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Neilson Holidays’ Airone Beach Club – Review of this Beautiful Resort

Neilson Airone Beach Club Review 

Checking In:  

I was privileged to travel recently, with my teenage daughter, to the stunning Neilson Airone Beach Club, in Calabria, Italy. I have visited quite a few places within Italy previously & have fallen in love with the country, so it was going to be interesting to see how this compared – would it live up to my hopes & expectations?

I certainly wasn’t disappointed… 


Location:  

Neilson Airone Beachclub is around a 1hr 40 mins transfer from Lamezia airport, around 30 minutes from local towns & villages & about 15 minutes from a large supermarket & shopping complex – the hotel offers a return shuttle service here for €5 per person, so you don’t have to feel completely cut off from the outside world – unless you want to be of course.

What’s On-site:

You’ll receive an Activity Planner on the transfer coach, so no time to lose in planning your weekly schedule, from the fantastic range of available & included activities.

There is an excellent swimming pool, with plenty of sunbeds, all with their own sunshades attached, & a swim-around bar, serving a selection of cold refreshing drinks, slushes & ice creams to help refresh you from the hot Mediterranean sun! 

You can also sunbathe on the main beach area where you laze & enjoy the sun, whilst watching the more active enjoy, or learn water-skiing, kayaking & sailing. Plenty of beds mean that you could leave your towels to reserve your spot, whilst taking part.  

‘Relax as hard as you like’ is the Neilson strapline, & this, along with all of the others I have visited, is definitely a resort where you can do as little, or as much, as you choose. 

A beautiful spa can be found downstairs in the main building, with treatments varying from manicures to full-body massages & all at very reasonable prices. Many people were taking advantage of the sport massages to soothe their aching limbs after a full day of tennis & sailing

This is one of the resorts that has rock-climbing wall for the adventurous, along with all of the water-sports – a huge range of kit can be found at the waterfront. There are 4 tennis courts & a multi-sport court

Neilson offers a great range of mountain & road bikes & has regular rides out from the resort at varying levels – some of the more hardcore cyclists were doing daily 50k jaunts – I left them to it on this occasion.

A fitness deck sits atop the hotel where daily yoga & fitness classes take place.


Children: 

There is on-site inclusive childcare available from just 2 through to 17 years – split into 2-year age groups.  It was lovely to see how the British child-care team – a good mix of boys & girls – interacted with the children in their groups & I can honestly say most of the children seemed to be having a better time with them, than when they were back with their parents!

The Rooms:  

Neilson’s Airone Beachclub consists of rooms in the main hotel & 8 two-storey garden blocks – we were allocated a club room in block 7 by the tennis courts which was only a 5 minute walk to the main building. This resort doesn’t offer huge balconies & terraces but most rooms do have an outside seating area or view point – you’ll be spending most of you time taking part of all the wonderful activities & facilities on offer, so this doesn’t present any issue for most.

The rooms are very comfortable & offer excellent storage, a beautiful bathroom, mini fridge, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities & a safe. 


Food & Drink:

Neilson include daily breakfast & lunch with 4 evening meals every week at their Beachclubs.

The quality & choice of food at Airone was fantastic – for breakfast there was always a choice of ‘full English’, cereals, & porridge, cheeses & cold meats, all offered with a choice of juices, hot drinks & fruits.

Lunch & dinners include pizzas & pasta dishes (my daughter took such a liking to the authentic Bolognese & Carbonara that she almost looked Italian by the time we left!), along with meats, a great range of fish dishes, salads & breads to cater for the most discerning of palettes.

There was always a great choice of desserts, which I generally refrained from, but as soon as I saw the Tiramisu … well let’s leave that there….

Complimentary still, or sparkling, water, plus tea & coffee was always available with your meals & you can also choose from a detailed wine & bar list at the restaurant which is chargeable to your room.

On the ‘non-inclusive’ dining evenings, you can choose to dine at the Piazza bar – where I tried an amazing Crab & Asparagus risotto – or head to the wonderful local beachfront restaurant, Lido Aurora, for truly authentic Italian cuisine & top-notch service & extremely reasonable prices. 

This Resort Is Perfect For…

I would say people who like smaller, traditional or boutique-style properties would feel completely at home at Airone Beachclub.

It is well suited to families & couples, or singles looking for a more laid-back escape & groups of tennis, or water-sports fanatics wanting a challenging week or two away – pretty much anyone wanting an Italian experience, with all the activities thrown in for good measure. For singles, there is a ‘social’ table in the dining room, to eat with like-minded guests & the kindly & hospitable staff will ensure that you are well looked after in group activities.


How To Get There:

Neilson Holidays offer a weekly British Airways flight, from London Heathrow, on Saturdays, with a flight time of around 3 hours.

My Verdict:

I would definitely recommend this resort – the quiet location, the peaceful surroundings, warm & welcoming friendly staff, fantastic facilities, great food & drink & one of the best swimming pools in any resort I have been to. What’s not to like?!

Whilst I was there I saw a good mix of couples & families taking part in many different activities – some lay by the pool all week whereas others had a full programme of daily activities to see them through the week – however much, or little, you want to do is completely up to you.

How To Book:

Prices for Neilson Airone Beachclub start from just £565pp* off-peak & include flights, transfers, accommodation, Club-board dining, kids clubs & activities. Call Travel Club Elite (free) on 0800 707 6229 or email our Neilson Specialists on [email protected] for huge extra savings.

*based on 2 adults departing 28th September 2019 for 7 nights from London Heathrow. Price correct as of 25/06/2019 & is subject to change.


About the author – Zoe Franklin is the Sales Manager for Travel Club Elite. Zoe has been in the travel industry for 33 years & has extensive, personal, worldwide travel experience. Recent trips have included Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Maldives, Galapagos, Ecuador & the Seychelles! For any travel advice or assistance, please contact [email protected]

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