Viale dei Vespri Siciliani, Tindari 98054 MessinaFurnari, Italy -See the map
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At the Baia di Tindari, you can holiday in attractive natural surroundings and visit the local area. The hotel is very close to a number of typical villages, the sanctuary of Tindari (a church perched high above the sea), and hills which provide a perfect setting for the Mediterranean vegetation. It is ideal for a family holiday far from the commotion of Sicily's big seaside resorts.
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The Baia di Tindari is in Furnari Mare, below the rock upon which the sanctuary of Tindari stands and right next to he beach. The closest town is Falcone, 2 mi from the hotel. To reach the airport, 105 mi away in Palermo, take the motorway to Palermo and then take the fast lane to bypass the town (there is a toll during rush hour). Allow two and a half hours for the journey.
The Baia di Tindari has two main accommodation categories: 105 rooms and 70 apartments. The latter category is housed at the end of the blocks, whereas the rooms are divided between the main building and the blocks. If the view is a priority, ask to stay in the main building, on the swimming pool side. Views of the mountain on the other side also take in the built-up surrounding area. The block accommodation looks out over the garden, either over the patio (the space developed between two rows of blocks) or the estate. Double and family rooms are available. Rooms intended for 2 adults and 2 children are around 320 sq ft in size. Ground-floor rooms have a terrace and upstairs' rooms have a balcony. The amenities are simple but provide an acceptable level of comfort. The bathroom has a shower, a hair-dryer and 32ml Alpitour hospitality products; in the rooms there is a television, a telephone, a refrigerator, a safe and air-conditioning.
The Baia di Tindari opened in 2007 and its colourful architecture is particularly eye-catching. It is comprised of a 2-storey main building and several blocks spread over an estate located just next to the beach, beside a eucalyptus hedge. A 150 x 50 ft swimming pool lies in the middle of the gardens. The paved sun lounge that surrounds it has all the facilities you need for a relaxing break. There are two small pools beside it for children, and Bougainvillea, palm trees and olive trees emphasise the Mediterranean feel of the estate, while a cactus garden brings a touch of the exotic. The lobby next to the reception is designer in style, with transparent plexiglass armchairs, red and mustard coloured leather benches and rugs with thick twists and coordinated colours.
Food and drink
The morning and evening meals are served as buffets. The room has a terrace that overlooks the garden and swimming pool, meaning you can eat either in the air-conditioned room or outside to make the most of the summer temperatures. Breakfast is a selection of cold dishes, including ham, salami, cheese, yoghurt, fresh and stewed fruit, bread rolls, home-made pies and Italian croissants. There is a machine serving juice (not freshly squeezed) and coffee (americano, expresso, cappuccino). Mouth-watering local specialities are on the menu for the Tuesday evening Sicilian theme. Friday is another themed evening, when guests can enjoy a gala buffet. The dishes served on the other nights are international, but varied. Favourite Sicilian specialities include aubergine gratin, rice cooked in squid ink, vegetable fritters, and above all, the desserts: 'cassata' (cream cake with candied fruit) and 'cannoli' (cornets filled with sweet cream). Lunch is an informal 'à la carte' affair taken close to the swimming pool. Salads, pastas and sandwiches are among the proposed options.
The beach can be reached by taking the path around the edge of the hotel estate, then crossing a small eucalyptus plantation, which forms a sort of hedge between the hotel and the seaside. Once you are through the trees, you will find yourself on the beach. The setting is obviously stunning. The mountain rising sharply out of the water is Vulcano, one of the Aeolian Islands. The monument perched on a high promontory at one end of the beach is the sanctuary of Tindari, whereas at the other end of the beach can be found the Portorosa marina. The beach is open to the public, but the hotel has deckchairs spread out over an area of 650 x 160 ft for 5 months of the year, from the start of May to the end of September. Beach umbrellas provide shade for the deckchairs. As for water sports, kayaking and windsurfing are on offer here.
The Baia di Tindari opens seasonally, from April to October. It provides a number of facilities for families, including a baby's bottle heater, amusement rides (charged), a playground (with a slide on the beach), and 2 paddling pools next to the main swimming pool. Families will probably opt to stay in an apartment on account of their surface area and location at the end of the accommodation blocks, guaranteeing more peace and quiet.
Accommodation advice Note that the balcony of room 235 is connected to that of the neighbouring room and they are only separated by a wrought iron grid. As far as views are concerned, some rooms are in the main building and others in separate blocks. For prices and bookings, visit www.alpitourworldhotels.it.
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