You know that resort where Dirty Dancing takes place? We found something similar, albeit smaller, in Italy. And it was the best place we stayed on our whole trip.
It is called the Cuccaro Club and is in the hills outside the Cinque Terre, about 30 minutes from Levanto. I titled my Trip Advisor Review “Our best stay on our month-long Europe trip – Americans you must stay here if you are driving” but although the review has received only two helpful votes and we are one of only two reviews of it on Trip Advisor in English (as well as 42 reviews in other languages).
Regardless, language is no barrier at Cucccaro Club because the very efficient young woman who runs the place speaks several of them, including English. I really cannot say enough about how beautiful the mountain setting is, how cool and retro the buildings are, how delicious everything we ate tasted, and how friendly and professional every person on staff were, plus the extraordinarily interesting fellow guests of the resort. And it was one of our least expensive stays in Europe, just 57€ per night. Plus, our first night there we had dinner in the dining room, a three-course meal with wine (and one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten). When we asked about the price, we were told, “we’ll just charge you half-board,” which turned out to be 16€ per person.
A more detailed description of our stay at the Cuccaro Club (and the wonderful meal we had) is here.
A few photos here.