Stayed at Il Cicero last week of May with our 1 year old son. From the moment we arrived the staff were welcoming and tried to make us feel at home (and spoke English!). Stayed in a 2 bedroom chalet which was perfect for our needs - had all the amenities you could want, simple and very clean. Prebooked a travel cot which was all made up for us too. On site the swimming pool was great for grown ups and children. May was a great time to go as we pretty much had the site to ourselves but the weather was still hot. The beach had not yet been set up but the manageress kindly lent us chairs and a parasol so we could still enjoy it. The restaurant served great, fresh food and welcoming to those with children. By the end of the week, the campsite transformed as lots of locals descended. Was nice to see the swimming pool and restaurant in full swing and despite the language barrier all the Italian families were super friendly. In fact it was a pleasure to venture away from the resorts near Catania where the Brits usually go and experience real Sicily.
We had read reviews before we went complaining about the train tracks, busy road and noisy entertainment. Our chalet backed right onto the train track but we really didn't find the trains a disturbance as they stoppped running during the night when we were sleeping. The road didn't seem so busy to cause us any problems and there was no entertainment or animations running when we visited as the season was just starting. Glad we ignored these reviews.
San Giorgio is on the doorstop. A friendly town with lovely cafes, restaurants, a supermarket and a great playground. Really family friendly everywhere we went.
Within driving distance were various towns and sites of interest and we enjoyed a trip to Tyndaris and San Marco D'Alunzio. Both worth a visit.
So to sum up - had a great week, would certainly plan to go back, probably at exactly the same time of year before the season starts and it gets hot and busy. Were made to feel there was nothing we couldn't ask - a home from home. Oh and a complete bargain too!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located approx. 60 km west of Messina, along the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily, Il Cicero is just in front of the Aeolian Islands and very close to the ancient Greek Roman town of Tyndaris. The Residence Il Cicero is based in an ancient garden, planted over 50 years ago at no more than 40 m far from the seashore. It’s a very special place where 25 small bungalows are literally submersed in tropical vegetation. A new space, where you can find 8 Mobil homes has been created in 2009. All our accommodations (bungalows or Mobil home) are equipped with TV, safe, telephone linked to switchboard, 1 beach umbrella and 2 deck chairs on our private beach as well as free access to our private swimming pool. Our pool is double, and the smallest one is specially made for very young children (as you may see on our website's pictures) Our inner reception office will be at disposal to supply any guest’s needs and make their holiday the most easy and relaxing. Since they are a few steps away from the long stretch of fine (and sunny) beach of San Giorgio, going for a swim is something you can do easily, on foot, simply wearing your bathing suit and a towel. Each property, is self catering and can comfortably accommodate up to 4 or 5 persons; each has a front terrace where our guests can relax, have breakfast, have a candle-lit dinner . Il Cicero as got a diving center P.A.D.I, organize all kind of excursions to the Aeolian Islands, Etna and all the historical and archaeological Sicilian sites as well as transfers from Catania and Palermo’s Airports. ... more less
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