We had a lovely stay at Villa Enrica in June 2011-
We picked it because it was a little out of town on a hill side overlooking a busy lively port -and had a great pool. We were looking for some where to relax. We were not dissappointed-the views at breakfast and from the pool a little further up the hill were amazing. The best compliment to pay a hotel is to return -which we did in July 2012
Hovever there was one occurrence which we found a little bit of a surprise.
We were relaxing by the pool after a slow late breakfast, alternating dozing, advancing a few pages and Sicilian ironies with Inspector Moltalbano, and cooling dips at the edge of the infinity pool watching ferries scurry about in the harbour below. This was exactly how we imagined the pool would be and how it was presented on the hotels website.
We have 4 children now mostly grown up and one of the great attractions of Italy for us is how loved and accepted they were on holidays in all settings. However we were a bit surprised when a large school group of infants arrived for their swimming lesson. They were well behaved and looked after by the instructors with a good number of adoring parents looking on. We adjusted from barely conscious chilled out, to alert people watching 'beach' mode pretty quickly. One or two other couples did not adjust and just as quickly left the pool somewhat unhappy.
It did not spoil our stay at all but we did feel the the pool is marketed as a place to relax and unwind. It cannot be that and also Learner pool for kids at the same time. If it must be the latter there should be very clear notice to let guests know in advance and possibly at the poolside so they won't be surprised.
We stayed again the following year.
As before our room was perfect and staff were friendly and attentive. I had left a jacket in the wardrobe in the Hotel Ravesi on Salina and noticed it was missing as we checked into Villa Enrica. By the time we had checked in, unpacked, had lunch and a couple of dips in the pool my jacket was in the wardrobe.Amazing service and hotel would take no payment.
Once again however an afternoon at the pool was not as relaxing as it should have been. There was a young nanny looking after but entirely unable to entertain or control 3 small children while several couples ( including the childrens parents) and at least one on honeymoon were trying to relax by the pool. It was obvious to all except the pool attendant that hotel guests were unhappy but nothing was said nothing was done. They children were just being children, the parents should have acted but so should the attendant.
Most couples eventually got up and left obviously unhappy.
I rate Villa Enrica highly and we did enjoy ourstays but as our principal reason to visit the Aeolians was to relax and unwind by an amazing pool with a view if possible, when we next visit we are more likely to spend our stay at the Raves on Salina instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Enrica Country Resort is a Boutique Hotel located on the island of Lipari. Villa Enrica is the right choice for a holiday in the Aeolian Islands, with its unforgettable panoramas and colours that vary from the deep blue of the sea to the immensity of the sky. The villa which follows the Aeolian style architecture, is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Lipari, surrounded by a park with Mediterranean vegetation, rich in lemons, oranges, almond and olive trees. The hotel is equipped with a bar, breakfast terrace with sea view, swimming pool, pool bar, free internet wifi, conventions with the best restaurants on the island, and more. Please read the Services page for more information. The rooms are divided into Classic, Superior, Deluxe and Junior Suite, all with private safe, minibar, hairdryer and air conditioning. Here you can spend some wonderful time in a warm and welcoming oasis of relaxation and wellbeing. This is the ideal place for anyone looking for a very special and romantic holiday. ... more less
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