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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We spent two weeks there in September 2015. The whole stay in the resort was one big disappointment. The hotel itself is located in the middle of nowhere and so if you don’t have a car or your travel agent doesn’t organize trips for you, you are stuck. The hotel advertised shuttles to a few nearby towns but when we asked about one we were told there weren’t enough people interested and therefor there were no shuttles. We were advised to take a taxi to Menfi for 40 Euros return (I would call it a rip-off).

Hotel room – average size, simple furnished but it is OK as you want to spend most of the day outdoors anyway. One small wardrobe with 10 hangers and two shelves which isn’t enough for 3 adults. A double bed and a convertible chair for the third person – unfortunately it was me who slept on it. It was very uncomfortable and not suitable for an adult to sleep on for two weeks. A balcony has no furniture (i.e. you can only dry your beach towels there). The rooms are cleaned daily and towels are changed as you request. The room cleaning service was with no problem. There was entertainment for children and adults later on every night. We stayed in the main hotel building with our windows facing directly the stage where all entertainment took place. The music was on full blast every single night and it was impossible to have any conversation in the room or watch TV with the window open until about midnight. Unfortunately for us there was nowhere to escape because there is nowhere to go .... The animation team activities were in Italian language only, we didn’t take part in any so I can’t really say what they were like.

The beach is about 400 metres from the hotel, an easy walk, or there is a shuttle minibus that runs every half hour/hour. The beach itself has no facilities apart from sunbeds, parasols and there was also a lifeguard. About 100 metres off the beach there is 1 portable toilet (hey, but plenty of bushes and palmtrees around!). The swimming pool by the hotel has sunbeds and a few parasols. Swimming in it is allowed only with a swimming cap on!

Restaurant – there is a cold buffet in the middle of the restaurant where you can help yourself. Main meals (usually the choice of 2, sometimes 3), pasta and soup are served by chefs from behind counters. The queues for hot meals were long and often put me off from having any warm food. The variety is not great, meals tend to repeat often, sometimes even 2-3 days in a row. The main problem of the restaurant, however, is the cleanliness. Around the drink machines were swarms of fruit flies and the floor was sticky. One of the coffee machines was filthy and disgusting and nobody seemed to bother to clean around it. During our last dinner we had ants crawling on our table...! Tablecloths were dirty and so were the jugs and bottles for water and wine. The restaurant staff work long hours, breakfast, lunch and dinners every day, maybe that is why they do not have time to clean.

Bar – you can pay only with a card with a prepaid top up. The top up is non refundable. That’s what we were told when we checked in so we decided not to use it. There is wifi in the bar area, sometimes very slow.

Menfi Beach Resort hotel calls itself a 4* hotel but it is a poor 3*. I would not recommend it to anyone. It was very disappointing and I was glad to leave. One of the worst holidays I’ve had :-(.

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