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Hotel Capo D'Orso Thalasso & Spa
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Palau
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
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“Just wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2007

We spent the third time in this beautiful hotel based near Palau and we will come back. It is one of the most peaceful places we ever been and it is always a bit of a "coming home" feeling for us.
The crew ist fantastic, polite and they see every wish you have.
The restaurants (!) are great and they offer the best quality of fresh fisch, meat, pasta, pizza and really everything you like to eat. Even for vegetarians it has a great choice of food and the chief cook is always open for special wishes. The breakfast is located on a beautiful terrace and you find everything you need for a good start in the day.
All in all we love this hotel and we will visit it again, for sure!!!
Jonas Scholz and Corinna Winter

  • Liked — felt like coming home
  • Disliked — leaving:-((
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2007

We spent a week at the Capo d’Orso in the summer of 2007, and had a wonderful time. We would definitely recommend it to friends on account of its beauty and comfort. It may not be the ideal resort for vacations with kids, but parents (like us) can definitely enjoy themselves there with small children.

HOTEL GROUNDS. The hotel and its grounds are attractive, and maintained well. The resort is not very large, and you can orient yourself without much difficulty. There are many charming and romantic spots, including the boat pier attached to the resort. A note of caution -- the resort is full of hills, stairs and unpaved pathways. The elderly or the handicapped may wish to take this into account before selecting it as a resort.

ROOMS. Our two room suite was very comfortable, with a large bed, a separate sofa, a spacious terrace overlooking the ocean, and ample closet and drawer space for one’s belongings. (With a small safe in the closet.) The housekeepers did an excellent job straightening up the room, and accommodating the needs of us two, and our baby. Decent mini-bar, refreshed as needed. (Shower only in our room; no bathtub.)

We booked a suite in order to give our baby a separate room for his crib. Truth be told, that may not be needed for all couples, as some single rooms may have a curtain to divide the room into two parts. You may want to discuss that with your travel agent if you’re interested in the subject.

SWIMMING POOLS. The main swimming pool is a bit small, and since it’s near a few trees, can get a bit dirty after its cleanings. The pool near the spa is prettier, and has warmer water (3 different temperatures, depending on the section, actually), but alas, you must pay the spa a separate fee to swim there, and small children aren’t allowed there. (It looks possible to sneak your child there when the spa is closed, if you’re so inclined.)

BEACH. Pretty beach, with yachts and islands and mountains in the distance. Really really really clear Sardinian water. The sandy beach area itself is a bit small; but there are also five or six separate wooden platforms by the water where you can sun yourself and even enter the water. (But watch out for those sea urchins that gather near those platforms!)

RESTAURANTS. There are two main lunch and dinner restaurants, one formal, and one being more of a pizza and sandwich place. Both are delicious. Try the fish, and remember to sample the myrtle liqueur before u leave. (We can’t find it in the U.S.) Breakfast is delicious, and as healthy (or as unhealthy) as you like it to be. We thought the level of service at the restaurants was quite good.

HOTEL STAFF. The staff made terrific efforts to keep us happy, even going out of their way to obtain a few baby items before we arrived. A very likeable team.

SIDE TRIPS. A variety of standard tours for the region can be booked at the hotel. We were very happy not taking any, and just staying at the resort. The town of Palau is a short taxi ride away, and you can find virtually everything you might have forgotten at home there. (The hotel doesn’t really have a gift shop or sundry shop.)

SCUBA. A local dive shop can pick you up at the pier most days of the week. The dives are as likely to be as good as you can find in Europe, although certainly not as interesting as the Caribbean or Asia. The boat rides to the dive sites have scenery that is OUT OF THIS WORLD TERRIFIC. (The dive sites are 15-30 minutes by boat from the hotel.)

GYM. Not much of a gym, just a few machines and a treadmill in a well-shaded spot by the ocean. We had such a good time at the resort, we never really worked out anyway.

SPA. A good range of massages and treatments are available at the resort’s beautiful spa.

CHILDREN. No obvious amenities for children, but we had a great time with our seven month old, and we were far from the only ones to bring a baby or a child.

DRINKING WATER. Is it for drinking, or not? Is it save for baby’s formula, or not? We weren’t quite sure, and ordered the hotel’s rather expensive bottled water.

SUMMARY. The hotel and its surroundings are beautiful, and if you want an attractive place for rest and relaxation, with a variety of extras, you can have a fabulous tim

  • Liked — The Sea
  • Disliked — Expensive
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2007

We booked this hotel for our honeymoon. The setting was absolutely gorgeous and the alfresco breakfast area overlooking the pool and bay couldn't be bettered. In fact breakfast was our favourite bit - a great choice of foods which varied every day and a nice touch of having the menu giving notices, events, proverbs and menus for the evening.

Our room was pretty good too. It was private with its own terrace under a shady tree. It didn't have a bath unfortunately.

The staff were very friendly and were always on hand with help and advice. When they found out it was our honeymoon, they left us a bottle of sparking wine and 'sardinian wedding ring' with candles on our terrace table which was lovely. Every day a little cake or sweet would be delivered to our room with the weather forecast for the next day - a nice touch.

We ate in the restaurant once and the food and setting was excellent. The staff took time to give us a beautiful table under a tree overlooking the sea and it really was pretty.

The downsides...

Its expensive. Far too expensive for what it delivers. The drinks, food and services are also expensive.

It was a bit too quiet and subdued for us. The bar had no atmosphere at all and there was nothing else to do in the evenings. We went into Palau a few times which was great - there was a few great restaurants, bars and a nightmarket. But be warned.. There are absolutely no taxis to get back to the hotel. We tried to get one at about eleven pm and evryone said it was impossible! Luckily a very kind local gave us a lift back to the hotel.Things may have changed by now.

A beautiful place but in our opinion not quite worth the money (but then again Sardinia is an expensive place).

Stayed July 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2007

My partner and I stayed at this hotel for 10 days in July 2006. I am surprised to see negative feedback for a hotel, which to a Corporate Travel Manager and his extremely fussy Event Manager girlfriend was absolutely beautiful and faultless.
I, the fussy girlfriend, booked the hotel direct with Delphina reservations who I found to be extremely efficient and speedy with their response.
On arrival we took a taxi - it was a little scary, best not to think about the speed and the small windy roads on which you are travelling!! This took about 45- 1 hour.
Arriving in one piece we were checked in efficiently and shown to our room which was through the winding olive groves and was as described on the website. (not a resort for those with walking disabilities). A comfy dbl bed, TV, decent sized bathroom and plenty of mirrors. Only criticism was that the blackout blind let some light slip in at the side of the window in the morning but I think the hotel had done the best they could to prevent this.
The hotel is full of a few English couples, older (50-65) and younger couples, some with young children (late 20's-35), mainly Italians. I imagine it's what you would call a "honeymoon" resort.
The hotel has a beautiful private port with it's own boats. One of which we went out on, visiting all the beautiful islands, swimming in the crystal waters (postcard perfect but busy). Well worth the trip though. There were only 9 of us on the boat. One other couple and a family - all Italian.
By day we would lay on the secluded sundecks over the sea, occasionally we had to share but there is plenty of room. The sea edge is rocky, water is clear and inviting but beware of sea urchins. The Italians all wore rubber shoes - advisable I would think.
The private beach is golden and can be a little busy (part of a nature reserve). The waters there are not rocky and so more suitable for the few families or those requiring shade from the odd tree. Personally I preferred the peace of the sun deck and full on rays :o)
There are several restaurants, all of extremely good standard. A la carte, buffet, pizza. I am a vegetarian and so often made up my own choices and the hotel were very accommodating. If I were in France or Spain I would be given very bland food. The italians WANT to please.
You can choose where to dine each night in the morning at breakfast. Breakfast ahhhh HEAVEN. An enormous array of pastries, fruit, eggs etc etc. You are spoilt for choice. You sit under the olive branches listening to the harp. What a perfect start to every morning.
There is not a lot going on in Palau. The nearby fishing village is quite uneventful. We went there once. Worth a visit but don't get your hopes up. The hotel is at the bottom of a very steep hill. Be prepared! The only nearby shop is at the top of this hill! Put it this way, I went once (I am an active person) but the heat and the effort required beat me so I layed on the deck whenever my partner wanted cigarettes. If you are a smoker - take cigarettes with you - they are scarce in Palau - you have been warned!
There is also a sea water pool at the hotel and sun loungers around the pool and on-site with lovely face visors - great for reading. The pool was not "packed" but like most pools not the place to lay by if you want silence and privacy.
We never used the spa - mainly the cost but it looked amazing.
We went once to Porto Cervo to see what the fuss was about (the cab was about £100!) I didn't think it was worth the effort. an hour and a half there (unless you want to spend in Gucci, Loui Vuitton etc) is plentiful. Definitely for the pretentious crowd. Not my scene at all.
If you want more than laying around in the sun eating good food then you will need a car. It is not the sort of place where you will meet other people etc. Everybody keeps themselves to themselves.
I would return in an instant. The hotel, the setting, the staff and the climate made it perfect for a relaxing break from work where we could spend quality time together. My only problem is that for 2007 I cannot find a resort to rival this!!! It has set the standard.

Another recommendation would be to contact John and Maria at Bella Sardinia who arranged a wonderful Vineyard tour for us and farmhouse lunch. They are able to tailor make days out for you in Sardinia at very reasonable prices: [-]

  • Liked — Authentic
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  • Tips/Secrets — see my review :o)
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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13 Thank Humphrj
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Property: Hotel Capo D'Orso Thalasso & Spa
Address: Loc Cala Capra, 07020, Palau, Sardinia, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Palau
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Palau
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palau
#1 Spa Hotel in Palau
#1 Family Hotel in Palau
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Capo D'Orso Thalasso & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 65
Also Known As:
Hotel Capo d`Orso Thalasso Palau
Hotel Capo d`Orso Thalasso And Spa
Capo d Orso Hotel
Hotel Capo D'Orso Thalasso & Spa Sardinia/Palau

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