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“Clean, beautiful positioned camping at bays, with excellent service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Riva Smeralda
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
“Clean, beautiful positioned camping at bays, with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

Riva Smeralda offers beautiful scenery, with views on 2 nice bays between the rocks and easy access to them. There's also a small jetty with 2 ladders leading into the sea. A small sandbeach is located near the restaurant. Beach-seats are available for free. It's great snorkling here.
The camping is divided into terraces, is clean, has good and enough sanitary with normal toilet-seats, and you DON'T need those stupid coins for warm water in the showers! Excellent !
Tap-water is drinkable and also non-sanitary taps are located near the places which is handy.
No experience with the restaurant because that was closed in October. But there's a huge terrace and dancing-floor attached, which must be fun during high-season.
It's also possible to rent a bungalow (they are clean).
A friendly atmosphere characterizes this camping (of course, it depends upon yourself too, if you keep yourself closed to other people then they won't talk to you again) while the receptionists are very friendly and helpful whenever they can. This deserves an extra star !
For bigger shopping you need to go to Milazzo (about 5km) which can be a problem if you don't have your proper transport. Public busses stop near the camping, but I've been told that the time-schedule is not always respected (?) so you can loose much of your time. There's also a small shop in the nearby center (about 1,5 km away). When coworkers from the camping drive to Milazzo, they will be glad to give you a lift (and please show your appreciation). This camping is also a good place to stay if you want to visit the Eolean islands. Fast and slow boats travel between them and Milazzo.
Things which can be improved :
1) it's incredible that many - if not most - people working in the touristic sector in South-Italy and Sicily speak only Italian (same remark for Spain !!). On Riva Smeralda however, on all mornings and evenings of my stay from end of September and early October there was at least 1 person present who speaks English quite well.
2) a mini-market with the most necessary stuff for camping and with some food and drinks would be welcome. It would avoid driving to Milazzo.
3) many mirrors in the men's sanitary should be replaced.
Overall, I have a very good "flashback" of this camping and its coworkers and for sure I will stay there again. Stefania, thank you for your help !
Twig

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Postojna, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

Nice place for a camper with a view on the see, a beach, where you can jump to the see (you don't need to walk 30 minutes...). It's the only place in Italy, where we can find beer in big bottles (6dcl). You can reach Stromboli from there. And most of all - in reception there is Stephania, a very nice person, who likes talking and understand jokes. And if you are in trouble, she arrange everything for you. A very pleasant experience !

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

A very nice place. One can swim even in April. Bungalows are close to the sea. The rooms were clean and well-equipped. There is a table on the veranda, so you can seat there with a bottle of tasty Italian vine (presented by the camping for free!) and admire a sunset over the sea.
But the most important is that the stuff is very friendly and responsive. We were very pleased to be there!
Thank you, Stefania!
Vladimir

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

Placed on a small bay, with direct access to the bech and with a beautiful view. Receptionist really impressed myself for kindness and availablity (Should be only 2 stars but would be likely as a 4 stars from this perspective). They were really client oriented an focused on our needs and requests. In particular Mr Francesco and Miss Stefanya were very pleased and helpful in all our wishes.
Just a grievance to point out relevant to restaurant services: you can eat very well, with freshy and testy local food, but personnel are not very kind, serivce is very slow and people is grumpy all the time! But a part from that, would really suggest to visit the place

Daniela

Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Riva Smeralda

Property: Riva Smeralda
Address: Strada Panoramica, 98057 Milazzo, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Milazzo
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Milazzo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Riva Smeralda 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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