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Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela
Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
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“It is true”
Reviewed June 8, 2011

The apartments and John and Rosa are as amazing as the other reviewers say they are!!

John and Rosa are extremely generous, helpful and kind hosts and go out of their way to make sure your stay is one to remember.
Their apartments are clean, spacious and equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. It was a perfect place to have relaxing and extremely enjoyable holiday.

It is one of those places you hate to leave and a dream about going back to!

Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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ONERACE, Manager at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, June 14, 2011
Orla, it was a pleasure having you with us!
Any time you have a home in Sicily,
regards
John & Rosa
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

We just came back from our 9-day-long Sicilian holiday that was as unfortunate as it can get EXCEPT for this apartment. We had terrible weather and many other problems, but there really is nothing negative we can write about our accomodation. We had read all these reviews before we chose Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela and they convinced us it would be the perfect place for our needs. It is very close to the beach, maybe 50m, one can see and hear the sea from the balcony. The balcony, which by the way is fantastic, it runs around 3 sides of the apartment (we stayed in the smaller apartment on the first floor). There's plenty of plants and flowers there. The neighbourhood is quiet and the neighbours are very nice, some speak English and German, they were always up to a chat or advise us about where to go.
The building is completely modernized and very, very clean. The owners, John and Rosa, live on the ground floor so whatever help we needed, they would always be there for us. It truly felt like being with family. There was fresh fruit and a bottle of sparkling wine on the table when we arrived. It was Easter, and there was a huge Kinder egg for our 2.5-year-old son too :). On our first day John took us to what he called his natural supermarket, his garden. It was fantastic. We've seen all these vegetables and fruits that we only see in supermarkets here in Germany/Holland :). We even got fresh eggs, they were still warm! We prepared a fantastic omlette, and ever since our son is addicted to bacon&eggs! He also could not stop eating these small orange fruits called nespole, also from John's garden. Then one day John got us our very own cook, who cooked a dinner for us (my first time eating rabbit - it was DELICIOUS, thank you Carmela!) - our small luxurious compensation for the bad weather ;P.
The price also included transport from Catania airport which we foolishly did not use as we wanted to have our own car for the whole trip. It was a bad idea, turned out to be much more expensive than what we were told by the car rental company. So maybe it is a better idea to rent a car locally later, as John suggested, only for those days when one wants to take a day-trip.
Taormina is right next to Letojanni and it's stunning. On top of the hill, wonderful view on the sea below and on the Etna in the background. Truly beautiful.
I just think we were very lucky with this apartment, the location is great, the owners are fantastic, we really cannot write negatives.
So thank you John and Rosa for making our stay so pleasant, we surely will be back - this time in summer to make sure we have better weather :).

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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ONERACE, Owner at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, May 13, 2011
How can an owner not bend backwards when his guests are also "FANTASTIC"
considering the lousy weather you had thru out your stay--------a special rate will be applied on your next visit to Sicily!
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Recently, 3 friends and I visited Sicily for the first time and it won't be the last ! It all began with owner, John Garufi of 'Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela' collecting us from Catania airport and bringing us to the apartment. John is an incredibly friendly man who went out of his way to make us feel welcome while describing many interesting places we must see during our trip. In no time at all, we reached our destination and John's son, Marco took care of all our baggage as John showed us around Letojanni for places to buy provisions, places to eat, places to see, nothing was left out. We then made our way up to the apartment and it was exactly as it was described...fantastic! Rosa, John's wife, showed us around and welcomed us with a huge bouquet of flowers, A bottle of Prosecco and a bowl of fruit. They couldn't have been more pleasant. Our rooms were exceptional, double rooms each and plenty of space. We really appreciated the air conditioning in each room as tempatures rose ...bliss ! The location was perfect for us, we could enjoy the beach life during the day (two mins walking) and go for a lovely meal at night in one of the many restaurants dotted along the promenade or head into Taormina for the evening, literally ten mins by taxi. Our first day on the beach, John came down to make sure we were comfortable with our 4 sunbeds and umbrellas. We were introduced to Fabio, the lifeguard (very easy on the eye ;) ) who actually delivered cold beers to us on the beach! What more could you ask for ???? We took a trip to Lipari and Volcano, Islands of the north coast of Sicily where we bathed in hot volcanic baths which left your skin feeling like silk (there was a rather odd odour from the baths, but that wears off and it was worth it! ) All in all, we couldn't fault this 2 week trip. It was extremely relaxing and our hosts went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. I would recommend this apartment to anyone looking to be spoilt in Sicily. On our last morning John took us out for a traditional Sicilian breakfast which was amazing ! We will definately return to Sicily and the kind hospitality of John ,Rosa and their family.

Cathy Gurry

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Montreal
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

Everything already said about Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela by other travelers is absolutely true. From the extreme hospitality of John and Rosa (the owners of the B&B), to the beautiful view of the rooftop terrace, the in was absolutely perfect. It's big enough for families, small enough for just two people, and even have a handicapped room available to accomadate everyone! We were treated like old friends, and taken on the most amazing excursion. It started with a stop at Linguaglossa for a granita (the traditional Sicilian breakfast!) and a taste of their almond paste cookies; from there we started our trip with a road called Paesi Etnei (which only the locals could know about). We drove to Passo Pisiaro where we discovered (and tasted!) that Sicily produces fantastic wines! The drive continued with a beautiful scenic tour of Randazzo and the Old Norman Fortress (make sure you have you’re camera ready!!). Our next stop was the region of Nebrodi, in less than half an hour we went from a view of lava fields and vineyards to a view of pine trees, lush green vegetation and much cooler temperature (very refreshing, almost felt like we were back in Canada!) Lunch was at a spectacular family run agriturismo called Barraka Du Zio Rizzu. While our host John Garufi ordered our meal (which I’ll get to later!), we were sent on an enchanting horseback ride through the mountains. On our return we were presented with the biggest array of typical Sicilian entrees (various cold cuts, home made cheeses, and so many other plates that I can even remember their names!!). Even though that would have been more than enough, next came out an enormous plate of pork chops and castrato (delicious mutton cooked to perfection) and of course wine! Still the best part was dessert…Home baked hazelnut cookies (the hazelnuts were grown straight from the region) accompanied by a delicate cream of hazelnut and chocolate liquor. Amazing… The tour was not even close to over either; we got back into the car and continued on to a place called Castel Umberto (another photo op!) a beautiful lookout of the Tirreno Sea and The Eolian Islands. After an amazing view of the coast and the seaside town of Brolo, we stopped for a swim in San Giorgio. After 3 hours of swimming in turquoise water and sunbathing on a sandy beach (unlike the pebble beaches found closer to the Inn), we hit the highway back home.
This excursion was by far the highlight of our trip, and only offered by John and Rosa. (We had taken an excursion to Palermo, which was sold on the boardwalk, and we were very disappointed!) We can’t thank them enough. I could talk about it forever, but the only way to truly appreciate it would be to experience all the beauty yourself!

  • Stayed August 2010
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ONERACE, Owner at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, September 20, 2010
Rosa and I, thank-you and wish we had more time available to show you the many wonders of SICILY!
It is a pleasure to serve and accomadate guests with your nature!
Whenever you decide to visit Siciy, you have a home!
Please avoid August and the crowds,---------you will be suprised how much you will save and Rosa and I will have more time to show you the secrets of this mystic island!

Again thanks for your review.
regards
John A. Garufi
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

As last minute, unexpected lay-over in Sicily allowed me to discover this well-kept Sicilian secret that provided great accommodations, fantastic hospitality and all for a very reasonable price. A “must return” with my whole family!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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ONERACE, Owner at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, August 10, 2010
We thank-you for your review, and appreciate all forms of criticism ,since that is how we can improve.
Since your visit, we inform all our guests, that they should close their windows and activitate the air condition or in your case the heating, before falling asleep.
The Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, even though it is 50 meters from the seashore and the sea can heard but often drowned by the night life always present.
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

I loved this B&B... The view from the balcony is beautiful! You can see the stars at night and hear the sound of the ocean. It's big enough for a big family like mine to enjoy in a very modern yet authentic Italian atmosphere. The people working there are absolutely amazing, sooo funny and will help you with anything! The district is adorable, quiet, safe and rich in flavor! Thanks you so much for showing my family such a beautiful time. I recommend this B&B to everyone wanting to get away and feel tranquility and full of laughter. Thanks again, ciao! Christina and sweet mama family, xxx

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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ONERACE, Owner at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, August 10, 2010
A traveller who wants to live and adapt to the place he as choosen to explore, will always make his holiday a great memory.
You are the perfect client, that enabled us to serve you with pleasure and enthuisiam!
John
CASA VACANZA DONNA CARMELA, E CASA TUA IN SICILIA!
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Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

My wife and I are Canadian. We stayed at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela for nearly three weeks in March 2009. The four-storey building is on a quiet street a block from the sea. Our hosts and their family live on the main floor. We had the fully furnished apartment on the second floor with a private entrance. There was fresh fruit and a bottle of wine on the table when we arrived.
The third floor has more bedrooms and the fourth floor is a sunny common room with glass on three sides and a fine view of the sea.
The building is completely modernized and very, very clean. Our hosts, John and Rosa, are larger-than-life people who could not do enough for us. They welcomed us into their lives in such an easy friendly manner. Their extended family and friends were often visiting downstairs and we were included and welcomed into the party. We got to see 'inside' a bit of Sicily - which is rare for tourists. We travelled in Italy for three months and our stay here was the highlight of our trip. We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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ONERACE, Owner at Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela, responded to this review, August 12, 2010
PEIslanders 49
, are seasoned travellers whose travel blog is a must read to any other modern day explorer!
Their method of discovering a country and increasing their knowledge of this planet, coincides with my personal vision!
I regret having made them pay for their shorth stay with us!
They became family and neighbours to all who live U BAGGHIU, LETOJANNI!
John a. Garufi

CASA VACANZA DONNA CARMELA E LA TUA CASA IN SICILIA!
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Property: Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela
Address: Via Lombardo 4 | angolo via marconi e duca d'aosta, 98037 Letojanni, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Letojanni
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Letojanni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Vacanza Donna Carmela is located on the Bay of Taormina, 35 meters from the beach and 3 kilometers from the exit of highway A18.Ideal location for someone who wants to be close to the sea with the possibility of exploring HISTORIC TAORMINA, and all wonderfull sites easily accessible from highway A18.This fully renovated mansion offers all comforts and ammenities you find in your home.Rosa and John, your hosts, live in the same structure and are at your disposal for any necessity you might have during your vacation. ... more   less 
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