Olivemare looks amazing. It's beautiful. It only had 5 rooms which each have their own private terrace and sit on a mezzanine floor overlooking the breakfast area. The detail in the design is excellent; very simply decorated although if I had a slight issue it would be that the shower-room/toilet is very small. Outside there is a beautiful pool with a jacuzzi and sun loungers.
We were made to feel very welcome and help was offered in terms of sorting out local taxis and cakes were made for two birthdays during our stay. Breakfast was lovely; freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, yogurt, honey, biscuits and other homemade treats were devoured outside.
There are a number of bars and restaurants in walking distance from Olivemare which do vary in quality and were reasonably quiet whilst we were there. Skala was a 15 Euro taxi ride away and was more boistrous and was more like a package holiday resort.
Olivemare appears to be a sanctuary, which is nice and so relaxing, however, we didn't anticipate this meaning we had to be quiet at all times. Unfortunately, on one occasion having returned from dinner about midnight we were told the following morning that we were too noisy and that people went there to relax and we were disturbing them. I appreciate the need to be respectful of others but we found that this instance tarnished our stay somewhat and we felt uncomfortable after that. On the occasion we were told we were too noisy we can only assume the sound of flip flops on the stone floor and the wishing of goodnight to friends was too much for one particular couple. I understand that if other residents have a problem then Marilena has too; but we felt that this was very harsh and if we are to be told we are too noisy for something like this then I feel strongly that something needs to be included in the hotel's advertisment in terms of possibly enforcing a curfew or making it clear prior to booking that no noise is really expected around the hotel (this included background music in the room and talking with friends around the pool which we both also cited as being disturbing).
This was all very unfortunate as we had had an exceptional time until this moment and unfortunately has really darkened our perception of our experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minimal design rooms all include private terrace with sun beds on a garden hill, with sea view . King size beds with ecological COCO-MAT mattress , KORRE cosmetics, mini bar and sound proofing. Room service all day, private dinner in the room and minimal bathroom style Oxygen swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the olive garden, with sun beds of special mattresses. You can order your drink and lunch in the pool Private restaurant with ala carte menu, you can taste traditional biological dishes, homemade ( bread, ice cream , marmalade) , local cheese and organic salads from the hotel’s garden ... more less
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