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Location was wonderful, peaceful and private set above the owner's (Fabrizio) olive groves. It is just a few minutes drive from Badalato borgo and the marina. Badalato borgo is a charming and very friendly village with a village shop run by the lovely Vittoria and many restaurants including a gelato shop. Fabrizio owns two of the restaurants which are very good.
The house is comfortable and Fabrizio is very helpful with resolving any small issues. We did have a problem with the internet but Fabrizio was tireless in resolving it - which he did.
Altogether it was a wonderful break and we would be happy to return.
We stayed at Villa Marina for a week in the beginning of September and loved every minute of it. Maria is the sweetest host you could wish for and her garden is a true paradise, I still can't believe how beautiful and huge it is. And the silence! I was and still am in awe. It was so relaxing and just exquisite to have breakfast on the huge veranda, overlooking palm trees, exotic flowers and the sea. Paradise, really.
Besides the villa and garden, it doesn't get any better than packing your stuff and bring it to the beach right across the street. You step outside the garden, take three steps and there you are! For people like us who prefer to have a calm vacation without lots of people and noise around, Villa Marina and the beach in front of it are the perfect choice. Besides a small family from Switzerland and us, there were no other tourists at the beach, only locals who seemed to come to the beach during siesta and after work to relax a bit. We had lots of space and almost the whole beach to ourselves, which was a dream! Also, it's the most fantastic water you can wish for – so clear you could see the ocean bed at all times!
There are four beach bars and, I think, two restaurants and a bistro in walking distance from the villa. For groceries, there is a main street about 5 minutes by car where you can get everything you need. But don't miss the chance to make pasta with the delicious vegetables from the garden itself!
There only was one unpleasant issue with our stay at Villa Marina and that was the noise during the night. It was very silent and calm during the day, which we absolutely loved, but at night, the closest beach bar hosts karaoke nights which you hear very loudly across the beach and street and it was annoying when spending the warm summer evenings on the veranda. Also, the dogs in the neighbourhood bark constantly during the night, they really wouldn't stop for an hour. BUT: If you are inside the house and keep the windows closed, you hear almost nothing. The windows are very well isolated.
The Villa Marina is paradise on earth and the perfect accommodation for a calm beach vacation. We absolutely loved it and most definitely recommend it! And I'm pretty sure we'll be back soon.
Thank you, Maria!