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Club Med Napitia
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Pizzo
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We had a great time at Napitia, much better then expected. The location and layout of the resort is very good, plenty of room around the 2 very large pools and the beach. It has a great overall feel with the rooms spread out enough but not too far away either.

Food was great and the mini club worked very well, even if there is very little English spoken, all in French. Plenty of activities to last all week and well run by the GOs.

The rooms are very simple, but perfectly clean and large.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We were a couple travelling with a 14 year old boy and a 6 month old baby. This destination was ideal as it catered for families and had a baby club med and a teen club and all the ages in-between.

We stayed in two rooms with an interconnecting door so that the teen had his own entry card but could also come through to our room when he chose. The baby stayed in our room with us and the resort provided a travel cot, baby bath and change mat. They would have also provided a high chair and steriliser for the room if we had wanted but we didn't bother. We did however have twin beds in our room with the cot in between, which wasn't our preference.

The arrival was vey straightforward. We were collected on time from Lamezia airport and 15 minutes later we arrived at the resort; i carried the baby in a baby carrier as we didn't take a car seat and the coach does not have seat belts in any event. We were provided with a welcome pack on the coach which had information about the resort, our room keys and our wrist bands so that we didn't actually have to officially check in. We were greeted by the 'Go Team' who sang a welcome song and gave us a drink and then we were shown to our room with our bags. A welcome meeting took place that evening when we were told what the resort had to offer and we could ask any questions.

The food was very good for an all inclusive resort. We would recommend eating at La Terraza for the general buffet in the evenings as there is an emphasis on local food. Il Golfo, the beach restaurant was also very nice but they don't provide food for the babies at that restaurant. Babies are catered for at the other two restaurants. Whilst the normal food was excellent, i was not keen on the hot baby food provided and tended instead to select something for the baby from the main buffet and chop it up. The hot vegetables for the babies are ok and you can get mushed apples on the main buffet and also yogurt, soft cheese and fruit but i didn't like the baby food protein and also thought it was salty. We did however have some enjoyable meals including barbecued seabass, king prawns, baked ham, local cheese and sausages, lots of delicious salads and everyday there was a variety of pizza and pasta available as well as food on the grill, a stewed meat, soup and a selection of deserts. We generally eat out quite a lot and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The Il Golfo restaurant on the beach is a fish restaurant and you have to book to attend the buffet there or there is an option to be served but you must pay for that.

There are two pools. One at La Terraza, which is less busy and has a children's pool and the other is near the Bourgainvillier restaurant in the main hub where the teen club perform around lunchtime and they have water polo etc, which is great if you like that kind of thing but we don't so much and spent most of our time at La Terraza. However, if you are not an early riser you need to change your sleeping habits as breakfast is served at La Terraza until 9.30 and at the Bourgainvillier only until 10am and they wont cater for late arrivals. If you miss breakfast you can get pastries and coffee at about 11.00 in the bar but obviously that is not so good for the babies. There are two 24 hour baby rooms in the resort in the residential areas, where you can get yogurt, cheese, biscuits and baby rice. Take your own formula if you need it and baby breakfast cereal or else mix rice crispies with yogurt or mushed apple, which is what we did; baby rice is not provided in the restaurant at breakfast time, which we thought was a bit odd.

There is a boutique on site which looks to only sell clothes, bags and shoes but if you ask at the counter you can get nappies, swim nappies, dummies and wipes if you run out, you can also buy local produce to take home as gifts or for your self.

It would assist to have a grasp of conversational French as this is mainly a French resort, we were the only English people to arrive that day, which we were quite pleased about to be honest!

Every night there is a show in the theatre, which my husband and teen son went to but they said it was rubbish and so we didn't bother going after that and instead had drinks in the bar. The club med children's clubs get the kids involved in things at night if they are signed up to the groups, which is good for the little ones.

The staff take lots of lovely pictures of your children at the club, in the pools, at night and these are on display outside a kiosk near the bar. You will think they are adorable and want to purchase them. Don't! They costs 8 euros for one picture!!! We were offered a deal of 7 photographs that we liked for 84 euros and could only choose two of those to be put onto a cd. We couldn't stop laughing at the brazen attempt to extort money out of you. My advice would be to make sure you take lots of lovely pictures yourself and if you want a family shot of you on the beach under the stars, ask a fellow guest to take it and offer to take some of them in return.

A couple of other baby tips. We took a cheap pushchair because we didn't want to put the icandy in the hold but we need not have bothered because you can borrow them at the resort and the baby spent all his time at the airport in the baby carrier.

There are lots of highchairs in the restaurants and it is handy to know that the back of the highchair reclines. This is great when you would like to linger over another glass of wine and some ice-cream whilst your grumpy baby sleeps!

If you would like to do more than lounge by the pool, they have daily excursions, there is a spa, gym, exercise classes, sporting activities, and to get to the beach you have to walk through a wood, which has an enchanted feel about it, particularly at night. In the wood there is boules and archery and there is also an area with hammocks in it where you can take time out and listen to classical music or listen to the crickets in the evening.

The beach was beautiful but the sea was quite choppy and not appreciated by the baby and so we didn't spend much time at the beach. The teen did however go kayaking with the teen group and you can also sail. Basically the teens meet at 10 am and return before dinner, they tend to lunch together but they can leave the group anytime they want, which was ideal for my son, he just did what he felt like when he felt like it and we were happy for him to because the resort felt safe.

Finally there is the option here to leave your baby at the resort in the baby club med if you want to go to the spa or on an excursion or just chill out. We noticed that one couple put their kids in the clubs for the afternoons having spent the morning with them so that they could have some time together. This was probably a good idea, although we didn't put our baby in the baby club at all, i think i would for an afternoon in the future so that i could go on an excursion, if you want to do this though you need to book in advance and take your red book with you as proof of vaccinations.

I would definitely recommend this resort if you have children. I would not personally go back to that resort because i like to try new places but i would go to a different club med resort and would highly recommend this one to you.

Things to be aware of:

Hang on to your knife and fork after your first course at meal times as they wont bring you another set.

Put your towels on beds before going to breakfast and do not be even five minutes late for breakfast.

Don't rely on the club med photographer, take your own pictures!

Practice your French.

Don't expect too much from the evening entertainment.

Take euros with you to spend when on excursions, you can't change money in the resort. You don't need any money on the resort though unless you want to eat frozen yogurt between meal times, anything else has to be bought by credit card, so make sure you have one of those.

If you have difficulty sleeping, ask for a room far away from the main square as it is very noisy, even at 11pm.

Don't bother with a baby uv tent, they are too hot and you wont want to put your baby in it for fear of them suffocating.

Eat at La Terraza in the evening for the local buffet and nicest food and book into Il Golfo at least once to dine in a more intimate setting on the beach but feed the baby before you go and the earliest booking is 8pm.

If you're not a fan of kids and don't have any to take with you, go somewhere else! ;-)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Perfect holiday and very relaxing.

Only disappointments were the very simple rooms for the price and pebble sea (starts off being sandy but turns to pebbles as you enter the water)

Staff at the resort are great & helpful.

Food is good, but starts to be a bit repetitive after a week.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

I loved the two weeks we spent there as a familly. The sports facilities are very good, especially for tennis (15 clay courts to choose from!), food is excellent, and the staff is trully first class.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We have just returned from a 2 week family break- and what a lovely time we had. The resort was clean and tidy and all the staff simply falling over themselves to be friendly and helpful. The accommodation was clean and tidy- ( we were in a bungalow ), although there were traces of mould in the shower which was disappointing- but then again,we were only in there for a few minutes each day. On booking, we hadn't realised that club med was a french company, and so it was a bit of a shock on arrival to find out that French was the main language and that the Brits were seriously outnumbered by other europeans. However, the friendliness of all staff encountered soon reassured us. Our children were reluctant at first to attend mini-club activities as they were for the main, the only English children, but thanks to the friendliness and efforts of the wonderful Elisa, Hugo, Mikael and Aine, they soon overcame any shyness and became regulars!
There is simply loads of stuff going on - tennis, sailing, aerobics, gym, pool, beach, archery, hammocks, roller blading, football, ping pong, the list goes on-and it's really up to you how much you join in with. As non- French speakers we were able to access most things, the only exception being the regular after lunch quiz session in the bar- no great problem with
that.
Food and drink is plentiful with both local and international choices. There is a menu displayed so you can choose which restaurant suits you best for each meal- sadly we didn't discover this until our last couple of days so we missed Tex-Mex night!
On our day of departure we discovered an English welcome booklet in Reception,which I really wish we'd been given on arrival- but that's the only criticism.
We have returned rested and ready to tackle the rest of the school summer holidays with energy- just wish we could have brought the great mini club team back with us!
Thank you everyone for a superb break .

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We have 3 kids (2, 9, 11) and they loved mini/kids/junior clubs at this Club Med. The atmosphere was lively, Gianni (chef de village) was everywhere, his GOs are great including Youssef and the mini club (Julie, Lucie, Lionel). Gym classes with Mikael were very effective. Sailing was great and the pools very nice. The beach is beautiful but... dirty (lots of room for improvement there). Rooms, food and landscaping are all excellent. More charm than Kamarina. We will return if the opportunity arises!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Exceeded Expectations
After a ten year gap we, a middle aged couple, went on our third Club Med holiday and experienced many unexpected delights. Highlights: Walk through the pine forest; quality of the beach; the freedom to feel you can opt in or opt out of all organised activities. Firstly although this was a young families’ village, the children were quietly delightful and we found many places to enjoy tranquil contemplation such as the hammocks in the pine forest where you could listen to classic music or the beautiful wide beach. Nowhere was crowded in this compact but spacious village with its avenues and gardens overflowing with bougainvillea. This is all true and not an advert!
The warmth and friendliness took us by surprise. The Napitia Chef du Village made a real impact in his daily befriending and making guests welcome. He personified all that is good about the Club Med spirit. As well as the regular evening shows there were real treats in the village centre most nights. In particular, the tennis team created a wonderful comic take on tennis through the ages. The Italian restaurant had a wonderful variety of dishes and we were spoilt for choice. We hadn’t realised that you can now eat and drink all day if you are so inclined. Just ordering up a Double Espresso or being handed a fruit cocktail on the beach was a real treat. The holiday was a great fun and totally stress free.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Contrada Difesa, 89812 Pizzo, Italy
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Location: Italy > Calabria > Province of Vibo Valentia > Pizzo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Pizzo
Price Range: $281 - $661 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Med Napitia 3*
Number of rooms: 582
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calabria, has its own authentic charm and delightful beaches. Embedded in an enclave of bougainvilleas and exotic plants, the hotel and bungalows in the Club Med Village of Napitia are distributed over 20 hectares of luxurious flower gardens bordered by a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees. Follow the path down through the sweet-smelling pine forest to the beach. Inspired by la dolce vita, you can choose to dedicate yourself to sports or to discover the joys of taking it easy the Italian way. ... more   less 
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