Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sorrento, here we come!

I am delighted to say we have booked our holiday!  Thanks again to all those who gave recommendations on Twitter and on my blog post!  They were hugely helpful in narrowing down our search and have added many more places to my list of places to go!!

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We have now booked one of those places - Sorrento, Italy - recommended by the lovely aDizzyGirl who has literally just emailed me a whole bunch of tips I can't wait to read properly.  Thanks so much!  Blog-land and Twitter-ville have truly amazing residents.  ;)

We leave in just 2 weeks!!  We were limited by our dates due to Nik's rota and other events already arranged and as it happens, I will have to cancel one of my events (a professional lecture on the Tuesday night of the day we planned to return - I wasn't cancelling the super exciting fashion event I have booked with friends on the Monday before we leave - keep an eye out for that on the blog!) as we could only get flights for Wednesday-Wednesday rather than Tuesday-Tuesday and are flying from Edinburgh with EasyJet.

I have never been to Italy but have always wanted to.  Particularly as I love food, especially Italian food and I cannot wait to try real, authentic Italian food!  The hotel we have booked even appears to have an outdoor Pizza oven - cue one very excited Bex as Pizza is one of my most favourite!


The hotel is the Hotel Mediteranneo Sorrento and seems ideal for what we are after - a relaxing, laid back yet stylish hotel with a pool and the option of exploring nearby places if we get bored of lounging around (unlikely looking at the surroundings).  It's a 4-star hotel on the edge of a cliff, just 1km from the city centre with a free shuttle bus, although the walk sounds lovely, and free WiFi - so prepare for tweet updates!  ;)

The hotel's website states the following reasons to stay with them...




  • The unforgettable views of romantic sunsets that paint the Gulf of Sorrento red
  • The courteous staff and familiar climate  which allows hotel to be recommended on Tripadvisor
  • The wide outdoor areas that offer guests the luxury of peace and quiet and relaxation, which has become precious in today’s world
  • Fresh and genuine flavors with simple, quality ingredients
  • Its location: overlooking the sea (with access to the beach with the hotel’s internal elevator); close to Sorrento (1.2 km); well-connected to the surrounding areas (free shuttle 12 times a day, train, public bus)
  • If you book directly, we have a special offer for you: customized offer, suggestions about dates and rooms, additional discounts for loyal customers and professional and courteous reservation staff


  • Sounds pretty perfect to me, how exciting does an elevator to the beach sound!?  And check out those hotel surroundings below...




    The breakfasts in particular look amazing!



    The rooms look airy and tastefully decorated, we have booked a standard garden view room as we sadly couldn't justify the extra per person to upgrade to a sea view.  The superior room shown below looks lovely and spacious - we will ask when we get there in case we can get a reduced rate upgrade if there are any available.  I've read that the views are amazing and it would be a lovely way to end our first year as a married couple looking out over the sea at sunset.  It's our first anniversary the week after we get back but Nik couldn't get that week off work sadly (still in that annoying junior doctor phase of not having much say over the holiday rota, hence the late booking and the fact we still haven't been away to celebrate my 30th in December.)

    Standard garden view room
    Superior sea view room

    I hope I can return to tell you all how amazing this place is and write a proper review with my own photos.  Having just succumbed to reading aDizzyGirl's email of tips (crikey, even more excited now!) and the comments on Tripadvisor, which we always utilise when booking hotels, I am confident that I will!  I love the look of the sleek and stylish white bar and can't wait to eat dinner looking out across the sea from the restaurant balcony.  Just what we need after a crazy busy year so far and all of my annoying illnesses.  Heaven!





    I also spotted a couple of great excursion ideas on the hotel website - maybe going to a Michelin starred restaurant which would be great to sample in Italy of all places and a day trip to Capri (another place recommended to us by the lovely Esme) on the hotel yacht (cost dependant!) not to mention Pompeii which sounds really interesting!  Ooooooh, I can't wait!!  Can I pack now??!


    All photos taken from the hotel website, unless otherwise stated.

    12 comments:

    M-J said...

    No way, we just booked our holiday to Sorrento last night! We are going in July though, so I will be keen to read up on what you guys get up to. Even though we live in Edinburgh, we are having to fly from Glasgow as our travel agent (thomsons) don't use Easy jet, so it's a bit annoying to see that we actually could have flown from Edinburgh! Oh well! Your hotel looks fab. Nice to meet you at blook club the other week! x

    Bex said...

    Eeep! So exciting, if only we were going on the same dates maybe we could have convinced them to let us swap flights as we'd prefer Glasgow! Where are you staying?

    L said...

    Looks gorgeous. I had a brilliant las Vegas tips email from adizzygirl too, potential new career for her maybe??

    M-J said...

    We're staying in the hotel Girasole. It was one of the few we could afford, it's so expensive in that area, but I really want to go and see Pompeii, and we figured now's probably the only time in life that we can afford it. We're due to move into a big farmhouse next year, think it's going to swallow our money, so thought we'd treat ourselves to a nice holiday this year!

    Siobhan said...

    I cant wait to hear all about it. M is very keen to go there.

    Bex said...

    Absolutely! She sent me her macaroon recipe with added tips too! Amazing that girl!

    Bex said...

    Eeek, nearly deleted your comment instead of replying!

    Just looked it up on Tripadvisor - good reviews! Will try and get my holiday tips up asap when we get back for you ;) x

    Bex said...

    I've always wanted to go to Italy, I didn't even care where but when I started looking at this place I got very excited!

    Esme said...

    This is the place where you should go for dinner in Capri: http://www.dagelsomina.com/. Really excellent. And I would definitely recommend Pompeii, it's incredible

    Bella said...

    You must definitely go to both Pompeii and Capri - amazing places. Comfy shoes for Capri and a wodge of tissues for Pompeii, have an amazing time x

    Brianna said...

    Thanks for this. I am planning my wedding in Sorrento for June of 2013. Any advice or tips? Things that we shouldnt do and things we should do? We are looking at the Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento and also the hotel you stayed at Hotel Meditranneano. cant decide? The Bellevue Syrene has a perfect location, but like the price of HM. Any excursions we should do? It will be the first trip to Europe for my side of the family (American), my finance is Italian and his family lives in Italy.

    Brianna said...

    Thanks for this. I am planning my wedding in Sorrento for June of 2013. Any advice or tips? Things that we shouldnt do and things we should do? We are looking at the Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento and also the hotel you stayed at Hotel Meditranneano. cant decide? The Bellevue Syrene has a perfect location, but like the price of HM. Any excursions we should do? It will be the first trip to Europe for my side of the family (American), my finance is Italian and his family lives in Italy.

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