) nearby the beach. This was not a big cost, but I think it should be part of a deal between the hotel and the beach. The beach (Lido Fontane Bianche) was quite packed (but of course, this was high season), the beach very clean and the sea almost like being at the Maldives, warm and calm and crystal clear (especially in the morning). Funny but a bit too chaotic at times the entertainment on the beach. Maybe it could be a bit more discrete. Unfortunately, though we were disappointed by some major few things: 1) We were there for resting and relaxing. With two small kids one really needs that. That was unfortunately not possible due to the loud music coming from the pool area during the evenings. However, the worse was during a wedding event. Fireworks were shot around midnight just outside our room. One of our kids woke up and fell asleep after two hours. 2) The food at the restaurant was unfortunately very plain and uninspired. It was not properly seasoned, it was not very well cooked and it was generally blend. Most of the appetizers and some "secondo" were classically served on a bed of unseasoned sallad. 3) The breakfast was not matching a 4-stars hotel expectations. I didn't mind that it focused on sweet stuff, but the variation was minimal (4 homebaked cakes were served every morning and they were always the same, even dry!), there was no fresh fruit, the yogurt was served through a freezing machine (and it tasted unfortunately bad). There is a visible effort to make some improvements (classical sicilian bread served with honey, oregano and cheese), but having juice possibly not freshly squeezed should be a must! 4) The service at the restaurant was very slow and often very irritating. With two small kids, not sicilian and hence usually eating between 17:30 and 18, eating at 20:30 was unacceptable. We wrote small notes on the paper where we decided the menu for the evening, and I could see that the staff had read and wanted to help us out, but the last night our "secondo" took about one hour and half to come. Our kids were dreadfully tired and it was 22 o' clock. The buffet night, the food should be served at 20:30. We asked to get some simple food for the kids served earlier (which we managed to get) however, the buffet for some strange reason was not ready until 21:10. Our kids were too tired and we decided to put them to bed and then come back. Once back, at 22, the food was all gone despite the fact that we had informed one of the waiters. We got some "leftover" although everyone else was eating the fruit that was available, but we didn't get the whole choice of food. Alltogether, we did enjoy most of our staying but there are big areas of improvements, especially for what concerns the food and welcoming family from North Europe (with small kids).
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PRICE RANGE
$96 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ItalySicilyProvince of SyracuseSyracuseFontane Bianche
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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