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Marina Holiday Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Balestrate
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Just stayed five nights after a week's busy touring of the island. Decadent chic exactly describes the hotel. It looks nothing from the outside but is decorated and furnished with style and taste with large rugs and a marble centrepiece in the foyer and chandeliers everywhere in the public areas. There is a sweeping staircase into the dining room where parties and weddings are held and groups sometimes stay, and where we ate each evening. We had a half board deal and the meals were delicious and well presented, but one evening there was only four of us eating and it lacked atmosphere. Our room was large with a comfy king size bed and sea view where we could see the sunset. There is a mini bar in the room, great shower, good air conditioning, but the TV only had BBC World News in English but Sky TV is on its way! There is good free wifi. It was warm and sunny during our stay and we sat on sun beds (there are only four I think) but did not go in the small pool which is really a large cold water jacuzzi. Balestrate is very quiet, and other than going to the nearby pub Why Not for great live music on Saturday and Sunday evening with the locals, there is not much doing. We saw the hotel spa pools and steam room etc. which look good but we did not use. We did not go on trips as we had been round the island, but they can be arranged. Palermo airport is about half an hour away by car.

Room Tip: Three buildings with rooms. We were in main building with sea view but no balcony.
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

I stayed here in September with My family. The view is spectacular with a small outdoor pool. This decadent Chic hotel is located in a quite town Balstrate.The rooms were very nice and the breakfast was amazing!

Room Tip: Request view of Sea
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

This hotel lives up to the pictures....and more! The service and welcome was genuine and friendly and the hotel as spotlessly clean, neat, tidy and really beautiful. The furniture and fixtures were classy, modern, and colourful as well as comfortable. Our room was large and had a king sized bed - it was even more comfortable than our own bed a home with extra pillow and blankets if you needed them. There was a fridge, TV (which actually didn't work all week, despite talking to Reception about it!), comfortable chairs, wardrobe space and AC and heating. The bathroom was large with the most fantastic shower I have ever experienced with plenty of room for your own things.
Every day the room was cleaned and we were provided with clean, white towels.
The breakfast (not sure if it was free or not, as advertised, but we had to pay £20 for the whole week for both of us) was varied with cereal, wonderful coffee, cakes, fruit, yoghurt, hot food, bread and juices. Plenty of choice and taken overlooking the harbour!
The setting was perfect, views over the quiet harbour and the beach only 5 minutes away - down 155 steps! There was some rubbish on the beach (seems to be an ongoing problem in Sicily) but if you keep walking right from the hotel, along the beach, you will come to a quiet, sandy and rubbish free cove. We had it to ourselves several times. No facilities open in October on the beach but that was ok for us.
You can get a bus to Palmero - there is really excellent tourist centre who can arrange trips and transfers on the main street. You can get timetables from here. There are not many buses or trains so a car would be helpful.
Unfortunately the pool is very small and the spa in limited in times it is open and it's 20 euros per person.
There was only 1 restaurant open when we were there in October although the weather was perfect - 20-25 degrees.
If you are happy to make your own entertainment and be resourceful, this is the place for a relaxing beach holiday in a fantastic, welcoming hotel.
I would highly recommend it!

Room Tip: 106 was lovely - views over the harbour
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2015

We walked past the hotel when we first arrived in the area and thought what an amazing place it would be to stay - Next time. I later booked the hotel for 1 night as a surprise to my then girlfriend whilst we stayed at accommodation near by that had been a little disappointing ! The hotel and spa were so lovely it felt and the view from the restaurant were so romatic i felt compelled to use the occasion to propose to my Girlfriend. She said yes, so the Marina hold very fond memories for me. The staff really got behind the idea and helped with the delivery of the ring to the table and with playing her favorite song over the restaurant PA. All in all - couldn't have been better looked after.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Balestrate and I loved the area and the hotel.The room is very comfortable, has a beautiful ocean view , nice staff. and as I was exploring the area and finding a nice place to eat lunch and get alo g with tbe locals. At night the best was to eat in tbe rlmantic restaurant of the hotel, where you can enjoy the lounge and tbe view ( they open only at 8 PM) but it's so good and stays in your memory. Irecommend!

Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Riva Dei Pescatori, 90041 Balestrate, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Balestrate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Balestrate
Price Range: €57 - €360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marina Holiday Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the tourist port of Balestrate, born Marina Holiday Hotel, designed to offer its customers the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. MH The hotel has a lift that allows direct access to the beach and the port. In this structure the terrace overlooking the sea is the ideal place to taste the Mediterranean cuisine. ... more   less 
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