We stayed for 2 nights last summer in the beautiful hotel Popilia Country Resort.
The drive up to the hotel is almost 3kms up a small country road, the climb up the mountain can be a little nerve racking, especially for tourists not used to driving on Italian roads.
But once you reach the top of the mountain and approach the entrance to the resort, all those winding roads are just a distant memory.
The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and you are always guaranteed to meet at least one English speaking member of staff.
You have the choice of either staying in a hotel room or a self catering cottage, we chose the cottages, as we had more space, plus cooking facilities and of course a lot more privacy.
The swimming pool is large, the sun loungers are very comfortable and there are plenty of large parasols to help shade you from the summer sun. The pool bar is a nice addition, they serve poolside snacks, minerals, beer and wine.
The restaurant 'Antica' opens for evening meal around 7pm, its an indoor restaurant with lots of character. We found out that the owner of the hotel, also owns the Calipo factory in Pizzo, they are the biggest manufacturers of ice cream and tuna, this knowledge helped us decide on what to choose for dinner - you guessed it, tuna steak for main course and ice cream for dessert.
After dinner you can relax in the modern foyer of the hotel or chill out in many of the large terraced areas or garden.
Vincent, originally from Australia, but who married a local Calabrese woman, works in the bar, so he would stop by and chat and tell us about local places of interest, which was an added bonus.
Even in the middle of the high summer season, it can get a little chilly at night time when you are sitting outside, so it is advisable to bring a light jumper with you, just in case.
If you are looking for a really peaceful holiday or short break, then I would highly recommend a holiday at the Popila.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a hilly area of about 140 hectares, Popilia Country Resort is a modern and refined 4-star hotel, just a few km away from the motorway exit of S. Onofrio - Vibo Valentia and 30 km away from Lamezia Terme International Airport. It is placed at 347 meters above sea level and overlooks a beautiful natural scenery, dominating on one side the Gulf of St. Euphemia and on the other side the green forests and the lush hilly landscape of the Serre. The property offers 16 elegant hotel rooms, furnished in classical style, with panoramic views of the sea as well as of the hills of the Serre. Around the pool are 58 bright cottages (with one, two or three rooms inside). Ideal for families, they are furnished in country style, equipped with all modern comforts and amenities such as air conditioning and private LED TV with digital terrestrial channels, free wi-fi access, safe, fridge, hairdryer. Some of them provide even a kitchenette. The Resort is equipped with a modern and exclusive SPA & Wellness Center, an outdoor swimming pool, an excellent restaurant that offers high quality courses, sports facilities including a 9-hole miniature golf course, fitness trail and nature trails. The elegant spa, with a great attention to details, offers precious moments of relaxation and give the mind a deep balance. The Antica Crissa is renowned for its high-quality food and a professional staff. Warmed by a large fireplace in the winter and cool during summertime, the restaurant serves delicious Calabrian and international cuisine, fine dishes based on fish or meat and genuine polychrome of fresh fruit, partly coming from Popilia orchard. Meetings and Incentives, conferences and conventions, Popilia Country Resort has various indoor environments with panoramic views of the beautiful and evocative Gulf of St. Eufemia. All halls are well equipped with modern facilities, functional for business guests. Always available, the staff will assist you during your stay by giving you advice on interesting places to visit, excursions and transfers. ... more less
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