We spent a fantastic 2 weeks at Santa Chiara in July. We have 2 boys of 6 1/2 and 8 who like to meet new friends but we were not ready for the hotel experience with kids clubs! We got a perfect balance of relaxation for ourselves and company for the boys. I read 3 novels and the boys were wrinkly every day as they spent so long in the pool!
Anita and Paul are great hosts and nothing is too much trouble. We particularly enjoyed the pizza nights which were a great way to socialise with Anita, Paul, Bella, Sandro and the other guests. We did not choose to use Anita's home cooked meal service but the other guests said they were delicious!
The location of Santa Chiara is beautiful. Set on the side of a valley with amazing views on all sides. From our terrace we spotted deer and wild boar on the other side of the valley which delighted our boys. There was a good selection of dvd's to watch when the temperature hit 40 degrees celsius and outdoor equipment to keep the children entertained in the evening.
We spent a lot of time at the pool as it was so hot but we did venture to Gubbio, Perugia and Assisi which are all easy to get to. The basilica at Assisi is truly spectacular as you drive up to the town and the monorail into Perugia was great fun. The pedalos with slides off the back and kayaks at Lake Trasimeno kept the children happy as well as the 2 water parks! The evening we arrived at Santa Chiara the Festa of the Pasta was taking place. We went along and, assisted by Paul, enjoyed typically Umbrian food. It was a fantastic evening watching the Italians dance and the children play as if they had known each other for years!
Best bits; for myself would be the location, company and the festa! For my husband, Michael it was the pizza night. For Miles (8) it was the pool and pizza night and for Zack (6 1/2) it was bug hunting with Sandro and pizza night!
We will definitely return to Santa Chiara, all 4 of us were very sad to leave. The boys also want to try out the other apartment and learn more Italian!
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