About This Listing
Bellavista Resort is located in the southern part of Durrës Bay, half an hour from Mother Teresa Airport, 10 minutes from Durrës, one hour from Berat, and one hour from archaeological site of Apolonia.
The penthouse of 92 sq meters, with a 115 sq meters terrace is situated in the fifth floor. Full view of Durrës Bay. 180 degree sea view even from inside. You can feel like in a Mediterranean Cruise, while laying on the sofa. Distance 50 meters from the sea, and a nice sand beach.
Open fireplace between living and bedroom. BBQ grill in the terrace. Two sunshade and four chaises in the beach in front of the complex.
Two underground parking lots.
Waiter can bring orders in the veranda.
One can offer live music, to invited friends, but has to know to play the piano for that.
Guests will have access to 2 parking lots in the basement and more outside, in the proper place within the fence.
One fish restaurant, and a pizzeria are located in front of the buildings, with full view of the sea. The bar will serve even if you are laying on the chaises.
There is also a mini-market within the complex.
One can use Floga or Royal restaurant - open all year around.
Interaction with Guests
There is 24 hours maintenance people, that take care for every need or emergency, during June-September period, beside our contacts. Guests will have access at a mobile phone that can be used for any question/need they might have.
Taxi service can be available on very short notice and we can communicate in English, French and Italian.
Bellavista Resort is located in the front of the sea and only 2 km, far from the main highway Durres-Vlore.
Durres is the biggest port of Albania and one of the oldest cities and is 15 minutes drive from the resort.
People can jog and walk along the seaside for almost 4-5 km. There are several beach volley areas on both sides of the resort.
Horses Hill is 7 km north direction, Riding can be enjoyed by adults and little ponies by children.
Other Things to Note
Guests will find the username and password for the wireless internet, in the green paper, describing the house (website hidden) channels on the satellite box, should be checked from 1 to 1000, until the desired one is found.
We expect guests to take care of the parquet, i.e cleaning from sand and water, before entering the apartment.
Smoking is allowed in the terrace, but not inside the apartment.
Before leaving the apartment, should be taken all garbage, and everything from the fridge. Main power switch should be turned off.
other house rules are described in the green paper.
There is simply no other word for the view from this penthouse: it is breathtaking. When you open the door from the stairs to the balcony it is as if you have entered a different world. Each time we walked in we were astonished.
When we arrived, there was fresh fruit from local farms and a bottle of raki waiting for us. Our host showed us around the flat and was extremely welcoming. Included with the flat, the hosts have rented three umbrellas and six beach chairs at the beach for the entire stay. In addition to the view being incredible, the whole house has been decorated by an architect and every detail is perfect.
The beach is clean and beautiful, there are a few local restaurants within walking distance and a small shop downstairs that stays open late so you can pick up essentials.
We are from London and stayed with our four friends from Kosovo. We all had an amazing experience and some of us will definitely return!
This is overall a great flat, and we enjoyed the stay so much that we extended by one night. Lots of space and lots of light through the big windows at the front. Nice to have a big terrace to relax on in the sun. The only part of the flat we didn't like was the bathroom, but the rest was great. There was some fresh fruit awaiting us on arrival which was a nice touch. The kitchen has almost everything you would need for cooking etc. For musicians, there is a guitar and a piano! It seems like really nice accomodation is not so easy to find in this area of Albania (for English-speaking tourists at least), so we definitely felt lucky to have found this flat.
The beach is good for swimming as quite shallow, not very salty, and quite calm. There are some really good restaurants in the area, especially if you like fish - don't miss the small restaurants on the beachfront which serve absolutely delicious freshly-caught fish. If you want to explore further than the local area I would recommend that you have your own car (but be prepared for Albanian roads and drivers!) If you are coming by car, make sure you plan the route really carefully beforehand as it is not at all easy to find the place (NB: there are some driving instructions hidden within the photos, I hope the owners will make this more visible for future guests).
There were a few problems with electricity and plumbing in the flat, but these were sorted quickly by some local workmen after a call to the owner (there is a mobile phone left in the flat to help communication which is a great idea). There was also a problem with the bath unit leaking which meant that we would have to mop up a lot of water after showering, but the owner gave us a key to use the shower in the room downstairs which was unoccupied. Finally, the aircon in the bedrooms doesn't really work, however there is a big tower unit in the main area which does a good job. So as you can see, the problems all had solutions and didn't spoil the experience too much. Only thing is that, for the relatively high price paid, I would usually not expect such issues.
Beautiful apartment, just like the photos! We loved just relaxing on the patio, enjoying the view.
Ariana and her father were very helpful: before we arrived, always fast to respond to emails. When we arrived (even though we were very late) her father was great in showing us everything in the apartment personally. An added convenience is that they left a cell phone programmed to call them, in case we had any questions or problems--very considerate, especially for international travelers who might not have phone cards.
A few notes: there was not a pool or hot tub on site, as the page mentions, though the beach is right there. Also no restaurant or minimart, but possibly they were not running because we came off season.
Everything in accordance with the description and the pictures.
Beautiful accomodation and experience.
The apartment is just fantasting, amazing sea and beach view, big balcony, air conditioning, everything available for (website hidden) and restaurant are just out of the apartment with great pizza and service.
The sandy beach is far 30 meters out of the building and 4 seats are available on the beach.
For sure a must in this area, gonna be back again in the future.
The Host is really kind and everytime available. A mobile is at disposition to call the host free of charge, whenever needed.
At the same time they guarantee privacy for all the time.
Our stay in the appartament Bellavista was excellent, even the wether not allways was like that ;)
We have been renting appartament for 7 days and it was worth to do it! Stunning view from the room and from the wonderfull terace also. Our hosts were very kind and shared with us lots of knowledge about Albania.. Everything in the flat was with good taste, working good, Any problems with wifi . The only one problem is how to reach first time the area. But our hosts made all to bring us there from Durres. I highly recommend this appartament to stay and our hosts. Thank you for care.
Our stay at Bellavista was fantastic! The penthouse itself is impeccably decorated and the home's best feature by far is the huge balcony with panoramic ocean views. We only stayed one night, but could have easily stayed a week! Because the location is in Drac, not Durres, the beach is open only to people inside the small complex where the penthouse is located, so the beach is clean and uncrowded.
It was a bit hard to find coming from Tirana (we took a furgon and then called the owners who sent a taxi for us), but it all worked out in the end! In addition, the air conditioning didn't seem to be working (which definitely could have been operator error), but we spent most of our time on the beautiful balcony anyway!
Overall, if you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning locale, I highly recommend a stay at Bellavista!
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