The approach is up a peaceful one way road, traditional homes and gardens lead you to the entrance where you are greeted by very friendly staff or maybe some of the family who run the hotel. The front has a very pleasant pool and garden area where there is always sun loungers available. Beyond the pool area the Ionian sea laps up against the lava rocks from which you can have a pleasant swim or look into the small pools.
From memory there are four levels of the hotel with lift available. The lounges, Dining and Breakfast areas are beautiful and clean and a pleasant area to wallow in after a meal.
While all reviews are subjective, my few niggles which we have kept to ourselves are that the Bedroom balcony doors are very thin and ill fitting letting in all the sounds from Pool area and particularly from the adjoining balconies. There was a shower but no shower curtain is provided - a bath was preferred.
Due to our particular eating habits, the dinner was too late for us at 8.00 pm. The food is very much Sicilian with a choice of three starters or a fruit juice, two to three main courses and three or four deserts. We did not like some of the food, and skipped some courses. Several times the main course vegetables were cooked and presented in batter.
There are resteraunts nearby and all along the bay of Giardini Naxos - there are no other types of shops that we could find - you need to go to Taormina by bus to do shopping. The bus is conveniently provided by the hotel twice a day. All in all a pleasant stay but not suited entirely to our lifestyle - early dinner and a quiet room for a siesta.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arathena Rocks
- Arathena Rocks Giardini Naxos
- Arathena Rocks Hotel Giardini Naxos, Sicily