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“Our perfect intoduction to Ligura & Italia!”
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vie of Balestrino Castle and the sea
Living area with stairs leading to 2 bedrooms in the half story
bedroom on first floor next to living room
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Balestrino, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Our perfect intoduction to Ligura & Italia!”
Reviewed 12 January 2014 for a stay in August 2013
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Having never been to rural Italy before, we selected firstly Liguria, and then Belbea, as it was close to our usual holiday destination, in France, so we could boarder hop and it ticked all our boxes!

After surfing a few other sites we chose through Trip Advisor as security, safety and reliability were important to us (after seeing a few horror stories elsewhere) with the location and quality of accommodation on offer equally important - and we were not disappointed with anything we found!

From the moment of our arrival, after following the simple instructions to find this secluded gem, nestling in the hills near Balestrino over looking Toirano and Loano, we were made to feel right at home by the location manager Ravi & his good lady wife.

Firstly, a more genial , helpful and gracious host you'll not find anywhere, there was nothing Ravi would not do for us, a true gentleman. Secondly, if you crave peace, tranquillity, stunning views this place is for you! There's plenty of everything else off site, if you'd like it, but its far enough away not to be a nuisance or distraction. We read and soaked in the rays both on our balcony and the pool terrace, indulging in the quality local produce purchased just down the valley.

Our group was a mid 40's married couple (I'm being kind to my good lady here!) and our 3 late teens boys / early 20's lady children & we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything was spotless and highly maintained, the pool the major plus along with the nightly visits from boar and deer and everything we needed was either there or just a few KM's away.

What we couldn't find Ravi could source for us.

The local people were welcoming and friendly in local stores and restaurants even although our Italian was very limited and locals understanding with their English, mostly, equally challenged, but this was no barrier to their kindness and good cheer.

The mountain road (SP 33 /34) could be challenging to nervous or inexperienced drivers, but is of good quality, barriered and (mostly) lit, you can google earth it to get an idea..

We drove down 3.5 hours from Milan,(Ryanair in) if we went to this area again Genoa, (great City worth a visit) or Nice would be a better bet across the A10, which is a tunnel lovers delight! The coastline is busy in summer with Italians and all nationalities and the resorts will provide whatever level of excitement you crave, check out Toirano off the main road for a lot more than the modern building you see driving through and a Michelin star restraint to compliment a brilliant pizzeria in Balestrino where the owner speaks 5 languages, including fluent English.

The best big supermarket we found was in the Famila in Ceriale and beach Albenga with some great eateries.

Finally, if you're looking a for loud, brash, pumping venue with an on site bar and restaurant with teeming 'talent and banging tunes' this place won't be for you. If you're looking for something a bit quieter in a genuinely rural retreat, with all the simple facilities tastefully presented, civil company in a stunning scenic location, this is the place for you - enjoy!

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Liked best: The welcome and hospitality
Liked least: A little reckless Italian driving!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Almere
Reviewed 12 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Bergen
Reviewed 5 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Management Response
5 Jul 2013
It was our pleasure to have you at BelBea Resort and hope to see you again next year.
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Milano
Reviewed 11 May 2013 for a stay in July 2012
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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Management Response
11 May 2013
Thank you for your second visit!
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626hakim
Mulhouse, France
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Aug 2017
Merci Hakim por te mots chaleureux. C'est toujour un plaisir d'avoir votre famille avec nous. Salutations à tous et au revoir.
Ravi et Danila
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Bruno-sar...
Lyon, France
1 review
Reviewed 31 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Travelling group: Avec mon époux(se) / partenaire
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Aug 2016
Merci Cher Bruno et Sarah pour vos aimables mots. Il a été un plaisir de vous avoir chez nous et nous espérons vous revoir bientot.
Aurevoir Ravi et Danila
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626hakim
Mulhouse, France
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Travelling group: En famille élargie
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
7 Aug 2015
Dear Guests,
We look forward to welcoming you back to our Resort.
BelBea Tourist Resort
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