This is truly a gem. We came directly from a hectic castle wedding for our son, and needed to decompress for a week or so in simple and quiet surroundings. This is the perfect place to get away from it all, if that is what you want to do.
Upon arrival we were given the choice between two small cabins / rooms, and chose the newest one, facing away from the restaurant. It is simple and even basic, but has everything you need; good bed, good bathroom, excellent AC, and a fridge. All was spotlessly clean. From the little terrace, with 2 chairs, a table and 2 daybeds under a pergola, there are just a few steps to the sea - and you can jump straight off the rocks, with natural steps to get back on land. Bring a mask, there is excellent snorkeling right there, with a mini-wall going down a few meters to a sandy bottom and a lot of fish. If you prefer a beach, 2 minutes along a path starting outside the cabin will take you to a long and sandy stretch offering both serviced and non-serviced facilities.
But back to the Trabucco da Mimi. There are two great attractions here. One is the restaurant and aperitivo area, which in our reasonably well travelled experience is pretty unique. The setting is magical, with a mix of a Florida barrier island and South Pacific barefoot chic vibe going on, the food is superb (as long as you like the freshest seafood possible, served simply but creatively), the wine list is eclectic and intelligent, and the craft beer selection extraordinary.
The other and greatest attraction is Vincenzo and the family, the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Their pride in the place is a joy to behold, nothing is too much trouble, and you just feel as welcome as if you were staying with some really good friends. This is as far away from traditional and faceless luxury hotels as you can come, this is real luxury; a unique and heartwarming experience. You may leave a few pounds heavier and with a slightly sore liver, but with much lower blood pressure.
Our contact with Vincenzo prior to going made us expect great things, but the reality was far above and beyond expectations. And when you're less than fluent in Italian, it certainly helps that they all speak perfect English.
We simply can't recommend this enough, for people who look for something that is simple but great. Oh, and as mentioned, you'd better like seafood. Steaks and pizzas you can get anywhere, but not the Trabucco stuffed mussels, baked turbot or grilled octopus! And don't get me started on the sunsets.....