This is one of the most emotional reviews I have written, through tears, after such a magical time at Oasi Olimpia. From beginning to end, our week at the villa was truly heaven on earth.
The villa is run either as a hotel or self catered villa, then Carmen, the Director, also runs a cooking school.
We chose to book the whole villa for one week on a self catered basis, and hosted 36 wedding guests in total, 27th August to 3rd September. We were pleased to also have full use of the three cottages, just off the premises but still very close, included in the price.
My partner and I were married on Tuesday 30th, in the San Francesco Cloister in Sorrento (also the perfect location for a wedding ceremony!). You can have a blessing at Oasi but not your actual ceremony.
We agreed with Carmen, (who by the way is the most amazing person I have had the pleasure to meet), that we could run Oasi as a self catered villa for every day apart from the wedding day, when it would revert back to a hotel with all the staff and food provided. This worked perfectly, because, the staff are still there present during the morning, and your rooms are cleaned while you get to enjoy the best breakfast I have ever eaten! The buffet spread will leave you no room for lunch it's so good, all made freshly and with very high quality ingredients and a range of choice. We gave Oasi a shopping list of food and drinks for the week, and when we arrived, it was all stocked and prepared for us, what a wonderful way to start my wedding celebration week, and not have to go shopping for 36 people!
My parents and I went for a visit during June, to see the villa and meet with Carmen and the staff, to prepare everything in advance. This was a wonderful stay and we couldn't wait to get back there for the wedding week! It really helped with the planning but honestly, anyone should feel in very safe hands as Carmen makes everything seem so easy and flawless. We communicated about everything via e-mail over the year running up to the wedding and between my highly organised and control freak personality, and her abilty to make dreams happen, there was no stone left unturned! She makes you feel so accomodated and nothing is too much trouble.
When I first began with the wedding plans, I was of course concerned about the cost. Obviously we've just had a fairytale week and that comes at a price, but really, it's been incredible value. I do not feel overcharged for anything we've had. There were a few things not on our bill, like ironing the grooms party shirts, my personal laundry, packages to mail, emergency wedding dress collection to be steamed (!); this and so much more was completed with smiles and laughter from the staff. They really do their job and go that extra mile. What a team.
I would recommed that you allow the staff to organise transport for you. It's very good value and you will be met by a driver. The staff were fantastic at arranging day trips and transport for us, we laid something on each day for our guests and they made this so easy to facilitate.
The wedding day food was outstanding. We had a champage reception & antipasti buffet on the terrace and enjoyed Lemon Delice as a wedding cake which might be the best cake I've ever eaten! In the evening, we dined "Under Pagoda" in such a beautiful setting. The six course meal was unforgettable, from the service, to the wine, to the ingredients, it was all just wonderful and I want to do it all again! Late evening, the staff put out a buffet but not many people ate as they were still so full! Instead, Carmen prepared it all for us the day after and we enjoyed a great evening with family and friends once again. Talk about exceeding expectations!!
Salvatore, the owner, shyly present in the shadows, has a really special property and is a very humble man. He loves to fish and my now husband, being an ex-fisherman himself, sat and enjoyed a fish that Salvatore caught himself and decided to share with us. Special moments.
I cannot recommend the villa enough. I, of course, felt like a Princess all of my wedding day, but truthfully, I felt like royalty all week. Carmen, thank you for making our dreams come true and to all of the staff at Oasi, heartfelt thanks for creating memories that I will always cherish. You've been amazing.
Now, excuse me while I check my vacation dates for next year.......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oasi Olimpia Relais is an old villa of 1892 from whose restoration we obtain 12 luxury rooms. The philosophy of this relais is exclusivity, intimate atmosphere, elegance in simplicity and maximum attention to hospitality! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oasi Olimpia Relais Hotel
- Hotel Oasi Olimpia Relais Italy/Province Of Naples