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There is nothing I can fault about our stay at Villa Etnamare. Our apartment was very well equipped with everything we needed to make our two week stay comfortable. We had views of the sea from one side of our terrace and Mount Etna on the other. The pool area and surrounding grounds are fabulous, we spent many hours just relaxing on a sun lounger. The whole family (Nadia, Dario, Fabio & Angelo) are very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. There is an excellent restaurant, Le 5 Botti, literally at the end of the drive that we visited five times during our stay and plenty of shops in Santa Venerina for everything needed for a self-catering stay.
I would recommend a stay at Villa Entamare without reservation.
The property is set in a quiet private and secure complex with very clean, and tasteful houses with immaculate gardens.
We had a 2 week family holiday (children 11 and 8) in this wonderful house. The house has an interesting layout with plenty of outdoor space. Front garden, rear garden and terrace with sea view, side garden and an upstairs balcony with a view of Etna. The bedrooms and bathroom have a fantastic unbroken view across the bay.
Slight criticism is the kitchen equipment. Scissors, a kitchen knife, slotted spoon and large pans would have been very useful. As almost all the local restaurants served only fish, it was necessary to do some self catering. Also some of the power sockets were faulty and some of the lights did not work. I don't think this is enough to distract from the lovely property. Agata is always responsive to any request.
The large pool is 20 steps away and is open from 9am - 2pm, then 4:30pm - 9pm. At times it was busy and loud with a group of young teenagers from the complex. They were however always polite and respectful. At other times we had the pool to ourselves, especially for a breakfast swim.
As Santa Tecla is not a main tourist town we left a few leaflets of local tourist attractions. It would have been helpful to have a folder containing more of these in the house.
A path leads to the sea with a wooden platform for easy access over the lava rocks. There is a second platform with a bar and sunbeds. On one occasion only during our 2 weeks this venue played very loud music until 2am.
We were lucky to be in Santa Tecla at the time of a festival so there was lively entertainment on offer in the village.
The village has fish restaurants and 2 pizzerias, one of which has a beautiful terrace over the sea. There is a bakery, butcher, Tabacci and small grocery shop within 8 mins walk and a small supermarket within 15 mins walk. Be prepared however for a lot of litter in the village, on the rocks and surrounding lanes and surrounding villages.
As the motorway is about 15 mins drive from the house it is easy to cover large distances in a day. Taormina, Catania, Etna, Syracuse, Ragusa, Noto, Pantalicca and Alcantra Gorges are easily reachable. Etnaland waterpark in Catania was great for the kids (and adults). Closer towns to visit include Santa Maria La Scala for motor boat rental, Acitrezza for lots of restaurants, lively evening and boat hire, and a picturesque castle at Acicastello.
Thanks for a lovely holiday...