Our first encounter with Donkey on the Beach solidly exceeded our expectations.
My partner's initial correspondence with the owners had been fluid and making the booking was an almost effortless process, which immediately put us at ease.
On arriving at the airport late in the evening we were promptly greeted by our smiling hosts Danilo and Orietta who swiftly loaded our luggage onto their pickup and began to make us feel at home before we had even reached the comfort of the apartment.
After a gently meandering drive across the sleepy island Dani pulled up in front of the house and showed us up the charming wooden staircase onto the veranda and into our apartment. At once we were taken with it. The tasteful European character of the decor was apparent even to our tired eyes and the soft glow of the pleasant, subtly lit rooms relaxed our jet-lagged bodies. The range and quality of the amenities surpassed the ample offerings of the description and, after a snack prepared from the pre-stocked fridge, we settled into a deep sleep in an exquisite four-poster bed under the unobtrusive cooling breeze of the ceiling fan.
The instantaneous warmth we felt towards both the apartment and our hosts only increased as the days passed. Dani and Orietta were tirelessly hospitable and on several occasions kindly invited us to join them for drinks and meals, which we gladly accepted and were very much impressed by. Half way through our stay they returned the apartment to its original immaculate standard and they kept us in fresh beach towels and laundry throughout. Their knowledge of the island proved invaluable and during the two weeks we stayed their already strong grasp of English seemed to increase two-fold.
I would recommend the apartment to anyone but due to the external staircase I would advise people with disabilities or very small children to contact the owners to discuss their requirements before booking. Dani and Orietta keep a pair of very friendly and delightful small dogs but if you would like to bring your own pets I would advise you to discuss the particulars directly with them. No security deposit was required.
I can honestly say that neither I nor my partner have a single negative comment to make about the Donkey on the Beach; we only regret that we could not stay longer.
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