The stunning Barceló Floriana Village rises on the beachfront of Simeri Mare beach, 16 km south of Catanzaro, one of the most beautiful cities in Calabria, the 'boot' of Italy.
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"VOI Floriana Resort"
Hi VOI hotels Floriana resort I send you a big thank for a sensational holiday in VOI hotels Floriana resort " Vera Ospitalitá Italiana " slogan you are filled to 150%, it is not a slogan but a real fact you - most beautiful holiday 5* - Beautiful garden - Excellent food - Beautiful beach and sea, boating, kayaking - sensational team of animators, entertainment, shows, theatrical performances, Lucas, Giulietta, Marco and all animators You've earned our hearts - beach night entertainment - People are great at VOI Floriana Resort Hotels - Next year we come back Anna and Jan
We had a wonderful week at the Floriana and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to families, in particular those with young children. The resort itself is very well-kept, clean and perfectly positioned next to the beach. The sea is every bit as beautiful as that of Sardegna, and the beach was perfectly in order with ample supply of umbrellas and sunbeds for guests to use. Despite the fact that the resort was full, at no point did it feel over-crowded, and this is largely due to the excellent organisation of the restaurant with its numerous 'food stations' and various zones. The restaurant, bar and reception staff were all very friendly and welcoming, service with a smile at all times. A tremendous selection of food too and all good quality. Huge 'complimenti' to every single member of the entertainment team (animazione) - they were all brilliant, a very talented, dedicated, energetic and non-invasive team. The evening entertainment was of a very high standard - excellent acting, singing and dancing, and every single animatore really put their heart and soul into everything they did. The range of numerous activities available really contributed to the quality of our holiday. My children (ages 5 and 9) attended mini-club, led by the lovely Andrew, very happily allowing us to enjoy the beach and such activities as stretching classes (risveglio muscolare) on the beach to the sound of the waves, and a windsurf course which was included in the all-inclusive package. Special thanks too to Max for the karate lesson - my kids loved that. All in all, a great discovery and a perfect resort in which to unwind, relax and enjoy family time.
"We loved it and would return in a heartbeat!"
WHY ALL INCLUSIVE' We go away for about a week each summer with the same family, usually to France and always self-catering. My friend and I insisted on an all inclusive holiday this year, because going away with young children is not a relaxing holiday for mothers, merely a "business trip" - where you have to do exactly the same thing you do at home, but in unfamiliar surroundings! So, with the help of a Canadian friend whose family is from Calabria, we managed to get a booking at the VOI Floriana Resort. We knew nothing of the region and would have never considered the area if my friend hadn't mentioned it ... but I'm so very glad he did! FIRST IMPRESSIONS & QUALITY OF SERVICE After a hair-raising, exceedingly expensive (150 Euros) journey in a minivan that transferred us from Lamezia Terme Airport to the resort, we (four adults, four children aged 3, 6, 7 and 9) arrived to slight chaos, as a large group were checking out and there was some waiting to be had. However, the Animazione Team (AT) welcomed us warmly, despite our very little Italian and their only slightly better English. My friend's son immediately started playing football with some other kids and a lovely AT member called Alina made us all laugh playing with my friend's daughter's rubber lizard. Apart from one AT girl at Mini Club who seemed very exasperated and impatient with our attempts to understand what our children needed to go horse riding on the morning of 03/08/16, all of the resort staff were charming and friendly: from the energetic and funny Animazione Team, to the housekeeping staff, the gardeners, the maintenance team, the catering team, reception staff, bar staff, lifeguards - simply EVERYONE was really nice, welcoming and helpful. We spoke very little Italian and their English was better, but there were still some language barriers, which we all managed to overcome with smiles and universal hand gestures! LOCATION & AMENITIES There is little to do in the immediate local area beyond the resort, although there are bars further along the beach, etc. However, the resort has loads of stuff organised on a daily basis and planned tours to Pizzo, Capo Vaticano, etc. are arranged that you can sign up to. However, we were very happy with our little routine of breakfast, pool, beach bar, lunch, pool/siesta, supper and bar. The resort is well laid out, with paths, good signage and well maintained flora. In fact, I was impressed with the maintenance of the place, as everything seemed to be in good working order and, if it wasn't, staff were on hand to respond promptly to any problems and there always seemed to be people looking after and keeping an eye on the property or their designated area. For example, the lifeguards manning the pool were constantly sweeping, lining up loungers, making sure that the area surrounding the pool wasn't slippery, etc. We had a family room with a deluxe package (which incl. bath robes, fresh beach towels daily, flip flops, a fridge stocked with some soft drinks, a designated umbrella and loungers on the first row on the beach, etc.), which was perfect for our needs: a double bed and two single ones. The rooms were cleaned more than once during the day and even my husband, who has a very keen eye for detail, remarked on how clean everything was! PROS & CONS One of the things I was really impressed with, although it didn't affect me or any members of my group, was the excellent way the resort catered to wheelchair users. I was swimming in the sea one day when two lifeguards brought over what looked like a lounger with large wheels on it and proceeded to wheel it into the water. I looked on with great curiousity, then realised they were helping a disabled girl from the water and onto the chair. They then pulled her out of the surf and helped her to where she needed to be. That made me happy! To be honest, there aren't many cons, just the following suggestions: 1) a water drinking dispenser by the pool 2) hooks inside communal toilet cubicles to hang belongings off the floor when using the facilities 3) baby changing tables in communal toilets 4) an information pack in the rooms to outline what amenities there are on site 5) a resort map to help orientate yourself at the beginning (i.e. where the infirmary is, the shop, the nearest tobacconist, cash dispensing machine, etc.) 6) inform guests that none of the resort shops take credit cards BEFORE arriving 7) the resort could really do with a cash dispensing machine and a tobacconist Finally, we've already looked at booking again for July/August 2017 (for two weeks this time!), but it already seems fully booked - oh no! :-(
Even now, at home, one week after the vacation, the feelings are still mixed. There were some very nice things about this place, but also some very unpleasant things. My daughter would definitively go back (she´s 6), me and my wife wouldn't. Let me start from the beginning. First of all, the place is far away from any real populated place. The nearby Simeri Mare (5-10 minutes walk) is just a summer vacation residence of the Catanzaro inhabitants. There is a farmacy, a couple of small bazaars, a mini-market, a bar and a pizza-restaurant. If you are looking for an isolated place, this could be a choice. It could be nice for a stay of say a week, but for something longer, it gets boring. They do have a good animation program and the Animation staff is nice and quite professional, but the activities are repeating daily. Stretching, Aqua gym, Zumba, beach-volley, card games at the bar and similar. In the evening you have the "Show" that lasts about an hour, usually sketches but also a variety show and a cabaret. The sketches are normally in Italian, but every now and then an "interneishenal" one is staged, containing several phrases in English. The show is light humor, unfortunately many times with some covert or even more direct sexual insinuations. As the kids mostly do stay after the Baby-Dance to watch the show, it could become uncomfortable. The shows repeat each week with slight changes and could get boring if you stay longer. There were two shows that I really, really liked: one where the scene/sketch changed every 30 or so seconds, and another one, named Dona e Amore, that was very artistic, involving the hotel's dance group and several singers. It was really above a normal level for a resort show. Congratulations, Fabio, you did it very well! The best thing about the Resort was the Mini-Club. There were three ladies that were intensively occupied with the kids, unfortunately they don't quite speak English. Luckily, one of them, Katharina spoke Spanish, so my daughter could easily communicate with someone. The Mini-Club took the kids to swimming, mornings at the beach, afternoons at the pool. They even took the kids to lunch and dinner. And all of the kids were enjoying the club from 9:30 till 20:00, with a small break after lunch. After that, the Baby Dance Show, with a some international songs that repeated in the same order every night. I got nightmares from the repetitions, but all of the kids liked it as that was the only way to learn the dances. A complete downfall, however, were the "standard" tears of the Mini-Club staff at farewell with many of the kids. I could only guess the aim of it... The village does look like an ancient one, we really liked how it looked and how the buildings were organised. But... first of all, the rooms are way to small. The triple bedroom we had could barely pass for a double room in other hotels. The rooms on the ground level (about 80% of the rooms) have a small yard and a shower, but it doesn't compensate the narrow feeling you get inside. The toilet is way to small, two people inside are already a crowd. There is a central pillar in every room and toilet which makes the feeling of narrowness even stronger. If you are lucky enough, you can get a yard with a wall high enough to stop the looks of the other guests passing by your room (no other way, they have to walk there). What really annoyed me was the quality of construction: one day, it rained, and not just a light rain. Coming back from lunch, we found our room almost flooded! The window and the doors were tightly closed, but the water found its way between the wall and the window. And our room was not the only one that got flooded. So, there went the four stars down the drains :) The reception staff and the waiters were, although a bit cold, in general nice, but also with some unpleasant exceptions. There is a receptionist lady, named F., that was barely holding it in herself of how annoyed she was with the clients. Dear F. please work on your communication skills, you are there for the clients, they are not there for you! The same goes for the chief waiter and one of the head waiters, A. They were so rude, they even didn't greet us at lunch or dinner! I wouldn't come back to this resort as long as these two are there, even if I got paid to stay there! Food: The breakfast is miserable, every day you get boiled and scrambled eggs, sausages, ham, cheese, butter and jam, three salads. Nothing more. The lunch was more diverse, and the dinners were the best, mostly themed, although I couldn't tell the difference between the Mediterranean, Italian and Calabrese food :). The Chefs were really friendly and didn't make much fuss (unlike some of the waiters) to prepare allergen-free food for us. The drinks on offer at the bar were another story, another one that is way, way bellow any 4-star quality. The refreshment drinks are tapped, the alcoholic drinks are some local products of questionable quality. A woman we acquainted got sick after drinking Gin-Tonic (or should I say, Gin-7Up) and left after just two days, although they had booked for a week. You get only an American coffee, no ice cream and one type of snack per day (if you are lucky and quick enough). The resort has an own photo-studio, the photographers wander on the beach, at the pool or at the show and take photos, on demand or at random. They do make some nice shots, but to pay 6EUR per normal sized print-out, or 4EUR per single digital copy is nothing short of a robbery. The good side is, you don't have to buy the photos if you don't want to. As I said, the resort is off any beaten path in the surroundings, there is no public transport around, at all. If you do want to go to "civilization", it will cost you: a shuttle to a nearby shopping mall (a nice one I must admit) would cost you at least 15 EUR... for 5 minutes drive... per person... If you want a shuttle organised to take you to Lamezia (the nearest airport), 120+EUR one way. If you rent a car over the hotel, they'll set you in contact with Avis. Please, *in capitols* avoid them! If you do need a car, rent it before you arrive and take it at the airport. Although, driving in Calabria is another experience on its own... The only respected traffic rule is that they still do drive on the right-hand side of the road. The rest is just... ignored. They do offer a free Wi-Fi, at the bars and at the reception, but we got that only after one week of stay. Initially, there was none. So at the end, in summary, I wouldn't recommend this resort. Try something else, where you would really get what you have paid for.
"Like a ancient village"
Really very good resort in the style of ancient roman village, each room as own roman house with own mini yard with shower, plenty of green, prima Mediterranean food and the best animation I have come across so far, the beach and see clean
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Check-in: 5:00 PM , Check-out: 10:00 AM