Went to Sardinia for a week with my girlfriend end of April, we booked this as a spa type relax part of the week, so we booked 3 nights and paid about 150 per night or something, and planned to do other stuff for the other 4 nights.
The place is located a 5 min drive from San Pantaleo, up a half tarmac, half dirt track road, no probs with that, but probably a wee bit far to walk it, so you need a car (we are young and fit) The hotel has stunning views, a nice pool, and it's a pretty cool place. Its a bit weird though, we are very down to earth and rarely moan about anything, but I felt compelled to write this as it's very, very expensive in height of season, like 500 or 600 a night or something crazy.
The hotel is nice enough, we had dinner first night to try it, had 2 courses and 1 bottle of wine = 100 euros. Won't be doing that again, was good but not worth that. Breakfast is a decent buffet, but silly little things, like me having to go find/ask a waiter for coffee, every morning, got annoying. Not complaining, but its supposed to be 5 star, and you shouldn't need to go find a waiter every morning to ask for coffee. It also lacks atmosphere, the restaurant is too quiet, and pretentious, it does have amazing views though.
It's got a small spa, but you need to reserve it, as it's private and they rent it to public in afternoons, so you reserve 2 hours in the morning (free) but you would have to pay if you wanted it in the afternoon. The spa is private to you and has a lock..... tick that list ha!
Tips - we went to supermarket and stocked up on superb wine, Barolo etc.. and beers which is soo cheap it's brilliant. I'm a Peroni man and was looking forward to drinking that but my GF persuaded me to try the Local beer, it's called Ichnusa, and it's beautiful, fresh, light and crisp beer, totally converted to that. We also stocked up on other stuff like cheeses, meats, breads, olive oil etc.. The buffalo mozzarella here is totally different to what you normally get outside Italy, and so are tomatoes and salamis. We just piled it all in the fridge in the room (minibar fridge) and every morning we would empty it so the cleaners never noticed, this way, we eat and drank like kings in a posh place saving an absolute fortune.
It is a good place for couples, but 2 nights would be enough in my opinion, and there is no way on earth I would pay 500 or 600 a night, absolutely no way, 150 euros a night in April/May ok, but no more than that. Also, it has a 'gym' - which in reality is about 4 old/tired cardio machines and a few old free weights, just saying.
On this note, down in San Pantaleo, which is quiet, but small and charming, there is a restaurant simply called the Pizzeria. OMG - The best Italian food we have every, ever tasted - Basic, but totally fresh dishes like mozzarella/basil/ prawn cocktails etc..makes soo much difference when fresh/quality produce. The Pizzas and Pasta is simply amazing, the Pizza oven is wood fired and the pizzas rotate in and out of it. It's full of locals, families, kids etc.. and there is 2 waiting staff, running around like mad, sweating their nuts off, could not be more efficient or helpful. This is proper Italy, this is why we came, the best espresso = 1 euro - The wine is really, really good, the most expensive bottle on the list was about 11 euros or something, and it was fantastic. We had 2 courses each, coffees, 2 small beers and a bottle of wine = 50 euros in total or something, twice as cheap as the hotel for twice as much, totally buzzing, atmospheric place, full of noise and charm, loved it and went again the next night.
Sardinia is incredible, you need a car as it's not like they really have 'resorts' as much, its a bit more spread out, and you sort of get used to this after a few day's. It's pretty 'Italian' obviously, but if you are looking for a real experience of culture, no egg and chips or Sun newspapers, very good quality food and wine, then go, but this hotel, although nice, is way, way, way over priced!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Relais & Chateaux Petra Segreta Luxury Resort & Spa - 23 rooms, 4-star Superior - is a Boutique Hotel located on the hills above San Pantaleo Village and facing the amazing La Maddalena Archipelago. Petra Segreta lies just behind the Costa Smeralda coastline, a world-renowned destination with its wonderful beaches and enchanting landscapes. In this Luxury Resort in Sardinia unspoiled nature and a unique view over the La Maddalena Archipelago create a perfect mix. A peaceful oasis just minutes away from the sparkling lifestyle of fashionable Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo Villages. The rooms at Petra Segreta recall the ancient architecture of the traditional local small houses, perfectly blending into the natural landscape. A traditional Balinese hut hosts Wellness Treatments and Massages, in a charming and unique atmosphere. Petra Segreta is a preferred location for Italian Gourmet Cuisine created by Executive Chef Luigi Bergeretto, with its Restaurant featuring an amazing panoramic view from the nearby coastline to Corsica Island. Seasonal Opening: April to November. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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