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Review 2051: StarTour Travel Agency, Villa Pamar

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Review by Eric from Denmark

apartments in hotel in Giardini Naxos, Sicily


When

April 2006, 1 week

Location

Villa Pamar is an apartment hotel in the centre of Giardini Naxos by the road (Via Tysandros) along the beach and the sea is 10-15 meters away.

Nearby Amenities

All amenities are within walking distance. There are small shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. Just behind the hotel there is a fish market (mornings).

The House/Apartment

The hotel has some 23 apartments with balconies. It is a modern house and the apartments are clean and well kept. If your apartment has sea view there can be some noise from the road along the beach, but also the comforting sound of the surf.

Garden

All apartments have balconies and there is a shared roof terrace on the 5th floor with a magnificent view over the small town, the bay and Taormina and Castelmolo up in the hills.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything was tip-top. The rooms were cleaned daily except Sunday.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Beds okay making two siestas a day a temptation. One small bathroom/toilet with a shower, not luxurious but okay.

Kitchen

There was a small kitchen in one of the rooms. Small stove with two plates for heating. No oven. Pots and pans a plenty. With the restriction of two plates and no oven you could make a full meal. However we preferred the excellent restaurants nearby and just made breakfast and lunch ourselves.

Problems or Bonuses

The apartment was very clean and very well equipped.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We got the apartment as a part of a package tour. The standard was even better than described. I think the reception is manned an hour a day, and the woman spoke Swedish, English and Italian (maybe more - I don't know).

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would certainly like to stay at Villa Pamar another time and will gladly pay the extra for the sea view and the soothing sound of the surf.

Things to do in this area

With the sandy beach and the sea just across the street you can go swimming if you like. Stroll along the beach road as the locals do on their passeggiata and enjoy the view and/or a gelato. Walk to the pier and watch Etna, the huge volcano, loom in the distance with its column of smoke telling that Vulcan is at work forging weapons for the other gods.

There is an archaeological site in Naxos where the first Greeks settled in 735 BC. Except for the remains of a few walls and a museum there is not much to see, but the whole site is lush and pretty with orange and lemon trees. If you like it is easy to catch a bus to nearby Taormina or other cities like Catania or Siracusa. There is also a train station and trains along the coast.

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