To get the negatives out of the way first.
No air conditioning in our part of the hotel for six of 12 nights (working now) and this will be addressed with the travel company. Sun beds with umbrellas overlooking the sea are tatty and need replacing.
The good....Food in the restaurant was varied and tasty fish, veal, rabbit lamb were some of the choices, various pastas and risottos and of course deserts. Good selection of wines all of which were reasonably priced for a hotel. Staff were friendly and professional, especially Francesco and Mario. Pool side bar was good value and again the staff were friendly and efficient. Rooms were clean and spacious, we had a deluxe room overlooking the sea (235). Really talented pianist/musician who is in nightly residency. The poolside buffet on Friday evening was superb. Breakfast was more than adequate, cereals, fruit, cold meats, cheeses and eggs and bacon if that is your irk! plenty of cakes and spreads etc.
Some very good pizzerias and restaurants nearby for lunches or evening meals (to many good choices to recommend just one) all reasonably priced. The sea is beautiful clean and clear, it does drop off quickly about 2m deep 4m out. Buses to Taormina leave every 30 mins from across the road and set you back €3 rtn. Having stayed in various hotels in Giardini and Taormina the Hellenia is certainly good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Giardini Naxos, first Greek colony in Sicily, holds a wide archaelogical site with its relating Museum. Few landscapes embrace the most typical beauties of Sicily as Giardini Naxos, cradle of ancient mediterranean civilizations and avant-garde turistic resort in Southern Italy. In the middle between Messina and Catania, only 5 km from Taormina, Giardini Naxos is at less than one hour drive from Fontanarossa Airport in Catania. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hellenia Yachting Giardini Naxos
- Hellenia Yachting Hotel Sicily/Giardini Naxos