My beautiful and long sufferring wife and I decided that we needed some R&R. So leaving the kids behind for the first time popped down to our local travel agent and tried to get a last minute deal ... Not as easy as I thought ! The credit crunch may be a figment of the Media's imagination, as we were really struggling to find somewhere ...
So we were given a choice ... Tunisia or Italy. Well, no contest really. We had both always planned on visiting Pompeii and Herculanium, so this seemed like the ideal place for our week long escape.
Flying from Newcastle with Thomson Fly, everything went smoothly ... The flight was a bit cramped (I am 6'2" and 280llb) but we got there ahead of schedule and were taken straight to the hotel. So far so good..
On first appearance all I could think of was ... Why don't they whitewash their buildings ? The area gives the outward appearence of being a bit run down, Not so much "shabby chic" as, just a bit shabby...
The Hotel Jaccarino was delightful. It was old but immaculate inside. Our room was away from the main building, next to the pool and right next to the main road. The windows were shuttered and double glazed and the room itself was spotlessly clean, modern and spacious. The double bed was large, comfortable and the fresh linen all immaculate. Sounds great, but there was a bit of a problem here. If this room was in GB then it would have been perfect. However, it is in Italy and it was like an oven. No air conditioning and due to its proximity to the road it was impossible to sleep with the windows open. Apparently all Italian cars, motorbikes, trucks, bicycles and probably wheely bins are powered by sound! Horns, bust exhausts charver dance music all seemed to be the "fuel" used to power these machines. Screaming mopeds were constant throughout the night and of course, if they were travelling wth passengers or in pairs, then this noise was enhanced by the riders screaming at eachother, in italian (so we could not understand what they were saying!)... Not quite what we were looking for.
So after a fitful night we struggled to the restaurant where we had all our main meals that week. The restaurant was superb. The service was excellent, food was well prepared and delicious, and you don't get to my weight without appreciating food. In the evenings we took the later sitting and then enjoyed the terrace looking out over Sorrento Bay with a bottle of house plonk... No kids with us or other distractions we actually managed long chats and a very stress relieving time... excellent !. Oh and I should say that after that bottle of house plonk the noise from the road seemed a little quieter.
The days were taking up with one day sightseeing and one day lazing around the pool. The hotel pool area was excellent, the loungers had built in shades and were great for tanning and reading ... or in my case burning and reading (I am the original lobster coloured Englishman abroad) There was a small cafe bar right next to the pool run by the hotel staff (who never seem to sleep!) Very convenient, if not a little expensive. Hmmm ... there's something I probably should mention... The cost of just about anything in this area is expensive. The GB Pound to Euro exchange rate was terrible £1 = 1.15 Euro. A beer was 5 euro's and a can of Diet Coca Cola 4 Euros. a Simple sandwich lunch with drinks would easily come to £20. So the half Board tariff we took seemed very worthwhile.
The local area was quaint. There is a fantastic bar just a two minute walk from the Hotel called Orlando's. The prices are cheaper than the Hotel and it has real italian charm... Not to be missed, but if you do go there you will probably end up there till 1am !!
One one evening the village was descended on by about 200 teenagers on scooters ... Oh no I thought, but wait ... They all went to the local church where a number of dungaree clad Youth Leaders set up silly games and competitions for them. They had a great time and there was not a bottle of cheap wine or can of nasty lager in sight, nor a hoody, tracksuit or baseball cap. How have we got it so wrong over here.
Anyway, in a nutshell, the holiday was lovely, a bit expensive when you are there, and it could really have done with Air Con in the room. The hotel staff all spoke english and were very helpful and polite. To be honest the staff made this hotel absolutely charming. We have travelled fairly extensively in Europe and this is one of the more memorable holidays. Yes I would recommend it and even return in the future, if I'm spared ..
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- Iaccarino Hotel Sorrento
- Hotel Iaccarino Italy/Province Of Naples