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Eden Village Premium Sikania Resort & SPA
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was in Sikania Resort last june. It is a little bit away from the airport, but everything there is perfect. The staff very helpful.
But the beach, the beach is fantastic. Big, broad, long and sandy beach.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Kalin K
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Spent three nights there and it is a beautiful place to stay to get away from it all.....IF...... the weather is kind to you.
Unfortunately there was strong winds when I was there which took away from the whole experience because visually the place offered so much. Excellent pool, beautiful views and close to the beach.
Food was ok and good range. Cleanliness of the room could have been improved but the shower had excellent power.
Bed was as noisy as a highway and noise from the walkways was an issue.....if you wanted to sleep a bit.

Room Tip: If you want a good sleep choose a room towards the back end of the resort.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Paul P
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

1. Weather: Sicily is in the path of the Sirocco - supposedly a hot dry wind from the Sahara - but only with the right weather conditions. For us it was a cold, biting and annoying wind, and we hadn't taken jackets, hoodies etc. The sun was fierce, but the wind cold, which made sunbathing AND sitting in the shade uncomfortable. TIP- take some warm clothing and trainers, in case.
2. Food and drink: We found all the food tasty, well prepared and of good quality - hot (tepid, more accurately) meals mainly fish and pork - and plenty of choice for vegetarians too. Sausages, bacon and scrambled eggs available for very early risers, plus free coffee and tea ONLY with breakfast and for and hour in the afternoon - practically undrinkable and always tepid. Undrinkable red and white wine, and Nastro Azzuro beer available at lunch and dinner. Several holidaymakers filled their water bottles from the wine taps and carried out. The bar was generally expensive - a bottle of cheap, red, more drinkable wine from the bar - 16 Euros. Bar drinks are paid for with a prepay charge card, only available from reception, and its easy for a couple to spend 50 euros per day - 2 drinks at lunch, 3 in the evening and a couple of coffees. TIP: Take your own travel kettle, tea and coffee and make your own.
3. Accommodation: The ground floor rooms are good - spacious, plenty of storage, TV and hairdryer that work well, and a nice patio with table and chairs. They are kept immaculately clean and the bath towels are huge and fluffy. The upstairs rooms are less good, and the balconies are too small - hardly accommodate two adults. We were at the farthest end of the complex and found it no trouble strolling back and forth, but with children and numerous trips back to the room it might be a drag. The gardens are beautiful, well maintained, and lit at night. TIP: Ask for a ground floor room
4. Beach: Perfect, with good loungers and plenty of shade. Also a 'dip' area just behind the beach, which might reduce wind chill, close to the beach bar (not open in May).
5. Pool: Attractive area with plenty of loungers. You get a 'towel card' with your welcome pack, which you exchange for a towel and are told when you can change it. Pool is unheated. Sometimes ruined by very loud Italian hip hop etc. being played by the ents team
6. Location: Ghastly. There is no village of Butera, and nowhere to walk to off site. You cannot top up on supplies without a 15 Euro trip to Gela - not the most attractive town anyway, with not much of interest. All trips must be paid for in cash, and there is no ATM or cashing facility on site (unsurprisingly, you CAN top up your bar prepay card with a credit/debit card). The couple of shops on site stock practically nothing - just some souvenirs and a few beachtoys. As others have pointed out, no wifi and poor roaming service.
TIP: Take enough cash with you, and everything you need. Smokers stock up - no tobacco/lighters etc. for sale on site. Leave your ipad at home.
7. Entertainment: Lots for kids, although the language barrier may inhibit some of them. Lots for adults too, with a team of very likeable entertainers that work hard to include everyone. The after lunch session by the bar is very amusing, and there is dancing, karaoke, discos etc. Everyone takes their children with them and the babies sleep peacefully in their prams.
TIP: Join in! Even without the language, humour is universal and you can usually get the gist of what's going on. If you show any sign of interest the Italians will do everything to include and help you, although the bar staff are just rude and unhelpful to everyone over 18.
8. Information: None in English or any language other than Italian. This is a real drawback, as all the 'whats on' info is unreadable, meaning you may well miss events you wanted to attend. Also, the information in trips is unreadable, so make sure you know where you want to visit before you go. Trip to Agrigento 50 Euros, trip to Etna 50 Euros, plus cable car fare if you want to go above 'base camp' - poss another 50 Euros.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank mouldylocks
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you wanted a week in the sun then this is for you. However there is no amenities close by and taxis are very, very expensive. The hotel staff speak little English and are not over friendly. Food okay but at the weekend when the locals arrive it is like a bun fight and I have never seen so much food wasted.
The beach is long and clean and the sand lovely.
Quite a way from the reception/ dining areas to the rooms and would be unpleasant if it was raining.
The gardens are kept well but the complex remote.
Cleanliness good in the rooms but the dining area especially outside needed a good power wash.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Margaret N
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The good:

The place is clean. The rooms are nice. The beds are big. The nature is beautiful. The beach is OK. Dinner and supper are good. This place is good... for Sicilians, or people who aren't really interested in Sicily, but need a few days away from everything.

The bad:

The place is in the middle of nowhere, between Gela and Licata, and there is no public transport to any of them. If you plan to travel and don't have a car, then this place is NOT for you. Definitely not for backpackers! There are options to hire a car or taxi, but the prices are ridiculous. We were part of an organized group. Fortunately, our tour operator organized trips to various interesting places in Sicily, so this saved us.

Forget about Internet. There is no free wi-fi in the hotel. You can use Internet at the reception, for 5 EUR per hour. The reception is some good 100 meters from the first rooms, so do not expect to have internet at your room even if you pay. Actually, do not expect to have a cell phone reception in your rooms either. The apartments seem to be located in a blind spot, where only one of the local cell-phone operators (Wind) has coverage sometimes. I guess, this rules out 3G too.

The staff at the hotel is not quite OK with English. We had a problem in our room that needed to be fixed - a missing dispenser with soap in the bathroom. It took them three days to fix it and about 3-4 reminders. I really don't know if they managed to understand what the problem was. It was fixed when I dragged someone to our room and showed the problem in person.

The bathroom in our room was divided from the toilette with a curtain. There was no cabin. A lot of water from the shower went to the toilette and sink part, and because of the wrong tilt, it stayed there. This made the usin of the toilette quite dangerous after shower. Basically, the bathroom needs a cabin badly. This may be dangerous for senior citizens. A person from our groop slipped and hurt her hand badly.

As I mentioned, the supper and dinner were OK. However, the breakfast was very repetative. The same sausage/salami and cheese for a whole week. Since we went on many organized trips, we were entitled to dry packages for lunch. They sucked big time, but I guess this was not a problem of the hotel. However, they could make them a little bit more tasty.

Overall, the hotel was not bad, but it was not quite suitable for the purpose of our stay in Sicily.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank iliyap_13
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Pretty resort by sandy beach but very isolated and a car is required. Rooms are clean and fairly spacious although ground floor lacks privacy and curtains have to be kept closed. Food good and plentiful with lots of cakes if you like that sort of thing. Only complaint is terrible coffee (from machine) at breakfast and the red wine is not really drinkable although the white was fairly good. It helps to speak Italian as their knowledge is basic. Lots of music and activities all through the day which is not everyone's taste, but good if you have children. Watch for the extra charge for their obligatory 'activity clubcard' if not included in your holiday cost. We enjoyed ourselves but explored Agrigento, Syracuse, Villa Romana, Ragusa, Modica, etc, so were away quite a lot - a good base.

Room Tip: Top floor more private but smaller. Ground floor has good patio but less privacy.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank explorefamily
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Hi to fellow travellers! What a shame to go to Sicily and not to see any of it!

After day 1 we resigned ourselves to accepting our stay here to be of complete relaxation, reading and crossword puzzles. The resort was so isolated, there were no buses, only expensive taxis, difficult for car hire once here, although now I wish we had tried, but this would not be a base for touring. Organised trips appeared to be once a week, and we missed our chance day after our arrival, as we felt too tired, but no more trips came up during our stay.

There were no English explanations around the resort, and none in our room, no resort/area information folders in our room, not even the number to dial reception was provided (we tried 0, and other combinations),so when we found no towels in our room one day, we had to walk back to reception.

The surroundings were beautiful, but there was no where that we could walk to. We tried walking along the beach, but it was too windy, which meant we could only stay on the lovely beach for short periods, so we stayed around the pool.

The rooms were clean and functional, but ours had no patio or balcony, with no chairs in the room and no tea or coffee facilities. the bed was ok and the shower was wonderful. The rooms are separate from the main building, so in the night when I woke up coughing and couldn't sleep, there was no where for me to go, so kept my other half awake too. And then there were the strange scraping noises from the roof, We went to reception to report this and were reassured that it would be taken care of, which it was, it went quiet.

The staff were all lovely, but no one explained about the bar and how the light all inclusive worked, and that you needed a card from reception to buy drinks from the bar. And why on earth in a country that lives on coffee was this not more available during meal times? It was only available for breakfast, and cold coffee in a flask at 16.30. Or to buy from the bar of course on the card.

The food was disappointing, this was not real Italian quisine, and I have bought myself a Sicilian cook book, however I did love the bread, pasta, tomatoes And fruit. I thought there might be figs, nuts, olives..............

And the Internet, this turned out to be unavailble for our week, the programme was broken?

So the moral of this tail is to do your research before you go on holiday, and perhaps google earth it!!!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony or courtyard facing sun, or with views, as othererwise you are trapped. I heard pe...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Delle Ginestre | Localita Tenutella, 93010 Marina di Butera, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Caltanissetta > Marina di Butera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Marina di Butera
Price Range: $134 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Eden Village Premium Sikania Resort & SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 218
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Sikania lies directly on the beach in a marvellous natural and quiet position. 150 mt wide sandy beach with dunes, equipped with sun umbrellas, sun beds, showers and a restaurant/bar. ... more   less 
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