Our family had a fantastic stay at Chia Laguna, at the Village Hotel. We started our stay at the resort’s three-star property, Baia, but we found the hotel a bit cramped and basic, so we moved to the Village, which was a good move. We found the rooms at the Village (numbers 315 and 316) bright, crisp, and efficient. The proximity to the hotel’s oasis pool was a big plus. A bit further was the hotel’s restaurant, where we had most of our breakfasts and dinners. The food was very good; each night featured different specialties. As is the case with most buffet-style services, the offerings, though varied, can feel slightly repetitive after a few days, but overall the quality was high. We particularly liked the wide variety of pastas and fresh fruits and vegetables. The meats and fish were less to our liking.
The resort itself is extremely well-run. Quite often I marvelled at the efficiency of the place, especially considering that for the most part they run a 100-day annual season. The staff was friendly and professional, with no pretense or attitude. It should be noted that at least while we were there, during the August high-season, there are a lot of families. With three kids of our own, we didn’t mind a lot of babies and children around, but if romantic solitude is more the goal of the vacation, this place might let you down.
Though we haven’t toured exhaustively the coastlines of Europe, Chia had the best beaches we’ve ever been to on the continent. If your point of reference is the Caribbean, with white sand beaches and turquoise water, this place more than meets that standard. Each of the resort's hotels has a dedicated beach for its guests. We found the beaches at Baia and Village very comparable in quality; both offered beautiful crescents of white sand framed by low rocky cliffs.
The facilities on the beaches were somewhat modest. On the Village beach, there was a watersports facility offering a standard fare of activity: paddle boats, paddle boards, wind surfers, banana boats. We rented a Zodiac for a half-day and went to some nearby beaches and coves. It was spectacular and well worth the 130 euros we spent to do it. The food and drink on the beach itself was relatively limited, though you could purchase soft drinks and beers, but no wine or mixed drinks/cocktails, which would have been nice at the end of the days. At lunch time, they could also have delivered a wide selection of fantastic Panini.
We usually opted for the exceptional restaurant, a mere 5-minute walk from the beach, which featured a great variety of salads, pastas, pizzas, and fresh fish (our best meal of the trip was the sea bream).
Overall, it was a wonderful trip for our family. One point worth mentioning is that unlike other resorts we’ve visited in other parts of Europe, we never felt like we were being gouged. Soft drinks and even wine and beer (a good gauge) were about 3 euros. At the restaurant, most of the wines were about 20 euros, which in contrast to other places we’ve been to was a bargain.
Though it has a luxe feel, the resort was very low-key and very chilled out, with virtually no attitude. Some people dressed to impress, others were super casual, but everyone co-existed without any fuss. Two thumbs up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The vivid colours of the Mediterranean invite you to experience an adventure beyond anything you've imagined. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of our 4-star Hotel Village in Chia, a true gem in heart of Sardinia. The recently renovated cottage rooms are the resort's most popular attraction, and offer exclusive amenities that have been designed for families with children in mind, such as a mini club, a variety of restaurants, a shuttle train to the beach, a central pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chia Village Hotel Chia
- Meridien Domus De Maria
- Sardinia Chia Laguna
- Domus De Maria Meridien
- Le Meridien Domus De Maria
- Domus De Maria Le Meridien
- Chia Laguna - Hotel Village Sardinia