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“Great but ruined by carefree management”
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La Fenice Resort
Ranked #31 of 40 Hotels in Olbia
Prague, Czech Republic
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Great but ruined by carefree management”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

This hilltop resort some 5km outside Olbia is lovely,clean and has a great pool but fails the getaway resort test at most levels.
Firstly it is located well outside Olbia to the north up some very windy narrow lanes(with 30kph speed limits to give an idea of twistyness) so a car is vital as walking is not on - the local village of Ossedu has no store,no bakery,nothing!
Getting there do NOT follow Google maps as they are at least 5 years out of date.From the airport
*follow signs to Olbia/Costa Esmeralda onto the causeway
*dive into the underpass and keep LEFT signposted to Palau
*exit straight follow signs to Golfo Aranci
*enter long underpass and slow on exit or you will get lost
*keep to middle lane after veering right
*follow Zona Industrial (black background) signs into a roundabout
*third exit towards Golfo Aranchi
*after one mile left at the second roundabout
*through the industrial estate past Brick to a roundabout
*second exit, road enters empty land, veer left and left at Y merge
*uphill now, across a narrow bridge,another left merge
*steep up, down under the raised expressway, up to village
*bear right, continue uphill, curve steep left
*resort is invisibly on outside of this bend - look for the small navy blue sign advertising La Venice pizzeria(not happening off season)

A lot of money seems to have gone into modernising the place.Good air-conditioning,enormous unheated pool, fitted kitchen which is great for coking pasta or ragout but little else!

There is no microwave,no oven,no toaster,no kettle,no teapot,no dishwasher not even a sponge! Oh and the disco-level music will soon drive you from the poolside even at breakfast time. A good base but one from which to escape.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

La Fenice calls itself a resort, but actually the only facilities are an outdoor pool and two clay tennis courts. There is absolutely nothing else to do there within the confines of the site. The food in the restaurant was mediocre, over-cooked and fatty. The cooking and food preparation facilities within the rooms are minimal. The staff were interested only in themselves and seemed rather put out when asked for assistance. The location is very poorly signed and difficult to find for the first time, on the outskirts of an industrial estate. Having said all that, it was pleasant to sit out on the patio with a glass of wine and look across the pool to the glorious hills beyond. Best of all was actually walking out along the dirt track and climbing to the top of the two local peaks (each about 800 metres), from the top of which the views out to the sea are breath-taking.

Room Tip: Best by the pool with patio facing north toward the hills.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Coventry
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2012

Lovely position with great views down to Olbia. Set back up a small winding road it is difficult to find the first time but in reality its in a good position to explore as its close to the main roads.

Only 15 mins from the airport although it could take you two hours to find if you get it wrong, not helped by the fact that all road signs seem to point to the same place whatever way you go. Best advice is to just stick with your gut, if it feels wrong or looks like 'it couldnt be up there' it probable is.

Rooms were very small and lacked the basics, not even a wine glass !! However if you ask at the bar they are happy to lend you them.

Not ideal for cooking anything more than simple pasta or a breakfast. There is not even a kettle. The standard of the equipment was poor and so was the quality. In effect it was a hotel room with a fridge.

The TV was tiny and only had italien channels, no free view or satelite here.

Wifi was free in reception area but no option to have in the room which was a shame as you couldnt watch the TV. Luckily I had some films on my laptop so we watched them.

Food at the resort was expensive but a short drive into town and there are lots of very reasonable places to eat.

We went to the Trattoria Antica, opposite the cinema, just on the left of the main street, 3 courses with wine and water 20 euros. Fantastic Sardinian starter followed by 6 huge ravioli in a wonderful sauce and then a mixed grill and salad.

The wine was only 0.5L and so we had another which was 3.5 euros, absolute bargain, very nice local wine. It wasnt on the wine menu, they were all 18 euro's a bottle and up so my tip would be always ask for a lire or a half of house wine, good quality and only 6 euros for the litre.

Sardinia was much cheaper than I had expected, it was easy to get about and the people friendly, would I go back ? Definately but I would look to book a villa and stay further north.

Room Tip: Its all low rise, the studio rooms have a great view but are too small, Just get the biggest room po...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

This was our second exchange visit to Sardinia from our home timeshare based in Scotland. Our first visit was to a beach resort on Costa Esmeralda further north during September 2011 and this second visit end May 2012. Both visits were during the shoulder season. The air temperature and weather were perfect both times being 25-30deg C. The ambient sea temperatures in September being considerably warmer than the refreshing sea temperatures we experienced in June.

La Fenice is not a large resort; in fact it is quite compact. The focal point is the beautifully clean and well maintained swimming pool set against a mountain backdrop. Many a day we had the pool totally to ourselves as if we were in our in our own personal villa. All very private and quiet apart from the neighbouring donkey whose noisy outbursts were great source of amusement to all!

On arrival at La Fenice the management greeted us warmly. They advised there would be a briefing on the clubs activity program later that same evening. Far better than the customary next day at other resorts which seem to take up the better half of the first days holiday.

The unit allocated was small with a limited kitchen but perfectly adequate for two persons. Kept beautifully clean, with a large comfortable bed and daily maid service. The downside was the absence of towels for the swimming pool and/or beach. In this day and age this is quite ridiculous, with baggage allowances being so restrictive when flying. The matter was resolved by having a quite word with the chambermaid who produced a further set of bath towels gratis

In Sardinia a car is essential if you want full flexibility and access to all the beautiful beaches on the island. The nominal driving speed is 50kms along twisty highways. Be very ware of fellow tourists who choose to stop taking photographs in the most unexpected of places where there are few safe opportunities to take photographs! For those unsure of driving in Sardinia the resort does provide a chargeable shuttle service both to and from the airport and beaches as required.

As already mentioned by others, the drive to the resort from the airport can be complicated but by previewing Google maps this is not such a daunting task. Don’t be put off by the signs to the industrial quarter! Now days we always carry a portable SatNav, a device which has proven it’s value time after time specially when searching off the beaten track resorts.

As to eating we had thought to drive out, rarely cooking for ourselves these days apart from making the breakfast. In the end we opted for the half board package on offer by the resort. The package with breakfast and dinner (inclusive with wine) for EUR200 / £167 per person per week. A bargain compared to prices we had previously paid eating out. The food was truly plentiful, wholesome with ample choice of dishes.

In the restaurant Barbara and Virginia really went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Their service came with fun and laughter. On the Saturday night a Sardinian dinner was organised which included a whole roasted suckling pig, simply delicious. On this occasion all guests dined together, an eclectic mix of French, Americans, Brit's and Italians. All great fun and it worked very well. Our joint none verbal communication skills being severely put to the test!!

An excellent vacation.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Scot in London
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2012

Similar to others, we swapped this for our usual timeshare in Gran Canaria. This resort provides a good base for exploring the north east of the island, a car is essential (agree that the directions need to be greatly improved, we only found the resort due to printing maps from Google - otherwise we would have had no hope!). The facilities at the resort itself are quite basic. We stayed in early season so there were a few problems also - a noisy water system that woke us up when another flat turned on water, the shower hose broke (but was quickly fixed) and the bathroom door did not fit the door frame. There is an introductory session but the host was only keen on selling tours and half board - did not answer questions about the weather, attractions further away etc. I would only recommend if you are looking for a base to explore from, it is not a resort for enjoying during the day.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Essex
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2012

We swopped our 5 star Marriott studio for what we expected to be similar at La Fenice. The accommodatio would have been small for an hotel room, only one chair so we had to sit on the bed and no table so eating in was impossible. Cooking facilities were ridiculous, just two gas burners, no toaster, no microwave, no coffee maker etc. The bathroom was basic with a tiny shower cubicle. The water heater was noisy and the only solution was to turn it down so we only had warm water. The staff only seemed interested in selling their food packages. On the plus side the situation is lovely and the pool was a good size, but if you want comfort I would find somewhere else to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bethel Park, PA
Level 6 Contributor
42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2011

It was dark when my husband and I arrived from Civitavecchia by ferry and picked up our rental car. The directions given by Interval International were totally inadequate and we got horribly lost for almost two hours. None of the locals had even heard of the place and our cell phone coverage was spotty. By the time we managed to phone the resort and they came and got us, I was in tears. Even in daylight and armed with a map, it's a confusing place to find. Fortunately, the staff are friendly and the grounds and pool attractive. Our rooms were spotless, but the kitchen was minimally equipped...no oven or microwave and a tiny refrigerator. Sardinia is a gorgeous island and once out of the cities, it's easier to navigate by car. (However, the resort staff got lost 4 times attempting to lead a caravan of guests to the Nuraghe Romanzesu. But as the resort has just opened the previous week for the season, this may explain their confusion). I would go back to Sardinia again in a heartbeat but would stay in a more accessible location and unless you plan to spend all your time onsite, don't even consider La Fenice without a car.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Fenice Resort
Address: Localita Osseddu | Golfo di Olbia, 07026, Olbia, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Olbia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Olbia
#13 Family Hotel in Olbia
Number of rooms: 39
Also Known As:
La Fenice Resort Sardinia/Olbia

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