Our family of four stayed for two weeks in this resort, which includes a hotel, apartments, bungalows and small villas. It sounds huge but it's not. Although the place filled up the second week we were there, the beach is so long and wide and the property is on a large piece of land, we rarely felt cramped or stuck in the crowd.
The pros: beautiful beach and pleasant tree-filled property, plus two pools; we rented one of the apartments, which was perfect for us size-wise; We stayed on the top floor -- probably better than on the ground floor, although those units have two terraces, front and back; the balconies of the top floor units have been converted into small eat-in kitchens, albeit open to fresh air and nice views thanks to the sliding glass doors. Good beds, lots of storage space, drawers, wardrobes. Quiet A/C (filters could be changed though). B/c we are late sleepers, we had breakfast in the room, which worked out perfectly with stove, fridge, etc and supplies from the little grocery a 5 min walk away or the larger supermarket in town. For lunch, we'd either bring food to the beach, eat in our room or dine at the buffet near the pool, which was quite good although pricey -- salads, seafood, grilled meat, fresh fruit. (Much better than dinner). For dinner, we bought two carnets of 7 nights and dined in the restaurant.
The cons: The resort is a refurbished property and the apartments are a bit worn out. The grounds though are well maintained -- beach, pool areas, open spaces all nice. Restaurant is fine. We only saw our apartment -- which was dated -- so wonder about the age of the hotel rooms, bungalows and villas. Word from one of the waiters is that the apts will be refurnished this winter. Worth asking about for 2014.
Overall, the hotel staff is polite and pleasant -- the beach guys, bar staff, etc, but the pple at the reception desk, although not rude, were rather sniffy from the moment we checked in. They warmed up but rarely greeted us when we passed by, which was several times a day for 14 consecutive days. We were not really impressed. It would have been nice if the owners who dined each night at the same table, had circulated to say hello to all the guests, not just a few. A personal touch often makes the difference between a very good hotel and an excellent one.
Although the apartment was right for us in many ways, the furniture and fixtures have not been updated in years, the fridge is located in the main bedroom (and whirls away at night unless you turn if off or down); the fan in the bathroom sounds like the bldging is going to take off and the shower is nearly too small for one person. And watch out for the hot water -- the temp on the boiler is turned up so high (b/c it's pretty small), the H20 might burn you or your child. I don't know about the hotel rooms or other accommodations, but our apt block did get noisy in the mornings -- crying babies, kids out on the passageway.
The restaurant: the food is probably the one black mark of this complex. Obviously run by a chef who has a lot of ideas but lacks proper training, nearly every meal he or she prepared was below par, and served tepid at best. No clue about how to cook fish. We resorted to seeking out the simplest items on the menu or ordering pasta con sugo semplice, carne arrosto and ice cream for dessert. The "gran buffet" of vegetables was just sad -- worse than in a hospital.
Villasimius is the closest town -- it has what you need but is not very picturesque. When we tire of the beach, we like to visit a nice town to do some shopping, take a walk, perhaps grab a drink and some dinner. Alghero, on the west side of the island is perfect for that. Highly recommend it. This town, on the other hand, is nothing special.
Overall, the Cormoran offers a pleasant and relaxing stay and we may return -- price, atmosphere and very convenient accommodations. It would be great if the food would be improved.
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- Also Known As:
- Cormoran Hotel Villasimius
- Hotel Cormoran Sardinia/Villasimius