My wife and I spent a 7 day break here in June 2013. Firstly the weather was poor and we were wearing jumpers for the first couple of days. - so much for Global Warming.
The hotel is high up in the middle of nowhere which was perfect for us as we love to get away from noise and bustle. Warning though it is not the place for the infirm as there are numerous steps around the hotel. Most importantly it is adults only mostly served by Thomson UK.
We had a sea facing room in the Annex (444) which was fine for a week but the massive bed did dominate the room. The bathroom was well equipped with a double shower. Towels were changed every day and we had robes provided. The room had a free safe and fridge with water being provided by the maid daily. The balcony was of a good size with a table and chairs.
The service in the hotel was fantastic. All the staff were friendly and everything happened efficiently. If Angelo was running Italy there would be no economic crisis in the country!
The food was excellent and my tip would be to always order from the menu rather than do the buffet. There was enough food for anyone. Being all-inclusive the drinks were free and of a good quality, we certainly found the wine ok but we are not experts.
The pool was freezing (unheated and the bad weather meant it hadn't warmed up yet) but the pool area and gardens were marvellous. Plenty of shade. The drinks service around the pool was continuous.
Now my only reservation. The Thomson entertainment was quite poor. It seems that singing Karaoke style with the words on IPADs is the norm. There was not a song they couldn't murder. When they played they were so noisy you could not converse in the bar. Conversely, the local duo who performed on 2 nights of the week were first class and had the whole bar entertained. Who could forget Fabio?
Indeed my feeling is that Thomson are slow to react to the changing market. Their entertainment was poor (probably cheap too). Their excursions have not moved on - they are too expensive although the 2 local guides were very knowledgeable (Amafi coast and Herculaneum). I got the impression they are still heavily focused on getting their commission. (On a previous trip we made our own way to Pompeii which was about a 10th of the price of the Thomson trip - yet they still maintain that the trains/buses often have lightning strikes - untrue)
Overall we would return to the hotel and I recommend it to any couple who want a classy, quiet location.
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