With 3 pools, 2 restaurants and 1 private beach, the numbers really add up at this hotel.
This hotel comes with a private patch of beach, where wooden bathing platforms lead guests 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.
I was in that hotel first week of September ,hotel is excellent, clean, staff at reception, restaurant, cleaners, bars, animation, are very friendly and helpful.
Room was modern, with a fridge refilled in drinks every other day, had a kettle also tea bags, coffee and sugar. Bathroom was well equipped and very clean.
Beach was 2 minutes from hotel, also clean and sunbeds were for free.
The sea was wavy due to storm but cannot blame the hotel for it.
Food was great, big selection of all kind of international meals. Even mineral water tested great. Everyone have to try the ice-creams-wonderful.
The area is quiet as away from cities, but I would advice to go to Etna and Taormina trip to see beautiful views and learn about history and culture of Sicily.More
Excellent hotel and food very very good. Clean and well kept.
Location not so good as in the middle of nowhere with no transportation
Need to make an adult only area as there are a lot of children running around.
Music not to the taste of everyone especially in the middle of the afternoon. Sometimes it resembled a disco(out of date)
Children's disco right next to the a la carte restaurant. Not really appropriate when you are sitting having an evening meal and the birdie song starts up!!!More
Good hotel for a week
Hotel Fiesta Garden Beach is a nice hotel, we stayed in a bungalow in the grounds, which was a lovely room, very comfortable bed, air conditioning very good, good minibar kept well stocked and included in the all inclusive, but the tall pine trees around the bungalows, although very pretty, meant it was too shady to sit out in the evening or morning for a drink. We went to the pool at the next door hotel, the Athenee, as the Garden Beach main pool was always busy or only beds in the shade left and the beachside pool was so noisy, with the animation team. Evening entertainment wasn't great, but food was good, especially the fish and the freshly cooked pasta. Shame it is so far from Cefalu, which is a lovely town, and the shuttle bus (it takes half an hour to get there by bus) stops at 6pm. Overall a nice break, some good trips, love Sicily, but we were ready to leave the Garden Beach after a week.More
Trinsk, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
We stayed here during the last week in August with our small family group. Although the weather was fabulous and the food was plentiful and varied the main problem was the other guests!
We found them to be pushy and rude;mainly Italians (hardly surprising to find Italians in Sicily I know). At meal times they circled like hungry vultures outside the restaurant before its doors opened ready to make a dash for it and be first in! It was like they'd not seen food for weeks as they pushed in and grabbed the serving spoons, slopping food everywhere, leaving the lids off the hot serving dishes.Then they would push past you in a typical "me first" manner oblivious of the fact you were near them and they may bump into you.
At every turn there was a squawking child with its piercing screams echoing round the pool and through the accommodation blocks.
As for the accommodation blocks, the walls are paper thin; we could clearly hear the people next door urinating through the walls! People above who seemed to be wearing diving boots as they clomped across the tiled floor, unaware of the disturbance they were causing below. Then there was the problem of slamming doors and people returning back to their rooms late at night singing and talking very loudly! We had ants in our room and a gurgling air conditioning system; although when we reported this to the hotel the problems were sorted out immediatey. However, the air con system was like having a 1 year old blowing on you from a distance of 20ft!!
Then there were more rude guests who considered it normal to pull up a sunbed right next to you; a real intrusion of privacy. We returned from lunch one day to find a couple had pulled up a chair each amongst our beds!! The problem seemed to be complete lack of space; beds crammed in so tightly that your head was about 12" from the stranger's feet beside you.
Also it seemed everybody smoked and so we were subjected to breathing in their fumes. Maybe the hotel could consider banning smoking around the pool.
We ventured down to the beach one day and were crammed in like sardines. The beds were like lying on a slab! No cushions provided.
We were also subjected to the Kids' Club on a daily basis. A mass of Italian children who invaded the pool and made so much noise it was unvearable! If you weren't Italian I guess you couldn't join the kids' club. We saw no English children in the club.
It seems as though I'm a grumpy old git but I have to say we were so disappointed with this place only because the guests made it so unbearable. It's just too big! So many unfriendly, self-interested guests who would rather take you down in a rugby tackle than allow you to help yourself to a slice of pizza before them!! Nobody spoke, nobody smiled and it made for an odd atmosphere in the restaurant.
Also the hotel is in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere within walking distance, just dried out dusty roads with litter-strewn verges. You are confined to the small shop selling overpriced keyrings and jewellery.
I think we were spoiled in our previous choice of The Green Forest hotel in Turkey which was smaller and more intimate and so much more friendly.
I suppose it would be interesting to see this place in a less busy period but I won't be going back to see!More
MoosieEm, Cheshire, UK
Not what we expected
The Hotel itself was well maintained, and the use of the Sister Hotels Pools, Eating and facilities was a good alternative, and the staff were helpful and polite.
The food was very good all round (but there is a big wasp problem when eating outside)
The beach was a bit cramped and if you walk along further past (either side of )the area backing onto the 2 Hotels, it was a bit of a Tip.
Rubbish was discarded over most of the Island, and most places we visited resembled a fly tip oasis, whether it was on the ascendancy to Mt. Etna or an Archaeological site, or in fact anywhere.
The Hotel is situated on a bit of wasteland, and is further away from Cefalu (which is nice) than we were expecting.
The driving is even worse than southern Italy and we almost had several cars hit us.
The Thomson Rep at the Airport was a case in itself.
She had been drafted over as a cover for someone else (as she was an area supervisor) and was somewhat blunt and rude. Her welcoming meeting at the Hotel demonstrated a condescending manner, and a surprising air of her own self importance, and not particularly approachable.
If you like the film ' Ground Hog Day' and feel 120 euros for washing and ironing a few t shirts and childrens underpants (1 foot square in size after ironing) is reasonable then stay here.More
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