Firstly, there are so many varieties of facilities at this site I can only really review the bungalows which we stayed in. They have space for private tents and motor homes as well as chalets and smaller tent/hut type things.
We stayed in a bungalow and it was just the two of us. Our chalet had a brilliant view over the Bay of Naples and was also within the connection zone for wi-fi. Our bungalow had a small cooker (two hobs), sink, fridge and cupboard with knives, forks and crockery provided. The main room with the cooking facilities also had bunkbeds, a table with four chairs. The main bedroom had a large double bed. The bathroom was very small but sufficient with a toilet, shower and sink.
All in all we were quite comfortable with the facilities we got but there were a few minor issues. One of the gas hobs did not stay on after the flame was lit. Whenever we let the dial go, the flame would go out. Eventually we gave up but it did mean we could only use one burner. Also, the shower tray would overflow every time it was used. We ended up having to buy some sponge cloths to wipe the floor up everytime someone had a shower. In the end my husband unblocked the filter himself when it actually overflowed from the bathroom into the kitchen area which was pretty disgusting but it sort of solved the problem. The shower curtain however wasn't really up to the task of keeping water in the shower tray and the floor was constantly wet. The cabin had 2 plug sockets, but only one seemed to work properly. Only one of the lamps in the bedroom worked.
The windows have glass panes that can be opened/closed and locked and also shutters that can be opened/closed and locked. The only issue is that it's so hot at night sometimes you want both open but security wise, you don't. If you open the windows but close and lock the shutters you get cool air, but you also pick up every noise within a close radius to your cabin. Light sleepers beware, you won't sleep in this campsite!
The pool area was nice but be warned that you need to buy a swimming cap to use the pool. These can be bought for 2 euros from the pool hut which also sells paninis, ice creams, drinks and snacks. There are plenty of sun loungers and seats for guests to use.
The campsite is a lot bigger than I expected and I can see why those given accommodation at the far end of the site may feel that it's a little too big. We were lucky enough that our cabin was pretty much in the middle of everything. We used the beach only once and only for a short space of time. It was just too uncomfortable as it's stone and uneven stone at that. They do lease out large beanbags to lie on during the day but when we went to the beach in the evening, they were chained up. For a good alternative 'beach', leave the campsite and turn right. Walk along that road for just a few minutes until you see a pink building with a lane going down to the right. Follow this lane all the way down and you will find a place called Bagni Della Regina Giovanna (google image it!). The cove is gorgeous but there's no where to sit. However if you explore the area above it you should find a large area of flat rocks that opens up to beautiful blue water which is good for swimming (not for kids though, the rocks can be high up from the water and the water is deep). It's to the left of the ruins of the villa at the top of the cliff as you look out over the Bay, but the path going down in hidden so you may need to search for it. You'll elso need to scramble over rocks a bit to get to it. We spent an entire day there and it was pretty quiet. There's also a bar down the wooden walkway.
Location wise, we got a little fed up that the campsite was out of town. Not because it was out of town, but because the EAV bus was so unreliable at times. The route seems to change frequently and the map we were given did not seem to miror the route the bus took. In the end the only way we could be sure that we could catch a bus back to the site was to walk out of Sorrento heading towards the site and stop at the bus stop right opposite a small religious shrine/large hotel. We literally stood at no less than 7 bus stops for the EAV bus (that were on the map) before this and not one bus showed up. FYI, get the orange bus marked Massalubrense for heading back to the site. You can walk back to the site and we did (again when the bus was a no show). The way is paved for about half the way but I didn't feel comfortable on the road. It's too narrow and the bends are a little to tight to be walking on a busy road like that.
We made use of the campsite wi-fi (priced at 1 euro for one hour, 3 or 4 euros (can't recall) for 24 hours, 10 euros for 7 days) and it seemed to work from reception all the way down to beyond the pool. I can't comment on how reliable the connection is further up the site though. There is a shop on site but selection is limited. Less souveniers and more selection of food would have been better.
We also made use of the restaurant on several nights and found the food to be tasty and cheap. I actually preferred the food to some of the establishments in Sorrento itself. It can be very busy though so get there before 7:30 as it seems to have bus loads of group in regularly.
Despite the hiccups with the cabin and bus service we did thoroughly enjoy this holiday. It's a great location for Pompeii and Herculaneum (although watch out for buskers on the circumvesuviana line, some can make you feel quite intimiated and they also use children to collect money). However our last few nights were spoiled as it seemed like all the families left and groups of young men and women took over and would sit outside yelling until the early hours of the morning. I understand that this is something you should expect on big sites like this, but it was a bit of a disappointing ending to an otherwise lovely visit.
I'd go back though, it was a good experience and for the price, I got what I expected.
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