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Resort & Spa Le Dune
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Badesi
Certificate of Excellence
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“big resort, nice beach”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

very big resort, have shuttle bus to the beach which is 5 min, on beach not many facilities only restorant from hotel, not really beach bar, rooms is very basic, bads ok, nice pools, food is ok-mostly buffet in hotel

Room Tip: ask for room on second floor-first floor rooms dosnt have windows-only main door whcih have shades.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I can't rave about this resort enough. The staff were so helpful and pleasant and could speak English as well as many other languages. The restaurants were fabulous. There was such a variety of good quality meat, fish, pasta, and vegetarian dishes to choose from. There was even a restaurant which served nothing but vegan meals. Wine was free in some of the restaurants and water was free of charge in all of them. I put on 10lbs in weight in only a week!
The room was cleaned everyday. They changed the sheets and towels daily. We had free use of the sun loungers and an umbrella at the private beach. There was a free shuttle that would give residents a ride to and from the beach frequently (good for small children and the elderly). We never used the shuttle as it wasn't far to walk. We listened to some great musicians where they have open air entertainment at the piano bar which was centred within the small shopping village. There's lots of free sporty activities. The pools were lovely and clean and there were plenty of sun beds to lie on. If you fancy going on excursions then there are plenty offered from the resort. We hired a car from their shopping village so we could explore the island. Because we had just got married we had a special free package which gave us free 3 half days in the spa. We were also given a gorgeous souvenir dish and a silver Sardinia engagement ring which I wear with my wedding ring and never take off. We also opted for another add-on package which gave us free use of the mini bar, a special romantic dinner with a heart shaped cake and champagne and T.shirts with our names on as souvenirs. We also had a photographer come with us to the beach where we had some lovely photos taken. One which has been printed on a large canvas frame. I would love to go again. I fell in love with Sardinia, it's people and this resort.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We have just spent a wonderful 11 days at the Le Dune Resort with our family of four small children aged 18mths to 6 years. The resort was wonderful, the staff where amazing and very friendly the food and atmosphere was also top notch. We would highly recommend the resort for a safe and enjoyable place for small children, with lots to entertain them which is all included in our half board price and as a relaxing place for parents to unwind and enjoy there family away from the hustle and bustle of home. We have only one disappointment and that is that we would have loved to have had a kettle in our accommodation, being Irish we love our tea at any time of the day. We will most definitely be back but we will bring a kettle next time!! and maybe scratch up on our Italian, for ease of translation. Overall a great place for kids, a relaxing place for parents with great weather late August.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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vilnius
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We been in the middle of June and allready was a little bit of mess around, so i don´t want to known what crazy can be in July or August. Rooms correct cleanlines ok location good but not the best and as is so huge hotel probably you will have to walk a lot inside the hotel looking for restaurants and attractions.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

As a family of four, 2 kids aged 14 and 9, we just travelled to Le Dune with friends whose children are 14, 10 and 6. We spent ten days in rooms next to each other in the 'family friendly' area of the resort, I Ginepri.
In truth Ginepri is the cheapest zone of Le Dune and prices rise from there accordingly. According to what exactly it is hard to say, as there seems to be some confusion about how many kids and of what age are encouraged within the other zones and what those zones offer in order to be deemed an upgrade from Ginepri?? The whole status levels thing is typically Italian and I have come across it before. We Brits find it confusing but it clearly works for the Italians.
It is clear however that whole families are naturally placed in I Ginepri and make no mistake, there are a lot of them!! It can be cacophonous! There were babies and toddlers everywhere during our stay [last ten days of August] and many families consisted of at least one baby plus under 5's galore!! A noisy melee around the pool but more noticeably in our allocated breakfast room, the Nautilus restaurant. Pretty frantic! [of course this can be a bonus if you have a young boisterous family and would like to give up all pretence of control and bask safe in the knowledge that yours will not be the noisiest kids on the block!] So my advice would be stay clear of Ginepri if your children are older or more sophisticated in their tastes!!
Its worth mentioning here that the accommodation we chose was a senior family suite and I must say the space was the most generous I have encountered in many more expensive and luxurious resorts around europe. Whilst a little dark and with a rattan, 70's kind of feel, [think green and orange] we enjoyed a spacious double, large, double basin shower room, good sized twin bedroom and a lovely large lounge area. Stocked fridge, two TV's, good, quiet air con and sliding patio doors that managed to keep the noise out from the restaurant just opposite! It might not have had the wow factor but for the price the family suite was a real result in terms of comfort and space. Our friends in the room above us chose the standard family room which managed to accommodate the five of them comfortably but lacked the separate twin room which made all the difference.
So Ginepri is perhaps the most tired and well used area of the resort but more importantly for me it felt very shady, wooded and a little damp. I had a sense of wanting to emerge into the light! I quite like a vista from my hotel room and hopefully a glimpse of glittering blue Mediterranean. No chance here. The whole resort [apart from the sea/road front Duna Bianca suites] lies slightly sunken in a geographical hollow which obscures the view and leaves one with a slightly enclosed feeling, compounded for me by some particularly tall bamboo and overbearing pines! Kind of pretty but not in a colourful geranium kind of way!!
However a five minute walk through the piazetta [evening entertainment hub and home to a curious collection of shops?] brings you to more daylight and the pool/bar area of Le Palme, somehow distinct to I Ginepri, yet we were welcome to use it. So we did! More spacious, sunny, [no parasols??] and attractive. The bar, though operating slowly, under a system I couldn't quite fathom, was open all day and evening for snacks, light lunches, cocktails etc. Our deal was half board which required purchasing a resort credit card for all extras. You have to load your card with cash up front, which somehow feels a bit irritating. Why the card couldn't just be used to run up a bill that you settle at the end I cannot understand. In practice you have to keep schlepping off to reception to add more funds. It is not a relaxing system with the customer in mind. Indeed you have to shell out £££££ refundable deposits for towels, a kettle if you would like one for your room, etc etc. Maybe its the Italian way but it feels a bit mistrustful.
Anyway the food is delicious on the whole. The restaurants offer good fresh local food. Its all buffet style so a bit chaotic and the decor is a little tired in some places. We chose later suppers to avoid the rush. Service a bit hit and miss. Either over keen [trying to clear your plates whilst still eating!] or slow but the staff are ubiquitous and must be pretty tired by this point in the season.
Il Leccio was probably our favourite with an elevated position up in the grown up Sabine area. The food was really very good. Nice wines, helpful staff. La Spiaggia too, next to the beach, was very good.
Which brings me to the beach. The website does not show the road that separates the resort from the beach. Whilst not too busy it has swift traffic back and forth all day long and kids need to be careful. It somehow lends an urban feel, a town beach. During our stay the sea ranged from pretty dangerous and wild to more gentle and safe. There are life guards at the pools and the beach but the bay is quite steep and kids need to be watched carefully. The beds and umbrellas are hierarchically arranged with front two rows reserved for the more expensive areas of the resort.
In conclusion, Sardinia is an expensive island where holidays come at a premium. In light of that fact Le Dune offers an affordable family holiday without a massive price tag but it probably rates a three star rating in my experience and could definitely do with a little upgrading and more care taken with landscaping. Theres a lot of 70"s style cement pathways and pool surrounds that are not pretty. The restaurants could do with some love too!
The clientele are overwhelmingly Italian, which I like. I don't want to be surrounded by Brits on holiday. There is a definite Italian family feel. Some things are lost in translation though and at times the resort felt a little difficult to navigate and slow to help you get what you want when you want it! Individual staff on the whole were good and helpful especially the lovely Paulo in reception at Ginepri!

Room Tip: Upgrade to a senior family suite in Ginepri its well worth the space. Poolside rooms are handy but n...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

This Resort is good families and is clean and well served throughput with lots of facilities and helpful staff set in a large enough area for it never to feel over crowded.
We stayed in connecting rooms in the Ginipri Hotel which were spacious and clean.
There are 10 Restaurants which gives you a great choice but avoid the 2 main buffet restaurants Nautilus and the Duna as they are poor for dinner ( they especially compare poorly to Spanish Iberostar hotel group buffets style restaurants we have been to over the past dew years in Majorca)
Al the others are good with the Romantico (for couples only) the Pizza restaurant and Scorfano being excellent.
Kids facilities are good - although all the pools are very deep which does mean you have to watch your children!
Baby sitting service was good at 12 Euros per child for 3 hours.

My only real issue is the beach - its 5 km long - but they have stacked the sunbeds so close you are sitting on top of other guests! There is ample room to spread them out.

Finally the sea - for some strange twist in the weather patterns the sea in August in Sardinia is often too rough to swim which is kind of the point of a family beach holiday! We could only swim 5 days out of 14
Added to this the sand is impossible to run on- its like quicksand.

But overall we liked it enough to maybe try it again during July to see the sea is calmer.

Room Tip: The connecting superior rooms in Ginipri Hotel give good space for families
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Andrew W
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed at this hotel in June 2013 at the Duna Bianca (supposed to be the best place to stay)
When we arrived we were shown our room which their official website says "not only a bedroom but also a lounge" what it doesn't say is that this is all within one small room.......and we had the royal 4 sea view........so there was no privacy or place to sit at night without being in the same room as our 20 month child...........

Now for the worst part, the restaurants don't open until 7.30 so y the time you get seated and collected your food its 8.00, far too late for any young children, every single restaurant was full of tired screaming kids (including ours) which made all the parents launch their meals down and get out of there as quick as they could. There is a Peter Pan restaurant but this was not open once during our stay.

The kids area, which you will struggle to find, has no shade and was covered in dirt and dust, it looked like it had never been cleaned and there was no shelter from the heat!!!

On a slightly positive side we thought the food was acceptable and the staff were friendly although they spoke very little English.

We would not recommend this hotel to anyone, if you don't have kids, you will certainly learn what its like to have them by the time you get home and if you do there are much better hotels to go to for half the price.

This is not a 4 star resort, we would class it as just about a 3 star hotel, we will be going to a normal hotel next year.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Resort & Spa Le Dune
Address: Localita Badesi Marina, 07030 Badesi, Sardinia, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Badesi
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Badesi
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Hotel Class:4 star — Resort & Spa Le Dune 4*
Number of rooms: 496
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