First, let me set the stage by explaining that I am a travel photojournalist writing primarily for North American audiences. My wife and I were booked for a week here but we left after 5 days due to the conditions we found. Not that the resort was completely horrendous; there were redeeming factors, such as the marvelous restaurant and laid-back atmosphere, but overall the facilities are not as described and visitors would be well advised of that.
First, the advertised free Wifi ranged from abysmal to non-existent. People were crowded in various spots throughout our stay trying in vain to get spotty internet and grumbling about the connectivity all the while. The management admitted they had trouble with it constantly. Neither Macs nor PCs would work.
Despite the fact that some of their literature claims that off-site laundry facilities are available, once we arrived (after driving through Italy for a week) we were told that there were no facilities in the resort, nor any on the island. We had to wash our clothes by hand. In their defense, clothes dry quickly in the sunshine and mild breezes.
Most shocking to us was the fact that you cannot drink the water in the resort (see photo below of non-potable water sign). Are you kidding me? Nowhere was this mentioned in the literature we researched.
The TV does not work; well, it "works" but the static is impossible and there is no access to English-speaking cable news channels.
The rental units have no dishwasher, no paper towels, no kitchen towels, no dish detergent, and only one pot lid for all three pots provided (it only fit one pot).
No one on the desk staff spoke English well enough to communicate accurately. I am not faulting this, it is Italy after all, but you should know this before you book.
There are very few electrical outlets so make sure to bring a gang plug.
Having properly dashed this resort, I'll be quick to add that the restaurant is wonderful (see photos), serving freshly prepared local cuisine at reasonable prices. We dined there twice, in both cases paying about 35 Euros for two entrees, with one glass of wine and bottled water. Service was excellent. The restaurant is managed separately by Rosa Venuti, who is just terrific.
Villaggio is perfectly located, just a tad outside town, but a short walk or bike ride to the central piazza and the picturesque waterfront. You can bike all over this tiny island and it is laced with history on every turn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- he Villaggio Cala la Luna stands out like a white pearls on the island of Favignana. It offers a perfect Mediterranean style where white buildings impeccably alternate to turquoise window and door frames. In harmony with the surrounding nature thanks to the use of the typical white tufa stones of Favignana, the village is an example of bio architecture. It is the ideal place for a charming vacation, characterized by striking places and breathtaking views, surrounded by the warmth of the islanders, and the scents of Sicilian cooking. It is the ideal place for families, for a romantic couple gateway, and also for fun group trips thanks to the perfect distribution of our common areas and the cordiality and services of a four-star- hotel. By the moment you arrive our cordial professional staff wants you to feel welcome, and will make your staying at the resort a precious and charming experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villaggio Cala La Luna Hotel Favignana
- Villaggio Cala La Luna Favignana
- Villaggio Cala La Luna Isola Di Favignana, Sicily