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Good For Families
A beautiful Place
After reading some of the reviews I think that people went expecting something entirely different. We checked it out before we went and yes, there were inconsistencies in the description of the resort and the area. The apts are fine, we had plenty of hot water for four women and a stove etc for cooking our own meals on occasion. The front desk staff were absolutely rude until you persisted and started to chat with them, then they could be accomodating. I studied my italian before going and although rudementary, it sufficed to get what we needed. The recreational staff were a bunch of fun kids who had an amazing amount of energy and cracked us up. They even got us old ladies involved in some of the group events. My 56 year old sister sang karaoke and played water polo, what??? ha ha. We really enjoyed the water aerobics. The staff at the restaurant were awesome. Pietro and the gang were quite entertaining and we spent several nights drinking lemonchello (spelling?) and laughing the night away. Two things to think about, to get anywhere from the resort is definitely a chore. We took a trip to Pompei and it was a 2 hour drive either way. They didn't have enough people to book our tour to capri so we missed out. This was the third week of june and there were people but the place wasn't full. With the Italians staying there I get it, they've already seen it all. The staff in the grocery store were also extremely helpful and gave us great information along with Pietro about the area and how to get around. Yes, you have to purchase the stuff for the apt but to us it was dirt cheap! We bought wine for less than $2 that was pretty tasty! Don't forget to try the "local" cheese they sell there. It's fantastic, never did find out the actual name but yummy! The actual town of Maratea is cute. We went shopping a couple of times and had dinner there. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, this is perfect. The beach is a treat and as we live in Hawaii I can say the water was beautiful.
One big warning, I think I had a bout of altitude sickness. It can feel like a stroke, so be careful about going up and down the mountain too many times. Ugh! Didn't feel too hot for a day. Also, the sun is super hot there. Wear lots of sunscreen and even then you should stay under the umbrella until you see how much sun you are getting. Overall, I loved the place! It's quaint and a very local experience. Aloha!
Unique Quality: Amazing views! Spent lots of time in the pool.
Pianeta Maratea Timeshare Resort
Overlooking the Tyrrenian sea, the Pianeta Maratea Residence is located on a slope of the Monte San Biagio and consists of 7 terraces located from 406 to 459m above the sea level. The mountain more frequently called the Redeemer because it is dominated by a gigantic, white 22-meter statue portraying Christ (at 623 meters above the sea).
The beautiful medieval town of Maratea is 3km away. The train station is 8km from the residence. There is no free shuttle from the train station to the residence.
Third week of May, when we stayed, marked the opening of the 2004 season. The staff tried their best to do their best to get things running. What they could not fix was the weather, around 10°C/50°F at night, 18°C/65°F during the day.
There are 222 one, two and three-room apartments on the terrace-located villas for 4 – 7 persons. All apartments are provided with a weekly change of bed and bath linen, as well as with all kitchen utensils. In our one-bedroom apartment we had living-room, bedroom area, separated from the living room thin plastic partition (Japanese style), kitchenette in the corridor linking the areas, bathroom and terrace with magnificent view. Yes we had color TV with 30+ channels including the BBC World News (the only resort in Italy during our one month travel which offered an English speaking channel). Each unit has independent entrance and parking space.
Unique Quality: There are many facilities: bar-restaurant, supermarket (good one), two swimming pools with sun umbrellas and sun loungers, open-air amphitheater for shows and concerts with a capacity of 800 people, daytime and evening animation, sports activities, kiddies and youth club and children's playground with lessons in aerobics, archery, swimming, water gym, muscular toning, Latin American dancing, tourneys, games, shows, cabaret and piano bar - all for the joy of adults and children alike.
The sister Grand Hotel up the hill is more upscale, but the whole complex has seen better days - for instance, don't expect either a waterslide or a connecting monorail between the hotels - they have both been trashed.
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