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“Simply Fantastico! (4.75 out of 5 Stars!)”

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Is Benas Country Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in San Vero Milis
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Simply Fantastico! (4.75 out of 5 Stars!)”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Is Benas Country Lodge is as the name suggests set in the country. It's well away from the nearest main road and the surroundings are wonderfully peaceful.

Our stay (August 2014) was in a Junior Suite, which was well proportioned, nicely appointed and very clean.

The Food was simply superb. Our stay included our evening meal and breakfast. Lunch, and all drinks (including water) had to be paid for separately. The evening meal ranged between a five to seven course taster meal and alternates between fish and meat from night to night. But there was no repetition of any dish during our stay. Each element of every meal was wonderfully prepared and very nicely presented. It's worth mentioning too that many meals included ingredients grown on the premises. All ingredients were fresh and of a very good standard. (see further comments below)

Accompanying the food the Lodge had an excellent selection of Sardinian wines some of which were even produced in the Lodge's own vineyard. We tried more than half a dozen different wines while we were there and were very satisfied with all that we tried. It's worth noting too that Sardinian wines tend to be made with traditional Sardinian grapes, some of which may have been used for making wine on the island for thousands of years. This was a wonderful opportunity to try wines away from the mainstream grape varieties such as Shiraz and Cab Sov etc.

The Lodge offers a wine tasting experience twice a week, which you have to book for in order to attend, but is very well worth while and gives you a good overview of the history of wine in Sardinia (dating back to Roman era). The wine tasting also includes an opportunity to sample some Sardinian olive oils along with local foods.

The grounds of the lodge are surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens which include many edible plants including: fig, banana, olive and bay trees, and many herb bushes such as rosemary. There is a very inviting pool, which is discretely hidden, and beyond that there is a large garden where more produce such as tomatoes are grown.

A major highlight for our stay was our wonderful fellow guests. We met and dined with some wonderfully interesting people; collectively with a wealth of travel experience. During the day time we all went out to explore various parts of the island and then on a night time. So on an evening aside from general conversation not only could we chat about the wonderful cuisine but also exchange experiences from our various days out.

Ambiance (5 out of 5 stars):
To be honest it would be hard pressed to fault the ambiance.

Staff (5 out of 5 stars):
The staff here are excellent. They were all very friendly and ever so helpful. We had a couple of issues with our room (e.g. leaking air con), we reported these to reception staff and the issues were dealt with quickly.

Food (4.5 out of 5 stars):
As per my comments above the food was exquisite. For the whole week there was only one dish that my wife did not like and that was personal choice; nothing to do with the quality of the ingredients or the way it was cooked. I greatly enjoyed all of the food. I'll also take this opportunity to say I just can't understand why people have given poor ratings due to small portion sizes. Perhaps they don't understand the concept of a taster menu. Each of the individual portions are small, but as a whole I never left the dining table feeling hungry. We love our food and fine dining and this experience ticked all the boxes.
So why the 4.5 rating and not 5? For the first few days each table was given a bottle of oil and balsamic, but part way through the week there was a shift in how the olive oil was distributed. Instead of distributing the bottles so we could help ourselves we had to ask for a small bowl containing the oil. We were told that this was because of standards and that the manager did not want his guests serving themselves, but this didn't ring true and instead seemed to be a way of saving money. The change during the week was not welcomed by most guests. The other minor observation I had was that the lunch menu was lacking more salads. It would have benefited from the addition of some typical Mediterranean salad dishes.

Cost (4.5 out of 5 stars):
Given how enjoyable our experience at Is Benas was then I'd see the cost of our trip, which was booked through Secret Escapes (cheaper than booking directly with Sardatur), as being very reasonable (the cost included our flights and car hire). However, the wine, bar drinks and mineral water were a little pricey. For instance a large bottle of mineral water is four euros, which becomes an issue when you are dependent on bottled water during your stay. At the end of the day though this was a minor point and didn't detract from our stay.

Overall Average Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

What a load of rubbish the writer of Gourmet Let Down has written . Quite obviously they are more use to Mac Donalds than good food .
PLEASE read review "Wonderful high summer retreat" for a very well written truthful review

Room Tip: Room 101 is an excellent positioned room
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

This hotel would be brilliant but fails that accolade by its slavish adherence to a 7 course tasting (and sometimes tasteless) menu. The notion of getting a taste of what Sardinia has to offer for the food lover is great in theory and would be perfect if the tasting menu was limited for, say, the first three evenings but by the end of 7 nights it becomes downright tedious leaving my wife and I and fellow guests dreaming a meal with just a couple of decent sized courses. It would have been great having experienced the tasting menu to then have been offered an a la carte menu with decent sized portions of our favourites from the tasting menu. The food at lunchtime did not represent good value being very small portions. That said the hotel is a really nice boutique lodge hotel with the best staff - featuring Claudio, Alex and team in the restaurant and Anna and Gabrielle on reception . The rooms were spotless and spacious (a kettle would have been nice!). The surroundings were tranquil, the pool area a treat and the beaches were not too far away. The selection of local wines was excellent and the wine tasting evening with Maximo the manager a real treat. We booked through Sartadur (Secret Escapes) who were helpful throughout the booking process. I would agree with the person who said she would give 3.5 - so very nearly very good.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

What a superb little gem this small, well managed hotel is! A perfect, peaceful retreat during the very hot, and busy summer holiday season! Cannot praise highly enough all aspects of our stay, from the moment we arrived until we reluctantly had to say our goodbyes! All the highly trained, friendly and courteous staff, work hard, efficiently and expertly to ensure your stay runs smoothly.

Our garden room was spacious with a private patio seating area shaded by fruiting pomegranate trees! Very cool and clean room with lovely toiletries, bath robes, safe, mini bar, free Wifi, and complimentary water on arrival.

The lovely pool area is set within a delightfully shady mature garden with Peach, banana, grapes, figs, lemon, apple, olive and almond trees. The kitchen garden also supplies the kitchen with herbs and vegetables.

This is definitely a foodies holiday, courtesy of an amazing creative chef! Dinner, consisting of 7 delicious, locally sourced, and innovative taster courses, is the main feature of the day! The menu is based on fish dishes one night and meat the following night! The highly knowledgable waiters are only too happy to advise, and guide you through the extensive wine list.
Probably not the holiday for you if you prefer large portions of plain food, take aways or McDonalds, but so exciting if you want to experience Sardinian food and wine at its finest!

We experienced none of the problems mentioned in previous reviews. Definitely no flies or mosquitoes to interfere with al fresco eating. The hotel is located in the heart of the countryside, so expect to be enthralled by normal mederterranean livestock of lizards, honey bees, dragon flies, butterflies and glorious birdsong!

We travel extensively, and regularly eat in excellent restaurants, and cannot fault this establishment. A truly unique holiday experience!

Room Tip: Built on 2 floors. No balconies on upstairs rooms. Upgrade to any garden room if possible.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely holiday, the food is plentiful but you do need to be open to trying new things. The rooms were cleaned daily and were comfortable.

Pleased we booked a garden room as that was well worth it

The wine tasting was good and the pool facilities great.

Didn't mind paying for wifi as it was good quality (25 euros for the week). Our only grumble is the price of the drinks. 400% mark up on wine, 450% on coke and sprite is a bit steep, but to be charged 4 euros for water with your dinner was perhaps wrong. This is when you can buy the same stuff in supermarket for 69 euro cents.

Give free water at dinner and this would really please your guests

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We upgraded to the junior suite and gained the benefit of a spa bath which was a lovely indulgence after a day out. It also benefited from a seating area outside room looking over garden. The room was cleaned daily and we did not experience any problem with flies (seen in other reviews), although I would recommend mosquito repellent as we did get bitten one evening.
We had a problem finding hotel, originally as roads were closed around airport. I had asked for postcode for sat nav and was given map ref which sat nav did not like. I would recommend entering "Putzu Idu" which is the village slightly beyond hotel, there is a sign on SP10 for hotel.
With Secret Escapes the emphasis was on the food and we were not disappointed the evening meal was delicious and beautifully presented. Breakfast was self-service and the usual continental mixture of; cereals, yogurts, cold meats, cheese, bread, croissants and cake.
All the staff were wonderful and the other guests were friendly.

Room Tip: I would advise a garden room (downstairs). Most rooms seem to have showers, if a bath is important t...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Picked this hotel via Secret Escapes on an impulse which included flights & car hire. We weren't disappointed with our choice, the flight & car hire went well. Because the Lodge is a good hour to an hour & a half away from the airport l would recommend you choose a flight that enables you to drive in day light because although most of your driving is on a straight main road getting to it from the airport and then to the Lodge at the other end isn't as straight forward. We were greeted on our arrival by very pleasant English speaking staff who showed us to our room and gave us a tour of the grounds. We chose a garden room so that we had an outside seating area to relax in. Unfortunately there was a problem with flies while we were there so I recommend you purchase a candle on your way there.
The room was a good size with an ensuite. Very clean and well maintain through out our stay. You are given a free bottle of water on your arrival but you then have to pay for it to be replaced. Be warned!! If you bring water in from outside they will charge you corkage. While we were staying the WI Fi was not free and was quite expensive 25 euros a week and it is very poor compared to what we are used to in most parts of UK. You are also given separate pool towels but if you want them replaced this will also cost you 2 Euros. I personally found this all a bit annoying and marred what I felt was a well run hotel with very pleasant staff. The food I enjoyed and have to say I never felt hungry all week. It was good to try different foods served in different ways. A lot of comment about the food on Trip Advisor so I don't understand why people choose this hotel after reading them if it isn't their idea of dining. Drinks and the wine were expensive especially has the wine was local wine, not imported. We were given a welcome drinks evening on arrival and a wine tasting evening later in the week which was very pleasant and allowed people to socialise and get to know one another. You definitely need a car to get about we enjoyed the area visiting both towns and local sites and villages. The island and the people are pleased to have you there.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Is Benas Country Lodge
Address: S.P. 10 strada mare Putzu Idu | Loc. Benetudi, 09070, San Vero Milis, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Oristano > San Vero Milis
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in San Vero Milis
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Hotel Class:4 star — Is Benas Country Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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