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“By far the best hotel on our trip in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alcantara Resort

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Alcantara Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gaggi
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Doha, Qatar
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30 reviews
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“By far the best hotel on our trip in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

We loved this place. It was the only 4 star hotel on our trip through Sicily, Calabria and Tuscany, but it easily outclassed the other properties, which were all 5 star. The resort is set in a beautiful garden, perfectly landscaped and maintained. It escapes me how they keep the grass so fresh and green in high August when the whole Sicily feels like a desert. But they do. You live in simple but nice houses, each with its own terrace. Very quiet, absolutely no disturbance from the other guests. The pools (one small, one mid-size) are lovely and they never felt crowded, in spite of the August holiday fever. The staff is extremely friendly, they joke with the kids, they absolutely have the can-do attitude which you don't always find in Europe. You can see Etna from the hotel grounds and you can walk to a grocery store in Gaggi, and if you wih, you can drive to the insane hustle that is Taormina, but when you are at Alcantara, it's quiet. It was a good base to explore Etna, Taormina, Siracuse, yes we even drove to Agrigento and it was great. My only complaint would be that the pool time ends at 7 pm which feels too early. We did not know about the rule on the first evening and the kids took a swim, but no one gave bad looks, which is in line with the friendly attitude of the place. Just make it 9 pm guys.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

Truly enjoyed our 3 nights stay in our ground-floor double room with view on the pool and the Etna. The staff of the resort ensured that all guests enjoyed throughout their stay, including kids (and our one-year old son Olivier).

The room was very clean, nicely decorated, and had a proper terrace. The food was great (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and again the service was outstanding. Our one-year old boy felt almost at home, thanks to the friendly staff.

Great location to explore Taormina and the surroundings of East-Sicily.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

My husband and I went to Alcantara Resort on the advise from my sister and niece and we are so happy we did. It is a beautiful oasis with wonderful staff. Luigi, Melissa, Angelo, Angelo, Dario and the rest made us feel like family! They were always smiling and always willing to help. They even cleaned our laundry when we asked. Our room was beautiful and had everything we needed. It was on the 2nd floor and had a beautiful view of the resort and the surrounding area of Gaggi. The grounds are beautiful, with the cabanas sprinkled throughout. We observed the staff maintaining the grounds daily and keeping everything perfect.
The pool area was our favorite, with Angelo bringing us whatever we wanted to eat or drink as we relaxed.You can see Mt Etna in the distance from your lounge chair. The pool itself is great with a jacuzzi and smaller pool for kids. The morning buffet was more than ample and great food. We ate dinner at the resort restaurant and also enjoyed great food and service then. There was even a confirmation party there one evening and it was fun to watch the festivities. The staff handled the restaurant and the party very well.
The resort was only about a 10-15 minute drive to the beaches which made it a great retreat at the end of the day. It was also a good place to have a base camp as we explored Sicilia. The staff was able to give us great advise on places to visit both tourist and not.
We will definitely return in the future to this beautiful and fun resort.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

We spent our last 3 nights in Sicily at this hotel and it was the best by far. It is like a little paradise with its beautiful garden and swimming pool. The rooms are nice and big and decorated with great taste. Everything neat and perfectly clean. Great choice of food for breakfast and very good meals at the restaurant for a good price in comparison to other restaurants where we've been to. But the best part of this hotel is the staff, they are incredibly helpful and they really look out for you without even asking.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Qiryat Ono, Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

We are a family of 3 adults, we stayed 2 nights at the Alcantara resort. it is an easy drive from Gaggim to Taormina, to the northern slopes of mnth Ethna , or to the Alcatara natural park. The hotel is new, very clean, beatifully designed, and the staff are highly professional, friendly, very knowlegable and most helpful. Everything feels very luxurious except the price which was reasonable. breakfast was excellent, and here is my tip: have at least one dinner at the hotel restaurant. The semifredo they make is addictive!! We hope to come next time for a whole week. They have a lovely swimming pool but on May it is too cold to swimm.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Alcantara Resort

Property: Alcantara Resort
Address: Via Colonnello Mannino 7, 98030 Gaggi, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Gaggi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gaggi
Price range (per night): $114 - $248
Hotel Class:4 star — Alcantara Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alcantara Resort is set in the beautiful valley of Alcantara, 7 Km. away from Taormina and very close to the magnificent gorges of Alcantara. The resort has 21 rooms, all them arranged in sicilian style and all of them are spacious and bright, classically furnished and equipped with private bedroom, mini-bar, piped music, TV with satellite channels, Internet Wi-fi. ... more   less 
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