Hotel Review: Relais il Cannalichio

We are just back from a very pleasant stay in this hotel. It has grown out from a mediaval castle on a hill top and now encompasses most of the village. The setting is outstanding and the views from all parts of the hotel were superb.
I was a little disappointed at first that we were not given a room in the old part of the hotel as that is what I thought we had booked. We were given a more modern apartment in a two storey block with its own pool. The apartment was built to look in keeping with the rest so was still charming. The apartment was well appointed with a living room, bedroom and bathroom with bidet and spa bath. The furniture was lovely as it was a painted country style. Though the apartment was fitted with air conditioning it wasn’t very effective so the nights were very hot. 
We had half board so this was buffet breakfast and a three course evening meal not including wine. The breakfast was very substantial with the usual options of continental items. The hot option was scrambled eggs and sausages. There was a range of traditional Italian tarts which were delicious. Coffee was self service from a machine. 

Dinner was either on the terrace or in the formal dining room. The view of the sun setting over the mountains made it feel very special. There were four courses on offer from which we could choose three. The food was simple Italian though not quite top notch. In spite of the formal setting it sometimes had an air of mass catering about it, arriving very fast as if it was all ready to go. This was the only slight damp squib for me but if you are not expecting haute cuisine it is fine. Wine was not included so we tended to plump for the house which was 12 euros and acceptable though not wonderful. Coffee was not served which I found slightly strange. We don’t eat meat but there was usually still plenty to choose from from the starters and antipasti. We usually took the remains of our wine to the terrace to watch the sun go down. We didn’t have lunch in the hotel but if you want it it is buffet style. 
Drinks were expensive as in all hotels so it’s worth keeping track of your bar bill as ours was pretty hefty at the end of the week. 
The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the room was clean. The pool was cleaned every night. I found the pool slightly cold as it is unheated but then I am not very hardy. 
We hired a car and went out on trips every day. This is essential if you don’t just want a pool holiday as the nearest shop is 4 km down the mountain. The village at the bottom was well appointed with a good supermarket which had a range of wine and beers at very reasonable prices. There are lots of delightful small towns nearby so we never got tired of exloring and we had some amazing lunches in little tavernas which were dotted everywhere. Everyone was friendly towards us and very tolerant of my terrible Italian.
A highlight of the trip for me was our trip to Assisi which is a very beatiful and spiritual place.
The other guests were mostly Brits with a sprinking of other nationalities. It was mostly couples with a few children in evidence. There was only entertainment on the Saturday evening but this was good for me.
The setting of the hotel was very peaceful with just the sound of birds for company. That’s just the way I like it.


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