We got a really good newpaper deal for this holiday. We did a little research on the area and knew that it was the first year that British tourists had ventured that far south in Italy for a holiday. So, we went with an open mind and looking forward to the Italian experience. Well we certainly think we got that. Rooms are very basic but clean. I though we had a basic room but it was actually standard which I was glad about where other people told us about their basic rooms. There are good and bad points:
- Excellant food all local and regional - I'm vegetarian and although options were very repetitive, there was plenty of fresh vegetables and salds, pasta and risotto.
- free wine with lunch and dinner
- lovely region lots to explore
- lovely beach
- nice pool area
- friendly staff expecially if you make an effort to speak a little Italian if even if it's just hello or thank you in italian.
- wrist bands that you top up with money which you use to pay for things at the bar, saves carrying cash with you.
- Local town of Tropea is beautiful with lovely shops, resturants, bars, views and beach.
- large round tables of 8 in the restaurant which means that everyone sits with eachother which means you get to chat to other people.
- Quite an isolated resort, have to travel everywhere by taxi
- not geared up for tourists of other nationalities all signs and entertainment in Italian and you get the impression that staff would prefer only Italians in the hotel
- bar ran out of beer
- no shop or beauty salon as advertised
- quite a tired resort, needs a revamp
The region is know for storms and floods. There was a thunder storm the day before we arrived which threw out the computer system so we were unable to get our wrist bands and there for unable to buy a drink. Also, meant a leaky roof in the dining room. The staff didn't tell us about the welcome meeting either but we found out about it the next day - a Dutch lady called Dorothy is a tour guide who arranges trip around the region and she is worth chatting to.
I would recommend this resort if you want to experience all things Italian, if you want a relaxing holiday or if you want to explore a beautiful area - but don't expect luxury.
I wouldn't recommend it if you want lively nightlife (unless you are prepared for travelling a distance) or if you want a home from home.
We wouldn't go back to this hotel but we would try out another Arum hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Aurum Sabbie Bianche Tropea, Calabria, Italy
- Aurum Sabbie Bianche Hotel Tropea