Where to begin?......We had been trying to decide for sometime where to go on holiday. Whilst looking through brochures we came across Nastro Azzuro and from that moment on we were sold on booking our holiday, our only reservation was that we are used to holidays where we go walking up mountains for 6hrs or more so we were not quite sure how we would find Nastro Azzuro due to location but the more we thought about it the more we wanted to go. So we booked our holiday, kept reading reviews and got a few mixed messages about the hotel but as we always say everybody has different opinions.
After what felt like forever our holiday to Italy finally arrived and as previous reviewers have mentioned Naopli airport is nothing special but our experience was fine and didn’t have to wait long for luggage. From there we had a problem free journey on the coach with Thompson rep Ben pointing out various landmarks & providing information about the area. We arrived at Nastro Azzuro and was over whelmed! Fantastic first impressions of the hotel, reception / terrace area. Once we had checked in we were advised our luggage would be taken to our room, which would be ready at 2pm but in the meantime we were presented with a complimentary drink and then we were taken to the area by the swimming pool for lunch where we were greeted by the charming Carmine.
Once we had lunch we returned to reception and was given key & directions to our room. Not knowing what to expect as we paid for standard double with balcony, we were so pleased with our room, it had mountain view, was very clean, we couldn’t have asked for better. Some reviews have mentioned not clean and small but we didn’t find this at all.
So once unpacked (one point I will make is not many hangers in wardrobes) we decided to have a look around the hotel & the grounds and it was amazing.
Some reviewers have mentioned that the sunloungers by the pool & the towels are worn, we did not feel there were any problems with either of these and as for weeds by the pool (which I did not see), when I go on holiday I do not look closely for things like that I am there to enjoy my holiday. It has been previously mentioned that the pool is cold, we went end of September/beginning of October and yes it was cold when you first get in but once you have done a few lengths (I of which done 60 most days) you overcome the cold, then you can either lay in the sun or pop to the garden area where there are 3 lovely hot tubs!
I didn’t want to make this review too long, but there is so much to say about this brilliant hotel: the food is fantastic, so be warned you will put on weight! The drinks are lovely, especially the cocktails, Peroni & Prosecco. What really amazed us about this hotel was the hours that the staff work, they are all amazing, hard working, polite and are a credit to the hotel. They all know how to treat you with respect and make you feel welcome & relaxed. The service at evening meal time was something we have never experienced, being greeted by Angelo or Giovanni and escorted to our table and then there is the most fantastic waiter we have ever met, Claudio, who really made our mealtimes a joyous occasion and lit up the room with his smile, charm & sense of humour.
Another thing we experienced which we hadn’t done before was that the Thompson rep Jane was at the hotel nearly everyday to answer any questions you have that the hotel staff are not able to help with and then there is lovely Georiga who is at the hotel nearly all the time and does a fab job with organising things such as the theme nights, boules, dance class, tai chi, yoga, Italian lessons, Pizza making and a brilliant photography walk to name just a few things!
There have been a few comments about the entertainment – Harry & Ellie we thought were brilliant and we wish them every success with their new adventure! There was also local Italian singer’s who were good and then not forgetting the lovely waiter Gio who treated us to some brilliant singing.
So to sum this holiday up after our initial doubts about if we would enjoy such a relaxing holiday – the answer is YES, we cannot fault this amazing hotel and especially the staff who made our holiday so special. For those of you that are wondering if to book your holiday at Nastro Azzuro, do not hesitate! We enjoyed it that much we are going back next year for our 15th wedding anniversary, but this time we are going for 11 nights and not just 7 nights because we loved it. Thank you very much to all the staff you are best!
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Nastro Azzurro And Occhio Marino Resort
- Grand Hotel Nastro Azzurro & Occhio Marino Piano Di Sorrento