|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Diamante and Belvedere are situated in the picture perfect region of Calabria a dramatic coastline with an array of Italy's most stunning beaches. You can reach our apartment from Lamezia Terme Airport (about an hour and 15 minutes) or via Naples Airport (about 3 hours) down the stunning Amalfi Coast.
Diamante is a historical fishing village full of rustic charm, a pretty and popular beach resort with excellent facilities to eat, drink and shop.
Belvedere has a choice of the old town perched high on the mountains or the beautiful seafront of Belvedere Marittimo-full of charm and an wonderful array of seafood and local product eateries.
Both towns celebrate a choice of festivals. Diamante during the Summer has the Chilli Pepper Festival, the hottest event in September! Belvedere features the festival of San Valentino in February, both great occasions.
There are magnificent beaches with a selection of shops and restaurants right along the coastline. There is a lovely family pool at Sabbia D'oro Restaurant, 5 minutes from the apartment shown in photos, they make a charge for sun beds as they do on the beach. Shown clearly in photo slide pack under Sabbia d'Oro Restaurant.
Truly stunning views. A great location to explore the neighbouring towns and villages with their local markets full of regional produce. Very atmospheric, very Italian.
Admire centuries of architecture, cascading waterfalls and cultural treasures, including the unique wall murals in Diamante. Experience all of this and more from the great central location of our apartment.
We live in South East England and use our Italian home to completely unwind! Our Italian home is furnished to a high quality and we frequently have repeat visitors who are now in on the 'Italian Secret'-Diamante. We usually visit at least 4 to 5 times a year and try now to match up with the lovely festivals of the area. February for Valentines in Old Belvedere, July for the firework festival in Belvedere Marittimo and September for the Pepperincino Festival in Diamante. This just adds to the flavour and authenticity of enjoying free time as the Italians do; plenty of local food and wine always! We find July and August the busiest time with everyone making the most of the beach from early morning and then eating late into the night as the air cools. We hope you create your own memories.
Carole Barrett purchased this apartment in 2008
We chose this coastline because of its natural beauty. Having searched for an overseas property for 2 years we fell in love with Diamante/Belvedere Marittimo in 2 days flat! If you love to explore the opportunities of Italian style at a realistic price my list of 'where to shop' will really appeal to you. The Italian markets are also a delight to explore, we have a planner in the apartment and if you like Italian markets there is one for most days of the week. Shoes, handbags, cheese and chillies, you choose...
1.5 hours from the Scilia Grande ski region if like us you fancy a couple of nights skiing before resting at the apartment.
6th Summer in Italy and it just gets better! We have lots of local information to get your holiday off to a great start. Places to eat, places to visit
Unique benefits of the property. Our terrace is the perfect setting to watch the Sun go down into the sea. It is absolutely stunning and everyone remembers it! Complete that picture with a glass of chilled prosecco in hand. Enjoy! You can walk down to the golden beach of Sabbia D'Oro and there are another 4 restaurants within easy walking distance, they all welcome children at any time of the day. This is a beautiful part of Italy, with lovely people. There are so many places along this beautiful coastline;
Private Pool complex in Sabbia d'Oro (charge)
Beautiful caves of Praia a Mare
Historic Old Belvedere
Natural spa of Terme Luigiane
Luxurious Golf at San Michele Hotel
Golden sands of Petra Bianca beach
Scilia Grande national park
Wall murals of Diamante
We have had another lovely holiday in Italy-thank you 2011/2012/2013
Text received 'watching the sun go down with glass of bubbly in hand'-2013
We had a most enjoyable time at your apartment-we lived like Italians for a week!-2012
'We will hold lots of lovely memories of our Italian Adventure, beautiful scenery, good weather and not forgetting our shopping experiences without knowing a
word of Italian!'
We loved the 'Peperoncino Festival' so much vibrancy so much colour to celebrate the chilli!
Enjoyed it again, thank you, we love it-July 2010.
'Thank you for a lovely holiday, we loved your apartment and will be back.' August 2010.
'We all had a wonderful time and will be visiting Italy again as soon as we can.' July 2009.
The finest food and great apartment-we will be back-June 2011!'
Had a great time hope to go back in September next year-December 2011
'Book us in again for next year' - August 2009.
'That was our Italian Adventure we will be back' - October 2009.
Most recent feedback now captured on the main site.
There are testimonials are on the site for 2013/2014
A very clean and well equipped apartment that provided an excellent base for exploring. We only wish the pool was more accessible, but would highly recommend a stay! Carole was helpful and very welcoming.
What a superb place to spend 2 weeks in the sun! Carole was so helpful, from the welcome bottle of wine to all the nice touches....beach chairs, beach umbrella, every kitchen item you can imagine, BBQ, beach towels etc. We couldn't ask for more. Hot water repaired immediately. Carole is very efficient and answered every query and problem immediately. Local restaurants were superb, 3 within walking distance. Our favorite beach was a small drive away called KevinSara where you could take a packed lunch on their shaded terrace if you paid 12 Euro's for 2 sun beds. Our 2 girls made friends with all the other (Italian) children on that beach and have remained friends with them still. Local supermarkets very close and good value. And that view from the terrace......stunning. Thanks Carole.
The Apartment was ideal for our family of 4, including 2 teenagers (we could've easily had 5 staying comfortably) and the weather is brilliant - even when it rains its lovely!
It is very well presented and has very good facilities - the beds are very comfortable. It is ideally situated and it's easy to get to local beaches, towns and shops (although a car is essential if you're to get the best out of visiting the area).
The location is stunning - and you can access the beaches and mountains very easily and local restaurants and shops are easy to get to, with no parking issues at all (there are even 2 A&E departments - which we had to use - within 20 minutes of the apartment). The beaches are great and there are many to choose from and the sea is so warm!
The owners gave us very useful information about the area - both paper versions in the apartment and by email. The owners support really well and are easy to get hold of if help is needed. We agreed with their recommendations and ate in the restaurants they said were good.
In summary - the apartment and locality are both wonderful and we would recommend both to anyone. We would definitely return to both and we think its good value for money.
The apartment was lovely, clean and tidy. Me, my partner and a couple of friends stayed here for one week and was big enough for all of us, there was plenty of room. It would of been better with a pool nearer the complex but the pool at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill next to the sea was lovely and their food was good and reasonably priced. The area was very quiet which was perfect for what we wanted, as we only wanted a quiet relaxing holiday. Cooked a couple of times and fired up the bbq a few times which was lovely in the evenings on the terrace. Carole was great with sending us things to do and where to eat. We also went to the restaurant Carole recommended in belvedere marittimo with the English speaking waitress, she was really friendly and welcoming, great food.
This was our first visit to Italy and we were amazed by the scenery in the area. The appartment was ideally located to explore both the coast and the mountains inland as well as being within walking distance of a superb beach. The appartment was clean and comfortable and the beautiful sun sets viewed from the balcony with a glass of local wine were a daily treat. Carole dealt with the whole booking process very efficiently and was quick to respond to any queries along the way. There was an excellent choice of restaurants close to the appartment and in Diamanté itself. We enjoy walking and we're happy to walk into Diamante for the evening but it did take a good half hour each way at a fast pace!! We stayed at the end of September and often had beaches and restaurents to ourselves but still enjoyed a week of glorious weather. Many of the apartments were also empty so we should have had a very peaceful stay but unfortunately who ever was staying in the appartment above came home every night around 2am and would still be very noisy until around 5am!! I don't know if this happens regularly but sadly it was a bit of a negative for the holiday.
We had a lovely two weeks in the apartment. This is the third time we have been to this region and we love it! The apartment had everything we needed. It was great to sit out on the terrace at night and enjoy the warm Italian evenings, whilst watching the stunning sunsets. There is a beach not far away from the apartment which is ideal for children. To be honest though you could go to a different beach everyday, all not far away. The beaches are ideal for snorkelling and you can see any lots of fish, not even that far out from the shoreline.
The weather was hot and but the air conditioning if needed was ideal.
Though we did not venture far we enjoyed visiting Belverdere and Diamante, Are plenty of supermarkets not far away with the large hypermarket about 10 mins away.
All the communication we had was great and the directions to the apartment were spot on. We appreciated the additional information about suggestions of places to eat and visit.
Thank you Carole from the 'Lloyd Family'.
Special interest holidays:
The Calabrian coastline is popular for cyclists, stunning views and a wealth of straight roads.
The closest beach of Sabbia D'Oro is just 2 minutes by car at the bottom of the hill. A stunning white sandy beach with a superb beach restaurant with a great reputation. Shaded parking available backs directly onto the beach. Private pool here, beds available 10 Euros. A car helps get the absolute most from all this coast line has to offer, some great little places to visit, eat shop and sample the local lifestyle. Award winning seafood restaurant right on the beach!
Lots of options, fly into Lamezia Terme 1.25 hours to the apartment by car also great rail link. Or, fly into Naples and experience the stunning Amalfi coast-2.5 hours to Diamante drive. Or, fly into Milan/Rome/Naples and inter connecting flights down to Lamezia Terme. Monarch have launched new flights Gatwick to Lamezia Terme direct April to late October. Ryan Air also fly into Lamezia Terme from Stanstead. AlItalia/Easy Jet also offer flights to Lamezia Terme from Heathrow which we find great!
Belvedere Marittimo-3km. Diamante-1km good train links going North and South in both. Scalea-15km. The larger town of Cosenza is 45 minutes away or Amantea is 1 hour away. The beautiful marina of Maratea is 30 minutes drive. Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast approximately is 2.5 hours. Sicily is accessible via 1 hour Ferry from Falerna Marina 15 minutes from Lamezia Airport. Rome is 4 hours by train from Belvedere or Diamante. There is a natural spa close to Paulo well worth a visit.
Both Belvedere and Diamante have an array of small local bars, restaurants and shops, including their own markets. Both have stunning beaches with full facilities. They are also well served by pharmacy and bank facilities. Belvedere market is on Wednesday, Diamante market is on Saturday if you enjoy some local shopping!
We enjoy the St. Valentines Festival in February, the small convent at the top of Old Belvedere holds a special service for couples, it is full of couples of all ages! Such a wonderful time. September is the Chilli Festival, July is the fireworks festival, more festivals than you can list, they seem to celebrate everything in Italy it really is a great local atmosphere.
Local produce is available at various supermarkets in both Diamante and Belvedere. This is a great base to explore from so when planning your holiday consider some of the local places to visit, Amantea and Scalea to name just a couple. Naples is around 3 hours drive north where you can take a drive along the Amalfi Coast and take in other beautiful spots, Sorrento and Ravello for example. Local restaurants specialise in local produce, salad, vegetables and seafood. Some of the best food we have eaten and not over priced. Experience the culture, the wine, the food and the weather a holiday that you will want to repeat. You can find something different, the last holiday we travelled 25 minutes to a natural spa and covered ourselves in the mud before baking in the Sun, what a very different day that was. We also did a boat trip from Prai a Mare which took you into the beautiful 'Grotte' viewing the fish easily through the clear blue waters. If you are more adventurous you can take the pedalo, venture into the caves and do some snorkeling to get an even better view of the fish, exhilarating, exhausting but worth it.
We have now explored much more and happy to share that with you if it helps to get your holiday started.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$127|
Provisional booking taken as availability is confirmed. £100 non-refundable deposit per week at time of booking when contract is returned. Full balance due 10 weeks prior to occupancy plus £100 key and damage deposit. Key deposit refundable upon safe return of keys and satisfactory inspection of the apartment. The apartment is strictly no smoking. Cancellation more than 12 weeks full other than booking deposit.
Change over can be flexible according to bookings, peak time we ask for departure on time to allow for a thorough valet.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Longer Winter lets negotiable.