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Approdo Resort Thalasso Spa
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

I loved L'Approdo. We spend our holidays in Italy most years and always try to stay in 'proper' Italian hotels - ie those frequented by Italians themselves! That sums up L'Approdo - about three quarters of the guests were Italian - mostly families with children of all ages right up to teens. English speaking guests were well catered for however and most of the staff speak some english.

The main pool area is surrounded by flowers and is very pretty. The beach (blue flag status) is small and particularly safe for young children. The water is unbelievably clear! Guests are allocated 1 lounger and deckchair for the duration of their stay so no early morning scramble!

Entertainment is provided by a team of 12 professional dancers during July and August. They orgainse yoga and aqua classes around the pool, a kids club and evening shows. The Mama Mia show was really fantastic and they also arranged a show starring all the children - very professional considering they only prepared for 2 days! They also had all the teenagers up dancing every night

The rooms are comfortable, spotlessly clean and all have a sea/marina view. The food is average - great selection of side dishes but the main dishes let them down. Most days there is a choice of 2 pasta and a soup for starter and 3 main courses - fish, meat and veggie. Lunch is the better option as you get to choose your meat or fish and it's cooked to order.

Children are well catered for: kids club as described, the girls were really lovely and made a real effort to include the non-Italian speakers. The children's pool and playground are above the hotel up a short but steep lane. You really need to decide each day - is it a pool or beach day as there is some distance between them. Kids' pool suitable for ages approx 4 up as there is no really shallow area suitable for toddlers. Play equipment all quite new and in good condition.

The food is the only slightly disappointing aspect and if you do decide to eat out, there are limited options - 2 or 3 resaurants in S Marco but plenty more if you're prepared to drive. As a genuine fishing village there is a strong emphasis on seafood and you won't find any tourist menus (thank goodness!)

Overall, I would really recommend L'Approdo and I anticipate that we'll return.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank SennockianDee
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Reviewed 2 August 2009

We returned yesterday after 10 days at L'Approdo and we had the best holiday in recent years.
San Marco di Castellabate is two hours drive from Naples. It is an unspolit resort favoured by Neopolitans for their summer break. English and other nationalities are in the minority. This does have its downsides. Being unspoilt means very few restaurants in the village of any note and only the most basic of supermarkets. But if you have a car then this isn't a problem.
The Hotel itself is typically Italian. The rooms are lacking in frills and are functional but comfortable. They are spotlessly clean and they all have views of the beach or harbour, all with private balconies. We had a 'top suite' with half board. This meant one bedroom for us and two single beds for our young children in the kitchen diner area. As a combination for the afternoon siesta/ night it worked very well. Aircon only works for July/August for siesta and nightime up to 2am - this wasn't a problem for us.
Being half board we were able to choose between lunch or dinner. Lunch was definitely the better option. There was a selection of fresh seafood and various cuts of meat which were cooked to order as well as a selection of antipasti and first courses. Wines were very reasonable with a selection of excellent local whites, though nothing special for the red drinkers. Dinner was often just adequate. There were some good dishes, but there were also some distinctly average dishes. The pasta tended to be a bit disappointing but the main course more often than not left you satisfied. If you chose dinner for your half board option then getting a lunchtime snack at the hotel was very hit and miss. We got some superb freshly made caprese paninni some days, but some average pre-made ones on other days. The waiting staff had a smattering of English, but one of the head waiters was fluent and was always on hand if we had a query. As so often when abroad, we found that making the effort to try and communicate with our limited foreign vocabulary reaped dividends. All of the staff went the extra mile to try and help.
Evenings had entertainment on every night (though this is in season - July/August). There are a group of dancers from a Roman dance academy that come for the two months every year. They were fantastic and put on some really amazing shows. They also organise pool exercise sessions, step classes, run the children's club, organise beach activities, days out to the local beauty spot of Punta Licosa, archery sessions, volleyball, organise the music at the pool, take photos during the day (on sale later in the evening) and run a special children's show once a week. English was limited, but enough for the children to be able to join in with the predominantly Italian group. On a couple of evenings there was also a pianist/vocalist who had a superb range of songs.
Reception staff all spoke good English and were able to book restaurants/boat trips form the harbour, advise on travel times for ferries and trips to/from the airport. They were also excellent in helping us out when our son fell and broke his arm (nothing to do with the hotel - all his own fault!)
During the day, the on-site facilities were just right. There is a children's pool a short walk from the main site, but next to the private playground and activity area. The main pool was more used by teens/young adults as it had music and activities. The beach was more relaxed and that is where most of the families with younger children spent their time. There is no rush for sunbeds at 6am either - every room gets allocated one sunbed and one deckchair for the duration of the stay.
There is plenty to do within a short drive if you feel the need to leave the hotel - we only did once to Paestum, a wonderful pre Roman site with some outstanding excavations.
I would have no hesitation in returning to L'Approdo and would recommend it particularly for families with young children right up to teenagers.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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4  Thank sennockred
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

Excellent location, all rooms overview marina and bay.
Plenty of comfortable seating indoors and on terrace. Sun loungers have seen better days. Space around pool limited.but more loungers on the lovely private beach.
The advertised childrens pool and play area was still under construction and was adistance from the hotel grounds. It is some distance up an unmade track and up a flight of stone steps which would be difficult to negotiate with a push chair(avoidance of stairs means a longer walk. The area is on the side of a steep hill and at the time of my visit the area was unkempt grass and there was only a boundary of varying trees and shrubs. As it was I think it is totally unsuitable for small children even when supervised.

DESPITE DAYTIME TEMPERATURES UP TO 34 DEGREES THE MANAGEMENT REFUSED TO ACTIVATE(UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF jULY)THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM.

The food in the restaurant was very limited for choice with no 'international' menu items. In my opinion it would do justice only to a 2 star hotel. This view was supported by several other British guests. Restaurants in St.Marco were few and far between.

The reception staff and cleaning staff were very helpful but the restaurant staff needed a better grasp of basic 'English Restaurant speech.
There was no entertainment of any sort on any evening. But as we left (19/06/09 a group of dancers were rehearsing on the small stage.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank R0bin1927
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Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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