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Villa Etna Mare well exceeded our expectations. The amazing photos of this villa cannot even start to capture the stunning expansive views. We really felt as though we were on top of the world.
The drive up (and down) is a bit nail biting but gets easier the more you do it (although we didn't brave it at night). This slightly dictated our activities so we had our meals out at lunch when exploring the local villages, but given we have youngish (10, 12 years) kids this was fine. I'm sure confident drivers that don't suffer from vertigo wouldn't have a problem. We stayed in August so it was hot and humid down at the beach, therefore a relief to climb above the humidity to the villa in the afternoon, take a dip in the pool and open a bottle of the local rose.
The villa itself is in a country style; very pretty and well thought out. The bedrooms were particularly lovely with high ceilings and beams. Air con worked well. The open plan ground floor and large well stocked kitchen made meal prep a breeze. The covered outdoor dining area was our base though as it was fabulous.
We had a few problems that were totally out of Dan and Katherine's control, but they were extremely helpful and sorted things out as quickly as they possibly could (next day if not before). Dan was a caring and thoughtful host, providing loads of information and communicated quickly and clearly.