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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Cefalu, Province of Palermo, Sicily

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anneB3215...
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“It has it all”
Reviewed 7 November 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Our group comprised of six adults and four children ranging in age from five to seven months.
My emails to Carmello were dealt with promptly before our holiday started with great information on how to reach the property from the airport to how far away the shops were.
We were met by Antonella and her Mother who probably had quite a long wait for us as our plane was held up in Rome. They welcomed us with such friendliness and put us completely at ease, I think they were a little disappointed that the baby hadn't arrived with us.
Antonella couldn't have done more to make things easy for our first day in the villa, a lovely welcome basket, provisions that we could use during our stay and great instructions on which restaurants they enjoyed in town.
There was lots of room outside with eating areas and entertainment areas, BBQ and outside shower and as the weather was perfect this is where we spent most of our time.
The mosquitos were a problem but there were plenty of coils around the house.
The season did finish half way through our second week so the pool was closed and the Water Slide Park closed after our first week, but as we were so close to the private and public beach we weren't too inconvenienced.
I would highly recommend this property and it's location to anyone wanting a relaxed holiday.
If you must have the pool and water slide park check your dates when you book.
Anne (Australia)

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Canan7
Annapolis, Maryland
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“Family-friendly, relaxing getaway”
Reviewed 17 August 2015 for a stay in June 2015

From the moment we reserved Villa Oleandro, we were appreciative of the prompt responses from the owner, Carmelo, whenever we had an inquiry or questions about our stay. We enjoyed a wonderful family reunion in Cefalu, Sicily for 1 week in June. We were a group of 10, which included 5 adults and 5 children, ages ranging from 7 to 84 years. The property was about 90 Km from Palermo Airport. This property was wonderful, except for the mosquitoes!!! (which were the only downside of the stay besides rental car issues.)
We were met by Antonella, Carmelo's sister and Gabriel, Antonella's son, when we arrived at Villa Oleandro where they gave us a thorough review of the property and furnished us with a folder of information for nearby restaurants, grocery stores and local areas of interest. They generously provided us with a "Welcome" basket full of homemade orange marmalade, cookies, fruit, wine, juice, chips, and frozen treats (in the freezer) for our 5 children! They had their own special homemade olive oil for us to enjoy. Carmelo had even prepared a map for us with detailed directions to Musomeli/Aqua Viva, the hometowns of our ancestry, after I had inquired about the distance to these villages from the house prior to our arrival! The property was well-appointed, charming, clean, quiet, and was in a gated community. We were a short, easy, 5-7 minute walk from two wonderful beaches: one private and one public, however, even the public beach was never very crowded.
The house was the perfect size for our family. The location could not have been better, as we were only 3.5 km from downtown Cefalu. A local market and many fantastic restaurants were just a short car ride away.
We had a charcoal grill available, however, we are so used to a gas grill that we forgot how long it takes to cook on it. We did eat outdoors under the ivy-covered pergola on several occasions.The weather was perfect. The grounds with the rosemary bushes, wild aloe vera plants, bougainvillea, oleander, olive and palm trees, were breathtaking! At night the fishing boats would move up and down the coast for a wonderful light show.
The only other downside for us was that the community pool did not open until July 1st, but the beaches were so much fun that our kids did not miss the pool.
Overall this was a wonderful place to stay for a family reunion and vacation. The nearby seaside town of Cefalu offered so much that we had all we needed for a fantastic holiday.

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Liked best: Location, sea-views, privacy, quiet & security
Liked least: Mosquitoes!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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sarah b
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful, spacious villa”
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Four of us (all adults) just spent a really lovely week in Villa Oleandro and had a great time. It's a great place for a beachy family holiday. The villa is well-equipped and spacious, looks even better than it does in the photos on TA, and has a beautiful garden. It was a very hot week in Sicily last week but there are many shaded areas in the garden for sitting and eating, a fantastic barbeque, and two beaches accessible from the complex (and we found a third one the day before we left just outside!). Cefalu is a 5 minute drive away for another perfect beach, and lots of shops and restaurants of all kinds. The supermarket, Conad, is also on the way into Cefalu.

Antonella was kind enough to meet us when we arrived very late at night on the first day and was totally charming, and Carmelo similarly helped us make all the arrangements by email. When there was a small problem with the washing machine one day they handled a solution for it very quickly.

We found the seafood and fish in Cefalu was really fantastic - our two favourites on Antonella's restaurant list were La Scoglio Ubriaco (lobster pasta to die for) and BaIgio del Falco nearer the villa, for their mussels and fish. Both more expensive than others but if you want a special meal one night, well worth it. We also drank a lot of fantastic Planeta wine.

All in all we can highly recommend both the villa and Cefalu. [If you have kids and want to use the pool in the villa complex it's worth knowing ahead of time that you must all have swim hats - everyone, male or female].

Sarah B

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Liked best: the garden, and the views
Liked least: the kitchen was a little limited in terms of space to cook
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Deimantė...
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“Beautifull villa with see view and all amenities you need for hollidays”
Reviewed 20 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We had unforgetable holidays in Sicily for one week in May. One of the important facts of it was the villa we lived in - quite, safe location with the see view and private beach, also really close to Cefalu city with shops, cafes, sandy beach and night live. All the amenities we needed was in the villa - the grill, the garden, washing machine, etc, etc... The owners are really pleasant and warmhearted people that took care of every single detail of our stay. We enjoyed the welcome pack:) The rooms are italian style, cosy and clean, the villa is rather big for the big family or a group of friends. I would love to say " arivederci".:)

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75Peter75
Bratislava, Slovakia
1 review
“You will love your stay here”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We travelled 5 adults with 5 kids around 9 years old all. We found the house spacious and comfortable for all of us.
Even many restaurants around, we enjoyed the fully equiped kitchen for preparing fiestas for all the fellows, dining under the palm. The garden was our another room.

Moreover the owner and his family were very nice and on helpful for any case. Worth to book this place.

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