With 3 pools, 2 restaurants and 1 private beach, the numbers really add up at this hotel.
This place neighbours the Fiesta Athenee Palace, and you can use the facilities at both hotels. The whole complex nudges up to a private patch of beach, where wooden bathing platforms lead you over the pebbles into the sea.
The Fiesta Garden Beach is surrounded by tropical gardens, and has a real away-from-it-all setting. The nearest shops and restaurants are in Campofelice di Roccella, around 10 minutes' drive away. And you can reach well-known Cefalu in 25 minutes.
Full Board buffet meals in main restaurant and weekly beach barbecue.
Tea and coffee 16.00-17.00. Select local and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Minibar with water and soft drinks in room, restocked every 2 days.
Snacks and ice-cream 10.00-18.00 during March, May, and from mid-October.
Featuring a hot and cold buffet style breakfast, daily lunch menu and buffet style dinner. La Himera specialises in local, Mediterranean and international cuisine. A Sicilian theme night with live music is staged once a week, and you can take your meals al fresco on the terrace if you want to enjoy the warm night air.
Booked a week at Fiesta Garden Beach. When we got to Catania Airport on Sunday we were told that the hotel was closing on the Wednesday,and that we would be booked into the sister hotel,the Athenee Palace which was in the same complex. We endured a two hour ride on a very bumpy motorway with no comfort stop which had been promised.We had booked a Chalet and were given a bowl of fruit and a bottle of wine for our inconvenience ,which was a hollow gesture as everything was all inclusive.
The Athenee Palace was clean,bar staff were very good,food was plentiful although not much of a variety.The Hotel was almost empty so we were the only people in the swimming pools at times.There is an indoor pool on the First floor.
As other people have said the beach is quite stony and thedropdown from the lawns to the beach is very poor.
The Hotel is very isolated with nothing in the area,Hotel bus to Cefalu,nearest town takes twenty minutes and costs six euros return.Bus to Palermo costs eight euros return.
Went on two trips,one to a wine tasting near Castellated Bueno where Cinema Paradiso was filmed,unspoilt village.The wine was nice but very expensive. Our second trip was to Taomino and Mt Etna ,Left hotel at 6.45and got back at 7.25pm,very long day.The Greek theatre in Taomino costs 8euros to enter and unless you are desperate to see it ,not worth the money.
The weather was very hot for time of year,upwards of 30 degrees every day,the day we went to Etna it was 21degrees at the cable car station.
Cefalu old town is well worth seeing,the courtesy bus drops off at the railway station,turn right and the road takes you to the old town.Beware of cars and scooters which go up and down the very narrow streets with no pavements.More
ken s, Southampton, United Kingdom
Good choice for a Sicilian holiday
We have just returned from a week's holiday in Sicily staying at the Fiesta Garden Beach hotel. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was spacious with a nice large bed and a good sized bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. The food, which is buffet style, was plentiful with a good range of choices on offer. If I had to make any criticism it would have to be about the fish - if not in a sauce it was very dry due to being under heated lights for the duration of dinner service. Despite this, we thought that the food on offer was the best we've had during our last 3 similar holidays.
Reception and waiting staff we dealt with were very helpful and friendly.
The location of the hotel is fairly isolated and not for those who want to be in the middle of shops and bars but perfect for those that just want to get away from it all - we were more than happy with where the hotel was. There is a local bus service which takes you from the hotel to the nearest town of Cefalu - return trip costs 6 euros each. Cefalu is a lovely town to visit. From there you can take the train to Palermo if you wish.
Some people have complained about it being too busy and I guess it would be if you go in high season - as is almost every other hotel and tourist destination. We stayed during the first week in October where the level of guests was just fine - on our first night we had a 15 minute wait for dinner but this was due to the fact that it had been raining and they had stopped any al fresco dining. After a couple of days when the weather returned to being great this was reinstated and resolved that.
During our stay there were always plenty of beds available around the pool and again, due to the timing of our visit, was very peaceful - the beauty of holidaying when all schools are in session!
Our bungalow was cleaned every day and we were supplied with clean towels every day. Our bedding was also changed during our week stay.
We did have a problem with mosquitos and got quite badly bitten, despite our use of Deet spray. It's possible that the amount of trees etc surrounding the bungalows aggravated this.
I have to agree that the drinks on offer at the bar were poor quality. We were on a half board basis and paying for drinks. On our first night and while waiting for a table for dinner we had a glass of red wine and a gin & tonic from the bar, both of which were awful - in fact the worst gin & tonic I have ever been served. I did notice that they had different brands of gin available - obviously the cheapest brands being given to those on all inclusive. Despite paying I too was served this. Needless to say we never used the bar again after that, only drinking bottles of wine we had bought in a supermarket in Cefalu and being able to get a decent bottle in the restaurant during dinner - unfortunately we were unable to get the decent wine from the restaurant in the bar!
The hotel is a two hour transfer from Catania airport but only an hour from Palermo. Bear in mind that if you don't like travelling around too much during your holiday that the major tourist attractions of Mount Etna and Agrigento are also a 2 hour journey each way.More
YMJ, Aberdeen, Scotland
Spent 5 nights with a friend recently and was so disappointed with the food. Was expecting Sicilian food, which I love, but got "international" which was pre cooked and bland in the extreme. The wine was ordinary, very ordinary and the whole eating experience was dreary to the max.
The coffee was terrible, from a machine Nescafe. Isn't Italy the home of coffee. Even the beach bar which served espresso coffee had very bitter and tasteless coffee.
I cannot recommend this place at all.More
Service was poor in the restaurant variety of food was limited for a all inclusive drinks served with flat cheap mixers.
complained at the service and uncleared tables at breakfast
got back from a day out and found a sorry letter champagne and fruit in our room that said it allMore
Good choice for a weeks holiday
The location was the only downside to this hotel as we like to go for long walks. There was enough variety of food and the service was excellent, the wine was good and plentiful. We will go back for a week in the future. More
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