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.
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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.
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3 outdoor pools
Surrounded by tropical gardens, the pools here take centre stage.
At the sister hotel Fiesta Antenee Palace, with a whirlpool bath.
La Himera restaurant
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.
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Hi All, I stayed at the Fiesta Hotel Garden Beach in August 2014. I stayed here for a week with my FiancÃ©. The hotel its self is actually two hotels in one, and you can use the facilities in both. We found the grounds to be very clean and also very beautiful. We flew from Gatwick to Catania, the flight itself was a short flight of only 3 hours from what I remember, however the drive from the hotel to the airport was around 2 hours and I found this unbearable. Once we arrived we had a swift check in and was in our room within 10 minutes. We stayed in one of the bungalows and would definitely recommend. It was spacious and very clean. We did have a small problem with ants but being on the bottom floor there''s nothing you can do to stop that. The food in the hotel was okay, I would have liked a bit more option but that is because I am a fussy eater. My fiancÃ© had no problem with the food and found something different to eat each day so unless your like me you should be fine. I would recommend getting to the restaurants when they open as on the first night we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Also the restaurant here is much better than the one for Athenee Palace with a lot more selection. The swimming pools we very big and clean we only had one incident of the pool being extreamly dirty however that was no fault of the hotels. While we was staying at the hotel there was a bush fire right out front the hotel, due to this one day it was impossible to actually stay outside as the smoke was so thick your eyes started watering. Thankfully they had an indoor pool so that kept everyone occupied. Bush fires are a common occurrence in Sicily I was told although normally it is up in the mountains. They had water planes flying over the hotel and dropping water from the sea to try and put out the fire. It was amazing to watch. The entertainment at the hotel was okay, My only issue was a lot of the shows/jokes I could not understand as they didn't translate into English enough. However the staff were very friendly and always happy to help. Overall I would recommend this hotel however unless Thomson start flying to a closer airport I do not think I could handle the coach journey again. Thank you Fiesta for a wonderful stay :)More
CarlyJaneR, London, United Kingdom
A relaxing week in Sicily
The joy of this holiday to us was that it was direct from Jersey to Catania - no need to fly to Gatwick and a possible overnight stay. The hotel (4 star on the Italian scale) is set in a large landscaped area with two pools (one shared with an adjacent 3 star hotel) and easy access to the sea. We decided not to do any excursions - long coach rides - other than visit Cefalu he nearest small, medieval town - a must in our view. The accommodation consists of the main hotel block and surrounding cottage style units. We were in the main hotel and far preferred it. Our balcony was shaded, which was an advantage. We were on a half board basis - all meals being buffet style. Both the breakfast and especially the dinner offered fantastic selection. The only problem being 'doing the rounds' of the serving counters getting it back to your table before it gets cold! A minor point perhaps. House wine was 9 Euros red or white - good value. We relaxed by the pool or the sea and swam in both. Air temp was 26c and the sea 24c! In all a relaxing holiday - we shall see what Bellingham's are offering direct at he end of the season next year!! The airline used - Small World Airlines - was 2 hours late departing and almost the same on departure. However the Boeing 737 used was reasonable with adequate seat spacing.More
ancientmariner_12, St. Clement, United Kingdom
Probably wouldn't recommend!
The 'resort' is two hotels in extensive grounds, but situated in a really out of the way location. Firstly we booked the Fiesta Hotel Garden Beach, staying in a Junior Suite which was allocated in bungalow area of the Garden Beach, however the facilities of this hotel were closed (we had not been told before hand) and we could only use the limited facilities of the Fiesta Hotel Athenee Palace next door. We arrived the first thing we did was eat lunch. Heading for the beach bar, we probably eat the worst pizza we have ever had in our lives, served by the grumpiest barman ever! We tried the beach bar for food a couple of times, give it a miss, the food is heated up and definitely seen better days. We were in a junior suite, which was lovely, big bed, separate lounge area with bed settee and very nice spa bathroom. The fridge is filled every couple of days with drinks, so all good :-) Venturing to the bar in the evening (there were only two to choose from), we encountered another grumpy bar man, maybe as it's the end of the season, they were tied and needed a break, but as a customer I found this really annoying and a bit rude actually. The self service restaurant was good, quite a selection of food, but the selection never changed the whole week we were there so by the end of the week it was getting a bit repetitive. There is an a la carte too, which has to be booked but this is simply food from the service self restaurant serviced to you. The a la carte restaurant turns into a pizzeria/grill during the day and services quite a nice pizza much better then the beach bar! The staff in the restaurants were really pleasant and happy unlike the grumpy bar staff! We originally booked this holiday to keep over 12 year old son happy, unfortunately as half the complex was closed there was barely anything for him to do. This didn't help that for half of the holiday it rained and believe me there is not much to do at the Fiesta Hotel Athenee Palace when it rains, an indoor swimming pool, games rooms but no where to walk! We did venture to the information point, but the young member of staff seemed more interested in updating their Facebook account than dealing with us - very rude again. The hotel runs a bus the Cefalu, 9am, 11am and 3pm return. We booked the 11am the previous evening only for us to turn up, but the bus not. The hotel had cancelled it and not told us. When we did manage to get the Cefalu, it was really lovely, worth a visit. Maybe the hotel in different in high season, but we found the majority of the staff disinterested and didn't seem to want to there. But the biggest problem was it was in the middle of no where and you couldn't walk anywhere, even walking around the complex would only take about 20 minutes in total. The beach was nothing to write home about too and was very tied, rubbish and broken deckchairs We were really looking forward to our visit to Scilly and I'm sure there are some lovely Hotels there, but this really this one isn't one of them - so wouldn't recommend!More
HunraSnell, Norwich, United Kingdom
Fiesta Garden Beach Hotel,Sicily
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
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