San Vito lo Capo is sort at the end of the world, as far as Sicily is concerned. Calampiso Club is about 30 miles past that end of the world. It is at the end of the road, where it dead-ends into the Zingaro nature preserve. It took us about two hours to find it, because all signage gave out in San Vito. We just kept going, and eventually came to it (the carabinieri had a radar trap set up on the otherwise deserted 40 kmh road). After we drove down a switchback road worthy of the Stelvio Pass, we came to a guard gate who put us through the Third Degree before allowing us into this "exclusive" property. It certainly has a view - across the Golfo di Castellamare toward Palermo. And it has some amazing turquoise waters. But that's about it. At least for us. Our experience was deflated by the resort asking us for another cash deposit against theft, breakage and other malfeasance. This was in addition to a sizable resort fee we had already been charged prior to arriving. And "city taxes" for some mythical city that did not exist in the nearby uninhibited area. The room was a disaster. Dark green, green tile (ala the 1950s), Boy Scout camp caliber furnishings (cots, bunks, futons, etc - but no actual beds). No actual furnishings other than that either. Loved the hot place, in lieu of the advertised full kitchen facilities. A nine-inch black & white tube TV. Did you bring your own towels, bed linens or toilet paper? I sure hope so. Also, despite that daily resort fee you paid up front? It's another 2 euro for each beach towel you want to use. Similar amounts for dish towels, wash cloths, or bath mats. Each. Plus a 100 euro cash deposit against loss, theft, embezzlement, etc. You are provided a list of 110 items the unit is supposed to have - worth an estimated 1,100 euro or more - that you are responsible for. (If nothing's missing - unlikely since most of the things on the list were missing when you checked in - your deposit is payable back to you 30 days after you leave - if applicable.) If you object to shopping at the miserable little "store" on-site for supplies, you can always drive back into the nearest town (over 10 km away) and shop - beware the carabinieri speed trap! Don't like the overpriced, under-whelming restaurant or snack bar on site? Just drive that 20 km round trip back to San Vito (where there is no place to park). Oh and watch out for that speed trap. Or stay in the resort, and pay the ripoff prices - which is what the management wants you to do anyway. And remember how exclusive this place is!
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- Also Known As:
- Calampiso Club Hotel San Vito Lo Capo
- Calampiso Sea Country Resort San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily