We stayed here from the 22nd - 26th August as the first part of our honeymoon and thought it was great. After so much stress planning a wedding, we just wanted somewhere we could relax and do nothing for a few days, and for that, Mandranova is perfect.
I had read some negative reviews about the road before we went, and on our first day it was noticeable, but it's not exactly like standing on the hard shoulder of the M25 - the road is a couple of hundred metres from the hotel and all you hear is a light (but constant) humming. After the first day, however, I got used to it and it really didn't bother me at all.
We stayed in the Oliva, which is the suite and it was great - two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a bath, both with a shower) and a lounge. From inside the bedroom there was no road noise whatsoever. The rooms were spacious, the bed was comfortable, and I would definitely recommend it. Some people have commented that the rooms are vastly over-priced, but we felt we'd got the deal of the century at £250 a night - we had looked at other hotels on Sicily that were over £1000 a night for a standard room.
The food was brilliant - it is simple, but delicious, and there is plenty of it. Lunch is always a hearty affair, and whilst there is no 'cooked' option at breakfast (for the 'Full English' crowd), there is plenty of bread, cheese, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cake and cereal etc to fill you up nicely.
The wine list is fantastic and an absolute bargain - most bottles are priced between 10 and 18 Euro, with the most expensive at 45. Other drinks are also remarkably good value, with a standard beer being just 3 Euro. This was a very pleasant surprise given that I had paid 7 Euro for a can of Orangina elsewhere in Italy a couple of months ago!
The pool was small, but we weren't on honeymoon to swim a mile a day - all we wanted was somewhere to cool off when the sun got too much, and for this it is perfect. There are no parasols over the sun loungers round the pool, but there is a large shaded area about four metres from it where you can sit.
The staff at Mandranova are lovely - very polite and welcoming, and nothing is too much trouble for them. Sylvia is a great cook and Giuseppe is a great character.
We didn't see any evidence of rubbish being burnt.
Mandranova is in the middle of nowhere, so if you want to see some of Sicily's great sights, this is not the place to be, but it's very quiet and friendly and if all you want to do for a few days is sunbathe, eat, drink and sleep - this is the place.
I normally have a low boredom threshold and always want to be doing something, but I would definitely go back here as we had a thoroughly pleasant experience.
- Also Known As:
- Mandranova / Villa La Robazza / Il Casello Hotel Agrigento
- Mandranova / Villa La Robazza / Il Casello Agrigento, Italy - Sicily