From 1 to 16 July we had a delightful stay at the Hotel Villa Afrodite in the small coastal town of Bolvalino Marina. The hotel is a family run enterprise and the staff extremely helpful and friendly. After warning the hotel that my wife was a coeliac (and I only had to do this once), the staff made sure she had access to gluten free food, including pasta.
The restaurant linked to the hotel is a 100 metre walk. The food was of a high standard and again the staff were helpful and friendly.
Our room was spacious and the air conditioning, virtually silent and very effective. The hotel is around 200 metres from the seafront and looks out on to, what looks like at the moment, waste land.
The hotel on its webpage advertises itself as open all year round, with health/fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurant, and private beach. While we were there, the health/fitness centre and restaurant were closed, the small roof top swimming pool empty, and for the first week of our stay (with some work still going on when we left) the private beach was being set up. At times this meant the beach was more akin to a building site. During the second week staff were regularly on duty, the bar/restaurant open, and a programme of "animazione" for those who wanted to participate.
I have the impression that the hotel focuses for the summer season on italian holdiaymakers, and during our stay there were only few guests.
For someone who wants to experience an italian holiday rather than a holdiay in Italy, the Ionian Coast is ideal. On one side is the Aspromonte national park (a large forested mountain range) and on the other the clear blue Ionian Sea. If I was to return to Calabria I would certainly consider staying at the Hotel villa Afrodite, but probably in mid July rather than at the beginning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five Stars Hotel, 26 comfortable rooms It has a private terrace, (not balcony) jacuzzi , Receptionist service 24/24, free WIFI, parking lot, safe, tea room, reading room, garden at the first floor, private beach at 100 metres of distance, SPA, gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Afrodite Bovalino Marina, Reggio Calabria, Italy