Praia Art Resort
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Intimate retreat; just 12 rooms with private patios surrounding a tree-shaded pool
- Private beach club within a protected marine reserve with hammocks over the sea
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking
- The property is around 10 miles from Crotone Airport or a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Naples
- There's a small spa that specializes in holistic massage treatments
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the Ionian Coast in southern Italy, the Praia Art Resort sits between the mountains and the sea. The intimate 12-room retreat spills out from a tree-shaded pool, and the decor is a collaboration between local artists and specialist craftsmen. Flower-lined paths lead from the white wood reception area to the brightly colored low-rise cottages, alfresco restaurant, central pool and lounge bar, and on to the pine woods that lead down to the sandy beach. Local stone, wood, irregular clay bricks and painted tiles have been used to create a natural, shabby-chic look.
Bed and Bath
Thick brush strokes of white and off-white paint shade the guest room walls, and the palette extends to the bathrooms, which feature twin glass sinks and rain showers. Molton Brown toiletries, plush bathrobes and beach flip-flops come standard. The resort’s signature painted clay tiles decorate the floors, wall trim and showers. Each room is individually styled; some have carved furniture, small porthole windows or cute alcoves, but all showcase works by local artists.
Meals are served in different locations depending on the weather and the preference of the chef. Breakfast is typically served poolside, and lunch may be a BBQ with Mediterranean salads dished up in the pine woods surrounding the resort. The gorgeous Pietramare dining room has stone walls and is topped with a bamboo roof, and it overlooks the herb gardens. You can peer into the glass-walled kitchen from communal tables and dine on rustic dishes from the Calabria region, flavored with hot peppers, extra virgin olive oil and wild chicory. Seafood features heavily; the local marine reserve guarantees the largest variety of uncontaminated fish in Italy. The sandy beach is steps from the resort, and beach hammocks sway above the shallow waters.
In the Area
Known for its unpopulated fine sandy beaches and clear seas, the Ionian coast in southern Italy lures those who have traversed Tuscany and uncovered Umbria. The port village of Le Castella, with its traditional trattorias and magnificent “floating” fortress dating from the Aragonese period, is a few miles away and is one of the region’s main tourist attractions. The area has ancient Greek origins dating to the Magna Graecia period; visit the famed Capo Colonna, a solitary column that was once part of a seaside temple. A little farther away you’ll find the monumental castle of Santa Severina, complete with encircling walls and moat, known as “the stone ship” for its rocky position above the sea.
How to Get There
We have spent a couple of days at Praia. The beach is very nice and quiet and the 1 star Michelin restaurant is itself worth the trip. It’s a pity that the hotel is inside an old and little creepy touristic village.
A refined oasis of tranquility.
The place is only suitable for people who are looking for rest away from traffic and crowds: daytime and night time rest are ensured.
The suite numer 119 is on the first floor with a magnificent view of the pine forest and the sea.
Entering the suite you can smell the very pleasant essences of an emanator.
The suite has minimal furniture, wide space, about 43 square meters a functional bathroom, with a large marble sink.
The wardrobe is adequate. Missing shoehorn.
Room cleaning excellent and high quality linen and towels; in addition to the bathrobe, there are flip-flops.
Personally I prefer the more comfortable slippers.
The floors are concrete and wood, on the terrace there is a large bathtub.
At night the double curtains of the terrace window guarantee perfect darkness for sleeping; the curtains on the two side windows do not completely block out the light,
it would be better to replace them.
There are 2 restaurants, one with a Michelin star.
The staff is prepared and very kind.
Near the midday restaurant, where we had breakfast and dinner, there is a nice pool and bar service.
Along the pool, there are three hundred year old olive trees.
Breakfast is varied but can be improved in the offer.
Excellent local cured ham to order and a wide variety of local cheeses.
At noon the restaurant by the sea offers excellent salads of various kinds and the catch of the day. In my opinion the best dish is a kind of three-layer sandwich
with fish of the day, melted scamorza cheese and potatoes: excellent and original.
A path crosses the resort and through the pine forest, leads to the sea.
On the beach there is a lifeguard service: each guest is entitled to a daily towel service, an umbrella and 2 deck chairs.
The sand of the resort's beach is kept perfectly clean.
There is so much green, typical of the Mediterranean vegetation of southern Italy,and during the hot days the silence is broken by the chirping of cicadas.
Strangely, but fortunately, there is an absence of flies and mosquitoes.
It is difficult to find such a pleasant place in Calabria.
What a marvellous place to stay in! It has everything you might need during your vacation. Quite, elegant, with a gorgeous private beach and an extremely friendly and helpful staff, stylish and modern rooms, delicious breakfast and a Michelin starred restaurant - it’s a perfect destination for holidays. Had the best few days during our stay in this hotel, didn’t want to leave!!! Will definitely come back!