Hotel Spa Villa del Mare ****
The visual impact of this hotel is one of the most beautiful imaginable: Hotel Spa Villa del Mare is located on the splendid Maratea coast, overlooking the Gulf of Policastro and boasting a view of Monte San Biagio and the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer of Maratea, which is 22m high. This really is an exceptional location and the services on offer are also exceptional: there is a private beach on the Porticello bay which can be reached via a lift, a bar, a small, exclusive restaurant, a large outdoor pool, a 1000m² spa with a swimming pool that is heated to 36°C and filled with the local sea water, a meeting room that can hold up to 300 people and some smaller meeting rooms, heliotherapeutic terraces overlooking the sea, a restaurant that serves up the best dishes from the local cuisine, many of which include fish, and even two sailboats which belong to the hotel and which can be used to go on excursions in the surroundings coves. Hotel Spa Villa del Mare is the ideal place to go for a stay centred around relaxation and well-being and it provides an exclusive backdrop for weddings and any sort of ceremony, and some areas, both indoors and outdoors, can be used for exhibitions and national and international trade fairs.
The Marina Maratea Spa at Hotel Spa Villa del Mare expands over 1000m² and overlooks the Gulf of Policastro thanks to the large glass windows, and it boasts exclusive features, including an indoor swimming pool that is filled with the local sea water and heated to 36°C for thalassotherapy. There is also a fitness area, tea corner, sauna and Turkish bath, and the spa offers a range of massages including reflexology, sports, Egyptian, back, leg, Thai, pregnancy, lymph drainage, shiatsu, Ayurveda and toning massages. The marine treatments consist of hydro-slimming thalasso balneotherapy, a massage under sea rain and a leg and back power shower. There are numerous treatments available for the body and face too , as well as aesthetics and beauty.
The rooms at Hotel Spa Villa del Mare all have air conditioning, a small balcony or terrace looking out over the Gulf of Policastro, digital and satellite television, a mini bar and a Wi-Fi internet connection. There are also suites available.
The Conchiglia restaurant at Hotel Spa Villa del Mare has two dining rooms, the Delfino room and the Conchiglia room (overlooking the Gulf of Policastro), and they can seat up to 300 and 240 guests respectively. What makes these rooms so special, and the ideal location for weddings, banquets and events, are the multifunctional terraces which are available for use. The cuisine is mainly based on regional traditions, although it has been reworked accordingly, and many dishes include wonderful fresh fish. The menu and the ingredients change with the seasons, and there is a rich wine list featuring both regional and national wines. Quick snacks and breakfast is available at the Lounge Bar, as are cocktails, wines, teas and homemade cakes, and there is also a small restaurant on the beach, ‘Le Cicale’, which serves lunch during the summer months.
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Maratea is one of the splendid seaside towns that lies in the famous cove of the Gulf of Policastro, where Carlo Pisacane tried, in vain, to encourage the population to rebel against the Borboni. The seaside tourism here is naturally very prestigious (other famous nearby towns include Metaponto, Pisticci, Scanzano Jonico, Policoro, Rotondella and Nova Siri), but there are also many historic attractions in Maratea, such as the castle and what remains of the fortified town on Monte San Biagio , where you can visit the Christ the Redeemer statue which is 22m high and which was built in 1962 by the Florentine sculptor Bruno Innocenti. Furthermore, there are archaeological remains dating back to the Middle Palaeolithic times in the surrounding area of the biggest town in the Gulf, Sapri, whilst other materials document the settling during the Bronze age. Even more significant, however, are the traces from the Roman occupation of the city. The Diocesan Museum di Policastro Bussentin is also worth visiting in San Marina and here you can see sacred works of art that are examples of fine workmanship and which have precious artistic and historic value. Natural tourism is rich here too, with the National Park of Pollino, the Natural Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Lucane Dolomites being the main natural tourism destinations.