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    • Hotel Serenusa Village

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The Serenusa Village is located in Licata, in the province of Agrigente, more or less at the exit of the N-115 motorway which runs along the southern coast of Sicily. A shuttle service is provided to take guests to and from the beach with one trip every hour throughout the day and a break for a while after lunch. There aren't an awful lot of tourist attractions in the area other than the Castel Sant'Angelo, which stands at the heart of the village, but the Serenusa organises various excursions through an external company giving guests the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Temples, Taormina, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina (with its Roman villa and its famous mosaics) and Syracuse. For further information visit the entertainment team's Point Jaune information point. Catania airport is some 83 mi away (around 2 hours and 20 minutes by car) whilst Palermo airport is 136 mi away, a three-hour drive.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The Serenusa Village was designed with families in mind and its guest rooms are large enough to accommodate the many families it attracts. The rooms can accommodate between two and five people and are spread across 8 colourful two and three-storey buildings making the Serenusa a very cheery-looking place. The rooms vary in size (from 14m for the doubles to 27m for the family rooms) but are all done out in the same style. They are not particularly sophisticated, luxurious or stylish and you won't find any unnecessary frills and luxuries here, but they are perfect for a beachfront holiday with onsite entertainment in a generally pleasant and child-friendly environment. The rooms on the ground floor have large patio doors leading out to the balcony or patio which are barely concealed by a light curtain, so there's plenty of natural light in these rooms. The rooms are furnished with light wooden furniture, the colour scheme ranging from blue to orange, and the painted ceramic tiles are a discreet nod towards the region's traditions. With regards to amenities, you'll find everything you need here, including a television, a phone, a wardrobe concealed behind an orange curtain, a safe, a mini-bar and air-conditioning. Just like the rest of the accommodation, the bathrooms, too, are new, having been renovated in 2007 along with the rest of the hotel. They are small but nevertheless clean and tastefully decorated and come with a shower, which is very practical when on holiday.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    From the outside, the Serenusa Village is a low, square building, surrounded by palm trees and perfectly Mediterranean in style. The building you see from the car park is in fact the main building, which houses the reception. Inside, behind the long reception desk, you'll find a large team of employees and young, rather awkward-looking trainees whose lack of experience and friendly disposition will no doubt be favourably acknowledged by guests at the Serenusa. In an attempt to ensure guests enjoy their stay, a drinks reception for new guests is held every Friday on the large outdoor patio alongside the reception, where you'll find plenty of little tables and couches. The Serenusa Village was built in 2007 and is certainly not a pretentious or luxurious hotel but it does have everything you could need for a relaxed family holiday. The village is large enough to house eight separate buildings, various sports courts and pitches, special children's areas, two swimming pools, a large amphitheatre, a restaurant, two bars, a few shops and a beach. A series of pebble walkways meander around the hotel's lawns, floral shrubs and few scrawny trees, with a paved walkway running from one of the village's attractions to the next. To the left of the reception lies the sports area, which includes a mini-football pitch, a basketball court, four multi-sports pitches areas and an archery area. Continuing to the left of the grounds you'll find a sort of enclosed, sand-covered garden with various inflatable games and a central pool with slides for the little ones to enjoy. This pool is usually teeming with both adults and children alike right throughout the day, some entering the water step by timid step to cool off a little, others jumping right in for a swim and spending hours paddling about, and others still sunbathing on the loungers laid out around the two large pools, built in a terrace-like structure facing the sea. If relaxing with a drink in the shade is more up your street, you'll be pleased to know that there's plenty of room at the bar for everyone. Right around the edge you'll see a large counter decorated with the famous Caltagirone tiles, which have rather become a leitmotif of the Serenusa Village, along with enough orange plastic tables and chairs to accommodate an army! Having said that, there are also some quiet little corners for those who prefer more peaceful surroundings, including a special pool for swimmers only, away from the racket of the main pool, where you can even participate in free lessons organised by the entertainment team. Just alongside this area you'll find the very well-equipped outdoor gym area which is protected against the sun's rays and bad weather by a robust wooden structure. Last but not least, in a rather isolated spot at the far end of the village, so as not to disturb those looking for an early night, lies the 1,200-seat amphitheatre. The entertainment team puts on various shows for the young and old alike every evening, from evenings with special guests, to cabaret shows and musical performances, and they really do pull out all the stops to prepare a different set for each night.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The main restaurant at the Serenusa Village spans two floors, the Salle Serena and the Salle Bleue, and is spacious enough to accommodate the large numbers of guests the hotel attracts. Lunch and dinner are served as a buffet, arranged in the centre of the room, consisting of a vast choice of hors-d'œuvres, starters, main courses, desserts and fruits. From cold cuts to cheeses, pasta dishes to meat dishes, fish to vegetables, the cuisine served here is good and there's plenty of it, in true Sicilian tradition! The tables are laid for 6 or 8 people, with bottles of water and carafes of wine provided on the table. High-chairs are also available and there is even a very well-organised 'mummy's kitchen' area with everything you need to prepare meals for very young children, all included in the price of your stay. This special area is just like a real kitchen, complete with refrigerators full of yogurts, milk and fruit as well as chicken breasts, eggs, vegetables and much, much more. Parents will find all the ingredients and equipment they need there to prepare a great meal for their little ones. The kitchen is open from 7:00am to 11:00pm and is monitored during meal times. Outside of these times, just ask for the key at reception.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The hotel's Club Card costs around 31 and entitles you to one parasol and two loungers per room on the beach. From a bird's-eye view, this strip of fine sand rather resembles a series of concentric orange circles on which a colourful crowd of holidaymakers soak up the sun, build sandcastles, play games and run in the sea. Of course, some guests prefer to lounge around the hotel bar with a nice cold drink, whereas others, unperturbed by the heat, decide to try their hand at various water sports. Canoes, pedalo boats, wind-surfboards and catamarans are free of charge, as are group lessons, but there is an additional charge for private lessons. The beach is monitored from 9:00am to 7:00pm and is also equipped with showers and toilets.

    To know

    The Serenusa Village is aimed primarily at families, which is why this establishment places great emphasis on ensuring the children are very well catered for and looked after here. Special children's facilities include an inflatable play area, a fun pool with slides and a whole host of other services designed with younger guests in mind. Parents may choose to leave their 3 to 10-year-olds in the capable hands of the hotel staff who organise various activities, including games, drawing sessions and even little shows. The Serenino club caters for the hotel's youngest guests with a specially-equipped play area and a mini swimming pool, whilst 11 to 13-year-olds are welcome at the Tenny Club. 14 to 18-year-olds also have their own special club, the Junior Club, where they can take part in various tournaments, swimming lessons, water-sports activities and even pool games. We thought the 'mummy's kitchen', an area where parents can go to prepare meals for younger children, was a particularly good idea.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, volleyball, beach volley, kayak, canoe, fitness

    advantage

    • The facilities for children
    • The sports activities
    • The pool and slides

    disadvantages

    • The rooms are not very spacious

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    • Overall Score nc/10