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Praia Art Resort
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My husband and I have just returned from a week at Praia Art Resort in Calabria, Italy. What a wonderful little hotel it is. Everything was of high quality. The rooms were always beautifully presented, and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

We arrived very early in the season, when the hotel was relatively empty. However, there was no shortage of staff – in fact, we wondered how the hotel could afford to employ so many staff for so few residents. However, it became clear that the staff comprised committed, professional and long-term individuals who really took pride in the service they were offering.

Breakfast, served by the beautiful (and spotless) pool, began around 8.30am (or earlier, if required) and continued until after midday. Everything we could have asked for was available. The fruit, bread, croissants and cakes were particularly good, and cooked meals were brought to the poolside from the restaurant (where we also ate breakfast on the one morning when it rained). On our final morning, when we had to leave at 6am, breakfast was waiting for us in the reception area.

The poolside bar remains open all day and into the evening.

The hotel has an excellent restaurant which serves dinner. (I do not think they open for lunch but, given the long period when breakfast is available, we certainly felt no need for a meal in the middle of the day.) The chef made a point of coming to the table to insist that we should ask for anything we would like, and he would try to oblige. There was already an extensive menu; however, the majority of meals on offer (both here and in local restaurants) were fish dishes. As my husband does not enjoy fish, this might have been more of a problem than it turned out to be, had the chef not been so very accommodating.

All the rooms are tastefully (if somewhat quirkily) decorated, with artefacts, furniture, tiles etc from local craftsmen. A short walk (about 40m) through a wooded area takes one directly onto the private beach. Expensive (and clean!) Turkish carpets are laid along the entire path to the beach (a first for us!). The beach is well-equipped with loungers (enough for the occupants of the 12 rooms). The sea is clean and does not seem to change much between high and low tides, shelving fairly deeply - perfect for the lazy swimmer who wishes not to walk too far, yet ideal for those who want a serious swim.

We had hired a car at Rome airport and, on the first evening, drove partway to Salerno (the Novotel there is a perfect stop-off point, being clean and new, as well as being very close to the main road south). We were grateful for the car as, unless we had planned to simply sit in the sun all day (and we did have 2 days when the weather was unusually dull for the area), we might have felt a little bit cut-off at the hotel. There are various places in the area which are worth a visit, and we particularly enjoyed Santa Severina, a small, immaculate town with a castle and cathedral, perched high on a rock in the mountains, and the major and ancient city of Crotone. La Castella, a short way from the hotel, is well worth a visit (and we'd recommend the pizza at Da Marco on the main street).

The Calabrian people are delightful – friendly and helpful. However, very few people speak English, so it is advisable to take an Italian phrasebook. Even the hotel staff, most of whom had a little English, often struggled.

A measure of the kindness of the people can be illustrated by the following: We topped in Crotone at a ladies' dress shop to ask for the whereabouts of a good restaurant. The assistant had very rudimentary English, but fished out her iPad and we conversed using a translate program. She began to give us directions to the restaurant but, noting our confusion, instead made a phone call. Some 5 minutes later, the chef himself turned up in his car and drove us to his restaurant. What a find, and what kindness! If you go to Crotone, do not miss a visit to Da Ercule!

The drive back to Rome was rather long (we did it in one stretch), but the road was pretty good most of the way and the scenery was spectacular. Perhaps in future we would fly to the local airport, which is less than an hour from the hotel (although availability of flights is not quite so good).

We had a great holiday and would highly recommend the hotel, it's staff, the surrounding area and the local people.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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22  Thank LPandMDSB
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stayed in this charming hotel one week in September. The hotel is in a great position with breathtaking views of the beach, the food was good, the staff really friendly and very helpful.

We absolutely loved this place, we will stay again !!!

Decor is very original but it was a great home away from home for the nights we were there.
Our room was beautiful with artistic decoration, very clean and with a spacious bathroom.

Certainly the most luxurious services to be noticed: breakfast served until anytime, complimentary fresh water and fresh fruit on the beach, a high quality tea selection and free minibar in the room.

Last but not least: a prefect welcome with a cake and a drink. A hidden place!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Frullie B
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Reviewed 22 October 2017
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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