Le Dune is split into 5 different areas. We stayed at "il Ginepri" on the hotel's roulette deal (we could have been allocated any hotel in the Delphina group).
We were in a first floor junior suite by the pool. The rooms and terrace were a good size for the 4 of us. There was very little noise from the pool although we couldn't use the terrace when the evening entertainment started elsewhere on the resort due to the noise. The rooms were reasonably quiet with the windows shut.
The shower was a little small and underpowered.
The room was very clean. The air conditioning effective and quiet. The beds were hard.
Beach towels were provided and can be swapped for fresh ones at the hotel reception.
There was a supermarket in the village, about 2km from the hotel which we used to stock up on drinks - we were pleasantly surprised by the prices in the supermarket and there was space in the in room fridge to store the purchases.
On arrival you are issued with cards to pre load with money to pay for anything on site - this worked well and we were able to have additional cards for our daughters - any credit is refunded when you check out.
We found it very easy to book tables at the resort restaraunts on the first night and in 8 days only ate in the same place twice. Bookings were for the evening so there is no need to commit to a particular time each night in advance. The restaraunts were all different. Some were better than others but all were good.
It was difficult to get anything other than water for our daughters to drink with their meals - other options were not forthcoming. 50ml of red or white wine and sparkling and/ or still water was included with the meals in most restaraunts.
The bars only seemed to offer coke/ sprite/ fanta as soft drinks.
The staff were all vey helpful and lots spoke English. Most guests were Italian, with a sprinkling of other nationalities - not many British guests.
The swimming pool at Ginepri was clean, there were plenty of sun beds - the hotel stops the "booking" of sun beds by guests leaving items on them (good in our opinion ).
The beach is about 500m from the main reception, the walk way is shaded but the hotel also has regular golf buggies to carry people.
The beach is long and sandy but it was quite windy and the sea choppy - fine for us with older children but maybe a problem for younger ones. The hotel provides catamarans and windsurfers for guests use. We hired a pedalo for 10 euro an hour.
The drive from Olbia airport was lovely through the mountains but very twisty - it took about 2 hours each way although not a great distance.
Best outings were to Capo Testa, snorkelling, and a boat trip to the Maddalena islands (both organised by ourselves - not through the hotel).
We tried to book a horse ride, just off site, for our 11 year old but after two attempts gave up - there was a query regarding her age (although she does ride regularly at home)
We were pleased we had a hire car but there did look like there was plenty on site if you didn't want to explore - particularly for smaller children and sporty types. Not much to do in the rain.
The whole site is very well planted which disguises how big the site is - in lots of corners you only see shrubs and trees and see no hotel buildings at all.
Having booked the roulette deal I was expecting to be given the poorest room availble but I did not feel this was the case. The roulette deal apparently saved us about £1000 on our 8 days but we only found out where we were going the day before we flew.
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- Dune Village Hotel
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