My husband and I have recently returned from this lovely hotel near Sorrento. We spent a week there, on an all inclusive basis, and enjoyed excellent service, delicious and plentiful food and very good company,
The hotel is at the base of a high cliff and is accessed via a VERY twisty, narrow road featuring several blind or hairpin bends, necessitating beeping of the horn or 3-point turns to negotiate them. The drivers of the hotel shuttlebus were more than capable and we had every confidence in them on our many journeys up and down the cliff. It is not really advisable to attempt to walk this road as the bends are so tight and narrow that it would not be safe if you met a vehicle on the way.The views from this road were stunning as was that from our top floor room which was of the sea of the Bay of Naples with the island of Ischia facing us. Our room was comfortable, though fairly basic.The fridge was a welcome asset and complimentary water was replaced each day. A safe was also provided free of extra charge.
Locals often use the hotel bathing and sunbathing facilities and account for extra traffic on the road to the top of the cliff. Hotel guests have separate 'guest only' facilities. Swimming in the sea is possible on 'calm' days, and we heard is wonderful, but on the first days of our stay this was not possible as the sea was too wild and the waves were quite spectacular against the concrete breakers.
We had some heavy rain overnight on one occasion and this led to some muddy areas on the grass. Extra matting or wooden walkways may have helped.
Entertainment at the hotel was quite low-key but pleasant enough, and only on 3 nights during our stay. It consisted of one of two different gentlemen entertainers who played the keyboard or guitar, one of whom also sang and encouraged hotel guests to sing in karaoke fashion.
There were mosquitos in evidence while we were there so guests would be advised to arm themselves with repellent. You didn't really see or hear them and you didn't know you had been bitten until the red lumps appeared!
When travelling into Sorrento the shuttlebus, which was fairly frequent and easily booked in advance, would drop us off at a convenient location near the heart of the city just a 10-15 minute drive away. We loved Sorrento and there is plenty to see and do among the cobbled streets - lots of interesting shops, pavement cafes, churches, museums of marquettey and of musical boxes, art galleries featuring exhibitions of work by Picasso and Leonardo De Vinci, two marinas - a visit to Marina Grande - once a small fishing village, is a must and of course delicious ice-creams and magnificent views of Capri, Naples and Mount Vesuvius across the bay. We saw several weddings parties including newly married couples walking along the city streets and even one bride and groom enjoying the local city train! You could also stroll through a lemon grove hidden in the town and sample the local liquor 'Lemoncello'. We didn't travel on the public transport on this visit, so we can't comment on it except that we did hear that it can get very busy so you are best to travel early to get a seat.
We paid a very interesting visit to Pompei which is much larger than we had imagined, so a professional guide was valuable to get the most out of our time there. Vesuvius was worth a visit, involving a steady uphill walk to the crater,- be warned it can be cool and windy on the top. A trip along the Amalfi Coast by minibus, (The Amalfi Experience') was a great day out and we spent considerable time in the charming and picturesque towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello and saw truly remarkable scenery on the way. I'm an experienced driver but I would not wish to drive in this part of Italy! You would have to have nerves of steel to cope with the scooters (which can overtake on the left or right of you) and other road users on such narrow and demanding roads.
We really enjoyed our first visit to Sorrento and our stay at the Conca Azzuro. We have already booked to return next year as there is still so much to see and do - Capri, Ischia, Herculaneum, and a boat trip back to Positano to name just a few! As we didn't get to visit Sorrento at night time (I didn't fancy the drive back down the cliff in the dark in spite of the competence of the shuttlebus drivers), we intend to stay in the city itself next time so we can experience the street entertainment and evening atmosphere.
Although a beautiful place to visit, anyone with limited mobility would be restricted as to where they could go The roads are narrow and busy and not always with pavements. We only saw two wheelchair users during our visit. Careful research would be needed before booking.
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